People in Action: Rebuilding Continues

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In support to the COVID-19 response in the Philippines, The Japan Foundation, Manila realigned our SUKI magazine to feature current stories from artists and practitioners whom we have worked with throughout the years. Continuing from the first edition, “People in Action: Stories and Responses to COVID-19”, this October issue features a variety of perspectives not just from those in the field of arts and culture, but also includes vital experiences from those in the education, non-profit, and public sectors across the Philippines.

The challenges discussed in the last May issue have magnified as the imposed quarantine has stretched as we reach the end of 2020, the next year uncertain. Creative industries continue to reel from the prolonged effects of COVID-19, such as travel restrictions and the closures of physical spaces. Hence, many practitioners devise ways to adapt, mostly by reimagining projects to online platforms. Our contributors share the various efforts, campaigns, and projects that they have started or participated in to address the needs of their respective sector–from fundraisers to support artists’ livelihoods, online magazines and performances, to webinars for remote learning. Other contributors work beyond the virtual sphere to directly provide employment and financial support for Filipino workers. Our writers also share the personal toll of this pandemic, highlighting the importance of caring for each other’s mental health and wellbeing.

Though internet access and digital literacy are tenuous in the Philippines, technology is now at the forefront in adjusting to this pandemic. International collaboration and exchange are now made possible through online meetings and events shared in social media, with only time differences to consider. New possibilities are being discovered and explored. 

Thus, we hope that this second online edition of SUKI continues to shed light to the experiences of practitioners working in the field, and offer insights to how new platforms can continue meaningful collaboration, with the hope that we could interact with the ease and warmth of meeting face to face in the near future.

Click the links below to read featured stories from our contributors:

DOCULEKTIV: Archiving as Curatorial Exercise in (Re)Imagining Gathering and Collectivity in the Time of Physical Distancing

by Roselle Pineda

Founder, Aurora Artist Residency Program and Space (AARPS)

 

Windows of Possibilities 

by James Harvey Estrada 

Artistic Director, The Scenius Pro

 

BaliKaBayanihan: Responding to the Challenges of Repatriated OFWs in the time of COVID-19

by Estrella Mai Dizon-Añonuevo 

Executive Director, ATIKHA

 

Performing Liveness

by Eisa Jocson 

Independent performing artist

 

Creativity in the Age of Consumption or How to Defy Hopelessness

by Elvert Bañares 

Festival Director, CineKasimanwa

 

Designing a Better Normal for Education

by HABI Education Lab

Padayon: Persisting in the Pandemic

by Jay Rosas 

Director, Pasalidahay

 

The MANILA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA FOUNDATION, INC: Technology at the Service of Art as a Response to a Global Pandemic

by Jeffrey R. Solares

Executive Director, Manila Symphony Orchestra Foundation, Inc.

 

Education Leadership: Is There a Manual?

by Democrito “Sir Dos” V. Barrientos, II

Principal. Malay Elementary School, Aklan

 

TRANSFORMING WITH COVID-19:  Small Art Institutions and Artists’ Responses in Manila

by Ricky Francisco

Curator, Museum Sanso

 

Notes From the Caves of Steel: Art and Connection Amid Pandemic and Internet

by Tad Ermitaño

Independent Artist

 

In Lockdowns, There Is Forever: Cinema and Images Online

by Tito Genova Valiente

Film Critic

 

 

The Japan Foundation, Manila

 

SUKI Cover design and illustration by Janina Guerrero

 

The Japan Foundation, Manila

The Japan Foundation, Manila

Suki is a magazine published by the Japan Foundation, Manila featuring articles on arts, culture, and educational exchange between Japan and the Philippines.
The Japan Foundation, Manila

The Japan Foundation, Manila

Suki is a magazine published by the Japan Foundation, Manila featuring articles on arts, culture, and educational exchange between Japan and the Philippines.