24 Philippine Artists Shaping Local Contemporary Art

Thanks to the advent of social media, art in the Philippines is now no longer confined to the dry galleries of yesteryears. Instead, you can take a look at some of the best contemporary art in the Philippines by simply opening an app on your phone, or by hopping over to your nearest art fair. Philippine arts and culture are more accessible now than ever, and there’s never been a more exciting time to be an art enthusiast in this country.

The public has long had a fascination with artistic works, and you can see that art is now moving beyond the standard museum fare. In the Philippine art history timeline, no other era has had as much variety, both in medium and in the artists themselves, as this one. Whether you look at visual art, video art, performance art, or any other style in the Philippines, you’ll more likely than not find a Filipino artist making waves. To familiarize yourself with the modern art scene in the country, here’s a list of Philippine artists and their works below.

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Blockchain in the Philippines

Living in the digital age has brought changes to our lifestyles and societies that are both unprecedented and unexpected. In the span of a few short decades, we have completely altered the way we communicate, create and distribute knowledge, and even how we conceptualize security and privacy. While many of these changes are simply the natural progression of technology, there are others that require further efforts to understand.

In this article, Daydreaming in Paradise will take at the blockchain, a fairly new concept that promises to revolutionize information databases, and what that means for the Philippines

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Prepping for the Avengers

If you haven’t been living under a rock the past few months, you’d know that we’re only a few hours to the opening of one of the most anticipated movies of all time. Philippine comic book fans, geeks, and casual moviegoers all over the country are preparing to sit down to the final installment to the current story arc in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: The Avengers: Endgame. If you haven’t bought your premier ticket yet, are killing time until your showing, or really have been living under a rock, then take a look below at this brief backgrounder into the movie event of the season.

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Diving In – A Look at Immersive Theater in the Philippines

While our concept of theater might be the traditional plays and musicals, the reality is that the performing arts are constantly evolving. Technology is one aspect, with productions continually pushing the envelope when it comes to the technical aspects of the staging. However, much of that development also has to do with performances and direction. Immersive theater is a currently expanding frontier in the local theater scene, and it’s something for both longtime fans and new enthusiasts to take note of. Here’s a look at what exactly immersive theater means, and where you can try it out in the Metro.

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Five Filipina Women at the Tops of Their Fields

As the old saying goes, women hold up half the sky. So much of human culture, society, and economics wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the seen and unseen contributions of women throughout history. Even beyond creating new life, women have opened new frontiers in science, literature, the arts, and politics. Who can forget the work of Marie Curie, or the bravery of Gabriela Silang?

What women have done for society is impossible to quantify, but it’s important to honor them anyway. Thus, to close off March and Women’s Month, take a look at these five Filipina women who are making waves in their current fields.

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A Primer on Smart Home Technology

Living in the information age means you have an abundance of newfangled inventions available. A computer in your pocket, a small robot to vacuum your floors, a car that can park on its own— all of these things used to be dreams of science fiction, but in the 21st century they’re all very real. Technology and connectivity is changing the very way we live, and probably the best example of that is also the newest frontier in tech— the smart home.

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The Best Items on Starbucks’ Secret Menu

When you’re working in the city, there’s no more familiar sight than that of the local Starbucks. True, there are probably a thousand different coffee spots in and around the Metro, with all sorts of offerings. But when it comes to Starbucks, at least you can be sure what you’re getting into. When you need to grab a quick caffeine fix before work, or recharge in between meetings, this is one place where you can get your old favorites with no fuss.

However, sometimes your usual coffee order won’t cut it, and that’s when the Secret Menu comes in. These are “off” the menu drinks, and need a bit of digging around to find. Starbucks’ secret menu has been well-popularized, to the point that fans have even curated a website guide to the Secret Menu items. If you’re feeling a little bit more adventurous on your next coffee run, here are some of the items you might want to try.

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The Best Non-Meat Food Options for Lent

Living in a predominantly Catholic country like the Philippines means that a lot of your daily life is influenced by religion. The Christmas season in this country famously lasts several months, big events like the Translacion can derail an entire workday or two, and every Friday of Lent means no meat or chicken anywhere.

According to this article in Crosswalk, Lent for Roman Catholics is a period of fasting in preparation for the sacrifice of Easter, when Jesus Christ finally gave up his life for humankind. The forty days correspond to the forty days Jesus spent in the desert being tempted by the devil. To symbolize his sacrifice, people tend to give up specific things during the Lenten period. There’s also a rule about fasting every Friday, which means less than three meals and no meat.

Exercising your faith is a human right, but it can be pretty tough to keep thinking of meals without meat for a whole forty days. Here’s a short list of restaurants that have what you can eat, and where to find them.

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The Best Tools for Digital Artists on the Go

According to the Tate Museum, digital art was a term that was first coined in the early 1980s. This was the period when engineers first put together a simple paint program known as AARON that would then be used by Harold Cohen, a pioneering digital artist who used AARON to paint on large pieces of paper. The technology soon evolved, and now there are highly sophisticated programs like Adobe Photoshop that can help artists push the medium even further.

With the popularity of digital art comes a few downsides. One in particular is that unlike a sketchbook, digital artists couldn’t exactly bring around their computers and CPUs when they head out. Luckily, we’re entering an age where that won’t be a problem. Tons of companies are now putting out tablets and tools that artists can now use on the go, and below you’ll find a shortlist of some of the best.

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How Will Brexit Affect Overseas Filipino Workers?

As was discussed in a previous Daydreaming in Paradise article, Brexit is one of the most pressing political, economic, and social issues facing the United Kingdom currently. And in an age of globalization, where anything that happens to a single country has an effect on other countries, the impacts of Brexit are far-reaching. In fact, Allianz Chief Economic Adviser Mohamed El-Erian has noted that Brexit is already changing the ways countries are choosing to structure their economies.

While most of the impacts will be felt by the UK itself, other nations are bracing themselves for what will happen once the UK’s exit from the European Union is finalized. And as governments hash out macroeconomic policies and treaties, the consequences of these decisions hit hardest at the bottom.

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