This Month

The biggest and most anticipated art event Art Fair 2019 is back

The country’s most anticipated art event, Art Fair Philippines, is back again. Now on its seventh year, it continues to make modern and contemporary art more accessible to Filipinos. Still located at the fourth to the seventh floor of The Link parking building, Art Fair 2019 will be having 55 galleries—36 local and 16 international galleries from all over Asia, including Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, and Taiwan. It’s happening from Feb. 22 to 24, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Learn more here. Get tickets here.

Turn your kitchen scraps into something useful at this free workshop

This bokashi composting workshop will make you see the hidden value in our food waste. The Old Manila Eco Market Community Workshop Series tied up with Earthventure, Inc. to bring you Unwasted and Soilful, which teaches a simple and efficient way to deal with kitchen wastes. The workshop is free and open to the public. To secure a slot, register here.

Artist Artbermido on the virtues the world needs right now

Off the Greed: A Planned Obsolescence by visual artist from Quezon Artemio I. Bermido, Jr. highlights the virtues he holds dear, the virtues he strongly believes that everyone must dig deeper into to affect the changes we want in our lives.

Ayala Museum’s gallery will be turned into a floor-to-ceiling ‘30s-style Chinese warehouse

Gold In Our Veins is an exhibition of portraits from the renowned artist and educator, Mark Higgins, inspired by the ancient myths and histories of Indochina, the East Indies, the Malay Peninsula, and the Philippine Archipelago. This is also a collaboration with Gino Gonzales to turn Ayala Museum’s ground floor gallery into a floor-to-ceiling 1930s-style Chinese warehouse for the exhibit.


Let the rush hour pass—watch a concert first

The Manila Symphony Orchestra opens its 2019 Rush Hour Concert Season with a recital of their new concertmaster Diomedes Saraza Jr. in collaboration with pianist Mariel Ilusoria and the Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra. For more information, call 759-8288 local 8275.

Four-person exhibit +63 | +62 explores connection of the Philippines and Indonesia

Art show +63 | +62 features four major artists—Melati Suryodarmo and Agus Suwage from Indonesia and Geraldine Javier and Leslie de Chavez from the Philippines. This is the first time they will be showing together. Referencing the Philippines’ (+63) and Indonesia’s (+62) country dial code, this exhibition explores how these two next-door countries who are strangers to each other’s cultures, are connected through their own rich art histories.

Artist Costantino Zicarelli on his ever-changing and ever-expanding art

With wooden finials dotting graphite terrains, and glass etched with ethereal forms from the artist’s vision, the exhibit contemplates on the continuities throughout Costantino Zicarelli’s artistry, both as the creative and destructive force. These current interrogations center around revisiting figurative drawings and exploring new techniques, building the movement piece by piece, adding to the ever-expanding and retreating motions of Zicarelli’s practice.

Ayala Museum’s traveling exhibition on Botong Francisco goes to Calamba

Botong Francisco: A Nation Imagines is a traveling exhibition mounted by Ayala Museum featuring select paintings of National Artist Carlos “Botong” Francisco from the public and private collections. It aims to re-introduce the life and works of Francisco through scaled-reproductions of his works. This exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, call 759-8288.

Really Really Free Market is back for the third time

The Really, Really Free Market (RRFM) is a temporary market based on an alternative gift economy. Guests could lug their preloved goodies along with any items, skills, services, entertainment, or anything they feel is good to give away. They can also take things they want for free. For more information, click here.


Ever wondered what dishes are served at Emilio Aguinaldo’s dining table?

Award-winning book designer, visual artist, author, and master chef Guillermo “Ige” Ramos will be teaching heirloom dishes from the families of the coastal towns of Cavite—long-kept culinary secrets of the descendants of the province that brought us into independence. Included on this cooking class is a lecture by renowned author, culinary historian, and stateswoman Felice Prudente Sta. Maria takes us into the journey and evolution of the Filipino breakfast, the stuff that makes heroes of the nation. To register, click here.

Revisit 16th century Spain through literature

The 16th century Spain is well known for its discovery of new lands and growth in political power. However, it also marked the beginning of its Siglo de Oro or Golden Age in Literature when writers such as Miguel de Cervantes, Lope de Vega, and Luis de Góngora crafted their most famous works. The lecture focuses on the great writings of that time—from the picaresque novel to culternismo and conceptismo poetry. For tickets, click here.

Learn wood and relief carving at this workshop

Relief carving or “carving pictures in wood” involves removing wood from a flat panel, which will make the picture pop-out. At this workshop, guests will learn how to make geometric and symmetrical patterns, also known as rotational pattern designs. Joining fee starts at P1,900 inclusive of a module, wood for practice carving, and tools. For more info, click here.

Photographers Miguel Nacianceno, Sonny Thakur, Cru Camara, and others come together for an exhibition

In Space Encounters Gallery’s Stillness is the Noise exhibit, more than a thousand words will be spoken as eight photographers come together to stage the gallery’s first photography show: Miguel Nacianceno, Sonny Thakur, and Toto Labrador are esteemed names in editorial, travel, and commercial photography; Cru Camara and Carmen Del Prado are shaking things up shooting lifestyle and nature; Floyd Jhocson is carving his own niche in fashion; and Jilson Tiu and Eloisa Lopez are redefining photojournalism in this age of “Insta photography.”

Check out Casa de Memoria’s auction items at their new location

Managed by the Lhuillier family, Casa de Memoria will be having their 15th auction at The Palacio de Memoria along Roxas Blvd. this coming March 9. The auction house director notes, “Palacio de Memoria is the perfect homage to an age gone by, a touch of Europe, sold, auctioned at manageable pricing. It is without a doubt the first European auction house in the country, providing an international experience to buyers.” Included in the line-up of auction pieces are a Bolivian Episcopalian Chair from the 9th century, a Spanish 17th to 18th century coin cabinet made of exotic wood, among others. The pieces will be available for viewing beginning Feb. 18 to Mar. 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“Uncensored” annual arts festival Fringe Manila is back

Metro Manila’s open-access and multi-arts festival will once again present an inclusive program line-up that reflects the culmination of the five years of Fringe Manila. Festival-goers can expect the comeback of Fringe artists from the inaugural festival such as long-time festival partners The Sandbox Collective, PETA, Repertory Philippines, and SPIT among many others. There are also city tours—street artist DeeJae Paeste will take foodies in Poblacion, Old Manila Walks will conduct a Manila Art Deco Weekend, and Bambike will let guests explore creative spaces and metro’s hidden gems while on bamboo bikes. For more information, visit Fringe Manila’s website

Celebrate the coffee drinking culture at the first Manila Coffee Festival

The Coffee Heritage Project, an initiative which takes a quality-focused approach in coffee production, is bringing together coffee enthusiasts and Filipino coffee growers in an event aimed at promoting homegrown. Expect exhibitors showcasing different kinds of coffees, product demos, mini-workshops, job placements, and more.

An exhibition that “contemplates on the repercussions and ripples of financial optimism”

Tin-aw Art Gallery is launching an exhibition entitled “Bullish,” featuring works of Francis Commeyne, Nathalie Dagmang, Antipas Delotavo, Lui Gonzales, Is Jumalon, Manny Montelibano, and MM Yu. The exhibition will be representing “the dynamic disruptions of
progress and growth foregrounded with the discards of conspicuous consumption in its pursuit.” It runs from Feb. 9 to Mar. 2.

Learn the importance of anting-anting in the Philippines

De La Salle University-Dasmariñas Social Science Professor Jeffrey Alfaro Lubang will be having a lecture on the myth and history of Filipino amulets at the Miguel Malvar Museum in Sto. Tomas, Batangas. If you are interested to know more about anting-anting in the Philippine history, reserve your slot at 784-8481 or email [email protected]

Memory and Martial Law at Ayala Museum‘s Diorama Series

Learn about the historiography of Martial Law with Mr. Brian Paul Giron of the Ateneo de Manila’s History Department. Rates are at P350. There will be discounts for museum members (P280), senior citizens (P250), and undergraduate students and teachers (P175). For inquiries, call Ana Tamula at 759-8288.

Four Italian artists and four Filipino artists question the concept of “place” at this exhibition

Artinformal, in collaboration with Fusion Art Gallery / Inaudita in Turin, presents FLUIDO, a collective exhibition curated by Barbara Fragogna and Lui Medina, at Artinformal Greenhills. Four Italian artists (Sebastiano Mortellaro, Davies Zambotti, Renzo Marasca, and Barbara Fragogna) and four Filipino artists (Lui Medina, Christina Quisumbing Ramilo, Dharma Bum, and Paulo Vinluan) will present works that contemplate on the question of ‘place.’ For more information, contact 0917-8976691 or [email protected]

An exhibition on Filipina workers, warriors, and survivors of World War II

Learn what Filipina workers, warriors, and survivors of World War II experienced during the day at this free for all exhibit at the Filipinas Heritage Library, Ayala Museum. This is held in conjunctionwith the War and Women Film Festival at Ayala MyCinema Greenbelt 3 on Feb. 9, 16, and 23.


Artist Dexter Sy exhibits his art on violence and terrorism in Paris and in Manila

Alliance Française de Manille, in partnership with 1335Mabini and Centre Intermondes, La Rochelle, presents Afterworld Obliteration, an art exhibition by Philippine Artist Residency Program (PARP) 2017 winner, Dexter Sy. Exhibition opening reception is on Thursday, January 17 at 6:30 p.m., and will run until February 23, 2019.

Galleria Duemila exhibits two of their largest works in their collection

Galleria Duemila will exhibit two “monumental works” by artists Vermont Coronel and Trek Valdizno. Coronel’s a stencil on canvas depicts his fascination with urban cities, the alleyways that make up an area, hidden nooks of beauty, observing how they turn from dusk to dawn with his use of color. Valdizno’s Outside the Limits of the Earth is a plethora of colors and technique as much as it is a captivating pool of elements and depth. It goes beyond the normal size of the canvas, extending to what is unknown.

Ballet Philippines revives “Romeo and Juliet”

Celebrate the season of love with Shakespeare’s greatest love story, Romeo and Juliet. Choreographed by Alice Reyes to the music of Prokofiev and sets of National Artist Salvador Bernal, made possible by a generous grant by L.V. Locsin Partners, Romeo and Juliet is the tale of star-crossed lovers caught in the middle of the crossfire of their powerful warring families. For more information, visit the event page.