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Vargas Museum

This Month’s Events at the Vargas Museum, UP Diliman (May 2017)

Here’s what’s in store for you at the Jorge B. Vargas Museum in the University of the Philippines, Diliman, this month.

Obra ni Val: Carlos Valino, Jr. Retrospective

Carlos P. Valino, Jr.
12 May to 13 June 2017
3F Galleries
UP Vargas Museum

Obra ni Val

UP Vargas Museum, in cooperation with the family of Carlos Valino, Jr., and The University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts, opens Obra ni Val: Carlos Valino, Jr. Retrospective on May 12. The public reception is on May 24, Wednesday, 6 PM at the 1F Galleries. Obra ni Val: Carlos Valino, Jr. Retrospective runs until June 13.

About the Artist

Carlos P. Valino, Jr. (b. 1926 – d. 2008) is an artist, professor, and storyteller whose expertise in figure drawing has received acclaim from students, peers, and colleagues. He was a Ramon Roces Scholarship Grantee of UP School of Fine Arts and Architecture (eventually became the UP College of Fine Arts, separate from the College of Architecture). He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1951. He taught in his college for 33 years (retiring in 1991). Being one of the last students of Fernando Amorsolo, Irineo Miranda, and Dominador Castañeda, he had mastered realism – so much so that he could sketch proficiently any figure from memory and demonstrate it in class. His illustrations speak to folk culture and local history, and they have been featured in numerous publications including Liwayway magazine. His works are installed at the University of the Philippines, National Library, National Museum, Coconut Palace, and the Malacañang Palace.

The retrospective is a celebration of Valino: a boy from Nueva Ecija who survived the Japanese Occupation persevered in his studies and mastered his craft. The exhibit will feature Valino’s early and late works (historical paintings, genre paintings, and portraiture), illustrations and personal objects.

Existence

Ged Merino and Aze Ong
12 May to 13 June 2017
1F Lobby and West Wing Gallery
Existence

UP Vargas Museum, with support from The Drawing Room (Contemporary Art), opens Ged Merino’s and Aze Ong’s exhibition titled Existence on May 12. Public reception (which includes a performance by Aze Ong) is on May 24, Wednesday, 6 PM at the 1F Galleries.

Existence presents the collaboration between Merino’s and Ong’s works that harness the spider’s mythological origins as “creator”. The industrious and meticulous ways the spider crafts its web become the stimuli for tales of deities likened as the weavers of the universe (such as the Grandmother Spider, or Spider Woman), as well as the dispositions reflective of the creativity of Filipinos who thrive in different environments. At the same time, a spider emulates the cycle from birth (conception) to death (transcendence): the emergence of life on earth.

Supplementing the exhibit are two Artist Talks by Ged Merino and Aze Ong on May 26, Friday, at 10-11:30 AM and 1-2:30 PM at the 1F Galleries of the museum. Existence runs until June 13.

About the Artists

Ged Merino (b. 1962) studied Bachelor of Fine Arts from PWU School of Fine Arts and Art Students League (New York). He represents The Drawing Room (Contemporary Art), Multiple Impressions (New York), Miriam Perlman Gallery (Chicago), Galeria Expreso del Arte (Bogotá, Colombia) and Turning Art. He was the recipient of different awards such as Best in Show in the Spirit of New Jersey (1991), Jackson Pollock Memorial Scholarship in Arts Student League, New York (1988), and Top Five in the ASEAN Youth Painting Delegation, Singapore (1987). Aside from local and international exhibitions, he has also been part of art fairs and biennales such as Artstage Singapore (2015).

Aze Ong (b. 1977) received her Bachelor of Communication in Media Production at Assumption College. She has exhibited in local and international galleries and museums, and her works have been part of the collections of Museo Pambata and Jeonbuk Museum of Art (Korea). She is an Asian Cultural Council Grantee (2016) and was named Solar Daybreak Artist of the Week (2014). She was featured in numerous media platforms (newspapers, magazines, and TV shows), including BBC Brasil (2011) and the MAPEH on the Go 10, the K to 12 edition textbook (2015).

Contact UP Vargas Museum

For more information about any of the events, please contact Vargas Museum at (+632) 928-1927 (direct line), (+632) 981-8500 local 4024 (UP trunkline), (+632) 928-1925 (fax), or send an e-mail to vargasmuseum@gmail.com. You may also check our website or like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@UPVargasMuseum) for more updates.

Book Review

Book Review: 7 Reasons Why Filipinos Will Change the World

If you’re Filipino, chances are you’ve been inundated by exasperating news about the current state of affairs in the country in the past year. In October, I was so frustrated that I resolved to write about what aspects of being Filipino I still take pride in. I have to admit that I found the exercise too difficult.
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TravelBook.ph Celebrates Their Fourth Anniversary

(This press release contains an affiliate link; that is, I will likely receive a small amount when you make a hotel reservation via Travelbook.ph using my link, at no extra cost to you.)

Travelbook.ph, the leading local hotel booking website in the Philippines, is turning four! Explore and see the beauty of the Philippines in the coming months with these exciting promos: Win a free trip to Japan for two in the Konnichi-wow: Free Trip to Japan and avail of highly affordable deals on hotels and resorts with Super Summer Sale.

travelbook.ph promo

In just four years, TravelBook.ph has grown exponentially in the e-commerce industry. Its number of bookings increased up to 200% ever since they started offering affordable hotel reservations in March 2013. Today, over 3,200 local hotels and resorts are listed on their website, providing more opportunities for Filipino wanderers to travel around the country and support local tourism.

TravelBook.ph dares to brave that extra mile and achieve even more by further establishing their brand as the only online travel agency (OTA) that promotes local tourism and highlighting the unique perks and services they offer to Filipino travelers, including attractive discounts, convenient payment options, exclusive reward points, and its mobile app.

TravelBook.ph will also be releasing the TravelBook magazine, the company’s official free publication that aims to inspire Filipinos to visit local destinations, meet new people, and immerse themselves in the country’s rich culture.

The Philippines is full of wonders that are meant to be appreciated as well as explored. As they celebrate their fourth anniversary, TravelBook.ph encourages you to go and explore the amazing places in the Philippines and gain memorable travel experiences like no other.

travelbook.ph promo

About TravelBook.ph

TravelBook.ph is one of biggest online travel e-commerce companies (online travel agent or OTA) in the Philippines dedicated to offering great value hotel bookings and with a varied selection of Philippine hotels and resorts in Baguio, Batangas, Bohol, Boracay, Cebu, Davao, Laguna, Metro Manila, Palawan, Pampanga, Tagaytay, Zambales, and more. A total of 3,000 of affordable hotels are currently listed in Travelbook.ph.

Book accommodations on the go with TravelBook.ph’s convenient mobile app, which is available for Android and iPhone. They offer the best price guarantee with attractive discounts for hotels and resorts, and various types of payment options without a credit card:

– Pay at Hotel
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Customers automatically earn back 5% of the total amount they spend as reward points, which they can use to get discounts on their future bookings (1 point is equivalent to PHP 1.00). For more information, contact their 24/7 contact center through these numbers:

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To learn more about convenient and affordable hotel bookings all over the Philippines, visit the Travelbook.ph website. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

March Blog Challenge

For my last entry to our ongoing blog challenge at the office, I chose to post a photo collage rather than a photo essay (sorry, Jonjon!). These are my co-workers from my previous job with whom I’ve spent more than two years. I have nothing but good things to say about these folks. In fact, I have every reason to be thankful that I had the opportunity to work (and have fun) with each of them. My first leadership role would not have been as rewarding if I did not have these awesome, talented folks on my team.

photo collage

From the bottom of my heart, thanks, guys! 🙂

This post is my entry to a blog challenge at work.