If you enjoy going around the Philippines to check out museums and local craft, take time to explore the many ongoing exhibits. There are items that you can keep or give away as unique pasalubong.
Ortigas Art Festival
Ortigas Art Festival, running until March 31 at Estancia at Capitol Commons Ortigas Malls, features 130 artists from all over the Philippines and Southeast Asia.
“Enjoy Everyday” is the theme of the festival’s fourth edition which showcases photography, paintings and sculptures. Heading the festival is multiawarded artist Renato Habulan.
One of the highlights of the festival is the group exibibit “A Quiet Chaos” mounted by VMeme Contemporary Art Gallery. Participating artists Roman Soleño, Alaya Esguerra, Little Wing Luna, Avie Felix and Gary Rojas come together with a common curiosity to visualize silences and noises.
Born in Film online workshop with Franz Lopen on will discuss visual storytelling on March 16, and darkroom developing on March 26. There’s also a “vertical cinema” contest copresented by the Film Development Council.
Philippine landscape-inspired paintings
“The Natural State of Being” exhibit mounts paintings by Raul Isidro, on view until March 14 at Galerie Joaquin at The Podium, Mandaluyong City.
“Color harmony is a core instinct for Isidro. The Philippine landscape, with its atmosphere and unified light, is an ideal subject with which he pursues his interest,” according to Galerie Joaquin. Isidro shows his respect for the healing power of nature through his art works.
World’s tallest heart sculpture in 2022
When travel resumes, our kababayans in Florida can watch out for the world’s tallest heart sculpture to be finished by Filipino-American artist JEFRË who specializes in public art. “Heart to Heart” will be a 100-ft-tall, heart-shaped, mirrored stainless-steel installation in Tradition, a master-planned community in Florida, United States.
@jefre_artist on Instagram; jefre.org