Cover "Iris" an online exhibit of Leeroy New featuring mirror pieces

The local arts scene continues its presence in the virtual realm! Here are some important events you must plot now on your calendar.

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Art In The Park Online 2021: Special Edition

In celebration of its 15th anniversary, Art In The Park returns this month for a special edition, mainly accessible online with a special exhibition that can be visited at the fair's homebase, Jaime Velasquez Park in Makati City.

For eight days starting 25 July, artephiles are invited to see over 10,000 artworks from 62 galleries, four special exhibitions, and a variety of special online activities.

Artworks are priced at PHP70,000 and below, and proceeds will continue to benefit the Museum Foundation of the Philippines in support of its projects and programs for the National Museum of the Philippines and its network.

Three of its special exhibitions are accessible online: notable social realist artist Antipas Delotavo's "Gridlock" exhibit, rising visual artist Anna Bautista's "Time Capsules" exhibit, and renowned threadwork artist Eugenia Alcaide's "Adrift" exhibition. For a special session for the kids, artist Robert Alejandro will be sharing his artistic mastery on 31 July at 10am.

Meanwhile, multi-hyphenate Leeroy New, a creative tour de force in fashion, film, theatre, production design, performance and visual arts, has prepared three projects for this special edition of Art In The Park. First, his Mebuyan Vessel Polyp installation will be mounted at Jaime Velasquez Park, which serves as a sneak peek of a much ambitious piece he is preparing for La Union later this year. Note that this particular exhibition is his entry to the annual Burning Man's online edition. Second, New will also unveil his first attempt at augmented reality with Aliens of Manila, one of his celebrated headpieces made of colourful plastic containers, which art enthusiasts might love to use as an Instagram filter this year. Lastly, his online exhibit, Iris, which features mirror pieces will be accessible on Art In The Park's website.

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In Case You Missed It: Altro Mondo Presents A Homage To Junyee

You still have a chance to see Altro Mondo Arte Contemporanea's exhibition that was mounted in honour of Junyee, the Father of Installation Art in the Philippines, who has pioneered organic art and indigenous art in the country's contemporary scene. Featuring the works of over 80 artists including Fitz Herrera, Leeroy New, Pandy Aviado, and Eghai Roxas, to name a few, the exhibition "In Celebration of Creativity: A Homage to Junyee" was mounted at Altro Mondo's gallery at Chino Roces Ave., Makati City until 25 July. If you missed it, visit this link and see how our current generation of contemporary artists paid tribute to the master they call, "Tatay".

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Cultural Centre Of The Philippines

The premier arts institution in the country is offering virtual workshops on technical theatre and design from 3 to 21 August 2021. The workshops are open to all who are interested, ages 21 to 35, and at least high school graduates. Applicants must fill up a registration form and include a list of their works in a design portfolio. The registration period is until 30 July 2021.

Distinguished design and technical theatre practitioners will facilitate the workshops for scene design, costume design, lights design, and sound design. There will also be conversations in production management, stage management, and technical direction. In ExperTalks, catch notable designers Faust Peneyra and Loy Arcenas, who have made a name in the international scene, as they share their expertise with the participants.

In other news, CCP has also created an interactive digital timeline that tells the history of the institution since its inception in 1965 to its most recent artistic breakthroughs and achievements in the digital age. Check out CCP's official Facebook page for this web-based interactive timeline that has three main features: CCP Timeline, Art in the Time of COVID-19, and Featured Memories.

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Art Lounge Manila

Kenneth Montegrande celebrates his ten fruitful years as an artist with his 11th solo exhibition at Art Lounge Manila, at the ground floor of The Podium Mall in Ortigas Centre. Montegrande has gone a long way from his early exhibitions at informal venues to having his works being collected by internationally renowned art lover Yusaku Maezawa and having a two-man show with multi-awarded Manila-based artist Juvenal Sanso. 

See Also: Remarkable Imperfections: The Art of Kenneth John Montegrande

In this special exhibition, Montegrande pays tribute to God with his series of works inspired by Biblical passages as well a series of varicoloured impasto works that colourfully expresses his love for nature, hopes, and dreams.

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In Case You Missed It: MET Museum Manila Collection Accessible Online

The permanent exhibition of the Metropolitan Museum of Manila is composed of Modern and Contemporary masterpieces gathered over time through generous donations of the esteemed museum's friends and patrons. Together, they present a veritable narrative of the development of Philippine art in recent years. Explore the collection by accessing MET Museum's 3D Virtual exhibition, presented by Digiscript Philippines. Click here to experience it.

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The Company Of Actors In Streamlined Theatre (C.A.S.T.)

The award-winning 2015 play, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons of Sam Steiner just had its Philippine premiere earlier this month, thanks to The Company of Actors in Streamlined Theatre.

The story is set in a world where the people are allowed to speak 140 words in a day only because of the "Hush Law" that deprives everyone from their freedom of speech. It follows the lives of Oliver and Bernadette, a couple who meet at a cat cemetery and eventually moved in together. With their relationship trials at the centre of the play and the Hush Law as its backdrop, this modern masterpiece deftly illustrates "that when we are deprived of our words, we are at our most powerless".

Starring Nelsito Gomez as Oliver and Gabby Padilla as Bernadette, the production streamed its performances live via Ticket2Me. Catch the final streaming date on 31 July for only PHP200.

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The Metropolitan Theatre

The newly-restored Metropolitan Theatre is finally mounting its postponed inaugural production. Entitled, Lapulapu, Ang Datu ng Mactan, the grand musical is scheduled to be performed this 30 August.

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Chairperson Arsenio "Nick" Lizaso tapped Dexter Martinez Santos of Ang Huling El Bimbo and Nicholas Pichay to lead the artistic team of the said production as director and playwright, respectively.

Leading the stellar cast is renowned tenor and theatre actor Arman Ferrer in the titular role. The production also includes Tarech Tayec as Ferdinand Magellan, Red Nuestro as Humabon, Cara Barredo as Reyna Juana, Natasha Cabrera as Babaylan, Paw Castillo as Enrique de Malacca, Randy Villarama as Juan Sebastian de Elcano, Nelsito Gomez as Pigafetta, and Ivan Niccolo Nery as Pope Alexander XI and Padre Pedro de Valderrama, among many others.

The program is produced by the NCCA in partnership with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines as part of the National Quincentennial Commemoration.

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