Arts and Culture roundup

What’s on in theaters and galleries this week


Wallflowers: Gene Paul Martin
Artery Portal, Artery Art Space, Quezon City
Ongoing until October 7

For the fifth "evolution" of the Artery Portal, the Razzle Dazzle group exhibition highlights the latest artwork of Far Eastern University-educated contemporary artist Gene Paul Martin.

In his current series, Martin transitions from abstract images into compositions taking shape. Through his creations, he explores how space can be a point of awe and terror when orientation is uncertain: flat surfaces become textured, colors run wild, objects abstracted from the usual – altogether creating worlds far from the reaches of imagination.

For more information on this ongoing solo feature and on the group show, visit


CCP Little Theater Lobby (Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco)
Ongoing until October 18

When art comes from craftwork, the individuality of the artist/craftsman arises such as these three artists' craft-based works on display at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

In this exhibit, artists Steph Palallos, Carmel Lim-Torres and Josephine Turalba showcase diverse art highlighting the very nature of handmade. Contrary to the global tendencies of crafts, their creations express personal experience instead of giving voice to a collective social message. Turalba uses leatherwork to re-imagine landscapes, while Palallos constructs garments that expose the ailing body. Lim Torres' installation of paper, ceramics and wood expresses hope amid ecological peril.

This exhibit is open to all. For more information, call CCP Visual Arts & Museum Division, Production & Exhibition Department at (02) 832-1124 local 1504/1505, (02) 832-3702, (639) 204700690, or email [email protected]


Renato Orara
Silverlens Galleries, Makati City
Ongoing until October 24

In this solo exhibition, Renato Orara presents the recent additions to his nearly three-decade-old series Ten Thousand Things that Breathe. Since the series began in 1989, it has steadily expanded and branched out to the Drawer Drawings, Library Bookworks, Blood Works and The Iraq War Memorial.

For the latest incarnations, Orara presents ballpoint pen drawings of objects in his surroundings or those he encounters beyond his home. The exhibition also features eight works from his series Library Bookworks, which is composed of books that feature his intervention with pen drawings of human ears.

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Chronicles of a Journey: Gerardo Diego and Julio Palacios in the Philippines
Second Floor Function Room, Ayala Museum, Makati City
September 30 to October 27

Get a chance to embark on a journey to the Philippines during the ’30s through the impressions of Spanish poet Gerardo Diego and scientist Julio Palacios as the Instituto Cervantes of Manila, Embassy of Spain, Ayala Museum and Fundación Gerardo Diego present this exhibit in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the establishment of the first Cultural Embassy between Spain and the Philippines after the signing of the Paris Treaty.

Sent by the Spanish government, the two professors visited the country in 1935 to deliver a series of master lectures at the University of the Philippines and the University of Santo Tomas. During this period, they witnessed the vibrant Manila scene and the formation of Filipino identity. The selection of documents, press clippings, audio recordings and photographs courtesy of Fundación Gerardo chronicle everything they saw, heard and experienced along their journey.

Admission is free. For inquiries and reservation, contact (02) 759-8288 local 10 or email [email protected]



Romeo and Juliet
Aliw Theater, Pasay City
October 2 and 3

Love comes alive in graceful movements as Ballet Manila stages Paul Vasterling's "Romeo and Juliet" as the company's second offering for its 20th performance season.

Vasterling will be in Manila to personally oversee the staging, which also happens to be its Asian premiere. Vasterling will take charge of the interpretative choreography, while the Manila Symphony Orchestra, with Maestro Alexander Vikulov as the guest conductor, plays the musical score by Sergei Prokofiev. Katherine Barkman will play Juliet with Abigail Oliveiro and Joan Sia as her alternates. Playing Romeo are Rudy de Dios, Brian Williamson and Elpidio Magat.

After officially hanging up her pointe shoes last year, Lisa dons them once again as she portrays Juliet's mother, Lady Capulet, opposite Nonoy Froilan who plays Lord Capulet.

Tickets are available at all Ticketworld outlets, online at, or call (02) 891-9999.  



Shui Mo: Chinese Painting (Intermediate)
Yuchengco Museum, RCBC Plaza, Makati City
October 3, 10, 17, 24; November 7, 14, 21, 28; December 5 and 12

Learn traditional Chinese painting techniques using water and ink (Shui Mo). Calm your mind, meet new friends and unleash your inner artist in this 10-session workshop led by instructor Arsenia Lim (Pieh Tsai Shiu-Yuin).

Shui Mo is a freestyle technique to create paintings using a brush dipped in ink and water and onto rice paper. In this workshop, which is open to 15 years old and above with prior experience in Chinese or Western painting, subjects to be covered include lily, butterfly, hibiscus, carp and poinsettia.

Workshop fee is P6,500 excluding materials. Supplies can be purchased from the instructor on the first session. For more details, contact Elma Abrina at (02) 889-1234 or email [email protected]

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