10 Things to Watch Out For in Art Fair Philippines 2018

One of the things I look forward to each year is Art Fair Philippines, the country’s largest gathering of artists and galleries in the unconventional space that is The Link carpark in Ayala Center, Makati City. I’ve been to all runs since it started in 2013 so it’s exciting to see how the fair has grown to become the cultural force that it is today. The organizers up the ante each year and 2018 is shaping up to be its biggest year yet.

Art Fair Philippines 2018 will be held from March 1 to 4. Here are 10 things to watch out for this year:

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“The Cloverfield Paradox” is a Thrilling Ride in Space and Alternate Dimensions

In a very ambitious move, Netflix goes the sci-fi route with the surprise release of The Cloverfield Paradox, the third film from the Cloverfield franchise that connects Cloverfield (2008) and 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016). This installment is set in space and is meant to tie the three films together. The result is a thrilling watch that proposes an interesting premise and great storytelling.

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January 2018 in Books

1. X-Men Mutant Genesis 2.0 (Chris Claremont, Jim Lee, John Byrne, Scott Lobdell, 1991)

X-Men Mutant Genesis collects the first seven issues from the adjectiveless X-Men and features the “Rubicon” and “Omega Red” storylines. In “Rubicon,” the X-Men battle it out against Magneto, as the villain has set up an asteroid base and is set on building a mutant netopia, whatever the cost. In “Omega Red,” we are introduced to the Russian super soldier, who is on the hunt for the Carbonadium Synthesizer, a device that Wolverine stole that will help him be stronger. Even if the premise of “Rubicon” has seen various iterations in its movies (the battle between integration with and dominance of non-mutants), I enjoyed reading it for its pacing, its well-drawn characters, and action-packed scenes. I’m not really a fan of the story of “Omega Red” but I still liked it for the same reasons.  All the comics in the anthology have been remastered and recolored, which makes for an explosive read.

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“Winning the Anvils” is a Must-Read for PR Practitioners and Students

Not a lot of people know this but I used to work in public relations. I spent a few good years in a PR agency, where I crafted campaigns for some of the country’s biggest brands. While I’m no longer part of the industry, I’m still part of the ecosystem as a writer where I get to observe how companies execute their big ideas and key messages. What better way to measure the effectivity of a campaign than by reading Carlos A. Agatep’s Winning the Anvils?

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You Can Soon Buy J.Crew from Zalora!

I’m so happy to be living in the age of technology because I don’t know what I would do if we didn’t have online shopping. I’m naturally lazy so there are times when I would just want to stay in bed and have things like food, books, groceries, and clothes delivered to me. Now there are more options online as American fashion brand J.Crew will be available on Zalora soon!

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January 2018 in Movies

1. Deadma Walking (Julius Alfonso, 2017)

In Deadma Walking, gay man John Samson (Joross Gamboa) wonders what people would say about him when he dies after he discovers he has cancer. Because of this, he sets up an elaborate plot with his best friend Mark (Edgar Allan Guzman) to fake his own death and attend the wake. You expect it to be filled with plenty of beki shenanigans and it does not disappoint in that department, but it has a surprising heft (Cabahug’s screenplay won a Palanca in 2014) grounded by Guzman’s campy yet tender performance as the best friend. He totally deserved winning Best Supporting Actor at the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2017.

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“Black Panther” is Visually Stunning with a Unique and Empowering Story

For Marvel Cinematic Universe’s next film, the studio tackles the rich history of T’Challa in Black Panther. As the titular superhero, he is the newly-crowned king of the fictional reclusive African nation Wakanda. As T’Challa comes to terms with being the new ruler, someone from the country’s past reappears to challenge the throne and harness its precious resources. It may sound like your typical Marvel film but Black Panther is so much more and comes with a unique and empowering story.

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