Wednesday, October 2, 2013

ManilART 2013 : The Philippines' Biggest Visual Arts Fair

Wazzup Pilipinas!

Everyone of us is all excited to attend the 5th edition of ManilART - the biggest visual art fair of the Philippines. It is now being called as ManilART 2013 : Celebrating Variety.

It gives me great pleasure to see wonderful masterpieces created by many of our remarkable artists, all on display in one magnificent venue for everyone to appreciate.

Clearly, this event will be arousing the interests of many creatively-inclined individuals who favor art passionately. I am one of those that gets easily awed by the creative efforts of our artists especially if their works brings out intense meaning or reflections from the inner soul.

I will never pass an opportunity as awesome as this. This will definitely go to my priority of events list since I have been a lover of the arts since childhood. Call me a frustrated artist who's initial liking of a course was Fine Arts, but many have said that there is no money in art. Because I was young, and still under the care of my parents, I followed their advice and ended up with an Engineering course. Nevertheless, my love for the arts persisted in everything that I do.

started in 2009 with the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), MANILART has showcased over 2,500 works of Philippine artists through galleries participating from all over the Philippines. Last year alone, the four-day event at the SMX Convention Center Mall of Asia registered a visitorship of almost 11,000 art patrons, collectors, enthusiasts, and students.

This year, MANILART 2013 is slated to run from October 9-13, 2013 at the newly inaugurated SM Aura Premier Convention Center in Taguig City. The art fair is presented by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) together with Bonafide Art Galleries Organization, Lifestyle Asia Magazine and the One Mega Group.

Strengthened by the continued Government support, participation from other regions, and the private sector rallying behind the art fair, “Celebrating Variety” and “Art According To All” are apt as this year’s slogans.

MANILART 2013 is sponsored by the following companies:

     Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR)
     Sky Jet Airlines
     I Love Taguig
     SMX Aura
     SM Aura Premier
     Johnnie Walker Platinum
     School of Fashion and the Arts (SoFA) Design Institute
     Clean Fuel
     King Sue
     Ketel One Vodka
     Secret Fresh
     Ladder Events

Coconuts Manila is MANILART 2013’s official digital media partner .

MANILART further extends its reach this year by bringing in more regional galleries, thereby supporting the artistic communities which thrive outside of the National Capital Region. In addition to pioneer member/exhibitor Tam-Awan Village of Baguio City, the Amarela Gallery of Bohol, Charlie’s Gallery of Bacolod City, Yaru Nu Artes Ivatan of Basco, Batanes and a huge contingent of Visayas-Mindanao artists (also known as the VizMin Group) as presented by Qube Gallery of Cebu City also join the 2013 artfair.

Leading to the art fair, MANILART 2013 is supporting the following events:

“Obra Maestra” Exhibit of Nune Alvarado at the Fatima University Gallery, Antipolo City Campus opening on September 18, 2013
   Cebu Art Caravan in coordination with Qube Gallery opening on September 19, 2013

The Gala Night will open on October 9, 2013, Wednesday at 6 pm. The by-invitation-only affair expects to have foreign and local dignitaries, art collectors and enthusiasts, government officials and captains of industry, prominent artists and museum professionals to come in full attendance.

The regular run of the art fair will be from October 10-13, 2013 from 11 am to 9 pm. The Walking Tour for students and enthusiasts will be held everyday with the following timeslots: 1-2 pm, 2:30-3:30 pm, 4-5 pm. A separate Walking Tour for bloggers, together with lectures and workshops will also be featured.

An art fair catalogue sponsored by Lifestyle Asia Magazine and the One Mega Group will be available at the exhibition.

New MANILART merchandise featuring images of artworks shall be sold during the art fair.

Parents who will be bringing children (ages 7-12) get the chance to received storybooks illustrated by noted visual artists.

MANILART 2013 wishes to thank its celebrity endorsers and ambassadors from the NCCA, Mr. Boy Abunda and Mr. Dingdong Dantes, together with Senator Sonny Angara and broadcast personalities Mr. Julius Babao, Ms. Tintin Bersola-Babao, and Mr. Rovilson Fernandez.

MANILART 2013 acknowledges the invaluable assistance given by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Center for Art, New Ventures, and Sustainable Development (CANVAS), and Spectagraphics.

Inquiries may be made through the following contact details: 910.8016, 0917.327.2529, or

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