This is the journey I chose to take ‐ to animate the inanimate. To make a plain plane burst out with life. To create an experience. To evoke expression. To spark a vision. I am an ARTIST. An artist who chooses words and images as my paintbrush. I am... Unconventional Experimental Passionate Eccentric Creative Artistic Real
Beauty in the Eye of the Storm Cubao was ranked among the most elite places in Manila with the first fully air‐conditioned shopping mall, rows of elaborately designed movie house facades, and Christmas presentations flocked by hoards of people. Sadly, the place started to lose its luster and saw major decay in its once glorious structures probably due to negligence and complacency. Now, the present day Cubao is associated by the majority to chaos and grime. It is best known as one of the busiest transportation hubs in the country with the ever popular jeepneys, countless bus lines, train stations, tricycles, and all other types of transport possible. It is the gateway to most if not all the provinces in the country. This cosmopolitan jungle is a haven for 9‐5ers, snatchers, business people, hold‐up‐ers, and every human scent one can think of. Just thinking of the place gives a sense of exhausting euphoria. Right in the middle of all these scents, color, and the aroma that is Cubao you’ll find many pleasant surprises. It would seem highly unlikely, but in the heart of this noisy city is a reflective place for the most coveted moments of peace and quiet. Along the busy intersection of Lantana and New York in Cubao sits this lovely low‐key church ‐ Immaculate Conception Cathedral. I ran into this beauty totally by accident. I had an afternoon meeting in the area which happened to end earlier than expected. So I had a huge chunk of time to walk along the sporadically tree lined streets with some old some new houses and buildings, watch the old ladies sweep their yards with walis ting‐ ting while children shot hoops on make‐shift backboards as I walk along. The walk is comparable to a caffeine packed visual fix. I was starting to wind up my walk when I saw a cross on top of a building that looked like a school. I peered in closer and I was surprised to find out that it is a Catholic Church. Unlike the Quiapo church which is perpetually filled with devotees, this church was totally empty that afternoon. It was extremely noisy outside with tricycle exhausts screaming, children playing, jeepneys roaring but once you enter the church, its like magic! It is totally quiet. And extremely marvelous too! The church is designed after the story of the Immaculate Conception. The ceiling is lined with a powder blue felt paper like material embedded with golden stars that seem to twinkle, walls and arches are intricately detailed with a Victorian feel, the stained glass illuminate the entire church with hues of red, blue and green along with the many glass chandeliers all over the place.
I have not been a Catholic since I was seven years old, so I really do not know most of the saints except for Jesus on the cross and Mary with her halo; but they all look exquisite. I sat on one of the pews and just inhaled the beauty of the place. I felt a peace envelope me and recharged me from my long walk in the bustle outside. I prayed and thanked God that in the middle of all the chaos is a place of beauty and rest, the eye of the storm. With eyes closed I heard footsteps tapping behind me and saw a man who is ready to inhale the beauty of Immaculate Conception Cathedral’s stillness just as I did. That was the cue that my time there was up. I walked out with a smile as I breathe in the carbon monoxide of the vehicles passing. The next time you visit Cubao and get tired from the shopping, dining and drinking, and the everyday stuff or just tired of passing through the daily commute; visit Immaculate Conception Cathedral to regain the peace and quiet in your spirit to fall in love with Cubao all over again.
My Little Art Place My Little Art Place is a creative venue for art workshops, exhibits and events established and managed by practicing art professionals. Launched only in January of 2008, My Little Art Place has already established a strong presence in the Philippine Art Scene and Art Education. According to Justin Tyler, one of the Summer Art Workshop students “I really had fun in MyLAP because I was able to draw what I really love.” Skills and imagination move and improve at the same time. In the span of its operations, My Little Art Place has imparted skills to over two hundred adults and kids. Students learn theories and techniques from professional artists and enjoy honing their skills in drawing, water color, oil and acrylic painting, sculpture, photography and a lot of other classes. My Little Art Place encourages an adaptive approach in teaching each individual. Be it for after school activities for kids, stress buster for parents, and for anyone who has a love and passion for art – My Little Art Place is your own private corner in the Metro!
Malaya Exhibit at My Little Art Place My Little Art Place brings together over 50 visual artists for a Philippine Independence Day offering ‐ Malaya. An exhibition that breaks across boundaries & borders with a collection of works from various artists throughout the country and around the world. The Contemporary Masters, the up and coming, and art students all unite for freedom and expression. Acasio, Agawin, Alaunas, Alinsasaguin, Anecito, Bacolor, Baldemor, Besinga, Bonayog, Buenafe, Consoria, Convocar, Cruz, Dator, De Jesus, De Juras, Gavino, Guiruela, Guinto, Gutierrez iPOT, Jacob, Joven, Ladyong, Lalu, Lamadrid, Landicho, Marlin, Palo, Paredes, Pigao, PISS, Ramos, Salamat, Santos,Tan, Tulas, Ver, Vicente,Villaruz and a lot more will be among the exhibit artists for the event. The opening night will be graced by the Art Association of the Philippines President, Buds Convocar with a short talk on the Art Industry in the Philippines and performance art from leading graffiti artists. On June 13, Saturday, 6PM at My Little Art Place located at 222 Wilson Street, Greenhills, San Juan and will run until June 30. For more information, please visit mylittleartplace.multiply.com.
Christmas in OCTOBER ‐ Fine Art Sale up to 50% off & Weekend Art Bazaar
Why wait for December if you can get Christmas price cuts now? Let’s celebrate Christmas in October at My Little Art Place! For the whole month, My Little Art Place will turn into an artsy bazaar where prize catches can be found. We have invited fellow artists and various businesses selling gift items, art pieces, art supplies, art prints, accessories, vegetarian food at low low prizes every weekend. Artworks by famed artists such as Alcuaz, Lamaroza, Luz, Marcel, Antonio, Beleza, Pontillas, Ver, and a lot more will be featured everyday. For the whole month, artworks will be sold at a special holiday rate of up to 50% off gallery prices. If you are a serious art collector, a thoughtful gift giver, or simply one who enjoys getting great deals and good buys, come to My Little Art Place’ CHRISTMAS IN OCTOBER! The bazaar will be open on all weekends of October and art pieces will be on sale daily. My Little Art Place is at 222 Wilson Street, Greenhills, San Juan. You can get in touch with us for further details at 4094122 or 09159395723.
Calling all VISUAL ARTISTS for a NOVEMBER GROUP SHOW
My Little Art Place will once again open its doors to Visual Artists to showcase their works in a group show this November 2009. After the huge success of Malaya, the group show last June, MyLAP decided to organize another group show to close off the year and welcome another with vigor and excitement. The show will be dubbed ART IS LIFE! All visual artists are welcome to join using any medium and highlight any subject. Artists are given the freedom to choose their own concept for their artwork. The opening cocktails will be on November 14, 2009 at My Little Art Place and will run for the whole month. We are targeting around 100 artists to join us and showcase their works. Participants are given a maximum of 4 artworks works per artist with the size of 12” x 12” or smaller already including frame. Artists may also opt not to frame their works and take advantage of the whole dimension. Digital Art and Photography would only comprise 30% of all artworks. Joining fee is P150 to cover for the food & drinks for the opening and for the use of the gallery space for one whole month. Deadline for submission is on October 15, 2009. Interested participants should get in touch by calling 409.4122 or 0915.939.5723, you can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.