Check Out the New Public Art Murals at BGC!

One of my favorite districts in Metro Manila is the Bonifacio Global City (BGC). There’s so much to discover there with the number of restaurants, cafes, bars, and shops in every corner. It’s also walkable so you can spend the day just cruising through the wide sidewalks. The best part? There’s a lot of public art!

Through the years, BGC has championed public art through the sculptures and murals all over the city. Just recently, the Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation gave a group of artists a grant to work on new murals on building surfaces.

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OPPEIN, Asia’s Largest Cabinetry Manufacturer, Opens its First Showroom in Manila!

I used to love playing The Sims. The game where you can play God and control every aspect of your characters’ lives took over my teenage life and I would spend summers doing nothing but play. But while I enjoyed controlling my Sims, my favorite part of the game was designing the homes.

My obsession with creating perfect homes extended into adulthood and I’ve become a fan of great architecture and interiors.

Manila is home to beautiful homes and boutiques, and it’s because of the access we have to talented and homegrown designers, as well as imports from the design capitals of the world. There’s now a new addition to the bunch as OPPEIN, Asia’s largest cabinetry manufacturer, opened its first Manila branch.

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National Book Store Partners with 7 Design Influencers for Capsule Collection

I’ve always been a National Book Store shopper. As the OG bookshop in the Philippines, I would always visit the SM Southmall and Alabang Town Center branches, scouring its shelves for my next read. It was in the Town branch where I would discover the magical world of Hogwarts. As they say, I’m laking National.

Because I grew up with National, I’ve seen how the brand has evolved to offering not just books and school supplies but also more exclusive items, like refined fountain pens and other collectibles. They even partnered with personalities like artist Benedict Cabrera (BenCab), fashion designer Rajo Laurel, tastemaker Daphne Osena-Paez, and blogger Cecile van Straten for capsule collections.

This year, the bookstore is taking it up a notch by partnering with not just one personality, but with seven design influencers for the biggest collection to date. They have partnered with Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Cat Arambulo-Antonio, Patty Eustaquio, Laurel, Osena-Paez, Rissa Mananquil-Trillo, and van Straten to create a line of limited edition stationery, accessories, and gift items.

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The BGC Arts Center Festival is Back and Here’s What to Expect!

One of my favorite things to do in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) is to attend the BGC Arts Center Festival, a festival promoting the works of different artists in the performing and visual arts. The Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc. (BAFI) is certainly on a roll as it’s holding its third edition this year, following its first one in January and the second in June.

This time, the BGC Arts Center Festival is themed Champions of Passion: Soulful Feats of Art, reflecting the foundation’s enthusiasm in using art to elevate our lives. This is obvious when you consider the countless murals dotting the city and the success of the Mind Museum and the newly-built BGC Arts Center.

The third BGC Arts Center Festival will be held from November 24 to 26 at the BGC Arts Center. BAFI has curated an excellent lineup of shows, featuring improv, plays, orchestras, dance performances, and more.

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