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CRAZY – Anggun Cipta Sasmi, the first Asian singer to succeed on a worldwide scale

Currently, she lives between Paris and Montréal (Canada). Daughter of a famous Indonesian singer, began to sing at young age. At age 17 he was already an Indonesian star, but two years later she decided to seek success abroad. ANGGUN CIPTA SASMI, a French-born Indonesian singer-songwriter, was born in Jakarta in 1974. After London, she went to Paris, where she ...

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TO LOVE, TO WONDER – The Poetry of Sitor Situmorang

During the Suharto regime, he, a Christian, for communion sympathies suffered eight years in prison. He is an Indonesian poet, essayist and writer of short stories. Born in North Tapanuli (north of Sumatra) in 1924, he belongs to the “Generation of the 45” (a group of artists, who matured during Japanese occupation and revolution, sharing the same existential rigor). All ...

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EARTH DANCE – Novel, by Oka Rusmini

Her poems have been included (along with twelve other Balinese poets) in a book titled Bali Living in Two Worlds. OKA RUSMINI, born in 1967 in Jakarta, is a poet and novelist. She attends literary festivals both at home and abroad and has received numerous national awards. She currently lives in Denpasar (Bali), where she continues to use her writing ...

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KUSUMA AFFANDI (1907/1990), INDONESIAN ABSTRACT/EXPRESSIONIST PAINTER

PAINTING NATURE, INTO TECHNOLOGY AGE KUSUMA AFFANDI 1/3 – He was born in Cirebon (West Java) in 1907. He is known as a painter adhering to abstract expressionism, which is why his paintings are difficult to understand, especially from those, who look to the world of painting without seeking explanations. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81MjkJhwkPU He was a truly prolific painter, who painted more ...

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SORGERY – Poem, by Jessica Tarahata Hagedorn

JESSICA HAGEDORN has received scholarships, which have helped her write a novel, which illuminates many aspects of Filipino experience (focusing on American influence through radio, television, and theaters). After publication in 1990, the novel gained a nomination for the National Book Award 1990. She was born in Manila in 1949 (from Scottish-Irish-French-Filipino mother to Filipino-Spanish father with a Chinese ancestor), ...

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NOLI ME TANGERE / TOUCH ME NOT – Novel, by José Rizal

It’s a novel written by José Rizal, born in Calamba in 1861, one of the national heroes of the Philippines, during the colonization of the country by Spain. His mother, one of the most educated women of the Philippines in her time, exerted a great influence on the intellectual development of her son, an early genius, who spanned in various ...

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I DO NOT WANT TO BECOME OLD – Ely Buendia

Ely Buendia is a Filipino musician, writer and director who gained fame as guitarist, songwriter and lead vocalist of the popular Filipino rock band Eraserheads. Within his band (often referred to as the Beatles of the Philippines). He learned Kundiman (traditional Filipino love songs) from his mother and started playing the guitar at the age of 7. During elementary school ...

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FEDERICO AGUILAR ALCUAZ (1932/2011), FILIPINO PAINTER

MUSICALLY PAINTING FEDERICO AGUILAR ALCUAZ 1/2 – He was born in Santa Cruz (Manila) in 1932 and graduated from Fine Arts at the University of Philippines. Among his professors were the pillars of Philippine art. After 1955 he decided to do art full-time, winning numerous awards for his works. After he studied at the Academia de Bellas Artes de San ...

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CAESAR JOSEPH TANEDO (1979), FILIPINO FIGURATIVE PAINTER

DREAMY AND SWEET WORKS CAESAR JOSEPH TANEDO 1/2 – He is a contemporary painter of the Philippine art scene, who was born in Makati City in 1979. After dreaming to become an architect, he entered a college, discovering that painting was his best expressive horizon. He has held many personal and group exhibitions, both inside and outside his country. His ...

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ANDRES BARRIOQUINTO (1975), FILIPINO SURREALIST PAINTER

PAINTING GOTIC INQUIRY ANDRES BARRIOQUINTO 1/2 – He was born in Manila IN 1975, but his family changed his residence several times due to the nature of his father’s work (a writer and publisher). After spending teen age in Hong Kong, he returned to Manila to get his college education. Starting 2011, he began to paint with a deeply stratified ...

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