Of art coincidences: Japan x Ph edition

In all my years of teaching, I’ve only experienced two coincidences with my students (which shouldn’t be surprising because coincidences are meant to be rare, right?). The first one is very personal so I would never divulge that online regardless of my propensity to overshare. But, for the second one, I got the permission of…

A Year in Storytelling

At the latter part of 2017, I told a friend that I was planning to volunteer at an animal shelter as my way of “reintegration to society” (parang ex-convict lang ang peg). I won’t go into details but I spent years isolating myself from people even from very close friends. It also didn’t help that…

Ugat: Raffy T. Napay at Silverlens Gallery

This is a long overdue post. The exhibit featured here closed months ago. Ugat by Raffy T. Napay is one of the most painstakingly exhibit I have ever laid my eyes on. There were not many pieces in the exhibit. As a matter of fact there was only one actual piece but it was striking…

Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery: Laguna

The Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery in Laguna is one of its kind, being the only underground cemetery in the country. Built in the mid-1800s, it was eventually to become the final resting place of friars and some prominent individuals of the city. The dead buried here stood witnesses to clandestine meetings of Filipino revolutionaries during Spanish…

Lopez Museum and Library

The Lopez Museum and Library had been on my list of museums and galleries to eventually visit and I finally checked it off the list last October during their celebration of National Month for Museums and galleries. What got me out of the house was the free entrance. At least twice in a year, the…