Car park in Makati transformed into art show

Tha Good Life - by John Paul "JP" Tanchanco

Posted at Feb 07 2013 06:00 PM | Updated as of Feb 08 2013 04:03 AM

MANILA, Philippines - A car park in Ayala Center Makati has been transformed into a multi-layer art show titled Art Fair Philippines (AFP).

I was invited by the AFP2013 organizers to experience their visual festivities and learn why Philippine art is booming in the global scene.

The event

AFP was organized to promote the growing Pinoy art scene. The organizers thought of bringing together the best of Pinoy contemporary art in one roof with all the collectors, art lovers and enthusiasts.

Car Park vs Frontage of Fair

The 6th level of a car park in the newly redeveloped Ayala Center in Makati Central Business District was transformed into a multi-sensory experience. Renowned Pinoy designer Kenneth Cobonpue was responsible for converting Ayala's "The Link" car park into an amazing collection of creative works.

JP Tanchanco, Dedes Zobel, Ayala Land Chairman Fernando Zobel

VIPs from the business, social and art community graced the launch night, including Ayala Land Chairman Fernando Zobel, Ayala Corp. Chairman Jaime Agusto Zobel, Margie Moran Floirendo, Irene Marcos-Araneta, Carlos Celdran, artist Ramon Diaz, Atom Henares with daughter Kristalle-Belo Henares, and many more.

Atom Henares, JP Tanchanco, Cristalle Belo-Henares

The art fair showcased works of renowned Filipino artists such as Ronald Ventura, Elmer Borlongan, Emmanuel Garibay, Don Salubayba and Mark Justiniani.

I specifically liked Gabby Barredo's installation of various sculptures called "Asphalt". He featured surreal interpretations of human body parts.

Ronald Ventura's work of cult figures were also fantastic, and Christian of Secret Fresh had cool pop-art pieces.

I think the car park space perfectly suited the show. I enjoyed how the exhibit was laid out for easy navigation. The diverse exhibitors showcased various expressions of Filipino contemporary art from galleries such as Art Informal, Blanc, Boston Gallery, Canvas, Finale Art Gallery, Manila Contemporary, MO Space, Silverlens, Tin-aw Gallery, The Drawing Room, West Gallery and Galleria Duemila.

Philippine art is booming

According to exhibitor Sylvana Diaz of Galleria Duemila, Philippine art has been experiencing a boom in demand in the global scene.

"A lot of foreigners are taking great interest in Philippine art. In fact, our Filipino artists sell very well abroad. Global buyers even ask Filipino artists to produce originals for them," she explained.

Diaz also hopes that the exhibit awakens Filipinos to be aware of the art the Philippines has.

"The Filipinos are known to great artists. We have many talented artists in the country. We have wonderful art treasures that are under-rated locally... I hope events like these can give more awareness to the masses," she said.

JP with Silvana Diaz fronting artwork "Stupid Rules a Silenced Voice" by Romina Diaz

To those of you who want to experience Pinoy contemporary art, visit AFP 2013. It runs from February 7 to February 10, 2013 at the 6th floor of The Link car park in Ayala Center.

John Paul C.Tanchanco is a travel, food, party, film and music aficionado. He is also an economist, businessman, MYX/Awit award-winning media producer and Kala guitarist.

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