19 December 2018 - 11 Tevet 5779 - י"א טבת ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Arts & Culture
Anat Heifetz exhibits bamboo fashion and art in Manila E-mail

For Israeli fashion designer and artist Anat Heifetz, bamboo is not just a clump of stalks that people often see swaying in the Philippine landscape, it’s a medium through which she can best connect her two homes, Manila and Tel Aviv.

After completing her undergraduate degree at Shenkar College and her graduate studies at Tel Aviv University, Heifetz spent many years as a fashion designer for several international brands.

Soon after, she decided to branch out on her own and create her own line with her own designs. Through her travels in fashion, she grew particularly fond of Southeast Asia, and decided in 2015 to relocate to the Philippines with her family.

Two months after arriving, she started taking her fascination with bamboo a notch higher by creating art with it. “I arrived in the Philippines in December 2015 and everywhere I travelled I saw those huge stalks of bamboo. The minute I saw them, they reminded me of fabric rolls. I wanted to somehow turn those bamboo poles into fabric rolls, so I started painting and carving on them,” she told the Philippine News Agency.

From 24 July to 26 August, more than 100 of her intricately carved bamboo poles, replicating the look of textiles, were showcased at the Bamboo Road: Tel Aviv-Manila exhibition at the Ayala Museum in Makati City, Manila.

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Philippine Film Festival showcased in Israel Print E-mail

Four highly acclaimed Philippine-made films were showcased in Israel in July as part of the first-ever Philippine Film Festival to be held in that country.

One of the films screened at the Cinematheque movie theatre in Jerusalem was An Open Door, a documentary about President Manuel L. Quezon’s policy to create a safe haven in the Philippines for Jewish refugees from the Holocaust.

The opening film on 8 July at Cinematheque Tel Aviv was On The Job, a gritty crime thriller that was featured at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013, where it received a standing ovation at its first screening. The Philippine Film Festival wrapped up on 29 July with Die Beautiful, a comedy-drama about a transgender beauty queen’s final request to be made up as a different celebrity every day during her wake.

(Issue Sep 2018)

Chinese cooking classes the way forward E-mail

Chefs and cooks from hotels and restaurants in Israel have been taking classes in Chinese cuisine over the summer months.

In a hot and steamy kitchen in the coastal Israeli city of Herzliya, a group of Israeli cooks huddled around Zhao Bin, a prominent Chinese chef, who explained in detail how to make a traditional Chinese dish: fried meatballs. Following Zhao’s instructions, each participant was required to make the dish on their own. Some made their own subtle changes to the dish, while others chose to stick carefully to the original recipe, hoping for the approval of Zhao.

The event, one of several master classes held at various cooking and hotel schools in Israel, was organised by the Israeli Tourism Ministry in an attempt to sustain the growing influx of Chinese tourists to the Jewish state.

Indeed, the past three years have witnessed a sharp surge in the number of Chinese tourists visiting Israel, according to Israeli Tourism Ministry statistics. In 2017, a total of 113,600 Chinese tourists visited Israel.

The potential for attracting more tourists from China, which is Israel’s top source of tourists, is so huge that the Israeli government is taking measures to cater to the specific dietary needs of the Chinese tourists, in the hope of making them feel at home.

“Chinese tourists are different from the tourists we are accustomed to from Europe and the US,” said Efrat MeirGroman, Director of Vocational Training in Tourism at the Israeli Tourism Ministry. “We noticed that when it comes to food, we have a disadvantage because the Israeli food is very different from what they are used to,” Meir-Groman said.

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