Seeing is not enough. There must be museums. The Metropolitan Museum of Manila presents the first MET Open 2014. A benefit exhibition featuring a diverse collection of modern and contemporary pieces created in the Philippines by local and foreign artists as presented by 5 respected curators in the country. On view till Oct. 4, 2014. … Continue reading BRAGGING RIGHTS
Today marks my tenth year of living here in Manila. Malate in particular. The western end, the area by the bay. I know the place like the back of my hand now. And, as a small tribute, I won't be going into its bad lights today. Even though the city best speaks of that 'run … Continue reading TRAUMANILA
Hurried shots of life in the northernmost town. Confidence level low. Unobliging Sun. And a bus leaving in an hour.
The Year of the Horse started on me like a rodeo ride. First I lost my house. Then, a schemer robbed me of my promotion. I'd like to become a water, so I can take all life's punches. I'd like to be a ghost and ride this bronking buck without complaints. But then there's art. … Continue reading STREET ART MANILA
The morning the killer quake hit Bohol and Cebu, we were in Silay City, Negros Occidental. A hundred miles from the epicenter. Waiting for our breakfast inside this homey pastry shop called EL IDEAL. The breakfast never came. A few minutes before 8, the ground shook. Everyone dashed for the door, struggling with their footing. … Continue reading SILAY CITY: OLD WORLD CHARM