Cover "Beast of Burden" by Elmer Borlongan, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 60 inches, 2022. This can be viewed at Art Verité gallery in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

This year, the participating galleries at the biggest art fair in the country will be hosting their individual exhibitions in their own art spaces. Check out these maps and know some things about the exhibitions they are having.

This year's hybrid Art Fair PH invites art enthusiasts, lovers, and collectors alike to different locations around Metro Manila, as well as some participating galleries outside NCR. This might be overwhelming to some. A private car is the best option for ease of transfer but commute routes are also available. Don't forget also to hydrate yourself from time to time and eat in between your visits. Also, most galleries would have health and safety precautionary measures in light of the ongoing pandemic. Be sure to follow these protocols and be prepared in bringing your vaccination card or certificate, just in case.

Makati

1335Mabini hosts an exhibition curated by Ricky Francisco that ties together the works of two contemporary artists and a collaborative exhibition of a sister duo, focusing on the interconnectedness of the local and international. The works of 0270501, Melissa Yeung-Yap, and Julia & Jheane Borja are juxtaposed with some select works from established Filipino modern and contemporary artists and masters.

Meanwhile, Altro Mondo mounts a group exhibition entitled, "We of the Earth", curated by Ambie Abaño featuring the works of many contemporary artists today, including installation master Junyee. The exhibition tackles environmental issues and features seascapes and landscapes as well as the country's rich flora and fauna.

Expect an amalgamation of thought-provoking contemporary pieces from numerous contemporary artists at Silverlens Galleries until April 1. With works from avant-garde techniques and processes, Silverlens' offering for Art Fair Philippines seems like a celebration of Philippine contemporary art at its finest. When you drop by, don't miss also Renato Orara's solo exhibition installed in the front room of the gallery.

Other galleries you could drop by around Makati are Art Cube, Eskinita Art Gallery, Gallery Kogure, J Studio, Modeka Art, Salcedo Private View, Strange Fruit, White Walls Gallery, Yavuz Gallery, and YOD Gallery. Lastly, León Gallery continues its exhibition of Fernando Zóbel's works from the '70s, in tribute to the Spanish-Filipino modern master's executive assistant, expert, and critic Rafael Pérez-Madero.

Read more: León Gallery's "Fernando Zóbel: The 1970s", and More: Exhibitions You Shouldn't Miss

San Juan-Mandaluyong

Catch an exciting exhibition at Galerie Stephanie until March 30, featuring glass sculptor master Ramon Orlina, and other contemporary artists like Gabby Prado, Renz Baluyot, and more. Entitled "Synthesis of Affinities", the show explores the linked affinities of an individual with the self and the world beyond. It features different approaches in art and image-making, as well as various styles and formats from artists of different generations, in an attempt to translate visually "the individual's longing for relationships and inclusions".

Secret Fresh presents "Dysfunctional Platform", a solo exhibition by Jett Osian, "Another year has passed" by Pow Marin, and a two-man exhibition by Egg Fiasco and Quiccs entitled, "Hidden Fortress". Staying true to Secret Fresh's signature of exhibitions, the said shows are not only must-see but also must be experienced onsite.

Check out also other nearby galleries: Art Underground, Luzviminda, Mono8 Gallery, Paseo Gallery, The Crucible, and The Metro Gallery.

Quezon City

The Center for Art, New Ventures and Sustainable Development (CANVAS), a non-profit organisation that works with the creative community to promote children's literacy, among others, is also joining this year's Art Fair PH. Situated a few blocks off Commonwealth Avenue, CANVAS highlights artworks of Ricky Ambagan and Iggy Rodriguez used in the books Shipwrecked and Moon Rising.

Agnes Arellano, through Pinaglabanan X, features a series of erotological sketches in relief, based on a field research done in 2008 on the erotic temples in Central India.

Meanwhile, catch the amazing group exhibitions of Artery Art Space and Kaida Contemporary, as well as solo exhibitions of Nasser Lubay at District Gallery and Brave Singh at Boston Art Gallery.

Taguig

Two galleries in Bonifacio Global City joined this year's Art Fair PH. At Art Verité, check out the "Kontrapuntos" exhibition, curated by Carlomar Daoana, which features the works of Elmer Borlongan, Plet Bolipata, Emmanuel Garibay, Joven Mansit, and Guerrero Habulan. On the other hand, Ysobel Art Gallery showcases the plasma-like works of Sid Natividad made of oil paint.

Pasay-Parañaque

Two galleries from Pasay-Parañaque area have also joined Art Fair PH. Art Elaan inside Ayala Malls Manila Bay is featuring Christian Tamondong and Kobuser's two-man exhibition, Toti Cerda's "Inside the Masters' Mind" exhibition, Anton del Castillo's "Simulacra", and a group exhibition entitled "Personal Resonance". Meanwhile, Avellana Art Gallery near The Henry Hotel showcases Albert Avellana's themed exhibition where one could see four shows that play on the current relaxed pandemic guidelines of Alert Level 1, essaying on the advantages of having both off-site and online shows during Art Fair.

Las Piñas-Muntinlupa

Further south of Metro Manila, don't miss Demi Padua's solo exhibition at Art for Space, photographer Camille Robiou du Pont's works at Grounded Holistic Arts and Culture Studio, artist-couple Brian Uhing and S-Ann Ch'i's latest masterpieces at Galerie Roberto, and many incredible finds from the group exhibition of J Studio.

At Grounded, the fundraiser exhibition entitled, "States of Cadence II", features paintings, prints, tapestries, photographs, and other mixed media works by Robiou du Pont, Toph Camcam, Ana Abigail, Maddie Camcam, Lucia Fischer, and more. A portion of the proceeds is dedicated to Grounded's partner beneficiary, Oceanus Conservation, and for schools affected by Typhoon Odette in Siargao Island.

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