12:30 pm: I’ve been invited to live blog at MetMuseum Manila today. To make this experience richer, I’ve intentionally avoided researching on anything about the artist and exhibit. I also feel it’d be a great writing exercise for me; I’ll be more candid (I think), and you’d be learning about Claudio Bravo the same time I am!
About to leave for the museum. Let’s hope the Wifi there works!
1:50pm: Semi-fail. No wifi while we’ll be going around the exhibit. Broadcast will be a delayed telecast, folks! But no worries for now. I’ll be writing as I go along still.
This is a permanent collection housed in the museum and is included when you buy a ticket. We were almost going to miss this because we were hungry and in a rush to catch the train back to Barcelona, but that would have been a big mistake! The jewelry was BEAUTIFUL and unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.
I was extremely lucky to have visited Barcelona, Spain this year with my family. It was my first time there, and it’s incredibly enjoyable — the men were hot, the women were hot, the food was scrumptious, and the whole city was like one big Intramuros. But before going there, I truly had only one thing in my agenda in Spain: forget FCBarcelona, forget Gaudi, forget Miro and Picasso, forget the paella; I was there to visit the Dali Theatre-Museum.
About three years ago, I peered into a mall gallery and saw a Michael Cacnio brass sculpture by the window. I remember thinking, “Wow, this guy’s work is amazing. I bet he’ll go far.” Little did I know that Cacnio has been an acclaimed artist for the past 20 years! Shame on me for not knowing any better.
To celebrate two decades as a Filipino artist, Cacnio teamed up with “Toy of the Century” LEGO for a one-of-a-kind exhibit entitled Inspire. I got to catch it on its last day in Greenbelt 5, and it was such a treat to see and examine how Cacnio integrated these plastic bricks into his metal masterpieces.
When I heard that this roving exhibit is in town, I knew I had to see it. Why? I LOVE JAPAN! It’s my absolute favorite country to visit. I love the culture, the kookiness, the innovation, and all the fun and crazy stuff from this amazing but disaster-prone nation. The Japan: Kingdom of Characters exhibition is sponsored by the Japan Foundation and showcases the special connection the Japanese have with characters from anime and manga.
Two Saturdays ago, I got to visit Trilogy Boutique for the first time to check out the launch of my boyfriend’s sister’s friend, Nix Puno. Entitled Little Wonder, the paintings exhibited are described as “part of a bigger context, a larger picture not yet seen — a tiny detail in an eventually beautiful plan.”
I must admit: Jose Rizal is not my favorite Filipino hero. For that slumbook question, my answer is reserved for Emilio Aguinaldo. I guess it’s because 1) the street I grew up in is named after him, and 2) who doesn’t love a man in uniform? 😉
But this year marks the 150th birth anniversary of my country’s national hero, and the government so kindly declared June 20th a non-working holiday. So as my way of thanksgiving, I trooped over to Yuchengco Museum (first time there, check!) for their RIZALizing the Future exhibit.
After I earned the part of Mrs. Lovett via the traditional route of a lengthy audition process, Tim came to my kitchen looking shocked. “I found this original drawing from 20 years ago,” he said. “It looks like you and Johnny. I drew you before I knew you existed.” — Helena Bonham Carter
I came to know Sir Eros Basilio as the brother of one of my favorite professors in DLSU, Sir Anlex. Sir Eros, while he was still in advertising, was an institution in himself; he is a master of design and often credited as a local “logo master“. So when I found out that he has a solo exhibition at Ayala Museum Artist Space (first time there, check!), I had to see his art beyond typography and logos.