“Arts and culture are very much intertwined in our lives,” stated Taguig Rep. Pia Cayetano at the 10th commemoration of ManilArt as the country’s leading art fair.
Filipinos are indeed artistic as was majestically displayed during the five-day event with an almost endless display of inspired art pieces at the SMX Convention Center.
Leading the pack of celebrated artists is Araceli Dans, whose name has been synonymous with calado painting. The 89-year-old maestra was honored with a ribbon-cutting ceremony during gala night.
Araceli expressed her happiness that she was “honored with this big space” to showcase her paintings. She also shared that five pieces on display were inspired during her stay in Batanes when she was invited by her good friend, former Department of Budget and Management secretary Florencio Abad, to visit his hometown.
Aside from the notable painters, other artists’ works were also featured at the exhibit. Ferdinand Cacnio (metal sculptures), Dominic Rubio (signature figures), Marge Organo (abstract glass forms), Jo Balbarona (sequined skull pieces), Chito Borja (sculptures made of staple wires), were among those who presented another art form.
Manila Bulletin, a sponsor in this year’s ManilArt anniversary, also presented its own collection in the form of Hatch, made of more than 60 “egg” pieces created by different artists. Some of the creations were also on display throughout SM Aura for mallgoers to appreciate.
In celebrating a decade of artistry, ManilaArt hopes to inspire not only up and coming artists but also the Filipino audience in general.
Rep. Pia Cayetano said it best when she conveyed this message: “I do hope that all the visitors in the coming days will take home that love and passion and interest with them in really going out of their hometowns all over the country and see what it is they have there that should be preserved and what it is they have that should be discovered.”
Catch ManilArt until October 21 at SMX Convention Center in Taguig. Tickets available online at ticketbooth.ph.