The Davao Ngilngig Film Camp is an open-to-all-aspiring-filmmakers-workshop on how to make an independent horror film.

Participants can apply as individuals or as a group. A limited number of participants will be selected to join the 3-day intensive exploration of the basics of independent filmmaking. The participating individuals and group will form a production team and develop a horror story based on experience or on urban legends. They will produce a low-budget 5-8 minute horror film, which will be premiered at the second Davao Ngilngig Film Festival (DNFF) on October 2015.

The workshop will be held on September 11-13 and will be handled by the makers of 2014 Davao independent film Sonata Maria (Best First Feature Film of 2014, Young Critics Circle of the Philippines YCC Film Desk).

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Silingan Workshops will hold a SPOKEN WORD WORKSHOP with KOOKY TUASON at the Silingan Artspace on August 8, 2015 (Saturday). There will be a morning (8am-12pm) and an afternoon session (1pm-4pm). Registration fee is PhP500.00 for professionals and PhP350.00 for students. Limited slots only! Deadline of registration is on August 5, 2015. For inquiries, please contact 09085470950.

KOOKY TUASON is a Luzon-based spoken word artist. She has produced 4 albums out in the market, which are Romancing Venus, Romancing Venus Vol. 2, Bigkas Pilipinas, and In:Transit Manila Meets Toronto. In 2015, she released a coffee table book Picket Lines: Dialogues Between Eves, Among Eves and For Eves. In the same year, she was named one of Manila Bulletin's Top 15 Women of 2015. She is also the Founder and Creative Genius behind Thinking Man's Classroom.

Text by Miguel Cervantes / Photo Diary by Cyrus The Great

The first time Marx Consuegra and Paolo Ramirez talked to LIEU about their little shindig called GraphiCon 4, they were uninspired and ready to run from the cops in case ticket sales won't compensate for expenses. (We were scared because they were only half joking about that last bit.)

A month and two weeks after that, the convention ends up becoming one of the biggest graphic designers meet as of late. More than 700 enthusiasts from all over the country flocked to SMX Convention Center to swoon over GraphiCon 4's lineup of talented speakers. In tow were Lester Cruz and Kookie Santos of Serious Studios, packing a punch to branding and "powerful first impressions"; Marvin Te, owner of Plainly Simple Studios, a local company that houses a team of motion graphics artists and illustrators; April San Pedro, paper craft enthusiast and owner of Artisan Design Studio; Jojie Alcantara, an established local photojournalist; Patrick Cabral, a Manila-based designer known for his intricate typography; and Harvey Tolibao, international comic illustrator and all-around funny guy.

(Graphicon 2015 Speakers, L - R: April San Pedro, Jojie Alcantara, Marvin Te, Patrick Cabral, Harvey Tolibao, and Serious Studio)

It took a dedicated team of members and supporters of homegrown art organization Davao Graphic Designers Community (DGDC) to bring GraphiCon 4 to life. It was a lot of hard work coming from a small core group. It all came together in the end when organizers received feedback of how the convention lit some creative sparks, especially in the younger audiences.

Inspired audiences from GraphiCon 4, be a part of DGDC and submit your work to their official magazine. Put your name out there. Let's see where that will take you.

Special thanks to -- Marx Consuegra, Paolo Ramirez, Juliana Hellmuth, Karl Bringas, Kianna Flores, Nap Calub, and Betsy Tee.

GraphiCon is Davao's premier graphic design event

We featured farm-to-table initiative Balik Bukid Farm & Kitchen a while back in our Issue No 12. Since then, Balik Bukid has become its own brand of cool with art and music events in tow.

These days, Balik Bukid is busy with their recently launched fundraising campaign, "Thumbs Up for the Mandaya". The campaign aims to renovate the makeshift classrooms that cater to the Mandaya community in Nagas Primary School in Brgy. Tomoaong, Tarragona, Davao Oriental – which is also the fertile nesting grounds of the Philippine Eagle. The people behind the Philippine Eagle Foundation swoop in behind the campaign to rally the idea that to help the Philippine Eagle, it's best to also help those who live alongside it.

For every PhP10.00 that you donate to the dual cause, you can affix your thumb mark to the TREE OF LIFE artwork hung inside the restaurant. Every donation goes to the P80,000 target fund for the campaign.

Chef Paolo Garcia also lends his talents to the campaign by launching the Kesong Puti Salad, Morcon Pasta, and the delectable dessert, Eagle's Nest. A portion of the sales from the ala carte or set menu items will go to the fundraiser.

The organizers hope to find a once leafless tree in full bloom by the end of the fundraising event this September.

Balik Bukid is located at Quimpo Blvd., Davao City. To know more about the fundraiser and how you can help, you can call (082) 269-4543 or text 09085470950 / 09157221077

Hiphouse Thursdays' Astronight at Sales Bar Rooftop last Thursday (June 4) with performances by Anne Mendoza, Lucas, Tramonto, and Jon Game and poetry reading by Jad Montenegro, Aidx Paredes, and Gary Bautista.

Photographs by Aidx Paredes
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