Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Art Watching At The
Art Fair Philippines 2017

  Hello my dear readers! Long time no post haha. You can probably guess why. Well I'm gonna try not to keep saying that I'm busy when the truth is that I'm just bad when it comes to managing my time hihi. Anyway, if you follow my Instagram you'd see that I have been printing shirts again, and I'm glad that I've finished a project just in time to see this year's Art Fair.

    I went to the Art Fair with my fashion designer friend Ronnie. That was last Saturday, February 18th, at The Link car park building. When we got there at 2 PM,  the line to the elevator was pretty long already and being inside the venue feels like being in a mall on a sale. You will really have to be patient, quick, and clever if you want to take a picture of a popular free-standing artwork without capturing somebody else's head or butt.

    Well even if you can't spend more than 60 seconds admiring an artwork up close to look at every minute detail, in consideration to the mob of phone-cam photographers, let's just be glad that more and more Filipinos are appreciating art - and that is good news to our local artists.

   Anyway, being a smartphone photographer myself hihi, I took photos of some interesting works and I'm sharing a few favorites here  in this post. Click the photo for a closer look.  Enjoy! ^_^

Deco - Deconstruction 2017. The first artwork that caught 
my eye. It's a print and I'm glad that digital art is finding 
it's way into galleries and art shows.

I just love this beadweaving by Karl Castro.

I'm not a fan of neon colors but this work is superb!
"Hyper Overdrive" by Jood Clarino

Looks familiar, right? The plastic bottle craft sold on sidewalks
has leveled up. "Green Wall" by Francis Commeyne.

I love everything about this painting. 
"Down Town" by John Paul Antido.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A Couple of Days in Puerto Princesa

     I get to spend two days in Puerto Princesa after my El Nido vacation last September and my bosses were really bighearted to show my around the city.

       They brought me to the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center, also known as the Crocodile Farm and Nature Park.  It is in Puerto Princesa where the first crocodile breeding farm started (1987). The Crocodile Farm was founded to prevent the further decline of the two species of Philippine crocodile (freshwater and saltwater crocodile).
   Today PWRCC, under the management of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau of the DENR, has bred over 12,000 crocodiles for commercial purposes. Crocodile meat is sold locally to tourist and to restaurants across the country, while crocodile leather is sold to luxury fashion brands such as Louis Vuitton and Hermes.

     Displayed at the lobby of PWRCC are the skin and bones of a saltwater crocodile that is approximately 5 meters long. A sight to behold but it tells a sad story of a man it killed in 2011 and of the reptile itself. Rio, the male crocodile named after the place it was captured, was caught by the townsfolk in 2014 and died two years later due to internal bleeding and the stress of being in captivity. Rio was 67 years old.

                    Three month old crocodiles.

         The largest croc that I've seen alive here at PWRCC.

              It felt soft and cold!


      The Crocodile Farm and Nature Park has a vast open space and it was really nice walking under those big trees! If it weren't for the cages I'd feel like I was in a jungle. Palawan is one of the most biodiverse islands in the Philippines and many wild animals usually fall victim to poachers. Some animals here at PWRCC were rescued from their captors and after some time will be released back into the wild.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

El Bohemio in El Nido:
The Poblacion

             Rizal Street
      It was past 7 o'clock in the morning, September 14, 2016, a cloudy day. I thought of having a little walk around the town of El Nido before I head back to Puerto Princesa in a couple or hours. Though I should have taken these photos the day before in mid-afternoon, when the place looks more lively with open shops and tourists walking down the streets. But then again, these early morning  scenes gives us a different mood of this popular provincial town.

   September is actually a slow month in El Nido. I was told that from November to February, these streets are filled with foreign pedestrians, outnumbering the locals. One explanation is that American and European expats in China escape the winter then come back when the Chinese New Year celebration there is over. Filipino tourist, on the other hand, usually come in from March to June. So if you want to see an international crowd, you know when to go hehe.

             St. Francis Of Assisi Parish

       El Nido may sounds like it's a town that was founded by Spanish missionaries but the town's name was changed to El Nido only in 1954. Well it was still the Spaniards who gave it it's former name Bacuit when the place became a new municipality in 1916. But way way before history began, humans already inhabited this place. Fossils and burial sites dating back to the Late Neolithic Age can be found in many caves and excavation sites surrounding the municipality. Cool huh?

           Real Street and a part of  Mt. Taraw. 

   "Nido" is Spanish for "nest" and this town is named so because of the edible nests made from the hardened saliva of the swiftlets, a bird locally known as "balinsasayaw" that builds its nest in the crevices of  limestone cliffs in the area. These nests can be made into a gourmet soup and they say it's packed with nutrients. I think I've tried nido soup before in a Chinese restaurant in Manila years ago. I don't remember the taste anymore haha.