The perfect woman

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FEATURING MARVELOUS costume pieces by Eric Pineda, Chrysalis is a convergence of seven prominent names in photography: Jun de Leon, Raymund Isaac, Manny Librodo, Mandy Navasero, BJ Pascual, Wig Tysmans, and Patrick Uy. The exhibition—mounted in conjunction with the restaging of David Henry Hwang’s Tony Award-winning play, M. Butterfly—showcases interpretations of the perfect woman as embodied by Song Liling, the Chinese opera singer central to the love story. Chrysalis is a symbolic title, reflecting how the re-staging of Mr. Hwang’s tale has grown and transitioned since it was first staged in the Philippines in 1990. This photography exhibition, devised by Toots Tolentino, Jhett Tolentino, and Mr. Francisco, will benefit different charities (with each beneficiary chosen by the photographer who captured the photo). Chrysalis opens today, Sept. 12., and is ongoing at the main hall of Maybank Performing Arts Theater until Sept. 30 (the duration of M. Butterfly’s staging). The photos will be sold through a silent auction. Only three limited-edition prints per photograph were produced for this exhibition. Starting bid is 50,000. Interested buyers can bid via e-mail ( or via SMS (0917-623-3834).