SM Aura Launches Art for Everyone

I like it when institutions take art out of the intimidating space of the museum and gallery and put it in high-traffic areas for everyday people to see. Not only does it make a space more beautiful, it allows people to see how talented Filipino artists are. It makes my heart swell with pride when I hear record-breaking visits to Art in the Park and Art Fair Philippines.

SM is joining the movement to bring art to everyone with Art For Everyone, a week-long exhibit across 23 SM Malls to showcase the talent of local artists. I got to visit the exhibit in SM Aura, where they featured works curated by the Center for Art, New Ventures & Sustainable Development (CANVAS), a non-profit aimed to promote children’s literacy, explore national identity, and deepen public appreciation for Philippine art, culture, and the environment.

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I Finally Got to Visit the National Museum of Natural History!

I love visiting museums so the first time I heard that the National Museum of the Philippines is constructing a building dedicated to natural history, I was excited. I lapped up every bit of news and fell in love when I saw photos of the interiors. When it finally opened on May 18, I wanted to go but I heard the place was crowded. While I’m happy that people are taking an interest in the arts, I also want breathing space when I visit.

Fast forward to a few months later and I finally got to visit!

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Artist Anina Rubio Paints a Fresh New Look to Seattle’s Best in BGC

I’ve been a fan of Anina Rubio ever since I saw her murals of leaves and flowers for Art in Aura, an initiative to bring art out of the gallery and into public spaces. So when I was told that I could watch her paint a new mural, I had to say yes! She was invited by Seattle’s Best Coffee for the first SBC Perkspective, a series of quarterly pocket events that offers talks, workshops, and informal meet-ups.

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You Can Explore the Universe at the Mind Museum with Space Adventure!

For quite some time, man has been obsessed with the universe. You can see this in pop culture, where Hollywood has released films set in space as early as 1968 with Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. In recent times, we’ve seen Alien, Star Wars, and Gravity. Even Netflix has gotten into it, with titles like The Cloverfield Paradox and Lost in Space. Star Trek may have called it the final frontier but The Mind Museum is taking us to the galaxy now with their new exhibit, Space Adventure: Journey to the Wonders of the Universe!

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Art in the Park 2018 Opens This Weekend!

After the success of Art Fair Philippines comes Art in the Park, an affordable and outdoor art fair set in the Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village. It’s meant to be more casual than AFP and allows collectors, patrons, supporters, and first-timers to explore the local art scene for free in a laidback atmosphere. This year’s run will be on April 15 and I’m super excited to see what’s going to happen this weekend!

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My Top Picks at Art Fair Philippines 2018

I was able to go to the vernissage of Art Fair Philippines 2018 last night and was once again blown away by the breadth of work by Filipino artists. The organizers of the fair pulled out all the stops and transformed all the available space of The Link carpark to showcase 51 galleries across the Philippines (and the world).

This year, Art Fair is focusing on photography and there were a lot of great photos from talented photographers.

Here are 10 things to watch out for when Art Fair opens from March 1 to 4. If you want a sneak peek of what to expect, here are my 10 favorite pieces this year:

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