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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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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What’s Trending on Netflix Philippines?

Nothing has revolutionized entertainment in recent years quite as much as Netflix has. Watching television in years past involved paying expensive cable subscription fees, waiting for TV schedules, and annoying commercials interrupting your show. Netflix gives you thousands of shows and movies at the click of a mousewithout pesky commercials— for as low as Php 370.

And while streaming services have been around for a while, no site has had quite the same impact. CNN reports that Netflix is now at almost 140 million subscribers globally, with Philippine viewers part of that number after the site’s international launch in 2016. With a huge variety of available shows and movies, no wonder that  the conversation around pop culture is now so closely tied with its roster of available media. Keep yourself up to date by checking out what’s currently hot on the radar below!

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Oscars 2019 – What to Expect

Film brings together emotion, art, entertainment, and the universal human condition. In addition, advents in filmmaking technology, movies are bigger than ever, and there’s nowhere better to celebrate the magic of moviemaking than during awards season. While every film award is of course a huge honor, if you ask your everyman on the street what the biggest one is, they’d definitely say the Oscars.

The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, is one of the biggest if not the biggest yearly event in the film industry. Awarded by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, this year the Oscars are 91. With some of the biggest changes to the formula this year— no host, Netflix movies, and more presenters than ever— let’s see what the 2019 Oscars have in store for us.

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Prepping for Art Fair Philippines

If science and technology are the backbone of society, then art is its heart. From the first time humans made stories out of the sky and painted their hunts onto cave walls, art has been an indelible part of our psyche. And while before the fine arts may have been the province of kings and queens, art is now more accessible than ever.

There are tons of museums across the country that hold some of the best of Philippine art, but the field is ever evolving. With new materials, new ideas, and new faces coming up all the time, it can be pretty hard to keep track of who’s who in the Philippine art world. Art Fair is another way to keep up with some of the best up-and-coming artists in the Philippines. And for first-timers, here’s what you can expect from one of the biggest art events in the country.

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The Very Best Jazz Bars in Metro Manila

It’s no secret that Manila is home to an incredible range of musical talent. All over the Metro are a huge variety of singers, songwriters, and bands performing in any number of genres and styles. With all this talent, it’s no surprise that you can find a nice place to grab a beer and listen to some good music just about anywhere. Still, there’s nothing like the atmosphere that the classics will bring you. If you’re not quite feeling up to the noisy energy of a crowd this weekend and just want to sit back with a drink and some contemporary nostalgia, then here’s a list of some of the best jazz bars in Manila.

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The History of Malasimbo Festival, Puerto Galera

For music lovers in the Philippines, there’s no event that stokes more anticipation than the yearly Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro. Named for the Malasimbo Ampitheater, where the festival has been held for the past eight years since its inception, there are tons of new plans for 2019 that will make this year’s festival bigger and better. If you’re new to the Malasimbo scene, take a look at this primer and quickly brush up on its history, as well as get a peek at what might be in store for you when the festival runs from March 1-2, 2019.

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Five Christmas Light Shows In and Around Metro Manila

The Philippines boasts the longest Christmas season in the world, and there are a hundred and one holiday-themed things to do once September hits. With a population that’s over ninety percent Christian, with Catholics alone comprising eighty-six percent of the country, it’s safe to say that Christmas is one of the biggest holidays in the country. Since almost the entire country is focused on preparing for this one day of the year, there are tons of different events and activities that help build the anticipation.

One of the most popular things to do during the height of the holiday season is going around the Metro and looking at Christmas lights displays. The biggest, brightest displays always draw in the crowds, and if you want to get into the holiday spirit then check out the list below for some of the best illuminations in Metro Manila.

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Everything You Need to Know About Poblacion, Makati

If you’ve been out and about in the Metro, you’ve definitely heard of Poblacion. This barangay is the old downtown area of Makati, and also houses the city’s government, historical and cultural sites. Given all the history and culture crammed into one area, it’s no wonder that this district is full of little gems for anybody who’s willing to take a look. But with so much to see and do, it can be tough to get a handle on everything that’s going on in Poblacion— which is why we’ve put together this handy list of some spots that we think you should definitely consider on your night out.

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