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Max Balatbat’s architecture of happiness

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In the best-selling book “The Architecture of Happiness,” Alain de Botton writes: “We depend on our surroundings obliquely to embody the moods and ideas we respect and then to remind us of them. We look to our buildings to hold us, like a kind of psychological mould, to a helpful vision of ourselves.”

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Broad strokes, grand gestures and the art of romance

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“AKO ang Nagsaing, Iba ang Kumain,” by Paul Hilario

Gallery Big’s Valentine group exhibit, “The Love Show,” locates love in the broader realm of passion, and manages, without being overbearing, to interrogate love’s performative dynamic and the often unquestioned rhetoric of commodified romance.

Posted: February 17th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Fil-Am artist Clarence Chun makes waves in Hawaii

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Clarence Chun’s “Until You Can’t See Land

Tacloban-born Oahu-based painter Clarence Chun is literally making waves in Hawaii. His renderings of Oahu’s majestic waves have earned him the top prize in the Honolulu Museum of Art’s prestigious “Artists of Hawaii” exhibit.

Posted: November 4th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Faith, fortune and sculptor Michael Cacnio’s zodiac

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Most people are surprised to know that renowned sculptor Michael Cacnio is a pastor who has been involved in the Christian ministry for the past 25 years.

Posted: February 25th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Rockwell exhibit pays tribute to the Joya legacy

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National Artist José Joya had a peculiar way of greeting each New Year. On New Year’s eve, Peping, as he was known to family and friends, would lock himself in his studio, away from the charivari and excess of the holidays, to work on a painting and would emerge only after the revelries had the died down.

Posted: January 21st, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

BenCab with his nudes and erotica

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BENCAB by his work, in the Erotica Gallery

Tucked in the BenCab Museum (Asin Road in Tuba, Benguet, 15 minutes from Baguio City), on a quiet corner one level below the building’s main entrance, is a small room, not more than 30 sq m, quite nondescript from the outside but for the cautionary sign on the door warning visitors of its contents “that may be offensive to minors and certain individuals.”

Posted: September 10th, 2012 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Art and the pursuit of happiness

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“WALANG Pakialamanan,” by Jun Balasbas

The Power Plant Mall in Rockwell, Makati City, seems serious in its commitment to showcase art for public consumption.

Posted: July 16th, 2012 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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