Nacio and Ongchangco tackle folklore, fairy tale | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

“EMPEROR’S New Wardrobe,” by Carlo Ongchangco
“EMPEROR’S New Wardrobe,” by Carlo Ongchangco

Francis Nacion and Carlo Ongchangco combine their respective narrative art practices in “Tales, Folk, and Fairy.” The two-man exhibition will open July 16 at the second-floor atrium of the Podium Mall, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.


The show is hosted by Galerie Joaquin Podium and  Galerie Stephanie.


Ongchangco has depicted  the cherished childhood classics, “The Little Matchgirl” and “The Emperor’s New Wardrobe,” in his narrative art works.


In the new exhibit, he presents “The Little Mermaid,” a sculpture of wood and epoxy that portrays the mermaid of the story jumping out of the sea.


“RAIN Harvest,” byOngchangco
“TRANSFORMATION,” by FrancisNacion

Whether on canvas or in his sculpture, the artists has the recurring narrator image of the rabbit (also present in “Red Riding Hood Going to Grandma”).


Ongchanco has a degree in  interior design from the University of Santo Tomas, and is creative director of Red Fish, an art apparel label.  From 2007 to 2010, he was co-owner and creative director of White Box Studio Gallery.


Meanwhile, Nacion uses his own personal experience as springboard for a larger examination of Philippine folklore and folk traditions.



Nacion tackles the ability of spirits to take the forms of humans and animals. In the painting “Metamorphose,” a bird transforms into a woman.


In “Solar Eclipse,” a spirit entity transforms into a dog.


Although hiis canvases are brighter this time, they’re still visually arresting and haunting.


Galerie Joaquin Podium is at the Podium Mall. Call 6347954; e-mail podium.galeriejoaquin@gmail. com.


Galerie Stephanie is at Unit 1B Parc Plaza Building, 183 E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue (C-5), Libis, Quezon City. Call 7091488.