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.

Friday, November 18, 2016

El Bohemio in El Nido: The Hermit of Entalula Island




  I certainly am not leaving El Nido without an artful photo of me in one of those beautiful islands hahaha!

  These photos are a product of kindness. The kindness of the people who brought me to Palawan, of the people who gave me a place to stay in El Nido, the people who showed me the islands, the boatman and his crew, the tour guide who took these pictures, and of the God who I pray will continue to bless them all.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

El Bohemio in El Nido:
The Island Hopping Adventure

     El Nido, with its towering marble cliffs, enchanting lagoons, charming white-sand beaches, hidden coves, lush forests, breath-taking waterfalls, prehistoric caves, and the clear blue waters that surround its islands, is a Protected Area and is often refereed to as the "Philippines' Last Frontier".

   And to be a Filipino living in the Philippines is really awesome because you don't need a passport or cross an ocean to be in a place that is considered one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the world. Truly a must-see. A must-be on a travelers bucket list.


     El Nido has been welcoming tourist from around the globe for many years  and they have established standard island-hopping destinations which is divided into 4 groups. Tour boat companies  follow these standards and some offer fuss-free package deals. You will not have to worry about bringing towels, snorkeling stuff, or even lunch!  If you have booked your stay at Sea Cocoon Hotel you can avail of those fuss-free tour packages from them. A tour package, depending on how far they are from Bacuit Bay, ranges from Php1,200 to Php 1,400 per person.


        One fine morning on September 11, 2016,  my island-hopping
 adventure began on the shores of Bacuit Bay.

     Next to me is Boss Vic, opposite us at front is Eric the famous 
frontman of Sea Cocoon Hotel LOL, and beside him is Boss Benjie, 
together with two personnel from the hotel.

    I spent 3 whole days in El Nido and I've tried the Tours A and B, on separate days, with the main men of Sea Cocoon Hotel hehe. Actually we skipped some destinations in the tours to have more time on more interesting spots, like the Big Lagoon and Small Lagoon which are really captivating. I should have brought my old digicam with the waterproof case. If I did I would have a lot of pictures inside these lagoons. But then again, not bringing that camera made me appreciate the place (and the moment) more.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

El Bohemio in El Nido:
The Sea Cocoon Experience

    An invitation to see a new hotel in El Nido paved the way to a 7-day vacation in Palawan last September. The owners are actually my former employers. After working as designer in their exporting company from 2000 to 2005, I still sometimes do freelancing work for them and still address them as my "Boss Vic" and "Boss Benjie".

    And I feel real proud that in my first visit to El Nido I get to stay in what TripAdvisor.Com ranked as  number 1 of the 82 B&B hotels and inns in the area. That certainly is pretty impressive for a hotel that has just opened it's doors just over a year ago.

   So, really, what made Sea Cocoon #1? How is it different from other hotels in El Nido? Well honestly, I can only guess haha because it's my first time there so I've never tried  other accommodations. But maybe with this little virtual tour we can figure out the secret to their success ;-)


    Maybe it's the location? Sea Cocoon is built along a less crowded part of Real Street within the poblacion (town proper) yet it is still just two blocks away from Bacquit Bay where your island hopping tour begins. Any shop or restaurant you need is at walking distance from the hotel.


    Maybe it's the architecture? While others look rustic or stark, here's a brightly-colored modern-style building that is newly built. That naturally gives an impression that everything in it is new and that they are up-to-date when it comes to hotel services and management (and it feels that they are!)

   I personally like the architecture.  The look  is somewhat De Stijl that's made subtle by the use of teal blue.



    Maybe because they have a pool? Hihi!  I've heard that this so far the only hotel in the area that has a pool that is inviting enough for you to take a dip. If you just can't get enough of El Nido's crystal-clear waters during your island hoping tour, you can continue soaking yourself here while enjoying a bottle of beer or two... or three. Oh you should see how pretty the pool looks at night when it's lighted up.


A view from Sea Cocoon's roof top: 
Baquit Bay and Cadlao Island - El Nido's largest island 
with the highest rock mountain reaching 609 meters above sea level.






Taraw Cliff as seen from Sea Cocoon's viewing deck. 
Mt Taraw welcome mountaineers and there's a zip-line too.


   Maybe because they have a viewing deck?  ^_^ The hotel is 4 storeys high and I think there are just 3 or 4 buildings in town that reaches this height limit. But not all of them will let their guests access their roof deck, if they at all have one. Just ask one of Sea Cocoon's friendly staff and they will gladly show you the way to the viewing deck so you will get a nice vista of the town, the distant Baquit Bay and Mt.Taraw.

Monday, November 14, 2016

El Bohemio in El Nido:
The Transit

 

   You know the last time I took a plane was 14 years ago haha! Well I certainly am no jet-setter. Not the gypsy or hobo type of boho.  I'm at least a passive traveler - one who waits for the opportunity to travel, unlike some of my friends who has made travelling to far and different places an annual thing.

     I also have not traveled alone for a very long time - like almost 2 decades. So this lonesome 380 mile travel South of Manila, that took place on the 10th of September this year, feels very much like the first time. Well, there are actually a lot of first-time things for me about this trip. First time to book a flight online, to commute to the airport on an Uber car, to step inside the NAIA Terminal 3 departure area, and of course the first time to see Palawan.

    The flight from Manila to Puerto Princesa in Palawan is just about an hour. I took PAL's 1:10 PM flight over the 6:05 PM flight which I think is too late, and over the 5:20 AM flight which is too damn early haha! If one must to be in the airport 2 hours before departure time, that means I need to be there at 3:20 AM for the 5:20 AM flight!

    But maybe next time I will do the extra effort of catching the early morning flight. Because it's good to get to El Nido on the daytime (at least early afternoon) to maximize your stay there. You see, there's a 230 km road travel from Puerto Princesa to El Nido - that's a five to six hour drive. I actually enjoyed that long ride to El Nido. I love seeing Palawan's mountainscape and the road twisties made me miss my motorcycle. I feel lucky to be first passenger to get on the van because I get to sit at the front and enjoy a nice chit-chat with the driver about Palawan - how beautiful and peaceful it is there.


    I would have enjoyed that long road trip even more if it was entirely in the daytime. It was starting to get dark halfway to our destination. It even rained in some areas and it was getting a bit scary haha. Imagine driving on lampless roads along cliffs on a rainy night. But good 'ol manong driver knows the road like the back of his hand.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Shirts, Shirts, And More Shirts

   
        So! The first half of the 150-piece order of El Nido t-shirts is complete and ready to be delivered tomorrow.

      If you have been following this blog, you will recall that the first set of this shirt design was printed in the same month last year. I mentioned that these shirts will be my ticket to a trip to Palawan where I will meet my former boss (whom I made these shirts for)  and talk about opening a souvenir shop there. He is co-owner of a new hotel in El Nido, by the way, called  Sea Cocoon.

      Well that trip is just a few days away now. I already bought the tickets.

      So I guess you guys just watch out for the coming posts of El Bohemio in El Nido.  ^_^

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Back Into Printing!

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Well I'm giving myself a pat on the back for getting back into printing. Yeah I finally found the drive to pick up that squeegee again. Facebook Memories has been showing me photos of shirts that I've printed 2 or 3 years ago as if they were poking me. Also I'm beginning to feel guilty about not accepting orders that I get through my blog and my FB page.

    But I'm still not accepting orders just yet. The pending second batch of El Nido shirts are being done and I am also now stocking up on printed shirts for my brand Buhay Bohemio. The shirts above, my Rasta-Britannica, was printed last week and this is the very first set of stocks ever done in the history of my t-shirt retailing business haha!

    Oh wait, I remember my Moto-Industry t-shirt that I made in 2011 where I've printed a stock of nearly 50 shirts as an experiment to see what strategy works best. That was the print-then-sell approach but I resorted to the print-when-ordered approach instead because it seemed practical. I only had to print one shirt and advertise it. Then I kept stocks of blank shirts of varied sizes and colors while my screens are on stand-by waiting for an order. That pretty much worked when people buy 1 to 5 shirts. Then re-sellers started ordering 12 to 30 different shirts. When they began ordering almost a hundred shirts with some designs using 3 ink colors, that's when I realized that the print-when-ordered approach could be quite stressful hehe.

    Perhaps the print-then-sell approach deserves a second chance. Maybe I only did it wrong. The original idea was, I design a shirt then print 50 pieces and that's it. No more re-prints. Then sell them while designing the next shirt. Because it took a while before I was able to sell at least 30 of the Moto-Industry shirts (probably because I didn't market it well enough or the appreciation of the design is limited to motorcycle riders), I became less confident about producing stocks for the second shirt design and the other designs that followed.

    I really don't know why I never though of this before, but with regards to stocks, I realize that I do not need to print 50 pieces of shirts for every design that I have. All I need is to print a complete size set of 12 or 15 pieces per design. Like two pieces of each size (XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL). If I want a design to be available in two colors, then I print 30. I can print an entire set in a day. I can choose to do the printing 2 or 3 times a week to produce more stocks and replace those that got sold. After all, I do screen-print my own designs and that's an advantage that I should take advantage of haha!

    So now that I am ending my 9-month hiatus from printing, I'm gonna do a quick inventory of my blank tees and tank-tops and will start printing on all of them. Because it came to me that printed shirts have a better chance of being sold than blank shirts that are just kept in a big plastic box.

   It has been a year since I produced a new design. The last 3 shirts I designed was release June last year. I said that I will stop producing new designs for a  moment and concentrate on making stocks. But I think I'm gonna try to produce at least 6 new Buhay Bohemio shirts this year. So watch out for those! ^_^

Friday, August 5, 2016

Love Me Tender
A Cover by Yours Truly



    Hello again my dear readers! Here again is another product of my procrastination from work LOL!

    Actually the audio was recorded in 2013 and it's only now that I created a video for it. So yeah I'm lip syncing to my own voice hehe. The audio and video is imperfect. Well I certainly am no recording artist but I'd say this is better than the couple of songs I shared in 2012 which YouTube link I am so not going to share to you out of embarrassment haha! Watching them now made me realize how horrible they were hihi. Anyway, you know the saying that you don't have to be the best. You only need to be better than the person you were yesterday.

   What actually made this recording better was the Avid  Mbox music recording interface that my brother lent me. My younger brother Mark is a guitarista and I learned most of my guitar playing knowledge from him. He probably planned to do recordings too but gotten busy with work and raising a family hehe. Anyway, this awesome recording device, plus the Audacity app, made recording and audio mixing easy and fun. I did everything here. Each instrument was recorded separately - the ukulele, the keyboard (jazz organ, xylophone, and bass drum), the snapping and maracas, also the second and third voices. = P   I really I wish I can make more covers. So many songs, so little  time!

    Love Me Tender is a song by Elvis Presley recorder in 1956. Yup it's a 60 year old song that has been covered by many artists all over the world. One of my favorites is by Norah Jones.

   Well I do hope you enjoyed my version of Love Me Tender. Many thanks to my brother Mark, and my sister Jeth for the ukulele she gave me as a gift. Also my friend Dennis for the Adobe Premiere hehe!  ^ _ ^




Sunday, July 24, 2016

A Few Sewing Projects

   So here I am taking my time on starting a pending shirt-printing project haha! Well it really has no deadline anyway, and I again find myself working on an enjoyable, creative, and non-profitable project. = ))

    Remember the chair that I re-upholstered last year in November? Well the original bottom part (made of nylon) got ripped! Yeah, the material is pretty old. The chair was a gift from my sister 10 years ago. And yeah, I am also heavier than I was 10 years ago. = P



   I've replaced the entire material with denim. Old denim. I made patchwork from my jeans that don't fit me anymore. I think these are from 4 or 5 pairs of jeans. For the back part I bought 1 1/4 yards of new denim that's thick, also a yard of polyester fiber sheet.



   
     The tattered look that I was going for made this easy to put together. I didn't have to worry about neatly sewn hems. But  I did make sure that this would be more durable than the original. You know, I'm really glad that I went through the trouble of fixing this chair because It looks more boho than the first re-upholstery that I did.

   I also made a new throw pillow case from a bandana. I just love the geisha print! I thought of having it framed instead but I'm running out of wall space.



   Just recently, I bought this beautiful blue paisley fabric and made a new bed sheet. It's 92" wide and costs Php 340 per yard at the Fabric Warehouse. Two yards is just perfect for my antique twin-sized bed. Php 680 is still a lot cheaper compared to buying a boring flat sheet from a department store. They usually come with a matching pair of pillow cases and I really don't like having different items using the same exact materials. = P

   So now that the sewing tasks are done, am I ready to print shirts? Ummm... LOL

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Printing With Aquasoft Inks
For The First Time

    Aqusoftt is Tulco's slow-drying ink series that is water-based. They say it's a good alternative for plastisol inks which are is not water-soluble. I have been using Tulco products since day one of my screen-printing experience in 2011 and for 5 years I have gotten used to their Classic, Rubberized, and Athletic inks. But the prevailing weather here has become un-ideal for the opaque inks that I have been using. It gets really warm in the garage that I work in, even on a rainy day and my stencils end up clogged with dried ink and srubbing them off is hard on the fingers and absolutely time consuming.


     But I have Aquasoft inks now. I bought some a couple of weeks ago and from the store I learned there's another added effort if you use this type ink - you can only make your own opaque colors. Yup. The emerald green, golden yellow,  royal blue, and the other colors that are available on the Rubberized and Athletic series are not available in Aquasoft. So you will need to get Aquasol Matte (a flat opaque white base), and mix some Tulco pigments to achieve the colors you need. Good thing I have some pigments here at home. Mixing for your own colors is not that much of a fuss anyway. Actually it's fun hehe. I made khaki and turquoise for my first try on two shirts (for a friend who ordered them 6 months ago haha!)

    When I opened the container of the Aquasol Matt, I noticed that it has a thick consistency and it actually made me a bit nervous. Because with the previous inks that I use, a consistency like that is a sure clogger. When I added the pigments and stirred vigorously, the consistency became a bit workable but is still thick. I'm worried about adding diluted Binder to thin the ink a bit because it might affect its slow-drying properties.

    Surprisingly, when I slid the squeegee the ink went through the screen smoothly. The big design was printed completely without skips or blots. And the best part is that the screen was not clogged. I remember  that I get a clogged screen right after the first coat with previous inks.

    The screen of the dreamcatcher design is actually a fresh screen. (The old one was completely damaged by dried ink.) When I washed the new screen I was relieved to find no clogged areas where I have to scrub like hell. No ink stains either!

    The next day after printing I get to try my new heat-press machine. I think it took 4 minutes for the machine to get to the temperature of 140 degrees C. Then just 40 seconds to cure both shirts. Pretty quick huh? But I need to get used to the heat radiating from the top press while replacing shirts.

    Because my friend will not be able to pick up the shirts yet, I decided wash-test the prints. I was told that if the print is not properly cured, the color of the print will fade or worse, the print will wash off. Well I'm happy to announce that I hung a couple of shirts to dry with quality prints. ^_^

   So, I guess I'm ready to start with the second batch of El Nido shirts.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Finally, a Heat-Press Machine


    So this new machine heralds the beginning of my use of slow-drying inks that will prevent the screens from clogging, thus reducing the washing time. It also heralds the end of my use of a household flat iron for curing  prints and that will also save me a lot of time. This machine also is a step toward using metallic foil prints. Also vinyl prints if I get a cutter-plotter, and sublimation prints too if I get a digital printer for sublimation inks. But of course these other uses that requires more expensive machines are for the not-so-near future hehe.

    Actually I have not taken my new heat-press out of its box since the day it was brought here. It has been over 3 weeks now haha! Well obviously I'm taking my time with my break from printing and also trying to enjoy Summer. I have not been accepting orders of shirts since November last year. Because with the prevailing El Niño, printing shirts with my old fast-drying water-based inks will only damage my screens.

    So lately, I have only been doing digital graphic work. Mostly, the monogram orders for Madam Yssa of Customized Chic who actually gave me the money to buy this heat-press as a Christmas gift. She actually tricked me into telling her that I need this machine haha and then she had the money deposited in my bank. Amazing, isn't it? For someone to help you with your business like that. Just like my former employer Boss Vic who provided the wheels to bring this bulky 24kg machine from Makati to our house here in Alabang.

    Well summer is almost over and June is just hours away. I better buy aquasol inks soon because orders are waiting. Remember the El Nido shirts for Sea Cocoon Hotel I made last year? Well Boss Vic ordered for a second batch and I think they're over 70 or 80 pieces. He bought the blank shirts already, the same day when I bought the heat-press.

     Looks like I'll be back to being busy again. Yeah, that is a good thing.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

My Room Makeover:
Welcome to my Silid Bohemio

This project started in August 2013, beginning with the repainting of the walls and floors. It's only now, after more than 2 years, that I think it is ready to be presented to you my dear readers. ^_^

       This actually was my younger brother's room that I took for myself, four years after he got married and moved out. My original room, which is just next to this room on the second floor, is where I now keep my clothes and all my other stuff. I really think that without that extra room for storage, I couldn't possibly achieve a bedroom as neat at this.

      Realizing that I'll probably live in this house for the next 5 years or more, I might as well transform this 12 square meter space into that where a creative person like me would like to spend hours and hours in - doing work, sleeping, contemplating, daydreaming, creative procrastinating, etc...

     So now I call this room "Silid Bohemio" (silid means room in Filipino). What makes a room bohemian? The presence of art, eclecticism, or eccentricity really doesn't make it so. Actually, it's all of that minus the opulence. High on art and style, low on budget. ^_^




Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Señor Angel y Señora Romana:
A Digital Restoration & Reproduction Project

   This project began last year and it was only completed last week. It really wasn't a very painstaking endeavor. It only took that long because it was often put aside LOL. But I'm glad that my client was patient about it.

   The two charcoal portraits are from an ancestral house in Batangas. They are husband and wife from the 1800's. But I'm not really sure if the original portraits were made in that era. It may have been done after the turn of the century.


   My client first gave me Señora Romana's portrait. You can see above how the artwork has deteriorated over the centuries. The wood oval frame is made of planks that are screwed together and the joints are already split. It has a nice bubble (convex) glass that is rarely produced today.


   If you think Señora Romana's portrait was badly damaged, Señor Angel's is even worse. It got ripped and they've tried to fix it with clear tape -  that turned brown after decades. His wooden frame is already broken but they were able to keep the  bubble glass. The two portraits, for some reason, were separated for many many years. Romana's stayed in the ancestral house while Angel's was brought to a house in Parañaque City.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Five Years of Bohemianism


    I just realize that buhaybohemio.com, the blog and business, is already 5 years old. It was on the first day of March, 2011, that I decided to go freelancing as a graphic artist, created this blog, and started a small business of retailing printed t-shirts that I designed.

   Five years sounds like a long enough time to expect some improvement. So how's everything?

   Well I'm glad that I still find the time to write for my blog. I had envisioned that it will someday become a website where you will mostly read about the Filipino artistic culture. But today it remains a personal online journal where I share my journey to my creative and business goals. I'm pretty much cool about it, really.

   You know, the last time I printed shirts was November last year and I stopped accepting orders since then. Don't worry, my dear readers, I didn't quit. Let's just say I took a little break from printing. I plan to change the type of inks that I use. It's the type that doesn't dry easily and clog my screens. The El Niño phenomenon has been going on since last year, and I found myself scrubbing my screens longer that I should between prints. So switching to aquasol inks will solve that problem. But that requires me to purchase a heat press machine to cure the prints. Yeah, that means I'll be shelling out blue Peso bills again hehe. Anyway, as soon as I get a heat press machine and new set of inks, I'll be back to start printing stocks and maybe produce new designs on the side.

   My digital portraiture services still has no official website and I have not been marketing it. So that business is as stagnant as a puddle. There were no new clients. However, for a previous client, I have just completed a digital restoration and reproduction project of a pair of ancestral portraits from the 1800's. Will tell you more about it in another post. ^_^

    So lately I feel more like just another freelancing graphic artist than an "artrepreneur". I have a pending company profile folder for a printing business owned by a friend's family. Also I continuously work on monogrammed items for Customized Chic which has become the bread-and-butter for the past months. It really should be the other way around - I should work for Buhay Bohemio full time and everything else should be on the side.

    I have to admit that I'm a little lost. They say that it's okay to be lost sometimes as long as you know exactly where you want to go. How to get there has always been the question and it's a kind that has an entourage of subsequent questions.

   But I believe that things will fall into place. We gravitate towards what we really want the most, right? So I'm just gonna keep on moving... and learning! ^_^

Friday, February 26, 2016

El Bohemio at the
Art Fair Philippines 2016 Show

   I remember attending the very first Art Fair Philippines show in 2013 and I really enjoyed it. But I failed to see the 2014 and 2015 show. I was either too busy or just missed their posts on Facebook. I keep forgeting that it happens every February!  Fortunately, despite the not-so-often times I browse my FB news feed, I came across an ad of this year's show.

    So Art Fair Philippines 2016 took place on the 18th to 21st of this month at the same venue of all their previous shows - The Link carpark building in Ayala Center, Makati. This year they occupied 3 floors. That's pretty enough space to showcase contemporary works by  artists not just from all over the Philippines but also a few from Japan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and Spain.


     I went there last Saturday and I was a bit taken aback when I saw this many people at the show. Like a mall on sale. But then I realized that this could only mean that more Pinoys are becoming appreciative of art and that is a good thing. The entrance fee was only Php 150, by the way. It's free if you have a BPI gold or platinum credit card. So kudos to the people of Art Fair Philippines for making their shows accessible also to the  bohemian and the bourgeoisie LOL.
 
    Anyway, I took about a hundred photos in the show and I'm going to share a few favorites in this post. Yeah just a few. Otherwise, this will be an awfully long post hehe because there is just soo many remarkable pieces there I wanna talk about. But if you want to be spared of my blah-blahs  you can view all photos in this link. ^_^




     The very first artwork that I saw happens to be done by one of my favorite artists in sculpture and instalation art. Gabriel Barredo is just awesome!



 
  I'd vote for this gallery for best in presentation. As if stepping inside a dark old church, you'll hear monks chanting and an eerie sound of a bell. Instead of rebultos, you will find these rather deviant works of Daniel dela Cruz.




    I surely wasn't the only one who asked about the artist behind this work. This pair seem to have an appeal to the youth. Reminds you of impressive graffiti you find down the street. Art by Bryan Yabut.