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Philippine art as new bucket list

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“Art in the Park” last March 23 was a heartwarming demonstration that Philippine contemporary art is appreciated by everyone who cares to look.

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

From ‘epal’ to art

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When used for the right purpose, computer printing on tarpaulin is one of the technological advances of our time, but when used to inflict the names and faces of “epal” politicians on us, tarpaulin advertisements become the visual curse of our time. Tarpaulin will never rise to the level of art, but self-promotion, or the need to leave one’s mark in the world, sometimes gives birth to World Heritage sites like the pyramids in Eygpt and Mexico or the Taj Mahal in India. In the Philippines, we have the iconic Marcos-era buildings that inspired the term “edifice complex,” describing one of Imelda Marcos’ afflictions.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Chicharon’ and furniture in Baliuag

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If we are to go by the results of the recent local and international auctions, the prices of Philippine art have not only hit the roof but actually shot out of it! There is so much liquidity in Manila these days that many speculators have jumped on the bandwagon and have been buying names rather than pictures.

Posted: March 7th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Treasure in Paete

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Laguna offers a variety of attractions for tourists. Nature has blessed the province with lush mountains, hot springs, cold pools, and postcard-pretty landscapes. It offers folk crafts and distinct cuisine. It is the birthplace of heroes, and Jose Rizal is its most illustrious son.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A day at the museum(s)

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If a picture paints a thousand words, among the words must be: “Don’t bring a camera to a museum!” Which was why on a recent field trip to the National Gallery of Art and to Museo Pambata, my camera stayed in the van even while my classmates voraciously took photographs while roaming the halls.

Posted: December 16th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Antipolo through painters’ eyes

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Life’s most fascinating encounters happen by chance.   I was walking out of Greenbelt with heavy packages when someone offered to help me. He turned out to be Jerson Samson, a painter who was my contemporary at the University of the Philippines and who had just raced down from Antipolo on a motorcycle to Ayala [...]

Posted: December 12th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Unicef’s art auction and Trick or Treat

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Here’s good news for art lovers: You can now buy art pieces online by joining Unicef’s Auction for Action 2013. You can buy paintings, sculptures, jewelry and fashion accessories, furniture and home accessories, and special items by over 90 talented and outstanding Filipino artists.

Posted: October 22nd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

When art is pornographic

Many thanks to Ceres Doyo for the thoughtful column “Poverty porn” (Opinion, 10/17/13). It has been rolling around in my mind and this is what I think…

Posted: October 18th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

The Cory paintings

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I very much doubt if the late President Cory Aquino even conceived of putting up her paintings and other painted works on exhibit.

Posted: July 27th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Woman both ‘malakas’ and ‘maganda’

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In the 1970s and 1980s, the Philippine creation myth about the first man and woman, Malakas and Maganda, became the subject of jokes and was even satirized in the underground “mosquito press” because of how the Marcoses got themselves portrayed by sycophant artists as the reincarnation of “the strong” (Malakas) and “the beautiful” (Maganda). The excesses of the conjugal dictatorship of Ferdinand and Imelda were softened through the portrayal of their likenesses in art that drew from myths and legends.

Posted: July 10th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Use mural painting to sway young from vandalism

The mural paintings on the façade or walls of Camp Aquinaldo are a welcome relief and a refreshing sight to passersby in the polluted and traffic-choked Edsa.

Posted: June 25th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Botong paintings, truly Filipino, brought back to life

This is in reference to Asuncion David Maramba’s March 7 commentary titled “The dark-skinned child who loved to draw.” What a beautiful, touching article about Botong! Truth to tell, Botong has always been my idol. “Pinoy na pinoy talaga ang kanyang mga paintings! (Indeed, his paintings truly reflect the Filipino soul.) His anatomical renditions, his [...]

Posted: March 19th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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