NAMCYA National Finals Week is Here!


It is the time for the  National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) National Finals Week. It is also the National Music Week celebration. The weeklong event will take place on  November 21-26, 2017 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.   The events will feature young artists, musicians, trainors, and teachers who have reached the finals level in a nationwide competition that started early this year. Six ensembles presenting their region’s local traditions will also be presented in the Traditional Music Concert.

With generous support from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the week-long events will include competitions, outreach performances, and culminating and awarding concerts for solo instrument winners and group winners. Newly-Commissioned Works by Filipino composers will also be premiered during the Final Competitions.

The NAMCYA 2017 Finals Week Schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

2:00 PM Opening Ceremonies, CCP Little Theater

5:00 PM Senior Woodwinds, CCP Little Theater

5:00 PM Senior Piano, CCP Main Theater


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

5:00 PM Senior Voice, CCP Little Theater

5:00 PM Senior Strings, CCP Main Theater


Thursday, November 23, 2017

2:00 PM Children’s Solo Rondalla Instrument, CCP Little Theater

5:00 PM Youth Rondalla Ensemble, CCP Main Theater


Friday, November 24, 2017

5:00 PM Children’s Choir and Adult Choir, CCP Main Theater

6:00 PM Weeknights@6: Outreach Performance, Rizal Park Open Air Auditorium


Saturday, November 25, 2017

10:00 AM Traditional Music Concert, CCP Little Theater

5:00 PM Concert of Solo Instrument Winners, CCP Little Theater

 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

5:00 PM Concert of Group Winners and Closing Ceremonies, CCP Main Theater

Admission is free for all events. For inquiries, please call the NAMCYA Secretariat at (02) 836-4928 / 836-4929 or visit www.namcya.com and our Social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  #galingNAMCYA #NAMCYA2017

The Issue Of Race Continues To Haunt America

Despite the progress made in the last one hundred years, there continues to be a sharp divide in race relations in the United States and in fact all over the world. Race equality is an often dreamed of possibility and it seems that we always take one step forward and two steps back. Just when we think racism and dead and gone, something happens and we see it in full force right in front of our face. While this can be discouraging, it’s important to keep this issue front and center.

For all sincere, well-meaning people who dream of race equality, racial equality articles serve an important purpose of enlightenment and hope. These articles range from simple stories depicting the way that race affects the life of those in our society. The articles themselves are as diverse as the number of races in the United States.

A good article is going to maintain a few standards. First of all, it will be an objective account of an incident that touches upon racial equality. There will be very little opinion in these articles because the incident itself will emphasize racism at play in the events. With very little help from the author, the events spring to life and speak for themselves.

Other articles CAN inject some opinion about the incidents at hand, but they will still play by some objective rules. For example, they won’t be overly emotional or make strong appeals to conscience. They will simply state the opinion of the person without necessarily trying to change behavior. Emotional appeals are also a valid way to communicate but they will likely not venture into the realm of more news-related articles. When you’re reporting news, it’s best to stay away from strong opinion.

The biggest hallmark of good articles is that they have a clear agenda at the beginning of the article and they stick to that. If they’re reporting news, it will be more objective. If it’s an opinion piece, they’ll state the opinion clearly and not flip flop. Finally, if it’s a strong, passionate plea for change, it will say so in the beginning and not try to manipulate actual events to achieve its objective. There are many great articles about race relations in the United States and everywhere all over the world. All you have to do is look for them.

New TV Series Worth Watching

Aside from reading books, one of things I do during down time is watch TV series. I have followed many TV series in the past like Prison Break, CSI, Criminal Minds, Lost, Heroes and 24.

More recently, I have been watching new series and I’d like to share them with you:

Madame Secretary is an American political drama that stars Tea Leoni and Tim Daly. I like the way the series handles conflicts in the political scene and how the McCord family survives and thrives throughout the challenges they face.

The Gifted is a spin-off from the Xmen movies. Story is about how the mutants survive in a world where they face discrimination and how they escape as they are being hunted by the Sentinnel Services.

Designated Survivor is an American political drama about how Tom Kirkman survived and became the President of the US instantly. He is actually doing a good job being the president but faces many challenges.

The Flash is on its 4th season now and continues to amaze us. Hopefully, they continue with a good storyline.  

 

Legends of Tomorrow is an adventure to watch. The not-so-super heroes doing their best to change the world. This series changes its setting every episode and has been really fun to watch!

It Starts with the Smithsonian: Free Attractions Mean the Capitol is a Family Winner

If you are planning a city break to somewhere like Washington DC it could soon get a bit pricey if you are not careful, which is why the free attractions offered by the Smithsonian should be on your radar and are a good starting point for building an itinerary.

Here is a look at some of the many free attractions that will help stretch your budget and keep everyone entertained, including why the Smithsonian option is such a no-brainer, exhibits to inspire and educate your kids, plus a good outdoor venue to visit.

It has to start with the Smithsonian

If you check into somewhere like the Marriott Courtyard in Washington you will be ideally placed to get around the city see all the major attractions on offer, including all the fascinating museums that come under the Smithsonian banner.

There is bound to be a museum that will keep them excited and interested for hours and whether you have a little one who is mad about dinosaurs or wants to explore space when they are grown up, there is a venue that caters perfectly to their needs and interests.

Even if the awesome exhibits and displays are a good enough reason to visit on their own the added bonus is that all the Smithsonian attractions in Washington offer free entry.

 

The history of aviation and space travel under one roof

The National Air and Space Museum is a big family favorite and this is a place that has inspired future generations of astronauts and pilots from around the globe.

The main aim of the museum is to showcase the impressive technological achievements over the last century or so and let you actually see some of the iconic and groundbreaking machines in the flesh.

Actually witnessing the Apollo 11 spacecraft that returned to Earth might have your kid dreaming of becoming an astronaut in the future, and the planetarium is well worth a visit for stargazers.

 

A roaring good time studying natural history

Thanks to movies like Jurassic Park and a Night at the Museum, dinosaurs and other creatures from the past and present are always a topic that causes excitement amongst children of all ages.

You can fulfill that intrigue with a visit the Natural History Museum and discover the lost world of the last American dinosaurs that roamed the planet before any of us were around.

If you want to bring their animal education right up to date during your time in Washington you could also arrange to visit another Smithsonian venue, The National Zoo set in Rock Creek Park, which is a day out in itself with all the things going on there on a daily basis.

The Nature Center in Rock Creek is well worth a visit if you are heading to the zoo with educational games and activities going on and a nature trail to follow.

There are loads of free family attractions in Washington so you won’t be regularly emptying your wallet while the kids are enjoying themselves.

 

Dog Bowls for Special Pups

Hand painted ceramic dog bowls will make your pup into “royalty” as he dines in style! Choose one that is fun to eat out of as well as letting it create an attractive conversation piece in your kitchen and go along with whatever your décor may be.

The bowls are functional and durable because they are food and water safe, use lead free glazes and lead free eco-solvent inks, can be used in the microwave, and can be placed in the dishwasher for easy and sanitary cleaning. Being stable, your dog can chow down without spilling its food and drink or nose the bowls around or tip them over.

The stoneware bowls are made of the highest quality ceramic and is oven-fired to resist chipping and fading. They are also fully compliant with FDA Regulations and Standards.

There are many bowls that are specific to the different breeds so that you can “honor” your pet by displaying his or her breed as well as possibly add the pet’s name. There are different sizes to accommodate the individual dog, and there are also ways to raise up the bowls to make them easier for larger dogs to eat and drink and to accommodate elderly dogs.

There are many ways to handsomely personalize a dog bowl. Since the featured bowls in this article are hand painted, you can order the shape, size, color, and what is painted onto the bowl including an uploaded image from your computer, custom pictures, graphics, and sayings such as “Woof” or “Gulp” or the clever “One Spoiled Dog Lives Here.”

The price of dog bowls varies from very inexpensive to quite expensive if it was hand crafted, hand painted, and signed on the bottom by a well-known artist either here in the United States or in a foreign country. Imagine dog bowls selling for over $100!

Faux Paw Productions in Laguna Beach, California, has a wide selection of unusual and durable dog bowls from which to choose. Since their hours vary, it is recommended that you contact them to make an appointment if you would like to visit in person. Otherwise you can happily browse through their inventory online.