A guide to keeping up with Manila’s cultural scene.


Hybrid Interplay: Realistic Impressionism

Visual artist Ricky Montilla’s 12th solo exhibition is a love letter to the magic of nature and ordinary days. Influenced by Fernando Amorsolo and Claude Monet, the vibrant and detailed paintings are a meeting of classic and modern art, combining realism and impressionism for a result that’s both refreshing and calming. Images of flowers, landscapes, and koi fish stand out in a multitude of colors against vivid backdrops and dramatic lighting — reflecting not only our reality, but also notions of peace, hope, and beauty.

“Hybrid Interplay: Realistic Impressionism” is open to the public until August 14, 2018 at the Ayala Museum’s ArtistSpace, located at the Ayala Museum Annex, Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City. Admission is free.




Ang Huling El Bimbo The Musical: A Trip Down Memory Lane

This original musical by the Full House Theater Company is a nostalgic coming-of-age romp through life-making friendships, childhood crushes, social issues, and the songs that wind up in the soundtracks of our lives. Named for the classic ‘90s anthem, the show weaves dozens of songs by legendary OPM band the Eraserheads into its story. Ang Huling El Bimbo is written by Dingdong Novenario and directed by Dexter Santos and stars Tanya Manalang, Topper Fabregas, Boo Gabunada, Reb Atadero, Sheila Francisco, Jon Santos, Oj Mariano, and Gian Magdangal.

Ang Huling El Bimbo The Musical will be running until September 1, 2018, at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila, Pasay City. Tickets are available at Ticketworld.



Ties of History: Art in Southeast Asia

A culmination of the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), this exhibit showcases the work of 10 great names in contemporary art, one for each ASEAN country: Yasmin Jaidin of Brunei, Vuth Lyno of Cambodia, Anusapati of Indonesia, Savanhdary Vongpoothorn of Laos, Chris Chong Chan Fui of Malaysia, Min Thein Sung of Myanmar, Roberto Feleo of the Philippines, Amanda Heng of Singapore, Jedsada Tangtrakulwong of Thailand, and Do Hoang Tuong of Vietnam. Curated by art historian and scholar Dr. Patrick D. Flores, it’s a testament to art’s ability to break barriers and connect nations.

“Ties of History” will open on August 8, 2018 at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila (MET Manila), August 9 at the Yuchengco Museum, and August 10 at the University of the Philippines Vargas Museum.  The exhibits will be displayed simultaneously until October 6, 2018.



Moving House, Unpacking a Life of Critical Art Making

Having sold her home of 12 years, conceptual artist Judy Freya Sibayan has gathered her books, art collection, and an archive of her work and has housed them in Calle Wright, itself a residence-turned-art gallery. Her show “Moving House” is an attempt to “unpack” 43 years of art making, and recalls universal experiences of uprooting and moving — sorting through and organizing objects, figuring out which belongs where and if they still have a place in your life. The exhibit is also installation art performance and institutional critique, embodying Sibayan’s reflections on the inequities of art production and distribution and the lack of agency among artists to comment on them through their work, following her resignation in 1989 as director of the Contemporary Art Museum of the Philippines at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

“Moving House, Unpacking a Life of Critical Art Making” is open to the public from August 3 to November 11, 2018 at Calle Wright, located at 1890 Vasquez St., Malate, Manila.

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