Arts & Leisure

An art-filled stroll

Posted on February 19, 2014

DRUMMING UP excitement for the upcoming Art Fair Philippines (AFP) 2014 are large-scale pieces of public art that are installed around Makati City. These are part of AFP’s parallel event called the Urban Art Project. No longer is art solely seen in tucked-away galleries as it is now visible to passersby who are dashing to their offices or walking through Makati City’s malls.

A MAN looks at Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan’s Transportables 1 & 2 at the lobby of Tower 1 of the Philippine Stock Exchange. -- Jonathan L. Cellona
To see these stunning pieces, just walk into Tower One of the Philippine Stock Exchange and there at the lobby you’ll see Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan’s Transportables 1 & 2, a skyscraper of barong-barongs (shanties) carved out of balikbayan boxes.

A trip to Glorietta 5 brings you face to face with Valeria Cavestany’s fiberglass animals from her exhibit Let Me Entertain You. The artist’s whimsical world includes a two-headed yellow dragon with blue lights, a giraffe with a pattern of gray and black quadrangles on its orange skin, an electric blue seal, a worm made of lights caged in a pink iron-and-net cocoon, a human form spouting into a tree, and patchwork plants.

Recalling the Filipino childhood game of keeping fireflies in jars is Mark Justiniani’s Jar of Fireflies, standing along a hallway at Glorietta 1. The jar is larger than a human being and the fireflies inside are similarly supersized.

Olivia d’Aboville’s plastic spoons formed into light fixtures and Patricia Perez Eustaquio’s fashionable geometric pieces are yet to be installed.

The hope is that after seeing such inspiring works, the viewers will be hungry for more art -- then they can check out the AFP which runs from Feb. 20 to 23, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., at The Link -- a car park (located between the Makati Shangri-La Hotel and the Landmark Department Store in Makati City) which will be redesigned into a cool art space by architects Leandro V. Locsin Partners and designer Kenneth Cobonpue.

Organized by the Philippine Art Events, Inc. (composed of Trickie Lopa, Lisa Periquet, and Geraldine “Dindin” Araneta), AFP will feature 28 galleries, seven special exhibits, and art lectures sponsored by Christie’s Auctions (schedule of lectures and registration form are available at

Entrance to the art fair is P150 and for students it is P50. All-day dining options are available from Kai Restaurant and The Straits Wine Company. Free Wi-Fi within the fair is provided by Globe Telecom. For details, visit,, and -- Jasmine T. Cruz