Arts and Culture roundup

What’s on in theaters and galleries this week


Jia Santos-Estrella: J’Adore
Main Gallery, Artinformal, San Juan
Ongoing until October 17

In her latest solo exhibition, mixed-media artist Jia Santos-Estrella presents the continuation of her previous  show, “Je t’aime” back in 2012 by, this time, featuring the things that she adores. With a comprehensive background in fashion and interior design as luxury merchandising director and fashion buyer, her current collection is composed of salvaged furniture transformed into one-of-a-kind pieces that present an elegant and whimsical flair.

The furniture line features geometric patterns and images from nature painted in a spectrum of colors, thus giving a fresh and exquisite look. Her distinct design style also comes out in each of the artist’s creation that exudes her charm and energy.

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Ian Fabro: Hurt Anatomies
Big Room, Artinformal, San Juan
Ongoing until October 17

Young contemporary artist Ian Fabro exhibits his current works that explore the facets and emotions in one of life’s certainties – ending. Each piece of the University of the Philippines-educated artist’s latest series represents the various conclusions a person experiences in his life: from the time an infant leaves the safety of his mother’s womb to every moment we leave a place or someone else once dear and familiar.

In a poetic description by Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta, she wrote: “In the pull of my steer, each one the last way home, each home the last attachment bolts undo. This is where it ends, this sinking swell. Where I cry out your name and you tell me ‘go on’ and I go on without you.”

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Jan Balquin: This Day We Completely Lost Sight of Land
Inner Room, Artinformal, San Juan
Ongoing until October 17

With photography as her medium, Jan Balquin uses images of landscapes that interrogate reality and question whether a possible meaning of a subject can be derived from recorded stills that she re-created and broke down to only their key elements.

Balquin’s works, whose composition primarily presents imagined tapestry of land, reveal her personal musings and preview her persistence in pursuing her vision through the process she chose. For instance, she brought another layer to images that feature re-imagined perspectives and sections of large-scale photos reconstructed with small patches of photos chosen based on color and texture. Complementing the collection of collages are video loops of a peaceful terrain and congested flashes of passing vehicles.

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My Own Personal Philippines
by Members of the AACC
Corte de Las Palmas, Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City
September 26 to October 7

The Ayala Alabang Camera Club, the photography club of residents in Ayala Alabang Village, stages a show that seeks to answer via still images “What is Philippines to you?” Veering away from the usual tourism-oriented shots of sunsets and landscapes, the 31-photo collection features colored and black and white photos of people, places and events in the country that have personal meaning to the photographer.

Each member-photographer included in the group show answers what the Philippines means to him through images showcasing experiences, memories, insights and knowledge focused from a particular standpoint. Jay Javier curates the weeklong exhibit.

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History Retold: The PPO Youth Concert
CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater), Manila
September 22

For this season, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra stages its first concert for children ages 8-16. The concert takes a look at some of the most recognizable music made popular by film and television.

To make the show not only relatable but also educational for young audiences, PPO puts a historical spin on the music to teach the youth about the origin and give a new perspective to some of those timeless classics.

For more information, call PPO office at (02) 832-1125 loc 1613.


Demented. Delightful. Deranged. De Jesus
CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater), Manila
September 24

For a night of dark, melancholic and whimsical music, Triple Threats: The Composers turns the spotlight on multi-awarded lyricist-composer-musical director Vincent de Jesus as the concert series’ second featured artist.

The highlights of the show are the songs from De Jesus’ 32-year career in theater, television and film to be performed by some of today’s finest theater actors and singers that include: Kalila Aguilos, Jed Balsamo, May Bayot, Raflesia Bravo, Nar Cabico, Joshua Cabiladas, Natasha Cabrera, Buddy Caramat, Ricci Chan, Red Concepcion, Erick Dizon, KL Dizon, Frenchie Dy, Bituin Escalante, Hans Eckstein, Topper Fabregas, Neomi Gonzales, Reuben Laurente, Melvin Lee, Kim Molina, Mikoy Morales, Red Nuestro, Giannina Ocampo, PJ Rebullida, Victor Robinson, Nino Royeca, Myke Salomon, Ali Santos, Markki Stroem, Kakki Teodoro, Sweet Plantado-Tiongson, Dudz Terana, Eula Valdes, Cris Villonco, Ejay Yatco, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo and The CompanY.

Ticket prices for the concert cost P1,200, P1,000 and P800. For more details, contact CCP Box Office at (02) 832-3704.

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