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Sunday, December 10, 2023

Secret Fresh + Jade Suayan | You Tell Me

There are diverse thoughts and reactions when you see art in a gallery full of people having their perspectives. But what if you see different and diverse emotions presented in one solo art show that also defines the artist’s reflection of his/her personal life experiences?

Jade Suayan channels that and more through her latest solo art show that truly defines her growth in becoming an artist. From making street murals and collaborations with well-known brands her work signifies that the challenges she goes through and brings you a culmination of emotions channeled to her latest show and asks “You Tell Me?”

Friday, December 8, 2023

Toys R' Us | New Location at Circuit Makati

These days, you’ll never find a toy store adding a new branch to its list in the last five years. But Toys R’ Us in the Philippines just opened a new branch at the Ayala Malls Circuit just outside the CBD at a shopping centre that used to be a horse race track that opened in 2015. The only store they had before was a TRU pop-up store.

Fast forward to December 2023, and they just recently opened an actual store replacing that eight-year-old pop-up location that will cease to exist at the end of this month. For those outside the Philippines, TRU has been consistently opened along with its other Asian counterparts since it is a franchise that operates in this country.

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Vinyl On Vinyl | Unraveling Body Colonies

Sometimes the misunderstood can be overlooked to get a better perspective of what is happening in life. With art, it usually never gets the same degree of appreciation as the ones that really stand out and it is often the most challenging thing to the artist to convey their piece of narrative that doesn’t explain itself to the viewer’s reaction.

But most of the time, the art style and the way it is presented overweighs the artwork is trying to do, and in the case of this two-artist exhibition featuring EDOPOP and M.A. Roziq that are two different art styles in bringing their work in one exhibition is considered a yin and yang moment that very much explains how two opposites attract.

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Vinyl On Vinyl | Bite the Bullet

“Bite the Bullet” is a group show featuring fourteen of the established and up-and-coming visual artists in Manila’s contemporary artists. Rarely, you will see some of the best in the scene from street to traditional art in one exhibition, but Vinyl on Vinyl made it happen by curating some of the best works that very few have ever heard of.

The fourteen talented artists put together in one show have diverse art styles and personalities that culminate to wrap up the end of the 20223 calendar year for Vinyl on Vinyl featuring some of the best who have already had their shows in the international scene.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Arte Bettina | Flying Spooks, Dreams & Nite Sprite

The power of storytelling is not just about writing but also can be seen visually by artists who can tell a story without the need for words, and that comes naturally for Paulo Amparo in his first solo show with Arte Bettina for a limited run featuring all his works that inspired his childhood dreams, fantasy, and a little bit of Japanese Anime that he put together for this show.

Visually was not enough as this is accompanied by special art toy sculptures to make it more unique to tell three of his artworks about these characters. It might inspire young minds to those who would discover his work.

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Manila Pop Con | Saturday Highlights

There were so many highlights as eventful as the Manila Pop Con descended at the Ayala Mall Manila Bay, where it was bannered by two international guests featuring Mackenyu (One Piece Live Action) and Mela Lee (American Voice Actress) who was also graced by participating local cosplayers bringing their “A-Game” on stage.

It is open to the public as the main stage is at the atrium at the ground level, and you’re not going to miss the loud noise emanating from the fancy stage with sophisticated lights and sounds. The area is packed as the mall goes past the area, where you will also find vendors selling their anime-related merchandise.

Saturday, November 18, 2023

Galerie Stephanie | Dreams

Most people are still dreaming, but Manix Abrera, the man has been working hard to make that Dream happen and more. He’s been at his peak in creating stories from panel to panel while appearing in local comic shops and events signing autographs and meeting with his longtime fans.

This time, Manix is having the time of his life traveling and seeing the world. It is also that he is reliving a Dream of having his next Solo Art Show with Galerie Stephanie, and this is not the first time he’s done it. But this is one exhibit, where you don’t see the comic strips and artwork anywhere as a one-off that’s great to see.