She is called Philippine business’s “Woman of Steel,” having made a success of herself in the construction business, a field largely dominated by men. But Alice Eduardo is also admired for her softer side: she is the society set’s favorite Ate, the kind and generous sister of vlogging sensation Small Laude, and mother of three.
She is also the lady who runs a gorgeous, welcoming three-story, seven-bedroom home whose interiors she lovingly envisioned with the help of famed architect Ed Calma. What adds to its warmth, no doubt, apart from its elements of nature and wood, is her top-rate collection of Filipino art from the great masters. She has a Jose Joya and a trio of BenCab’s Sabels in her living room, an Anita Magsaysay-Ho in her dining space, and a pedigreed Juan Luna called “Chulas”—once owned by the Marqueses de Casa Riera, grandparents of Queen Fabiola of Belgium—by the entrance.
Because of her eye for the finer things, we asked Eduardo to join our circle of tastemakers for the Asian Cultural Council Auction 2022 happening this Saturday, March 5. The lady dynamo took time out of her packed schedule calling the shots at Sta Elena Construction and Development Corp. to browse thru the spectacular auction offerings and mark five of her favorites. As in her mind for business, her mind for art and antiques go for the big time.
Imaginary Portrait of Sabel III by Benedicto Cabrera
Signed and dated 1970 (lower right), acrylic on paper, 22"x22"(56cmx56cm)
“This Sabel is possibly one of the earliest of her incarnations and is a testament to BenCab’s virtuosity.”
An 18th Century Ivory Corpus on a Giltwood Frame
Ivory and 22k gold; christ: 17 1/2"; with frame: 32" x 29" (81 cm x 74 cm)
“I have one special personal indulgence — and that is having a private chapel. This exquisite work is in the finest materials possible for an altar. It's in 22-carat gold and ivory, and of astonishing workmanship.”
Untitled by Daniel Libeskind
Steel (unique piece), 87" x 40" (221 cm x 102 cm)
“During my travels abroad, I find myself constantly amazed by Daniel Libeskind’s architecture. This is one stunning piece that can transform its surroundings.”
Rosary Queen by Ang Kiukok
Signed and dated 1973 (lower right), oil on canvas, 24"x141/2"(61cmx37cm)
“Ang Kiukok’s mastery of the color red makes this work even more fascinating. I just love that alongside the theme of devotion to our beloved Virgin Mary.”
Untitled (Women Feeding Chickens) by Anita Magsaysay-Ho
Signed and dated 1971 (lower right), oil on canvas, 36"x48"(91cmx122cm)
“I’ve been a fan of Anita Magsaysay-Ho and her pictorial message of woman empowerment. And what’s more, of its additional power when women stand united! That’s what makes me an avid collector of Magsaysay-Ho's works. This one from her Inkblot series carries that essential message.”
[Visit the selections in the ongoing preview week of the Asian Cultural Council Auction 2022 at the G/F Eurovilla I, Legazpi Street corner V.A. Rufino Street, Legazpi Village, Makati. For more information on the auction, visit the Leon Gallery website. The ACC Auction 2022 is co-presented by Leon Gallery and ANCX.]
Images from Leon Gallery