Cover "Inner Beast" by Renato Balute, oil, acrylic and graphite, 2021, 36 x 4 inches / Galerie Roberto

The last month of the year is packed with happenings in the local arts and culture scene

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Galleria Duemila

In her latest series, renowned modern and contemporary artist Phyllis Zaballero takes a trip down memory lane and creates a visual conversation with European masters she adores and looks up to as mentors. In this exhibition entitled, "Conversations with my Masters", Zaballero pays homage to Pierre Bonnard, Edgar Degas, and Henri Matisse. Zaballero connects her personal experiences, realisations, and inspirations with some of the iconic works of the masters and translates this connection with a celebratory collection of her own pieces. The exhibition at Galleria Duemila opens on December 10 and runs until January 25.

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One of the most respected art galleries in the country has just opened its two-person exhibitions last November 25 featuring the works of Karen H. Montinola Selection 2019 recipient Liv Vinluan and CCP Thirteen Artists 2021 awardee Ryan Villamael. In their joint exhibition entitled, "Bulang Liwayway" ('break of dawn' in Filipino), Vinluan and Villamael work together in doing material manipulations with historical maps, photographs, colonial period illustrations, and more to showcase "re-energise some of their recurrent themes to locate terra firma in the face of loss, instability, and questions about the nature of truth", as said in the exhibition notes.

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Meanwhile, Filipino-American conceptual artist Gina Osterloh mounts her solo exhibition entitled, "her demilitarized zone", also last November 25, and "reflects on the current human condition and contemplates an alternate way of being where words and images are de-weaponised". As said in the exhibition notes of Silverlens, "the slow and labour-intensive processes of creating each image and object in this exhibition embody the difficult and committed work necessary to see the other without pre-conceived notions and ideology." 

Both exhibitions will run through December 22.

Art enthusiasts must also see "Dobol Trobol" the joint exhibition of Pow Martinez and Jigger Cruz that will be available at the Online Viewing Room presentation, scheduled to open on December 2.

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Still: A Viu Original Musical Narrative Series

From the creators of the award-winning musical Mula Sa Buwan comes a compelling web original series entitled, Still. It is written by playwright Pat Valera (Mula Sa BuwanDekada '70 Musical), directed by Treb Monteras (Respeto), and produced by Viu Philippines, This Side Up, in collaboration with Arkeofilms,, Flip Music, and Black Box Collab. It follows the story of participants of a music camp named Daloy Himig who got stuck in the camp venue called Balay in the middle of the pandemic. The series tackles the lives and stories of the characters Laura, Sab, Iggy, Tugs, and Leigh through powerful and poignant music.

Began airing on November 12, Still will run through December 31.

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Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra

Since the pandemic broke out, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) has been making tireless efforts in promoting classical music through its Facebook page as well as the social media channels of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). Continuing to seek alternative ways to serenade audiences, PPO stages an online recital series.

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The first recital streamed last November 26 with flutist Hercules Santiago performing Otar Taktakishvili's "Sonata for Flute and Piano". Catch clarinetist Ariel Sta. Ana on December 31 as he renders Robert Schumann's "Fantasiestucke Op. 73 and Michele Mangani's Pagina d' Album for Clarinet and Piano". The other musicians are as follows: French horn player Ernani Pascual on January 28, trumpet player Glober Calambro on February 25, cellist Giancarlo Gonzales on March 25, violinist Dino Akira Decena on April 29, viola player Rey Casey Concepcion on May 27, and contrabass player Ariston Payte III on June 24.

The "Recital Series" of PPO will be streamed via the CCP and PPO Facebook Pages at 8 p.m.

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ALT Philippines 2021

ALT Philippines returns this year with the theme "Pause to Reframe", inviting art enthusiasts, patrons, collectors, and artists alike to "pull things into view . . . and reframe [their] perspective". From December 4 to 8, the Finale Art File exhibition space at La Fuerza Compound in Makati will be open to guests and showcasing masterful works from nine galleries: Artinformal, Blanc Gallery, Galleria Duemila, MO_Space, Drawing Room, Underground, Vinyl on Vinyl, and West Gallery. There will also be a preview for VIPs from December 1 to 3.

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This art show benefit wishes to raise funds to provide scholarships and tablets for 20 deserving students through ABC Foundation. Over 150 artists are involved in this collective show.

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The Manila’Bang Show: ArtFest International 2021

Galerie Roberto, in partnership with Artsper Europe and Art Moments Jakarta, organises Art Fest International 2021 that will showcase the works of diverse local and international contemporary artists. Entitled "The Manila'Bang Show", the art fair will be on view from December 8 to 12 at Festival Mall, Alabang.

"The Manila’Bang  Show: Art Fest International 2021 accents works by diverse contemporary artists based in local and international localities. Exhibitions in this fair look into divergent ways, possibilities, or courses of action relating to the visceral, mundane, creative, and artistic processes and production," Alain Zedrick Camiling wrote in a statement.

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Above "Inner Beast" by Renato Balute, oil, acrylic and graphite, 2021, 36 x 4 inches / Galerie Roberto

Artists who will have solo shows are Ferdinand Cacnio, Anton Del Castillo, Ram Mallari, Marge Organo, Julius Redillas, and Christian Tamondong. There will also be special exhibitions of the works of Orley Ypon and Romulo Galicano. Meanwhile, a total of 174 artists are involved in the fair, represented by their respective galleries.


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