This month at the UP Vargas Museum — Viay nu Ivatan: Ivatan Lifeways

Here's what's in store for you at the Jorge B. Vargas Museum in the University of the Philippines, Diliman, this month. Olan Gonzales and Francisco Datar 15 May to 9 June 2018 3F Galleries UP Vargas Museum presents Viay nu Ivatan, a project by visual artist Olan Gonzales and anthropologist Francisco Datar, on 15 May, Tuesday, 4 PM at the 3F Galleries. Through painting, photography, and...

Marikina — Exploring the Book Museum cum Ethnology Center

My visit to the Book Museum cum Ethnology Center in Marikina City got me thinking. If I could travel the world, what memorabilia will I keep? Should I collect Starbucks mugs and keychains as almost everyone I know? Or should I build my own collection of the things that remind me of that country’s people and culture? The latter was what the President of Rex Group of Companies, Atty....

Listen to Haruki Murakami (Last Night Tonight!)

Don't have any plans for tonight? Head straight to the Globe Auditorium in Maybank Performing Arts Theater in BGC, Taguig for the last night of the Haruki Murakami Festival: Listen to Haruki Murakami! It's absolutely free. Register here! Listen to the music featured in Murakami's novels come alive in this unique performance! Trust me, this is something you don't want to miss. We went last...

This September at the UP Vargas Museum

Here's what's in store for you at the Jorge B. Vargas Museum in the University of the Philippines, Diliman, this month. The Arrow of Time in the Heart of the Sun Ian Fabro 2 to 23 September 2017 3F Galleries UP Vargas Museum opens Ian Fabro’s exhibition titled The Arrow of Time in the Heart of the Sun at the 3F Galleries on 2 September at 6 pm. In The Arrow of Time in the Heart of the...

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 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:...

Rediscovering the Ever Loyal and Noble City of Manila

Yesterday, my friend Vin and I went on a photowalk in Manila to have what we like to call a "secular Visita Iglesia." It's like the Catholic tradition of visiting seven churches during Lent, only we visit places of historic importance. We started the day with a late breakfast at McDonald's UN Avenue in Ermita. From there, we walked to Kalaw Street, where we found the first Protestant...

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. Yet, I know that if I want to spend the rest of my life in the...

Persian Melodies: The Traditional Music Of Iran (Free Concert at UP Asian Center)

The UP Asian Center will be hosting a free concert, Persian Melodies: The Traditional Music of Iran on 7 February 2017, 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium, UP Asian Center. The concert is open to the public, but seating is first-come, first-served. About the Concert The concert will feature performances of traditional Iranian music, which is generally performed by...

The MET Comes Alive with the NORDLYS / P-NOiSE Contemporary Performance

Last Saturday, my friend Vin asked me to watch a performance at the Manila Metropolitan Theater, or what is more popularly known as the Met. I was beside myself with delight when I heard that there was going to be a performance at the Met. Never mind that I'm not really a fan of modern dance or performance art; it was THE Met! It's part of my favorite spots in Manila, and I know that this...

“Tie a String Around the World” Opens at the Vargas Museum on Dec 9

Tie a String Around the World UP Vargas Museum, 1F & 3F Galleries Opening on December 9, 2016, Friday at 6 p.m. RSVP: info@philartvenicebiennale.net, (+632) 527 2175 The UP Vargas Museum opens Tie A String Around the World on December 9 at 6 in the evening. This homecoming re-stages the Philippines’ official exhibition at the Venice Art Biennale in 2015, 51 years after its first...