Frankfurter Buchmesse 2023: Why books matter in a time of war & the ongoing assault on truth
by Igan D’Bayan - November 19, 2023 - 12:00am
In one of the strangest plot twists in the most bonkers of timelines we could ever imagine, books are being banned or censored (burned, even) in parts of America, while in Germany, they have just wrapped up the world’s...
The Philippines is Frankfurt Book Fair 2025 guest of honor
by Igan D’Bayan - November 12, 2023 - 12:00am
For the NCCA (National Commission for Culture and the Arts) team, the Frankfurt Book Fair was a blur of technical meetings, discussions and observations as to how the current Guest of Honour country, Slovenia, made...
Ikea and the alchemy of Christmas
by Igan D’Bayan - October 14, 2023 - 12:00am
Ikea and Christmas…
Senator Loren Legarda:‘It is high time to share Filipino stories — told in our own voices.’
by Igan D’Bayan - September 11, 2023 - 12:00am
Salman Rushdie. Margaret Atwood. Neil Gaiman. Paulo Coelho.
Ladies and gentlemen, we are floating in space
by Igan D’Bayan - August 26, 2023 - 12:00am
Space… NASA… bed… jazz… maître d’… all these words sprang up like space-age foam one August afternoon at the PMCS Blackbox Theater in Circuit Makati. Jason Nicholas...
Bulls on parade
by Igan D’Bayan - August 24, 2023 - 12:00am
If Jake LaMotta pummeled slabs of beef with a barrage of punches, that would make for really tender burger patties.
Beyond the veil: Carlos Quijon Jr.& Mark Salvatus to represent PH at the Venice Biennale
by Igan D’Bayan - August 14, 2023 - 12:00am
What is a curator in this day and age? Carlos Quijon Jr. explains how today’s curators are also historians and art critics, among other things.
How the tables have turned
by Igan D’Bayan - August 5, 2023 - 12:00am
Oh, how the tables have turned, indeed. Turned into something straight out of a decorator’s dream.
What threads these two cities
by Igan D’Bayan - July 8, 2023 - 12:00am
It’s interesting how artworks or installations take on different contexts based on the location of the exhibition — originally at the Philippine Pavilion in the Arsenale for the 59th Venice Art Biennale,...
The fatted calf's backstory is a delicious as the food
by Igan D’Bayan - June 15, 2023 - 12:00am
The origin story of The Fatted Calf in Tagaytay revolves around something irreplaceable getting lost and then being found again. Similar to a really good pot roast, all the elements are in place.
Estero stories: PHL Pavilion makes gutsy move @venice architecture biennale
by Igan D’Bayan - June 10, 2023 - 12:00am
If you asked Midjourney to forward-slash describe curator Lesley Lokko — an architect, academic and novelist —  by prompting it with a photo of her taken two days before Biennale Architettura 2023...
Senator Loren Legarda: 'Culture is what binds us as a nation'
by Igan D’Bayan - May 31, 2023 - 12:00am
Imagine what a typical day would be like for Senator Loren Legarda. It would undoubtedly involve the gods of tasks and a landscape of paperwork — waking up very early, finishing late in the evening, with seemingly...
Italian Embassy presents an afternoon of Verdi at Areté.
by Igan D’Bayan - May 15, 2023 - 12:00am
We, from the older generation, are lucky that we know the combination to a safe, inside of which you will find these treasures, these jewels,” said Marco Clemente, the Italian Ambassador to the Philippines....
A season of women at the crucible
by Igan D’Bayan - May 8, 2023 - 12:00am
The Force is female all right, but not in a hackneyed, contra-canonical Disney’s Star Wars way.
Ronald Ventura: Voyeur apes & painted rides
by Igan D’Bayan - April 17, 2023 - 12:00am
The trip starts here.
The power & history of the Tudor Ranger
by Igan D’Bayan - March 15, 2023 - 12:00am
The British North Greenland Expedition left Deptford, an area on the banks of the Thames in London on July 8, 1952. This was a two-year scientific mission to study ice sheets in Greenland.
The Heart of Evolution
by Igan D’Bayan - February 14, 2023 - 12:00am
What lies at the heart of waiting?
Senator Loren Legarda: "We need futurists who can see beyond the tangible'
by Igan D’Bayan - January 28, 2023 - 12:00am
Why does Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda love textiles? The answer is as intricate as the weaves themselves.
Impy Pilapil’s long and winding road to ‘InFInity’
by Igan D’Bayan - November 7, 2022 - 12:00am
What is to come… that is one thing that cannot be sculpted.
A ballet of mechanism & subtlety at Patek Philippe
by Igan D’Bayan - October 12, 2022 - 12:00am
The story of Patek Philippe is the story of human aspiration, of what a pair of hands, craftsmanship, and a dreaming mind can create.
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