Lav Diaz, a great Filipino artist

Paris, January 2020: I had the most wonderful opportunity to meet Mr. Lavrente Indico Diaz, or more popularly known as Lav Diaz. The “ideological father of the new Filipino cinema,” his films were featured in the exhibition in Paris in January 2020, when he participated in the 15th edition of the Hors Piste Festival at the…

A 2018 Study on Metro Manila by Sciences Po Urban School Students

Metropolitan Manila or the National Capital Region (NCR) is more than a group of highly-urbanized cities.  With Manila as the capital of the Philippines, it is the place in the country that is most covered by mainstream media. Every corner of this collection of cities breathes—from the sky-high buildings of the more affluent neighborhoods, to…

The First Philippine Food Festival in Paris

During my almost two-year stay here in Paris, I have been asked several times if there are Filipino restaurants in the area. Many times, those who inquired are fellow Filipinos who are visiting Paris for a few days. And my answer? None. Although, I am quick to add that there is one Filipina chef, Erica…

Anting-Anting in Paris

In March 2019, I was delighted to find out that one museum in Paris featured the Philippines. The exhibit did not show paintings nor sculptures of talented Filipino artists, as what would normally be found in a museum. Instead, it presented anting-antings! This exhibit was held from March 12 to May 26, 2019 in Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac. The 10-week exhibit titled “Anting-Anting, The Secret Soul…