Arts and lifestyle journalist; Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes in Art Criticism Shortlisted writer.

​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,…

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…

Nature’s Mysteries

Grace A. Ng delves into discoveries to be made in Ombok Villamor’s abstract imagery. God is a great artist, Ombok Villamor believes, for in nature we see perfect compositions, tonal values, and brilliant color combinations. It is this sense of wonder about nature’s inherent beauty that Ombok seeks to evoke in his work. Taking up photography as a hobby, his interest in macro photography, in particular,…

Bulacan’s Hidden Gem for Art Lovers

On its 8th year, the Mandalá Art Festival continues as a bulwark for artists around Central Luzon ​Text by Paolo Vergara Pulilan, Bulacan is a setting straight out of an early Hidalgo arcadia: sprawling with clean brooks, breeze-swept fields, and trees bearing ripe fruit and cool shade – scenes unfamiliar to generations born in the centers…

A Lantern to My Feet

Anton Del Castillo "Kapit Lang (Hold On)" 2019 3×4 feet oil gold leaf panel Anton del Castillo’s take on faith and art. Written by Ren Aguila Anton del Castillo’s faith shows in his art, and how it can be contextualized and understood. Many of his artworks have of late been accompanied by epigraphs quoting the Bible. “I have been through so many…

One Spin-cycle

Short exhibition text tucked inside an old dictionary by the house's entrance Text and photos by Marz Aglipay Impressions on the one-night-only group exhibition “Spin-Cycle”. Away from the typical white-cube setting a group exhibition, Spin-cycle was held in an intimate space — a house inside Magallanes Village. The unusual affair drew curious guests to wander…