For its second year, the Festival of Arts and Ideas engages artistic expression with ...


Presented By:

Cultural Center of the Philippines

in cooperation with The Julia Buencamino Project

Date, Time, Venue:

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September 14 to 16, 2018 
Various CCP Venues



For its second year, the Festival of Arts and Ideas engages artistic expression with issues concerning mental health conditions, resilience and healing. The festival’s main components include an exhibit inspired by the Julia Buencamino bench project, a paper crane tree installation, film screenings, workshops, performances, poetry readings, forums and other interactive activities. 


Art as therapy works on the ability and desire to create which gives one a sense of self-worth and signals the mind to appreciate life. Art also gives aesthetic distance to our personal struggles so it can provide a safer space to the mind. Will You Still Love Me? – Festival of Arts and Ideas aims to develop awareness about mental health through activities that help shed light on the struggle with mental conditions; to equip participants with creative and artistic tolls to build mental resilience; and to overcome the stigma of mental illness through various interactive activities.

Festival Schedule


Bulwagang Carlos Francisco (Little Theater Lobby)
A mindfulness exercise using the breath, visual imagery and body awareness with Shamaine Buencamino and JK Anicoche.


Bulwagang Carlos Francisco (Little Theater Lobby)

  • Object Portrait Exhibit – inspired by the Julia Bench Project with contributions from visual artists of the PHSA Alumni Amorsolo-Abelardo batch
  • Paper Crane Origami Installation – a three-day activity which serves  as a unifying theme for all participants

Tanghalang Manuel Conde
Short films on mental health from the 3rd Quisumbing-Escandor Film Festival for Health. Includes Elehiya sa Paglimo, Kaktus, Bedtime Paradox, Kaming mga Nakakulong, The Tide, Wish, and Hawla.

Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad ng Sining (MKP Mutli-Purpose Hall), Pasilyo Victorio Edades (4th Floor Hallway), CCP Library, Bulwagang Amado Hernandez (Conference Room)

  • Demons, Angels – a prose writing workshop that aims to show how writing can help people cope with major mental and emotional problems 
  • Reflection – a trace monotype workshop that hopes to explore personal creativity
  • Learn to Play the Ukulele – learning a musical instrument to create new ways of  expression, nurture  a sense of self-awareness, and self-affirmation
  • Poetreat – a poetry workshop based on the postgraduate thesis of writer Vim Nadera Jr. on Clinicial Psychology
  • Movement Connection – a dance healing session which will reconcile our internal thoughts through external movement.
  •  "Pabaong Tinapay" – a visual arts activity that will focus on getting in touch with one's feelings, tap on resources, and identify that "bread" that will give us hope.
  • Cultivating Attunement, Inner Composure, and Resilience Through Arts – a visual arts workshop that introduces some basic guides on how to be more mindful with one's thoughts and emotions and to offer a friendly attitude towards one's experiences in life

Tanghalang Huseng Batute (CCP Studio Theater)

  • KOMUNIDAD: a participatory performance by Sipat Lawin Ensemble inviting audiences to form & perform their ideal community that supports mental wellness
  • I:UNDERWATER and Other Ruminations – Biographical theater by Issa Manalo-Lopez and Shamaine Buencamino interspersed with modern ballet pieces by Kare Adea, Karmela Cortez-Jabla and Cheska Vasallo. 
  • #WillYouStillLoveMe? – Poetry readings, dance interpretations and video testimonials of Laya Arioder and Gabbie Tatad that will culminate with a forum led by Alya Honasan.


  • A Page, A Day Booth (journal making)