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Ayala partners with Getty and Kunsthistorisches to hold unique symposium

GETTY Research Institute in Los Angeles, California JAIME S. MARTINEZ

“European people think that what happens is that Europe interacts with the rest of the world—but that’s wrong, it’s the other way around,” says Gerhard Wolf, director of Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz–Max-Planck-Institut, Florence, Italy.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

New pride of Vigan is the only museum-hotel in the country

THE NEW high-end address in the Mestizo District

Vigan, the only World Heritage City in the country (as declared by Unesco in 1999), has a new high-end address right in its heritage district: Hotel Luna at Gen. Antonio Luna St. cor Ventura de los Reyes St. It had a grand opening on Feb. 8.

Posted: February 25th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Health and Wellness,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Ramon Diaz: Art for the Year of the Horse


The horse’s nobility of bearing and gracefulness of movement hold deep fascination on artists through the millenniums, from the prehistoric cave dwellers to the ancient East, the Classical Greek period, the Roman antiquity, the Italian Renaissance, through the present.

Posted: February 9th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Splendor in the glass: Ramon Orlina turns 70

FAÇADE of Museo Orlina in Tagaytay City

Ramon Orlina, our leading glass artist, is celebrating the 37th year since he decided to explore that intriguing material.

Posted: January 26th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

An eye for beauty: The Inquirer annual photo exhibit

PERFECT geometry of the natural world (by Genie Lagman)

The shock of the new is what often greets visitors at this time of the year on the second-floor lobby of the Philippine Daily Inquirer main office on Chino Roces Avenue in Makati City.

Posted: December 9th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Ramon Orlina opens Tagaytay museum, with art, coffee–and the view–as come-ons

THE ARTIST on the roof deck luxuriates in the nippy weather and breathtaking view. At left, sculptural neckpieces of glass PHOTOS BY ANDREW TADALAN

There are only two museums owned by artists in the country: BenCab Museum in Baguio and Museo Orlina in Tagaytay.

Posted: November 3rd, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

A punk artist named Hidalgo


The punk subculture is characterized by “antiestablishment views and the promotion of individual freedom.” The punk lifestyle is, first of all, a philosophy, a politics—diverse ideologies and forms of expression that invaded youth culture in the 1970s, in music, fashion, literature, film, dance and the visual arts.

Posted: October 14th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Young plagiarist will do community service–in true Calidad Humana spirit

THIRD-PRIZE winner Arnold Jumpay, Paulina Mayorga, Chilean Ambassador Roberto Mayorga, second-prize winner Hannah Maria Reyes, top winner Marquez. PHOTO BY ANDREW TADALAN

A second awarding ceremony for the winners of the Chilean embassy’s National Essay Photography Competition, with the theme Smiles for the World, was held Oct. 3 at the salon of Ambassador Roberto Mayorga’s residence at Forbes Park, Makati City.

Posted: October 13th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Francisco Mañosa’s ‘lonely’ crusade for a truly Filipino architecture

LANTANA Lane, the three-storey, four-bedroom, 14-unit residence in New Manila, is the latest masterpiece designed by the venerable architect (right). PHOTOS BY JOHN DANIEL HIRRO

There have been only four National Artists for Architecture—Juan Nakpil, Pablo Antonio, Leandro Locsin and Ildefonso Santos—since the award was created in 1972, one would think the country has a dearth of world-class Filipino architects.

Posted: October 7th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

What to be wary about in an art auction

“FISH Vendors,” by Anita Magsaysay-Ho

Art has always been a commodity. Andy Warhol in the 1960s and Damien Hirst in the ’80s had already underscored that. At no time is this commodification of art more emphasized than during auctions.

Posted: September 8th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Kim Camacho’s Yayoi Kusama

BLOWN-UP image of Yayoi Kusama inNew York in the early 1960s, posing nude in imitation of a pinup girl

Largely neglected today by art history, Yayoi Kusama was all the rage in the art world in the radical 1960s. She became the first Japanese woman to receive the Praemium Imperiale, one of Japan’s most prestigious prizes for internationally recognized artists. Now 84, she is considered Japan’s foremost modernist.

Posted: August 11th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »



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