For those who enjoy and appreciate the burgeoning Manila contemporary art scene.


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  1. albert avellana says:

    ang galing naman. thanks a lot.

  2. clamchowder says:

    have you read 7 days in the art world by sarah thornton? it’s a good look into the world you’re in.

  3. jon says:

    hi trickie,
    thanks for the blog, it surely made the world small enough to catch up on shows that we missed. more power

    ps the commentary is a great bonus aside from seeing the shows.

  4. kim KHOR says:

    Hi Could you put me in your mailing list so that I get update whenever you have a new entry? I enjoy reading your blog as I am truly fancinated over the artscene in Manila.

  5. noel says:

    very timely blog. tanx

  6. Nice, cool blog… keep it up and bring it on! More power!

  7. Hans Bulos says:

    Love your blog so much that I had put it in my desktop’s shortcut. Helps me be updated too about the art scene.

  8. Mimi Tecson says:

    i’d also like to be part of your mailing list. =) thanks!

  9. Mariette says:

    I’ll be in Manila May 31 – June 7 and am very interested in checking out the arts scene when I’m in town. Anyone care to join me?

  10. seksan says:

    looooooovvveeee your blog

    come back to it all the time

    also loooovvvvee the art coming out from the philippines

    big fan of lot of the artists featured in your blog

    have been tracking them from kuala lumpur

    your blog sure helps


  11. Cem says:


    This is totally random, but I am a New Yorker in publishing who is coming to Manila for a few months on a project and doesnt know anyone..

    But I DO KNOW your site is good stuff!

    Was hoping you could point me in the right direction in terms of some good places to check out!!

    Randomly yours,


    • manilaartblogger says:

      If you will be in the central business district of Makati, some good galleries to check out are the ones I’ve featured here: Tin-Aw in Makati Ave., Drawing Room in Metropolitan Ave., Finale Art File in Chino Roces Ave, Silverlens and Manila Contemporary in Chino Roces Extension.

      For dining and entertainment, check out Greenbelt, Serendra, Bonifacio High St., and Glorietta

      For the downtown Manila area, there’s Hiraya Gallery and the Malate area for restos and bars
      For the Ortigas Area north of Makati, check out Art Informal and Blanc Compound, and the SM Megamall area for shopping and dining.

      You can google all these places for exact locations. Good luck!

  12. Wow! thanks for the tips!!!

  13. Marlene Y. Ong -is truly an arts afficianado,likewise she had a soft heart on environmental issues .On the recent arts exhibition on her gallery, she featured live reading/performances with the special participation of Christian Mack , a young Environmental Consultant from the Bureau d’Etudes Molinet-France.

    Earth stewardship just like the artist management is a great advocacy in face of modernity and economic uncertainty.By doing these two jobs Marlene Ong deserves a commendation.

  14. eric says:

    Hi MAB,

    Very informative blog! One of the CCP jurors sent your site to me. I am a Filipino artist who has been away for a while so it is always good to hear about what’s going on in the Philippine art scene. Please do include me in your mailing list. Thanks!

  15. Arvin Ello says:

    Nice blog! We need blogs like this in the art scene especially about Philippine Arts.

    I’ve added your site on http://ronivalle.multiply.com last March 2009. I’ll add you up on my blogroll at http://vintersections.blogspot.com. 🙂

  16. thank you for giving us informative update for artist and the like…go bless

  17. Marlyne says:

    I’m based in Geneva and am currently writing an article on the Filipino contemporary art scene. Do you think we could exchange some ideas via email this week?
    Many thanks in advance,

  18. Hi Trickie!
    Nice blog! This is a good way for us to be updated with manila contemporary art here in bacolod. Do also visit us here.


  19. Liana says:

    Keeps me and my folks updated about the art scene in Manila. Cheers

  20. nesty says:

    i’d like to hear from you your take on the recent show in hiraya gallery, the SACRAMENT by dilla. thanks. it’s like going around these shows each time you blogged them Thanks

    • manilaartblogger says:

      You got me for that one, I did not see the actual show. Although from the catalogue and invite, the works reminded me very much of Jojo Legaspi.

  21. Yeh, I do hope you drop by at hiraya, there are much more edgy works up there.

    • manilaartblogger says:

      Thanks! I do love Hiraya. I do not squirm at the edgy. But to be honest, it may be difficult for an artist to outdo Jojo Legaspi, one of my favorites, who does the profane and sacrilegious with such finesse. But again, I did not see the Dilla show.

  22. nesty says:

    you got to see dilla”s work. it’s not profane nor sacrilegious.

  23. manilaartblogger says:

    My apologies, I was referring to the show before this– Balandra, I think. Will drop by Dilla’s show. Thank you for the tip!

  24. nesty says:

    still waiting for your opinion re dilla show. hope you can visit hiraya.

    • manilaartblogger says:

      I had one hour to spare, and unfortunately, it was a choice between the National Museum or Hiraya. Sungdu-an won out.

  25. ryan d says:

    Hi there… i love your blog.. it gives me an insight on philippine contemporary art today… i would like to invite you to my first solo art exhibit, if you happen to be in the visayas, more specifically in dumaguete by friday, november 20. it’s called FilipinaZ and it explores the psyche and characteristics of the Filipinos… sorta social realism but not as hardcore as the popular ones. hehehe 😀 here’s a link http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/event.php?eid=125833462851&ref=ts . I knows is a fat chance but i wish you could come.. 😀

  26. ryan d says:

    pardon the typo.. i meant i know its a fat chance.. hehehhe

  27. Wilson Lee Flores says:

    Congrats! pls add mew in your mailing list

  28. rene says:

    love it. now that i am often in ilocos, it’s nice to know that there is somewhere i can keep track of the art scene in manila.

  29. Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

  30. sherwin says:

    It’s nice you get to go around to see arts 🙂

  31. jon says:

    hope to receive updates sa mga bago mo blogs!thanks

  32. James Garcia says:

    great blog…keep up the great work.

  33. Bianca says:

    Hi nice blog! I would like to invite you to an exhibit entitled “Art Collision 2” on April 16 at the Philam Life Lobby UN Ave. Ermita, Manila. I hope you can drop by. 🙂 Thanks

  34. bill says:

    hi. kudos on your very good blog. keeps us updated on the art scene in manila. keep on blogging.

  35. Imelda Uy says:

    Hi this is a pleasant discovery it’s good that we have art bloggers like you so more people would be more aware of the arts please include me in your list.

  36. edna del rosario says:

    pls subscribe to the site.

    it’s a very informative venue. tnx

  37. Marlene Y. Ong -is truly an arts afficianado,likewise she had a soft heart on environmental issues .On the recent arts exhibition on her gallery, she featured live reading/performances with the special participation of Christian Mack , a young Environmental Consultant from the Bureau d’Etudes Molinet-France.

  38. I am so glad that you made this blog Trickie! really so useful! Your insight into the art making and the scene is so helpful too! More power to you and your blog!

  39. Satoshi Kyo says:

    A wonderful blog! Will appreciate it very much if you will include me in your mailing list. 🙂

    • manilaartblogger says:

      Thank you very much. I don’t actually have a mailing list. Please just check in once in a while.

  40. Carla says:

    Hi, Id like to shar some art exhibits from a fewgalleries. if possible please send me an email address i can send some invitations to.

  41. lei says:

    cool blog. thanks for the updates. makes me visit vargas museum every now and then 😉

  42. Gina says:

    Hey Trickie

    Congrats – great blog! Sign me up ….

  43. demet says:

    pls add me to your mailing list…
    keeping track with Phil. contemporary art scene becomes easier in your blog.
    more power.

  44. Wilson Lee Flores says:

    Congrats for this interesting & informative blog on Philippine art!


    Wilson Lee Flores
    columnist, Philippine Star
    Editor-in-Chief, S magazine

  45. Lorraine Datuin says:

    Lorraine G. Datuin
    De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
    950 P. Ocampo St., Malate, Manila
    (0927) 853 6973

    Sightings of Aliens in Taft
    Lasallians welcome inter-galactic Visit of aliens

    Aliens are coming to Taft for a one-man exhibit of international artist Jan Leeroy New at the Black Box Studio of the School of Design And Arts Campus of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. Entitled “Creatures of Imagination: Peculiar Faces in Common Places”, the retrospective exhibit will showcase resin and fibreglass sculptures that are out-of-this-world. Opening is on August 25, 6Pm onwards. It runs until September 3, 2010.

    Jan Leeroy New is the one of the country’s up-and-coming Visual Artists. Young at 24, He has wowed spectators at the 2008 Singapore Biennale and the 2009 Fukuoka Trienniale with his gargantuan sculptures of sci-fi, religious and historic themes. Recently, he was shortlisted for the 2010 Ateneo Art Awards. He is represented by galleries such as the Drawing Room, Blanc Gallery, Art Informal Gallery, Manila Contemporary Gallery and The Ateneo Art Gallery.

    For more information regarding the exhibit, contact Indiosyncrasis Productions at (0927) 853 6973. The School of Design and Arts Campus of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde is located at 950 P. Ocampo St., Malate, Manila.

    Lorraine G. Datuin
    De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
    950 P. Ocampo St., Malate, Manila
    (0927) 853 6973
    # # #

  46. Flaudette May Datuin says:

    Dumaguete based artist Cristina “Kitty” Taniguchi unveils a passageway to a world of dreams in her upcoming show “Anthology of Myths and Muses”.

    The exhibit runs from 3 September to 24 September 2010 at NOVA Gallery, Warehouse 12A, La Fuerza Compound, 2241 Don Chino Roces Ave., Makati City.

    For more information call 392-7797 or send an electronic mail to gallerynova@gmail.com or visit http://www.novagallerymanila.com

  47. Satoshi Kyo says:

    HI! Your site has become an important source of information on Philippine Arts. Thank you very much. It would be nice if you can add a “SEARCH” function in your blog so that people can be easily directed to the relevant entries instead of going through the archive or doing the search outside your blog. This function can be easily done.:-)

  48. teresa says:

    What are your top ten favorite contemporary galleries in manila? (paintings, photography, sculpture, etc.)

    Who are your top 10 emerging contemporary artists?

    • manilaartblogger says:

      The galleries I visit regularly, and can always count on to show good art:(in no particular order) Silverlens/SLab, The Drawing Room, Tin-Aw, Art Informal, Blanc (all three spaces), Pablo, West Gallery, Finale, Avellana Art Gallery, Manila Contemporary, Duemila, Mag:net, MO Space. Must be considered, but not precisely a gallery: Green Papaya. Fourteen outstanding spaces in Manila.

      Sorry, I don’t really want to rank artists (on any basis)!

  49. Jenna Castro says:

    Hi Ms. Lopa!

    I find it wonderful to get to know contemp. artists through your blog 🙂 I’m not an expert by any means but I like going through your posts as if I were going through a gallery itself.

    I’m a student from Ateneo de Manila Univ. and I’m looking for a speaker to talk about investing in art for my Personal Finance class 🙂 Would be great if you could give a short talk for my class! Please email if you’re interested.

    More power!

  50. Jennifer Cristobal, Assistant Editor, BluPrint Magazine says:

    Hi, I was wondering if you’d like to be a contributor for our magazine. Please email me. I love your blog. You have great insights!

  51. Shane says:

    Hi I really like Tapayas new exhibition.I hear it is a non selling exhibition but I would love to buy one of the pieces.Do you have Rodels contact info.

    Kindest Regards Shane

    • manilaartblogger says:

      Apologies for this late reply. Perhaps you can contact the artist through Vargas Museum or his webpage rodeltapaya.com. Good luck!

  52. Grace P says:

    Inspirational! Please sign me up to your mailing list. Best wishes. I’m moving from Brisbane to Manila on 11 February – very excited! Grace

    • manilaartblogger says:

      Thank you! I don’t really have a mailing list, but I think you can subscribe to the blog via an RSS feed, somewhere in the home page.

  53. frdoctolero says:

    maraming salamat sa mga blog ng implode exhibit

  54. Grace says:

    This is very interesting, You are a very skilled blogger. I’ve joined your rss feed and look forward to seeking more of your wonderful post. Also, I’ve shared your site in my social networks!

  55. Hi. Please contact me if you would like to contribute to Surface Asia magazine.

  56. Camille says:

    Hi! Just wanted you to know I featured your page in my art blog article for the Next Great Generation:


    I’m just a student of art myself and on my own, but I do follow and appreciate your writing.

  57. Chris Cahilig says:

    Good day!

    I would like to invite you to the Avida Centera 3D Street Painting Contest on March 18 and 19 at the project site of Avida Centera along EDSA corner Reliance Street. It’s an exciting showcase of Filipino artists. My email ad is chriscahilig@gmail.com. I hope to hear from you.


  58. Jason Tomas says:

    Good Day,

    This is Jason Tomas from Chris Cahilig consultancy. We are organizing the Avida Centera Towers – 3D Street Painting Festival.

    The said festival is a contest that will be held at the Avida Centera Tower Grounds at Reliance Street cor EDSA, Mandaluyong City on March 18 – 19, 2011

    Would like to send you a press release and invite to cover the event.

    Contact details:

    Thank you very much = )

  59. Jason Tomas says:

    Hello here is the link on Facebook event, thank you very much.

    Hope to hear from you soon…


  60. Chati says:

    Thank you for a very insightful look into what’s going on in the artscene in Manila. It’s been a great re-introduction into the space I’m swimming in right now! And also big big thanks for featuring my show at SLab in 2010.

    Looking forward to reading more of your stuff!

  61. ninaterol says:

    Great blog! I’ll be using this as a resource for my readings on contemporary Philippine art and will be adding you to my blogroll. Keep up the great work!

    – Niña Terol-Zialcita
    Editor-in-Chief, asianTraveler Magazine
    (but all-around arts & culture lover!)

  62. Mega says:

    How are you??
    So I’m currently working on my new exhibition, and I’m looking for a place to do it in Manila in January 2012.
    My name is Mega and I’m a french artist.

    The project’s name is “longing to be knotted together”.
    The exhibition is currently touring in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Europe.
    The exhibition is in a series of 11 screen-prints with exclusive new visuals.
    The size is 50x70cm per visual, 2 colors numbered and signed on a thick hi quality art paper with a special personal embossing.
    I’ll also produce a series of paintings.

    Do you happen to know a cool gallery that may be interested in Manila? Please let me know.

    Have a great day
    Best wishes

    ——– MEGA ———
    – illustrator extraordinaire –

  63. Meg says:

    Good afternoon, I just wanted to ask if you know of any art exhibits opening this July-August? Thanks!

  64. Mike Cabigon says:

    British Council hosts Sotheby’s Institute of Art Presentation on Career Pathways

    The British Council will host a presentation by Mr. Phil Whitakker at 6pm on Thursday, June 9 at their office, 10th Floor, Taipan Place, Emerald Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig CIty.

    Entitled “Your Pathway to a Career in the International Art World,” the presentation will include an overview of the international art markets and a presentation on potential career opportunities in the global visual arts market. This one hour presentation will be followed by a Q & A session. This presentation will be especially useful for: art history majors, anyone interested or working in the art industry, graduating students, career changers interested in the arts and others interested in the visual art markets.

    Mr. Whitakker joined Sotheby’s Institute of Art in February 2007. He was recruited specifically to be the Director of Sotheby’s Institute of Art Singapore. He redesigned Sotheby’s programmes for delivery in Asia and set up the initial programme which ran in Sep 2007. His key areas of interest are cultural economics and art valuation.

    Sotheby’s Institute of Art is the pre-eminent graduate and postgraduate educational institute for students seeking a career in the international art world, and it offers world class art education from the Institute’s study centers in London, and New York. The Institute has over 350 students a year exploring both the scholarly and business sides of the art world to gain the skills and professional networks necessary for a successful career.

    The institutes’ faculty includes scholars and renowned practitioners in the art world and is further enhanced by experts in the field including artists, scholars, auction house specialists, restorers, critics, curators, writers, museum executives and gallery owners. Learning from and working with such scholars and professionals help students to enhance their skills as well as to establish professional relationships.

    Sotheby’s Institute of Art has more than 6,000 alumni worldwide. Master’s degrees are awarded in collaboration with the University of Manchester in the UK.

    The British Council promotes studying in the UK, UK qualifications and partnership between local and UK higher education institutions. The presentation is FREE of charge but slots are limited. To reserve a seat or for more details please email educationuk@britishcouncil.org.ph.

  65. Hi there,

    I would love to interview you about the Manila art scene for a magazine article I am writing. Do you have a direct email address I can get you on?

  66. Mara Herrera says:

    Hi This is Mara of Galleria Duemila. We would love if you could come at the opening of Maria Cruz, Elizabth Newman and Gerardo Tan entitled “rays on the shutter” on July 2, 2011, 4 pm.

    For more inquiries, you can visit our website at galleriaduemila.com.

    Hope to see you there!

  67. JA says:

    Hi, I’ve been following your blog for quite some time now.
    Where can I contact you through email? We’re a gallery
    based in Hong Kong. Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks.

  68. Petrina Leong says:

    Hi there,

    Can you contact me if you are interested in contributing to Surface Asia magazine (www.surfaceasiamag.com)

    Thank you

  69. Diokno says:

    Hi Tricki, Think i saw this blog before i don’t realize you are the one who do this..thanks for coming to my show yesterday..hope to see you again..all the best.

  70. I’ve been enjoying this blog so much… thank you manilaartblogger!

  71. ninaterol says:

    Greetings, Ms. Lopa,

    This is Nina Terol-Zialcita once again. Aside from being EIC of asianTraveler Magazine, I am also part of the trio that runs Writer’s Block Philippines, an organization dedicated to empowering writers and communicators. We have tied up with Yuchengco Museum for a series of workshops featuring an “Introduction to Writing about Arts and Culture”. It will be launched tomorrow (Monday), September 12, 10AM to 12NN. I hope you don’t mind me pasting the entire invitation here, as I still don’t have your email address.

    We also hope to invite you as a resource speaker for the workshop, and would love to hear from you. Our email address is writersblock.ph@gmail.com and our mobile no. is (0927) 850 8280.

    We hope you would have time to join us tomorrow and support our goal of encouraging more writers to train their sights on our vibrant arts and culture scene.

    Yours truly,

    Nina Terol-Zialcita


    To our friends in Media,

    The Yuchengco Museum and Writer’s Block Philippines (WBP) come together in partnership to address a special need: to share information on writing about arts, culture and heritage and to train writers to present this topic to a larger audience.

    We would like to invite you to a PRESS LAUNCH of our new Partnership Program entitled WRITING ABOUT ARTS AND CULTURE, which will consist of workshops that will focus on writing skills development, cultural information and appreciation.

    September 12, Monday
    10 a.m. – 12 n.n.
    Yuchengco Museum
    RCBC Plaza
    Corner Ayala and Senator Gil J. Puyat Avenues, Makati City

    To confirm your attendance, kindly email Carla Martinez at info@yuchengcomuseum.org or call (02) 889-1234.

    Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!

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