ManilART 2013

 

 

I was invited to cut the ribbon again for the opening of ManilART 2013 Wednesday night by my artist friends Michael Cacnio and Danny Rayos del Sol. This year, in addition to lectures there is a film screening and an art walk. The gala opening night was wonderful – a great mix of collectors, fans, artists and gallery owners. Seriously, the local art scene has been in this explosive high the past decade and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down. Yay for Philippine art.

 

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This year, ManilART is at SM Aura’s SMX on the top floor of the mall.

 

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The show goes on until Sunday October 13, 2013.

 

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I didn’t quite make it to the actual ribbon cutting, but glad I was able to present a prize to one of the guests with emcee Angel Jacob.

 

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It was a very well attended opening night.

 

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Danny Rayos del Sol is an old friend from Canada. He is creative in all aspects and has now found his calling as a sculptor focusing on carved ostrich eggs.

 

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Danny’s beautiful and delicate work. He donated one egg lamp to this year’s UNICEF Auction.

 

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Another UNICEF Auction for Action donor artist Jinggoy Buensuceso.

 

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Pete Jimenez showed this large standing sculpture made from repurposed metal. His piece in UNICEF is smaller than this.

 

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Loving these Daniel de la Cruz sculptures in the foreground.

 

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With one of my favourite art couples, sculptor Michael Cacnio and wife Tess. They always support my Unicef auction. Look out for his piece at Auction for Action, it’s totally different from what he normally does.

 

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Michael Cacnio’s new works have the water and light themes.

 

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With Mr and Mrs Romulo Olazo. Can I say, I am a huge fan of Olazo. I cannot afford his works now; but I am a proud owner of a sketch portrait he did of me about eight years ago. I’m still hoping to own a painting one day.

 

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With sculptor Ramon Orlina who always supports my UNICEF Auctions. Can’t wait to visit his new museum and gallery in Tagaytay.

 

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Orlina and Olazo.

 

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Paseo Gallery carries three of our greatest contemporary artists – Orlina, Olazo and Cacnio.

 

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Finally met artist Dominic Rubio, a regular contributor to Unicef’s Auction for Action.

 

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Sarimanok sculpture by National Artist Abdulmari Asia Imao.

 

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Romeo Lee’s new muse, John Lloyd Cruz. He recently painted JLC’s portrait. And he jokingly/seriously told me that he is teaching JLC how to paint.

 

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So then Romeo Lee shot this photo of me and John Lloyd, my “brother” in a movie. This is Romeo’s photo (from Facebook “Leetrato”).

 

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And then he asked John Lloyed to take this photo of us. We met over a decade ago in Magnet Gallery’s events. He remembers everything! Amazed. Photo courtesy “Leetrato”

 

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Met a longtime reader, Marsha. Thanks for saying hi!

 

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OK, I love this. By RM de Leon

 

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And this by RM de Leon.

 

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But the one that took my breath away was Francesca “Keka” Enriquez.

 

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I love this. Old Keka Enriquez from 1994.

 

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This Keka Enriquez early work. Double sided. Sigh…

 

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Wow.
For more info on ManilART, visit their www.manilart.com

 

 

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  • Kimi Manuel

    One of my fondest memories of my UP college days is when Kuya Lee came with us on an overnight camping in Laiya for a P.E. class. Unforgettable fella’ 🙂

  • Paul Campos

    It’s interesting to note that RM de Leon and Keka Enriquez were contemporaries and both were proteges of the late Bobby Chabet. I LOVED the set up of Archivo ’84 gallery which in my opinion was the most interesting booth in the whole fair. My favorite piece in the whole art fair was RM de Leon’s Kitty Cats. Unfortunately it got sold before i could even negotiate. Lucky new owner. Keka’s works were also marvelous. Did you notice RM de Leon’s mural? It was his award winning piece when he was picked as one of the best 13 artsts by CCP circa 1990. The piece is beyond stunning.

    • Anonymous

      Wow yes, I have photos of those – kitty cats and the mural. So stunning.

      Archivo did have a very interesting set up.