Checked Out: the Sunday Intramuros Pasyal

Traditionally, Sunday is day to unwind. For families, Sunday is also family day when families do some bonding together somewhere, especially after attending a Sunday religious service. These days, the venue of choice for these moments would be a modern, air-conditioned shopping mall which offers many amenities and sights to see. While I have nothing against shopping malls, it;s just that they have become so much ingrained in our culture and lifestyle that we tend to forget to look beyond the mall, so to speak. There are many things to discover outside the confines of the mall that may surprise and perhaps enamor you if one takes the time to do so.

That being said, allow the Urban Roamer introduce you to a one-of-a-kind Sunday experience right in Manila’s Walled City one should not fail to miss: the Sunday Intramuros Pasyal.

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Manansala’s Philamlife Paintings at the National Museum

When the Urban Roamer got the opportunity to visit the Philamlife Building at Ermita during its (sob) final days, one of the things I was fixated upon was the artworks whose artist was a mystery to me at that time. Thanks to a reader, I found out that those artworks were actually done by Vicente Manansala himself, National Artist for Visual Arts alongside with colleagues like Fernando Amorsolo and Botong Francisco.

The paintings are a a series of 7 commissioned works completed by Manansala in 1961, the same year the Philamlife Building was completed, done in the cubist style Manansala was known for.

Vicente Manansala (courtesy of iloko.tripod.com)

While the issue about the fate of the Philamlife Auditorium was in full rage for several months last year, curiously there was not much news about what was to happen to those paintings considering these were done by a National Artist.

That question was answered with a satisfying resolution today as the National Museum of the Philippines announced over its Facebook page that these 7 paintings can now be seen in one of the halls of the 3rd floor of the museum’s National Art Gallery named aptly, “Philam Life Hall.”

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Checked Out: Art Fair Philippines 2014

Beginning with this post, as part of the changes with the new Urban Roamer site, there will be a new semi-regular feature here which I would like to call ”Checked Out,” in which we “checked out” various events happening around the metro like exhibits, trade fairs, concerts, fiestas, whatever interesting event that comes our way

Not many people now that every February, apart from Valentines, the Philippines also celebrates National Arts Month. During this time, one can expect a lot of events and activities aimed to promote Filipino arts, whether it may be visual arts, literature, cinema, music, theater, dance, or architecture.

One of these events is the private initiative known as Art Fair Philippines. Now on its 2nd year, it aims to support modern and contemporary Philippine visual art, showcasing its vibrance, as well as the talents of our artists in front of a growing audience, based both locally and internationally as well.


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