BRAGGING RIGHTS

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. […]

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TRAUMANILA

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 […]

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STREET ART MANILA

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. […]

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SILAY CITY: OLD WORLD CHARM

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. […]

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PHOTOWALK BACOLOD CITY (2)

There was this calm before the storm feeling when we arrived in Bacolod City. The Eid Al Adha emptied the streets of motion. Masskara Festival draws near. One holiday after another. The populace silently tied up with the coming feast. This town is a gift. Untie the ribbons!

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HUMANS OF MANILA

“I love you papa.” My 16-year old señorita texted me. “Love you too. Don’t you have any homework?” I messaged back. “None. I’m just missing you.” So I gave her a call, and caught her sobbing. I asked what’s wrong. The lesson for today is about FAMILY. She told me how she opened up about […]

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1335 MABINI: ARTISANS’ REALM

Stormy Saturday didn’t kept me from showing up at Casa Tesoro — the seat of tribal art and antiquities in Ermita. This is upon Ms. Mai Saporsantos’ invitation for a VIP preview of 1335Mabini’s LIFE OF PERISH. A multi-media exhibit featuring the works of internationally distinguished Pinoy contemporary artists. (You read it right vee-ahy-pee preview) […]

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PHOTOWALK CEBU CITY

I believe everyone should see Cebu City in the old-fashioned way — on foot. I have a boss a true-blue Cebuano. Finds it hard to communicate in Tagalog tongue. When he does, it’s like he has difficulty breathing. And I believe him when he says “all of Cebu City is just a walk away.” “Walking […]

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Beijing Zoo Gallery 4U

Nowhere to go and nothing better to do this rainy TGIF afternoon but to try out WP’s Gallery feature featuring a few of my shots from CUFE group’s “educational tour” at the Beijing Zoo. I am a zoo patron, not.  Animals are not toys, yes! And I strongly believe that the zoo community regards the […]

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