COURTESY OF ISOBEL FRANCISCO AND AYALA MUSEUM
BY FIEL ESTRELLA

The rest of the month has no shortage of inspiration for the whole family, from exhibits and literature to music and theater.

COURTESY OF AYALA MUSEUM

Isobel Francisco: Disposable Lives

The fifth solo show of visual artist Isobel Francisco, whose work in oil and mixed-media has become known for its gritty aesthetic, opens on July 17 at the Ayala Museum’s ArtistSpace. “Disposable Lives” is Francisco’s attempt to capture the “void of existence,” putting the very human concepts of loss and waste at its center. The pieces depict decay, disappearance, and a lack of meaning through the clarity of the human form amid raw distortion and crisp dissonance. In doing so, they confront the idea of man as the center of the universe, and promptly disprove it.

“Disposable Lives” is open to the public until July 30, 2018. ArtistSpace is located at the Ayala Museum Annex, Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City.

 

COURTESY OF THE CULTURAL CENTER OF THE PHILIPPINES

The 35th National Children’s Book Day

On July 17, take the youngest bookworms in your family to the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) for the annual National Children’s Book Day, which aims to foster imagination, curiosity, and creativity in little readers as well as to honor extraordinary works from writers, illustrators, and publishers of children’s books. At the event, winners of various contests and awards hosted by the Philippine Board on Books for Young People, including the 2018 National Children’s Book Award, will be announced. Guests also have a chance to tour the CCP and participate in storytelling, arts and crafts, and music and dance sessions.

The National Children’s Book Day will be held from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. at the Main Theater Lobby of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, located at the CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Malate, Pasay City. Admission is free.

 

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The Little Prince: An Interactive Musical

A story that has found its way to many childhoods and never quite leaves, Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince comes alive in an intimate staging for the whole family. Presented by Make Believe Productions and Johnny B. Good, the musical adaptation features original songs by singer-songwriter Pipo Lina and reintroduces audiences to beloved characters like the Pilot and, of course, the Little Prince himself. Thanks to the fun interactive format, audience members will feel as though they are part of every dream and adventure onstage.

The Little Prince will be held on July 22, 2018, 3 P.M. at Johnny B. Good, Ayala Center, Level 3, Glorietta 3, Makati City. Tickets are available at ₱1,000 and ₱1,300, inclusive of a burger, fries, and a drink.

 

we will have been young

On July 25, join the Goethe-Institut Philippinen for the opening of “we will have been young” at Mabini Projects. The exhibit showcases the works of young Southeast Asian photographers who joined the Southeast Asian Photography Masterclass 2016-17 in Penang, Malaysia. At the workshop, they produced photographic essays under the mentorship of German photographers Jörg Brüggemann and Tobias Kruse. With the common theme of “youth and the future,” the images on display are able to capture a diverse and vibrant range of socio-cultural viewpoints, facing globalization and beyond.

“we will have been young” is open to the public until August 25, 2018 at Mabini Projects, located at 1335 A. Mabini Street, Ermita, Manila.

 

COURTESY OF AYALA MUSEUM

Inspire Every Day

For the third year in a row, the Ayala Museum has collaborated with CNN Philippines Life for Inspire Every Day, a day-long event that grants visitors free admission to all galleries in the museum, including permanent exhibitions and current changing exhibitions. On July 28, with the theme “Patience Makes Perfect,” the event aims to slow things down and make sense of the faster pace at which we live our lives. Patience, after all, remains a virtue, whether it’s in relation to our careers and passions, our growth and progress, or ourselves. Guests can look forward to pocket events and activities, talks from esteemed creatives, live music and performances, and good food.

Inspire Every Day will be held from 9 A.M. to 6 P.M. The Ayala Museum is located at Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City.

 

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