Koji Arsua - The Philippine Star

Soak up some art at the Philippine Art Fair

MANILA, Philippines - This week, the first ever Philippine Art Fair is showcasing the best in Philippine contemporary art by gathering the 24 best galleries in the country in an exhibit that may induce mass cases of Stendhal Syndrome. The event will be saturated with good art, and it’s interesting to note that everything is considered, from the venue styled by Kenneth Cobonpue and laid out by the Leandro V. Locsin partners, to the specially commissioned reception desk by Peewee Roldan Jr. Every school of thought will be represented, but the artists we recommend are Romeo Lee, Elmer Borlongan, Igan D’Bayan, Ronald Ventura, and Manuel Ocampo. The Philippine Art Fair will run until tomorrow at the 6th floor, The Link Carpark, Makati.

Get inspired at Graphika Manila

The hotbed of creativity that is the annual Graphika Manila is holding its eighth year of inspiring creatives today at the PICC Plenary Hall. This year’s speakers are Benjamin Seide of Pixomondo, who did the visual effects of Hugo and Game of Thrones; Jessica Walsh of Sagmeister & Walsh and James White of Signal Noise for graphic design; Armand Serrano of Sony Pictures Animation for animation & visual development; Benja Harney of Paperform for paper engineering; Ryan Hony of Buck for motion graphics, and Koto & Shin of Devilrobots for toys & graphic design.

Creativity starts at 9 a.m., and limited tickets will be sold during the event if there are seats still available.

‘Kung Hei Fat Choi’ your way through Chinatown

Chinese New Year events will be happening at every upscale mall looking to attract customers, but the best way to enjoy this inclusive celebration is to go authentic. Keep it real by actually going to Binondo, the oldest Chinatown in the entire world. Partake of seasonal food such as tikoy and watch the magnificent fireworks display and dragon dance, unparalleled by any standard. Drink tea and eat dumplings, and get your future bearings through fortune cookies. Every store in the district will be participating, but you can never go wrong with Dong Bei dumplings at Yuchengco and tikoy and other goodies from Eng Bee Tin. Celebrations will take place today and will continue until tomorrow.

Go floral at the Panagbenga Festival

The summer months are fast approaching and what better way to stretch out the mysterious cold season than by going to Baguio? And just in time, too, for Panagbenga season. The annual festival, known for their explosive displays of the most beautiful flowers, is happening this month, and it’s not too late to join in the festivities. Some of the key events worth checking out are the Let A Thousand Flowers Bloom, a painting and flower arrangement activity; the much-awaited Grand Float parade on Feb. 24; Session Road in Bloom on Feb. 25; and the closing ceremony on March 3.

Witness the Met’s metamorphosis

Supreme has tied up with the Metropolitan Museum of Manila for a modernization of the gallery with contemporary art. Last week, an unveiling of the new permanent exhibitions and sections happened, and today, they will be made available to the public. The additional exhibits and sections will highlight the progress of Philippine art from the early 20th century up to the present, making art more accessible to the younger public. The Met is located at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard, near the CCP.

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