WORLDBEX 2020 Launches First-ever Philippine Garden Festival

More than ever, urbanization is rapidly transforming once peripheral cities into bustling centers. While surely a mark of progress, the issue of livability comes to the fore when considering the negative impacts and challenges posed by such advancements. Among these include pollution, environmental degradation, and the increasing loss of open spaces. In light of these…

Retrace the Filipiniana’s many forms at the Obra Maestra Exhibit at Shangri-La Plaza

Take a page out of Philippine fashion history this National Arts Month as Shangri-La Plaza hosts the Obra Maestra exhibition on the evolution of the iconic Filipiniana dress from pre colonial times to the 1970s, at the Luxury Lane, East Wing until February 29. #ObraMaestraattheShang exhibition showcases the masterworks of Ramon Valera, Pitoy Moreno, Aureo…

Leap of Faith

RV Basco "The Homecoming" (2019), 24×36 inches, Acrylic on Canvas A furniture designer and manufacturer by profession, RV Basco leaves his comfort zone to fully pursue his passion for art. By Gwen Bautista When he was a teenager, RV Basco learned watercolor painting through a self-guide book owned by his father. From then on, he began working with…

The center lies in the fringe: Philippine Arts Month’s Independent Dark Horse

House of Mizrahi PH On its 6 th year, Fringe Manila continues to champion experimental art, daring all and baring all. Text and photos by Paolo Vergara Draper Startup House in Poblacion, Makati, witnessed the February 12 launch of Fringe Festival Manila 2020, the local yet independently-organized iteration of the international staging ground for uncurated,…

Instituto Cervantes presents discussion “Intramuros, the Underrated Jewel of Manila”

Cognizant of the importance of Intramuros as a key symbol of Philippine heritage, the Instituto Cervantes, with the collaboration of the Embassy of Spain and the Intramuros Administration, presents “Intramuros, the Underrated Jewel”, a round-table discussion in which various Spanish and Filipino experts on fortifications will tackle the challenges of conservation of the walled city.…

The Leon Gallery ACC Auction

The Asian Cultural Council Philippines (ACCP) Foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with the ACC Art Auction on February 22, 2020 at Leon Gallery. The auction will benefit the grantees of ACC’s Fellowship Program this 2020. An important endeavor that solidly bonds ACCP and premiere auction house Leon Gallery, the event is expected to…