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…

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…

Between the World and Me (Book Review)

Ta-Nehisi Coates probably needs no introduction. Upon the release of his book Between the World and Me, he became a superstar writer. His rise to stardom was covered in an episode of This American Life (this was actually how I discovered Ta-Nehisi Coates) which is so good it deserves a separate post of its own….

The Met Museum (Manila) and some notes on Museum Photography …

Braved typhoon Jolina for Met's open house (free entrance yay). A post shared by Elvina dela Cruz (@elvinadcruz) on Aug 26, 2017 at 1:45am PDT The Metropolitan Museum of Manila had an Open House at the last Saturday of August this year. I had been meaning to visit this museum for a couple of years…