Last Friday, June 9, 2017, there’s a big happening in the local art scene in Manila.
At the SM Megamall Megatrade Hall 2, big galleries, individual artists, art organizations, and art suppliers, and even media organizations, art educators and a private university that offers a Fine Arts course, have gathered together to bring to the public Art Mod 2017–an art fair that showcases the works of the finest visual artists, antiques, and other niceties.
The Filipinas Institute for the Advancement of Arts and Culture (FilArts), Inc., a nonprofit which I have helped organized and co-founded with the artists Roy C. Espinosa, Angelito “Jo” Florendo in 2015, has joined this prestigious art event.
The entrance fee was cheap, P100 (US$200.01/€1.80), and once you have paid you can now enjoy the artworks and join the lectures.
I saw the works of the Visual Olympian Jose “Joe” F. Datuin; the paintings of the Paris-based Filipino visual artist, Allenrey “Migz” Salazar (who joined Datuin at the prestigious by-invitation-only art festival in Venice, the Anima Mundi Art Festival, which coincided with the 57th La Biennale di Venezia that opened on 03 May 2017 and will end on 23 November 2017); the lovely works of the Molata Sisters–Raks and Naning Molata; the beautiful works of Maia Magpantay; the magnum opuses of the Artist for the Stars, Philipp Badon; the works of the lovely tandem, Eman Santos and Ysa Gernale; the superb works of the artists from the FEATI University in Quiapo, Manila; the works of members of Neo-Angono Artist Collective; the works of Dolpee Alcantara and Nani Reyes, who are both from Angono; a work by the Master Lady Painter, Remedios “Remy” Boquiren; and of course the works of Roy Espinosa, Jo Florendo, Oying Madrilejos, Jen Utleg Consumido, Zorrick Enriquez, Janos Delacruz, and his father, Fil Delacruz; Maryrose Gisbert-Domingo; and many more.
It’s just bad that I have not attended the opening, but still, I have enjoyed the event, for it was organized with an aim of promoting the works of local artists and to further develop the local art scene.