​Welcome to the Third World Carnival

Contributing writer Marz Aglipay interviews Can Yavuz of Yavuz Gallery, a Singapore-based gallery that exhibited Max Balatbat and Winner Jumalon at Art Stage Singapore. ​At this year’s Art Stage Singapore, Yavuz Gallery opted to present a solo exhibition by Max Balatbat and a large-scale work by Winner Jumalon. It shows a growing regard for Balatbat and Jumalon—two Filipino artists…

In Bloom

Text by Khyne Palumar; ​Photography by Jovel Lorenzo ​ Have you heard of the Helleborus flower?” Aileen Lanuza asks, while we gaze transfixed, perhaps a little too long, at the series of finished and unfinished canvases of acrylic-painted women covered in large flowers at her garage-turned-artist-studio in Meycauayan, Bulacan. A two-hour drive from Manila by our estimate,…

Miracles Fueled by Blind Faith

Himala: Isang Musikal Press Preview A short review of The Sandbox Collective’s “Himala: Isang Musikal” Text and photos by Marz Aglipay ​Blind faith is a dangerous thing. Ricky Lee’s timeless classic Himala (1982) fleshed out the story of Elsa whose alleged encounter with the Marian spirit spiraled into her cathartic transformation into a sought-after faith…

Begin Again

Text by Jewel Chuaunsu What’s in a name? To Fred Tan, his name carries a lot of baggage. The son of Chinese-Filipino businessman Vicente Tan, their family experienced the rise and fall of fortunes overnight. During Martial Law, Marcos was able to divide and conquer the rich and powerful by seizing their assets. Vicente Tan was the majority owner of Continental Bank and Philippine Trust Company (Philtrust). He and…