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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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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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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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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The Festival of Lights is Back at the Ayala Triangle Gardens!

One of my favorite places in Metro Manila is the Ayala Triangle Gardens, the quiet pocket of green right in the middle of the city. It’s tranquil for the most part except during the holidays, when it transforms into a lights and sound show featuring a million twinkling lights. I got the watch this year’s series of shows and felt the Christmas spirit!

The Ayala Triangle Gardens’ Festival of Lights is a much-awaited event during Christmas, captivating Filipinos for the past eight years. It’s not just Filipinos who love the show: Conde Nast has called it one of the most spectacular lights in the world.

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I Went Back in Time to See “Dinosaurs Around the World”!

When I watched Jurassic Park for the first time, I thought it would be cool to have a park where we can get up close and personal with dinosaurs. Of course, it’s not possible because we haven’t developed the technology to bring them back to life and it’s a bit dangerous. I somehow got to live my childhood dream because The Mind Museum has set up Dinosaurs Around the World, an impressive exhibition featuring life-sized animatronic dinos!

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SM Aura Blooms with Art in Aura, an Initiative with Local Artists

One of my favorite malls is SM Aura. It’s less crowded, the food choices are unique, and the shopping choices are elevated. There’s always something to check out at Aura, and it’s such a nice break from the rest of Bonifacio Global City. I love how walkable BGC is, but at the end of the day, I just want to be in a relaxing and airconditioned place. Now, there’s one more reason for me to visit Aura because they just launched Art in Aura!

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