Manila Vice Mayor Yul Servo Nieto in front of one of his scrap metal artwork.

Directions Three: Harmonizing nature and urban living through scrap metal art

Manila Vice Mayor Yul Servo Nieto in front of one of his scrap metal artwork.

After his two successful art exhibits, Manila Vice Mayor John Marvin Yul Servo Nieto launched his third run of “Directions” art show last Oct. 2 at the Bulwagang Rodriguez in the historic Manila City Hall that will run for a month.

Highlighting the coexistence of nature and city living by using scrap metal for his medium, Nieto embodies the environmentalist person in him. Inspired by the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), Nieto’s artworks aim to raise ecological awareness and responsible consumption particularly in the City of Manila. His artworks showcase the unique maps of the whole and the distinct districts of Historical Manila. “Directions Three” is all about the directions that we will take in our lives. It is a representation of the complexity and beauty of everyday living in the City of Manila.

From left: Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan, Vice Mayor Yul Servo Nieto, and Charlie Duñgo, director of the Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Arts of Manila.

The opening was attended by Manila Mayor Maria Sheilah “Honey” Lacuna-Pangan, city councilors, department heads, employees, as well as civic community partners namely, Manila Chinatown Barangay Organization, Manila Chinese Action Team, Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc., Lourdes “Lulu” Conching-Rodriguez, the portraitist behind the beautiful portraits of the mayors of Manila also graced the event as one of the distinguished guests of honor. In his speech, Nieto recognized the people behind him who supported him the whole time while doing the artworks, as well as the industrious city councilors who are doing their best in uplifting the lives of their fellow Manilenyos.

Nieto’s “Directions III” was conceptualized, in cooperation with the Department of Tourism, Arts and Culture of Manila (DTCAM) and the City Engineering, after the success of his earlier solo art exhibits. The Manila City Hall Band will be the beneficiary of the proceeds from the exhibit.

Some of the metal artwork and guests during the launch of the exhibit.