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By Ryan Alvin Pawilen

As they lay on the grass, Mia looked up the starry sky and sighed, "Please don't promise me forever. We both know you humans are not immortals."

Arthur looked at her and smiled, "How about a lifetime then?"


Ang Tagapagligtas

By Irish Ignacio

May isang prinsesang nalunod sa malalim na sugat na iniwan ng mapaglarong pag-ibig ng isang huwad na prinsipe.

O kay tagal niyang naghintay na may sumagip sa kanya mula sa pangungulila ngunit, walang dumating.

Hanggang isang araw, nahanap na rin ng prinsesa ang susi upang makatakas sa kalalimang kanyang kinasasadlakan at iyon ay walang iba kundi ang hiwaga ng pag-ibig niya sa kanyang sarili.


The Feels

By Den Ong

"You feel too much, and when you grow up, you will learn to feel in moderation," Father said in a calm, modulated tone.

I looked at his perfect symmetry and saw my own warped features reflected on his skin.

"But... I like the way I am."

Liwanag at Dilim

By Abel Quiñones

Malaking pusang itim, bakit ka nagtatago sa dilim?

Maliit na bata sa liwanag, lumapit ka pa ng ika'y aking mas maaninag.

Ayaw ko pusang itim, dahil sa gubat na ating ginagalawan, madalas nilalamon ang liwanag ng kadiliman.


TEDxDIliman: Paths Less Travelled, October 11, 2015

CANVAS once again brought people together to learn, get inspired, and think out of the box on its fifth insallment of TEDxDiliman last October 11, 2015 at the UP School of Economics Auditorium. Around 400 participants from different walks of life joined this annual celebration of ideas.

The event was kicked off by Conrad Alampay's talk on technology and history, and followed by Vin Dancel's inspiring discussion on music. Among other speakers were doctor Iris Isip Tan, rapper Mike Swift, and comics artist Arnold Arre. The series of talks was closed by Sen. Loren Legarda as she disclosed the road to Venice Biennale. TEDxDiliman eneded with a wonderful performance from the UP Concert Chorus.

Paper cut artist Liza Flores made the set design while Interaksyon live streamed the event.

CANVAS would also like to thank its sponsors: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf for coffee, Krispy Kreme for pastries, Max's Restaurant for lunch, Masterpieces of Joy for the furniture, World Traveller and Loadstar Press for the freebies, Bayani Brew, Green Heat, and Green Dot. 

Click on the links below to read through the media coverage of Interaksyon.

TEDxDiliman: A rapper, lawyer-musician, and businessman talk about their paths less travelled

TEDxDiliman: A doctor, graphic novelist, and chef on beating the odds in their paths less travelled 

Hijacker, rapper, and spoken word artist among 11 speakers at TEDxDiliman, Oct. 11


Waya Araos-Wijangco: A Chef's Life Made Special 


Ambeth Ocampo: Liberating Ourselves From Our Past 


Joey Ayala: How I Became A Native 


Lisa-Macuja Elizalde: Ballet is...


Felipe Jocano Jr.: Life, Learning, and the Filipino Martial Arts 


Patricia Evangelista: Why We Tell Stories 


Carlos Celdran: The Future of Manila 


The Madrigal Singers: As Long As I Have Music


Rudy Quimbo: Days in a Life on Wheels 


Rica Bolipata-Santos: Why Books Matter


Supreme Court Justice Marvic Leonen: Why Lawyers Matter 


You can view all the Talks from TEDxDiliman over the past five years by clicking here.


selections fromthe backroom

CANVAS' online backroom, featuring selected artworks from our exhibitions that you may have missed. If interested in any of the artworks, please call 216-7750, or email


The Center for Art, New Ventures & Sustainable Development (CANVAS) is a non profit organization that works with the creative community to promote children's literacy, explore national identity, and broaden public awareness for Philippine art, culture, and environment.

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