Friday, September 20, 2019

11th ManilArt Continues to Showcase Global Filipino Artists

Wazzup Pilipinas!

I just came from the 11th ManilArt press conference where I got to interview three personalities. The ManilArt Art Fair Director, Tess Rayos Del Sol, her husband and Ostrich egg sculptor and curator Danny Rayos Del Sol, and the Head of Cultural Heritage Section, Lawrence Charles Salvador.

ManilArt National Art Fair showcases the Global Filipino Artists from the nation's storied past to the present and leading to the future, and is in line with the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts' (NCCA) 2019 theme for Museums and Galleries Month (October), "Building a Nation, One Exhibit at a Time".

Before this event, as per my interview with NCCA Head of Cultural Heritage, Lawrence Charles Salvador, he also mentioned event happening in the Visayas (Iloilo) and Mindanao (Davao) before the ManilArt and another event in Manila. Please watch my interview with him for the details.

ManilArt will initiate with a gala night on the 9th of October and the fair will be on the following days at the SMX Convention Center of SM Aura

In partnership with the Local Government of Taguig, which has been involved in the art fair for 7 years already, but they started the fair at two other venues before settling in at their home at SM Aura.

Our ManilArt National Art Fair Director is from Taguig so she was glad that the LGU of Taguig has the same vibe as her to promote the arts when she first met up with them 7 years ago. Thus this strong partnership, aside from being hailed as the primary art event of NCCA, has been giving everyone to see upclose and personal artworks we should be proud of as Filipinos.

Aside from paying tribute to our Filipino artists, known locally and abroad, the art fair is an opportunity to appreciate the different artworks of newbie to veteran artists, and to inspire all ages - the youth, "adulting", late bloomers, or those on what we call mid-life crisis age, and even senior citizens (why not), to either become artists themselves since we are never too old if we are really passionate about our interests, or purchase works of art as an investment.

I myself is a frustrated artist, but had to pursue a different path because the misconception is that there is no money in the arts. But now I find myself always looking for that creative output to express my love for the arts.

Well why not, as per my interview with Danny Rayos Del Sol, who was challenged in his 40s to produce around 30 Ostrich Egg sculptures for a one-man show, he gave up his corporate career to follow what I might call his "mid-life epiphany" - that moment of realization that there is a better plan for his newfound talent.

Well maybe since the month of October is also my birthday month, that could be a sign that I should try revisiting my inclination for the arts. As per my interview with Art Fair Director Tess Rayos Del Sol, where I did tell her about my yearning for the arts during my younger years before college, just like her husband, the art fair may possibly renew my interest to put out my paintbrushes. But how I wish there was a bevy of art fairs during my youth (so it could have influenced me to change my mind of taking up Engineering) , and how I am glad she has made it convenient for students to visit the event. Indeed, as per her motivation to educate, these students could be our future artists - the next generation of big names that excel in the arts!

The ManilArt event will highlight artists connected with top art galleries in the country, so we may get the chance to meet them in person, and get to also participate in other activities the organizers lined up on those dates. Who knows, maybe it will be your turn to have that epiphany and soon I will be writing about you on my blog.

Wazzup Pilipinas will surely be doing the iconic shout-out at the event so if you're lucky to catch me around my times of visit, don't hesitate to ask me for a selfie!

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