Art in the Park 2019 Returns This Weekend!

I’m not a big fan of summer but one of the things I look forward to during the season is Art in the Park, the country’s most-awaited affordable art fair. It’s held every year at the Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village, Makati, and it’s a great way to explore the Philippine art scene in the refreshing space of a park. Entrance is free of charge so everyone is welcome!

This year’s run will be just as special with a good mix of art, food, special exhibits, and music. Here are things you should look out for at Art in the Park 2019 on March 17:

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Here are the Pieces to Check Out at Art Fair 2019

One of the things I looked forward to this year is Art Fair 2019. It’s the biggest art event in the country, inviting 52 galleries to exhibit the best of Philippine and regional art at The Link Carpark in Makati. From February 22 to 24, you can see the breadth of local art and all its styles and movements. If you’re strategic about it, you don’t have to feel overwhelmed trying to see all the pieces spread across five floors.

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You Can Experience History Through Virtual Reality with I Am Cardboard!

For many of us who grew up prior to technology and social media, the study of history can be boring. Luckily, advances in science have made this important subject fun and even interactive! That’s what I Am Cardboard did when they created another virtual reality diorama in partnership with the Ayala Museum, this time focusing on Emilio Aguinaldo and Andres Bonifacio.

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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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