Posts Tagged ‘artists’

Culture Vulture!

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

I love productive days!  I also love culture! Most of all, I love SURPRISES!  Imagine combining all of this on a super sunny day at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.  This equals JOY!  I mean, you all really must come over to the CCP!  I find myself telling myself that I have to pay CCP a visit, as each time I come here I end up having the most fascinating time.

Take today for example.  I was scheduled to have a pictorial here today for the FACE OFF fashion show.  I came in a bit early, so I wandered off a bit and stumbled on the “Looking for Juan” exhibit.  I loved the exhibition but the paintings were not labeled, so I had no idea who painted them.  From the title of the show, I think it’s a quest to find identity and to find some answers to who we are as a people.  I enjoyed the show tremendously and I took some photos.  The show is going to be running till June 12, so come over and be inspired by how talented our young artists are.  You can check out its website: lookingforjuan.com for more information.

Then the pictorial took place and our photographer took us right up on stage at the main theater.  I have never been up on that stage before, and it was a really surreal experience that I broke into song and channeled my inner Lea Salonga! LOL!  The main theater is really fabulous!  I went up close to the gigantic  HR Ocampo and I was surprised to find out that it was a tapestry.  All these years I thought that it was a painting or a print. I just felt so fortunate to be that close to a really moving piece of art.  Then we had a photo taken at  this amazing brass wall sculpture by Manansala.   I loved the shapes that he created, it was inspiring.  Finally we took two shots with the building designed by the genius Leandro Locsin.  I have always loved the CCP as it always looked magical to me.  Like a slab of rock floating on air.

 The weather was just divine!  After all the rain it nice to have loads of sun!

The weather was just divine! After all the rain, it nice to have loads of sun!

 I want this sculpture.  I am guessing that it is by Arturo Luz.  I maybe wrong.

I want this sculpture. I am guessing that it is by Arturo Luz. I may be wrong.

 Some photos form our photo shoot!  The Face-off show is scheduled around the 3rd week of June.

Some photos form our photo shoot! The Face-off show is scheduled around the 3rd week of June.

POSERS ALL!  LOL!

POSERS ALL! LOL!

 With Randy and Rhett in front of the beautiful wall sculpture by Manansala.

With Randy and Rhett in front of the beautiful wall sculpture by Manansala.

Rhett and Randy up close to the HR. Ocampo tapestry

Rhett and Randy up close with the HR. Ocampo tapestry

 I love this photo, it was such a special experience being on that stage.  It was really exhilarating! ( Were like the three little pigs! LOL!)

I love this photo: it was such a special experience being on that stage. It was really exhilarating! (We're like the three little pigs! LOL!)

The CCP's main theater!  I was really lucky to have been able to bring my camera as in most cases Cameras are not allowed in the theater.

The CCP's main theater! I was really lucky to have been able to bring my camera, as in most cases, cameras are not allowed in the theater.

 The HR. Ocampo which I originally thought was a painting, but when I got closer, it was actually a gigantic tapestry.

The HR. Ocampo: I originally thought was a painting, but when I got closer, it was actually a gigantic tapestry.

I fell in love with this brass sculpture by Manansala.

I fell in love with this brass sculpture by Manansala.

Above the main lobby was the "looking for Juan" exhibition.  There were several awesome paintings on display.  What I love about it was that most of the paintings were of the same size. I just wished that they would have placed the names of the artists beside the paintings.  I think you can log on to lookingforjuan.com for more information.

Above the main lobby was the "Looking for Juan" exhibition. There were several awesome paintings on display. What I love about it was that most of the paintings were of the same size. I just wished that they would have placed the names of the artists beside the paintings. I think you can log on to lookingforjuan.com for more information.

This painting was done of wooden floor boards,

This painting was done of wooden floor boards.

 I liked this one.  Can anyone tell me who painted this?

I liked this one. Can anyone tell me who painted this?

I appreciated the Naive quality of this painting.

I appreciated the naive quality of this painting.

 This painting reminded me of Fornasetti.  I collect Fornasetti and I would love to have this painting!  I was not sure if the paintings were for sale.

This painting reminded me of Fornasetti. I collect Fornasetti and I would love to have this painting! I was not sure if the paintings were for sale.

 Another child like image that I am responding well to.

Another child-like image that I am responding well to.

 I like this one too.

I like this one too.

www.lookingforjuan.com

www.lookingforjuan.com

 This painting was quite special, it featured some collage work using old wall paper.  I love it!

This painting was quite special. It featured some collage work using old wallpaper. I love it!

After that exciting shoot, we went back into the lobby and I was so surprised to see people wearing the most exotic-looking costumes!  Imagine my surprise when I found out that they was a folkloric dance festival going on.  Now my mind went on overdrive!  I adore looking at costumes from around the world and this was a like a gift to me. I kept on taking photos of the dancers.  I left the CCP with a huge smile as this is what I call a really FABULOUS  day!

 After the shoot I noticed that the main lobby began to be filled with people wearing the most interesting costumes.  I was super excited as I love things like this,  I forget were these dancers are from, but I know that they are from Eastern Europe.

After the shoot, I noticed that the main lobby began to be filled with people wearing the most interesting costumes. I was super excited as I love things like this. I forget where these dancers are from, but I know that they are from Eastern Europe.

 I think these dancers are from Bulgaria or Romania?  I am not sure now as they were too cute and I forget now!  LOL!

I think these dancers are from Bulgaria or Romania. I am not sure now as they were too cute and I forget now! LOL!

 From Korea!  I love how clear their skin are!

From Korea! I love how clear their skin are!

 Exotic dancer from Sri Lanka

Exotic dancer from Sri Lanka

 More dancers from Sri Lanka.

More dancers from Sri Lanka.

 This are costumes from Poland!  I like the embroidery of their shirts.

These are costumes from Poland! I like the embroidery of their shirts.

HUGS!
RAJO!

FLOW #3

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

My favorite couple in Manila invited me to a cocktail party last night and I just had to be there.  My favorite couple is none other that Chito Vijandre and Ricky Toledo!  They are two of the most talented and creative Filipinos around.  They have been a major style influence in the metropolis since the very start.  I am a fan of these two, and they are simply awesome!

The cocktail party was for the launch of their newest creative adventure as “curators” for the art magazine called Flow.  I was so happy that they invited me because I have seen this magazine on the stands but I really never knew what it was!  I never had the chance to open it.  Now I want to get my hands on all 3 issues!  LOL!  The magazine is very good and it has a real pulse on the local art scene.  The cocktail itself was fun a mixture of very interesting people: artists. designers, social figures and the like!

I really enjoyed the food they served. It was really yummy!  All in all, it was  great party!  You would not expect anything less from Chito and Ricky!

The curators for the evening: Chito Vijandre and Ricky Toledo! They are the owners of the fabulous stores FIRMA, FELICITY and AC+632. Don't you just adore the patterns of their shirts!

They had an exhibit of the art work that was in the new magazine!  Among the art works this really caught my eye!  It is done by the artist called BRUIHN!  I was in awe of the flawlessness of his brush stroke!  I love the almost like flemish like lighting but with a true pinoy sense of humor!

They had an exhibit of the art work that was in the new magazine! Among all the art works, this one really caught my eye! It is done by the artist called BRUIHN. I was in awe of the flawlessness of his brush stroke. I love the almost Flemish-like lighting, but with a true Pinoy sense of humor!

 I wanted to actually buy this painting as I fell in love with it!  Sadly it was not for sale!  This was also done by BRUIHN!

I wanted to actually buy this painting, as I fell in love with it! Sadly it was not for sale. This was also done by BRUIHN.

One of my fave photographers also showed that evening, I had the chance to work with him before and all I can say is Juan Caguicla si really INTENSE!  This photograph in collaboration with Ronald Ventura was just very moving for me!

One of my fave photographers also showed that evening. I had the chance to work with him before and all I can say is Juan Caguicla si really INTENSE! This photograph in collaboration with Ronald Ventura was just very moving for me.

 two artists....Filmaker Quark Henares and Photographer Juan Caguicla.

Two artists....Filmmaker Quark Henares and Photographer Juan Caguicla.

 This was kind of odd for me but I thought that it was provocative, its like floating giant LUYA! LOL!

This was kind of odd for me, but I thought that it was provocative, like a floating giant LUYA! LOL!

 Two chic ladies!  Angelette and Marissa!

Two chic ladies! Angelette and Marissa!

 I love how this mother and son looked really good!  GOD was good to these two!

I love how this mother and son looked really good! GOD was good to these two!

 This was a cool group shot!  Bea and Marga Valdes with Ricky and Chito!

This was a cool group shot! Bea and Marga Valdes with Ricky and Chito!

ARTSY LADIES!  Angelette, Tippi and Leah!

ARTSY LADIES! Angelette, Tippi and Leah!

 Marissa Lopa did her own jewelry herself that evening and I thought it was very nice!

Marissa Lopa did her own jewelry herself that evening and I thought it was very nice!

HOTTIE of the night!  My friend TJ Trinidad!  I have known him for years and his is one fine specimen of MANHOOD!  DAYUM!

HOTTIE of the night: my friend TJ Trinidad! I have known him for years and he is one fine specimen of MANHOOD! DAYUM!

 The food in the party was just superb!  Bambi Sy Gobio of Resaurante Pia Y Damaso did the catering!  I LOVE HER FOOD!

The food in the party was just superb. Bambi Sy Gobio of Resaurante Pia Y Damaso did the catering! I LOVE HER FOOD!

My girl leica giving me FIERCE!

My girl Leica giving me FIERCE!

Tessa popped in and she looked lovely!  She was so excited to tell me that she found her dress in crossings at the amazing price of 2,100 pesos!  Now that is what I call RECESSION CHIC!  LOL!

Tessa popped in and she looked lovely! She was so excited to tell me that she found her dress in Crossings at the amazing price of 2,100 Pesos! Now that is what I call RECESSION CHIC! LOL!

one of the topics of the evening was this floral KARITON!  HMMMM..... What do you think?

One of the topics of the evening was this floral KARITON! HMMMM..... What do you think?

 Summer whites was a prevailing look of the evening.  NIx and Mandy did it so effortlessly!

Summer whites was a prevailing look of the evening. NIx and Mandy did it so effortlessly!

I told you White was everywhere!  Miss BB Gandanghari looked so FRESH in her blouse!  I cannot wait for my chance to dress her up!

I told you white was everywhere! Miss BB Gandanghari looked so FRESH in her blouse! I cannot wait for my chance to dress her up!

Agoo Bengzon was just the best cocktail partner that evening!  NIx and I were given instant lectures on how we should treat our skin and as much a s possible avoid the sun!  Thanks sweets! FYI!  We already bought sunscreen this morning!

Agoo Bengzon was just the best cocktail partner that evening! NIx and I were given instant lectures on how we should treat our skin, and as much as possible, avoid the sun. Thanks sweets! FYI: We already bought sunscreen this morning!

GET YOUR FLOW COPY#3 NA!

GET YOUR FLOW COPY#3 NA!

BIG HUGS!
RAJO!

ART in the Park!

Monday, March 16th, 2009

I am a huge follower of what is happening around the Salcedo area in Makati.  They have such an energetic community that I frequent the area often.  Some of my favorite eating places are there, like Apt 1B and Terry’s Selection.

On any given Saturday, you will find me in their Saturday market to sample the wonderful array of delicious food (specially the stall of the 2 hot mommas!!!).  Or if I get there early enough, I buy some eucalyptus leaves (they always run out by noon).

Now there is another thing to look forward to in the Salcedo area.  It is called ART in the Park!  This wonderful project is brought to you by the Museum Foundation of the Philippines.  I think it a SUPERB project.  It’s a great way to know new artists without the regular protocol of galleries and agents, and often, the artists are there to talk to you about their work.

 This ice sculpture was literally cool! LOL!
This ice sculpture was literally cool! LOL!

 Pottery by John PettyJohn.  I love this for the summer, I can see either a lovely bowl of fruits or a refreshing salad in it!
Pottery by John PettyJohn. I love this for the summer. I can see either a lovely bowl of fruits or a refreshing salad in it!

 This was quite interesting, its perfect if you have a Narnia or Lord of the rings fixation.
This was quite interesting. It’s perfect if you have a Narnia or Lord of the Rings fixation.

 My Relatives were in full force!  Tita Lorna Laurel and her lovely daughter Jojo!  Art appreciation is in the genes!
My relatives were in full force! Tita Lorna Laurel and her lovely daughter Jojo! Art appreciation is in the genes!

This caught my eye! LOVE THE COLORS!
This caught my eye! LOVE THE COLORS!

 This installation by Mac Valdesco was interesting, it looks like it was made from Saran wrap?  It featured Tank tops and a bra, like a art-sampayan!
This installation by Mac Valdesco was interesting. It looks like it was made from Saran wrap. It featured tank tops and a bra, like an art-sampayan!
 A lot of young artists show their work here!  This is what I normally buy because its really encouraging for young artists to have their art sold!  BUY NA!

A lot of young artists show their work here. This is what I normally buy because it's really encouraging for young artists to have their art sold. BUY NA!

 I liked this sculpture by Salvador Joel Alonday.  I like the balance and the study of suspension.

I liked this sculpture by Salvador Joel Alonday. I like the balance and the study of suspension.

 My cousin Joey De Castro was also showing, he is a photographer and a potter!  I am so happy that he is doing what he loves!

My cousin Joey De Castro, a photographer and potter, was also showing his work. I am so happy that he is doing what he loves!

 Loving some of Joey's vases!

Loving some of Joey's vases!

It’s a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon!  I have been quite happy with my art finds here and encourage all of you to visit.  I am not sure about the schedule, but call the Museum Foundation and they must have the schedule!  SEE YOU!

HUGS!
RAJO!

An ACC Party!

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

For over a year now I have been part of this organization called the Asian Cultural Council. It is a council that raises money to give grants to artists from all fields and give them the opportunity to further enhance their art.  Recently one of my personal idols who is a trustee for the ACC was in town.  Her name is Josie Natori. I have always admired this woman as she was really one of the first Filipinos to put the Philippines in the international fashion scene.  I love her strength and her personal style is flawless!

Me and one of my idols!

Me and one of my idols!

Josie Natori with Marbel Ongpin and Ernest Escaler

Josie Natori with Marbel Ongpin and Ernest Escaler

The host of the evening was Patrick Reyno, he is also on the board of the ACC.  He prepared such a wonderful evening filled with bright conversation and good food.  My highlight of the evening was when we moved to the living room for dessert and experienced the voice of the tenor Ramon!  I was enthralled!  He was AMAZING!  For the first time this season I really felt the spirit of Christmas!

Malu, Nix, Tess Rances and Isa Lorenzo.

Malu, Nix, Tess Rances and Isa Lorenzo.

 Louie Locsin and a sleepy Jon-Jon Rufino( Sorry) with our host for the evening Mrs. Yoly Reyno

Louie Locsin and a sleepy Jon-Jon Rufino (Sorry) with our host for the evening, Mrs. Yoly Reyno.

The living room tableau filled with Asian art and dreamy paintings!

The living room tableau filled with Asian art and dreamy paintings!

NIx with Josie

NIx with Josie

Malu with some of the grantees for the year 2008!

Malu with some of the grantees for the year 2008!

Loved this dish, as it was so fresh!

Loved this dish, as it was so fresh!

The chef of the evening, Chef Laudico, with Malu!

The chef of the evening, Chef Laudico, with Malu!

Josie, an accomplished pianist, gave us a taste of her other talent.

Josie, an accomplished pianist, gave us a taste of her other talent.

Don Ramon (as I call him) was just spectacular!

Don Ramon (as I call him) was just spectacular!

Merry Christmas everyone!
See you soon!
HUGS!
RAJO!