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Turning fishermen into budding sculptors

BANGLOS sculptors with their mentor Rey Paz Contreras and Smart Public Affairs head Ramon Isberto

What a difference a day makes. In the case of a group of fishermen from a town in Capiz that was devastated in November last year by Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” 24 little hours were all it took to transform them from typhoon survivors into budding sculptors with works of art good enough to be exhibited and sold in the Philippine capital.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Leadership as an art form

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Lately, I have been visiting art galleries, having coffee with artists and buying a couple of their art pieces at a huge discount! I have visited the studio of one painter, and have seen works in progress, pieces that were completed, and the many themes that connect them.

Posted: February 8th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Grohe showroom launch at Wilcon Depot in Alabang

IMPRESSIVE Grohe Showroom at Wilcon Filinvest

For almost four decades, Wilcon Depot has been the leading provider of high-grade supplies and big ideas for Filipino homes. Wilcon has mastered the art of building and constructing, making it the trusted brand in the retail construction industry.

Posted: August 3rd, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

The design benefits of green

In this lobby, tall ‘yucca’ plants lend texture to the angular geometry of the space. Yucca has always been an indoor plant favorite. Give it some sunlight and it’s fairly easy to maintain.

I was kept busy the past two weeks with some design work for Ayala Land Premiere’s latest offering in the Makati business district, The Garden Towers. I was very excited when I first reviewed their plans and offerings, and amazed at the thought that the property, which sits on a 9,000-square-meter plot smack in the middle of the commercial area, is going to have a considerable amount of green space. Lawns, terraces, poolside landscape and sky gardens that will alternate on the opposite corners of each residential floor, are probably the first of their kind in the country. If I could afford it, I’d buy myself a unit.

Posted: August 3rd, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

Trendy tribute to National Artists

FASHION show celebrates drawings and paintings of Botong Francisco.

It was a “no-holds-barred” event, as one participant put it, honoring National Artist F. Sionil José. And anyone who knows Manong Frankie (as the younger writers call him) was not surprised, because the novelist is known for his outspoken views and candid opinions which sometimes jolt the uninitiated.

Posted: December 29th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Buyers snap up works of PH artists

Jose Joya’s 1957 “Untitled (Abstract)” sold for P1,868,800.

During the Important Philippine Art auction held by Salcedo Auctions on Sept. 22, Anita Magsaysay-Ho’s 1950 oil painting “Lady with Guitar” sold for P6.307 million, a whopping 425 percent over the painting’s estimated value of P1.2 million to P1.4 million.

Posted: October 13th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Rockwell Center to house history, culture and people

THE LOPEZ Tower and Museum will serve as a symbol to the intrinsic values that the Lopez clan carries.

History has found a new home. Rising 19 stories high, the new Lopez Tower and Museum will house a collection of Filipiniana archival material encompassing 600 years of Philippine arts, history and culture.

Posted: May 18th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

Producing value-added products from hinabol fabric

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Esmerna “Esmer” Gabutina owns Tinabuan Arts and Crafts, a sinamay-making enterprise under the DTI One-Town-One Product (OTOP) program in this municipality.

Posted: March 17th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Inquirer Features | Read More »

National Museum goes high tech

HTC Viva mobile device provides guests with audio tour, pictures and  map.

The past has finally caught up with the digital age. Aiming to become the model museum for the 21st century, the National Museum of the Philippines, the premier repository and custodian of the country’s heritage, will soon use two new software applications that will allow visitors to “experience” its National Art Gallery in a different [...]

Posted: August 13th, 2011 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Moneyed artists: no longer a contradiction in terms


Vincent Van Gogh, whose works are now worth millions of dollars, never made a cent from his art while he lived—simply because he sold not a single painting.  He survived out of the kindness of his brother, an art gallery assistant, who gave him regular dole-outs. Paul Gauguin fared no better.  He once wrote he [...]

Posted: July 9th, 2011 in Headlines | Read More »

Jazzing up Reposo — the cultural heart of Makati

When you hear that passion and soul, feel its beating emotion and sense the impeccable work that went into making it — you know that’s jazz. From this same foundation of artistry and masterful creation comes an exciting new development from the good guys at SM Development Corporation (SMDC) — the much-awaited Jazz Residences. This [...]

Posted: May 28th, 2011 in Property Guide | Read More »



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