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…

Italian Ambassador Giorgio Guglielmino explores the meaning of originality in contemporary art in his new book

The Originals Book Launch Italian Ambassador Giorgio Guglielmino has been an avid art collector and appreciator for decades even as he continues his duty as a diplomat to the Philippines since 2017. His love for art knows no bounds, having written several books on contemporary art, two of which were published in English. In his…

Rustan’s Welcomes the New Year with Gig de Pio’s “Flourishing”

CONTEMPORARY ABSTRACTS TAKE CENTERSTAGE Rustan’s For The Arts launches first exhibit in 2020 With the continuing success of the Rustan’s for the Arts series, which has highlighted the collections of world-class Filipino artists Ben Cabrera, Al Perez, Paulina Luz Sotto, Fernando Amorsolo, Arturo Luz, and Anita Magsaysay Ho, the spotlight on its first exhibit of…