At home with Martin Honasan & Barbie Almalbis: Cradle of art, love & a cat named after Vernie Varga
by Igan D’Bayan - July 13, 2019 - 12:00am
I’ve often wondered what it was like in the once-upon-a-time crib shared by Joni Mitchell and Graham Nash with sunshine in the morning, fireworks at night, and two cats in the yard.
All is paired with love at Conrad Manila
by Igan D’Bayan - July 11, 2019 - 12:00am
It is one thing to have a view of structures skillfully, carefully crafted by men (a wrought-iron tower surveying a city of lights, a great bell at the north end of a palace, or a bell tower at a graceful tilt forever)...
Claude Tayag’s delicious wanderlust with watercolor
by Igan D’Bayan - July 7, 2019 - 12:00am
‘A Watercolor Journey’ takes its readers on trip from Pampanga to Misty Baguio to Nighttime Tokyo to Glittery Reno to other wondrous places filled with Claude Tayag’s watery colors, vanishing points,...
At home with Elmer Borlongan & Plet Bolipata: House of faces, house of light
by Igan D’Bayan - June 15, 2019 - 12:00am
For their house in the city, Plet took a different approach in putting pieces together. Emong likes it simple but not too Zen.
‘Island weather’ at the 58th Venice Art Biennale: Walking on cobwebs of metal, memory and magic realism
by Igan D’Bayan - May 13, 2019 - 12:00am
You gaze into the abyss of Mark Justiniani’s modules of metal, glass, mirrors, resin and an archipelago of forms and objects (ladders burrowing down the depths of nowhere, drawers stacked upon each other with...
A journey to rock Valhalla at Hard Rock Café Manila
by Igan D’Bayan - May 9, 2019 - 12:00am
Journey vocalist Arnel Pineda finishes his set at the newly opened Hard Rock Café in Conrad S Maison and meets an adoring throng.
Raul Francisco & Joanna Preysler-Francisco: Dark, seductive art in the house of love
by Igan D’Bayan - May 4, 2019 - 12:00am
Raul and Joanna say, ‘People think that when something is ‘curated,’ it is contrived. For us, it means a decluttered life. It is as authentic as it gets, because you have sifted through everyt...
Island of souls
by Igan D’Bayan - April 15, 2019 - 12:00am
Mark Justiniani remembers meeting an astrophysicist in one of Mark’s painting exhibits in the US.
Raul Sunico: Memory has the texture of melodies
by Igan D’Bayan - April 13, 2019 - 12:00am
For Raul Sunico, memory, melody and mathematics have probably shaped who he is as a pianist.
Fr. Jason Dy: The Parable of Dead birds & The red umbrella
by Igan D’Bayan - April 8, 2019 - 12:00am
This is about a man who walks around in a short-sleeve batik shirt printed with mysterious dead birds.
Bigboy Cheng: At home with the crown prince of Fresh
by Igan D’Bayan - March 30, 2019 - 12:00am
Let me go Goodfellas on you, guys.
David Medalla’s love letter to Transcendence
by Igan D’Bayan - February 18, 2019 - 12:00am
David Medalla is an artist who did a major rethink about the way art should be defined and presented — as bubbles, as cosmic graffiti, as a fan club to a Dutch artist who painted oracular geometries.
Edwin Wilwayco ‘converses’ with Erik Satie
by Igan D’Bayan - February 4, 2019 - 12:00am
You would think that an artist who does ritualistic, gestural abstracts would be a man who paints while floorstanding speakers gush forth loud jazz fusion, new directions in music by, say, Miles or Ornette, or by...
Ang himig ni Pepe Smith
by Igan D’Bayan - February 3, 2019 - 12:00am
Langit ay itim ang kulay...
Gus Albor’s cosmology of abstraction
by Igan D’Bayan - January 28, 2019 - 12:00am
We are in a house upon a hill overlooking a lake here, a volcano there, sunlight imperiously illuminating everything — and Augusto “Gus” Albor is talking about cosmology, how existence is all ether,...
Feed your head: Ronald Ventura takes viewers to a wander-land in first Tokyo show
by Igan D’Bayan - January 21, 2019 - 12:00am
That stretch of Ginza in Tokyo with plush restaurants and elegant offices got its dose of a stun of colors and a startle of images late last year.
How a watch embodies the spirit of mountain exploration
by Igan D’Bayan - January 9, 2019 - 12:00am
The most sought-after timepieces are timepieces that are not merely, uh, timepieces.
Charlie Brooker: On designing dystopia
by Igan D’Bayan - January 5, 2019 - 12:00am
Go sit by the fireplace. Wait for a signal.
Through the looking glass of doom
by Igan D’Bayan - December 29, 2018 - 12:00am
Watching ‘Bandersnatch’ — with five main endings and multiple variants — is an experience that promises to be different for each viewer. ‘Black Mirror’ creator Charlie Brooker...
150 basketball courts of Swedish ingenuiTY
by Igan D’Bayan - November 24, 2018 - 12:00am
Most people have that one Ikea item they lust after.
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