Jul 4, 2019

The Museum Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. (MFPI)’s annual fundraiser showcasing Filipino craftwork MaArte Fair is coming back this August, but with a twist. Dubbed MaArte oPen House, “the 2019 edition however will offer a different shopping experience from previous years,” says MFPI President Albert Avellana. “Instead of The Peninsula Manila’s gallery, the fair will take place in a designated guest floor, with exhibitors spread out across 29 guest rooms, from which they can showcase their pieces and engage with shoppers,” he explains.

The new layout is inspired by the legendary early 2000s open-door parties of the Syquia apartments, a historic series of Art Deco buildings that housed an artist colony in Malate. “At that time, Syquia was a known enclave of artists, fashion designers, publishers, and other creatives,” says MFPI board member Mico Manalo.


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Everyone’s invited to the highly anticipated MaArte oPen house from August 16 – 18, 2019 at The Peninsula Manila! Until not so long ago, in one of Manila’s legendary Art Deco buildings from the 1930s, a close-knit group of residents would host a unique party every year. Doors to their apartments were left open for all invited friends to enter freely, not only to partake of food, drink, live music and good company but also to share a creative lifestyle, if only for an evening. They referred to it simply as the “open house” and it became one of the most coveted invitations in the year’s long list of mundane parties. Feel the vibe of this illustrious community as MaArte gives everyone the unique experience of entering into its chosen merchants‘ own special spaces. See you! MaArte oPEN house is organized by MFPI to raise funding support for the National Museum and its network. ⠀ MAARTE OPEN HOUSE 16 – 18 August 2019 10:00 am – 8:00 pm | The Peninsula Manila ⠀ #BeMaArteForACause #MaArteoPENhouse #MaArteAtThePen #ThePeninsulaManila #ProudlyPinoy #Philippines

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“Around Christmas time, the residents would designate a date wherein guests can move from one apartment to another to party and socialize. There was a sense of community and openness then. That melding of the creative spirit and hospitality is what we aim to recreate during the fair.”

The oPen House will have over 60 exhibitors such as well-known names Tim Tam Ong,  PioPio, Aranaz, Haute Home Manila, Micki Olaguer, Siklo, and so on, and new faces like Pika Pika+Pinta, Coco and Tres, Joel Escober, and Maco Custodio from last year’s Pinoy Mancave. The fair will also feature Tatsulok, a special collaborative project between Natalya Lagdameo, Filip+Inna and Balay ni Atong, as well as foodstuff by Auro Chocolates, Green Babes, and Felicisimo Gourmet Homecooking.

As always, admission to the MaArte Fair is free and open to the general public. Alongside the annual fundraiser, the MFPI will also hold MaArte Talks, a series of conversations with select business owners who can offer new entrepreneurial tips and insights.

For more information, you can check out the MaArte Fair Facebook and Instagram pages. You can also contact the MFPI at 02-404.2685 or through their email [email protected].   


Featured photo courtesy of last year’s MaArte Fair

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