Mariano Ching: These Are Happening Without Your Permission
Silverlens Galleries, Makati City
Ongoing until October 24
In his latest exhibition, Mariano Ching brings his primary character Naoto Matsumura to Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant after the multi-reactor meltdown. Each oil painting showcases a bleak palette that depicts the destruction with a sense of eye-of-the-storm calm.
Matsumura returns to Fukushima’s highly radiated exclusion zone because he feared for the animals that were left behind. As he walks through the ruins, the audience can see scavenging feral dogs, hairy dismembered limbs, and pastel limbo giving way to the creeping undergrowth in the artist’s psyche.
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Solitary Garden: Leonardo Onia Jr.
Blanc Gallery, Quezon City
Ongoing until October 31
Being well acquainted with personal tragedies that could cost a man his reason, Leonardo Onia Jr. exhibits paintings and installations that feature Hitchcockian nightmare of headless human beings who have literally and figuratively lost their minds.
According to Onia’s dark fantasy, there are only three possible endings for a man struggling with depressing circumstances: death, madness or a lifetime of misery. The resilience of the human is nowhere to be found in his current series. Suicide cases lie still on the floor or hang from the ceiling, while mentally ill patients live out their days straightjacketed or bound to their hospital beds. The collection serves as an insane asylum. And before the artist deemed his paintings finished, he burned specific areas in each canvas, the result of which is a ghostly cloud of soot where the subject’s head should be.
For more information, visit http://blanc.ph
Botong Francisco: A Nation Reimagined
President Ramon Magsaysay House, Zambales City
Ongoing until November 3
Through the partnership of Ayala Foundation, Inc. and National Historical Council of the Philippines, 25 reproductions of Carlos “Botong” Francisco’s paintings from institutional and private collections are on display to share the life and legacy of the artist to students and general audiences outside of Metro Manila.
Accompanying these more than two dozen images is a film produced by AFI and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Peque Gallaga on Botong’s vision and artistry. This outreach initiative of AFI’s Arts and Culture Division is a traveling version of the museum exhibition held last December 2012 to March 2013 in celebration of Botong Francisco’s centennial birth anniversary at Ayala Museum.
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Wit of The Staircase: Christina Quisumbing Ramilo
Main Gallery, Artinformal, San Juan
October 22 to November 21
In her latest show, Christina Ramilo presents a collection of works that imaginatively repurpose what is abandoned, discarded, remembered, recovered, saved and loved – or basically the raw and random things that people encounter through their lifetime.
Such is the stuff that outlives us: good ideas, good art and wit, all of which are unfortunately uncommon. Instead, they are residual consequences of practice teeming with attempts, blunders, mistakes and miscalculations. The pieces showcase how we are able to carry it out – wit and good art – eloquently at the time when it’s most appropriate.
Visit www.artinformal.com for more information.
Rony Fortich: Best Seat in the House 2
Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila
For the final installment of Triple Threats: The Composers, the series brings multi-awarded composer and Hong Kong Disneyland music director Rony Fortich as its third featured artist. Repertoire for the concert consists of excerpts from the Trumpets musicals “Mr. Noah’s Big Boat” and “Bluebird of Happiness,” Upstart Productions’ “Breakups and Breakdowns” as well as a number of songs Fortich has written for different artists and productions.
Joining Fortich onstage are Ring Antonio, Cathy Azanza-Dy, Caisa Borromeo, Mayen Cadd, Steve Cadd, The CompanY, Red Concepcion, Bituin Escalante, Topper Fabregas, Sheila Francisco, Audie Gemora, Carla Guevara-Laforteza, Lana Jalosjos-de Leon, Cole Laparan, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Franco Laurel, Fred Lo, OJ Mariano, Pinky Marquez, Lorenz Martinez, Simone Martinez, Gab Medina, Giannina Ocampo, Timmy Pavino, Sweet Plantado-Tiongson, Kyla Rivera, Kakki Teodoro, Gabo Tiongson, Shiela Valderrama-Martinez, Mikki Villa, Morissette Amon, Cris Villonco and The Philippine Madrigal Singers.
Ticket prices range from P800 to P1200. For details, contact the CCP Box Office at (02) 832-3704.
Tricks and Musical Treats, A PPO Family Concert
Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila
As an early Halloween treat for children, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, led by conductor Olivier Ochanine, presents a concert for all ages.
The concert introduces the symphony orchestra and its music to children and families in a fun way. Flowanda the explorer of the land of Volcano Milava will lead kids to learn more about volcanoes. Pre-concert activities starting at 2:30 p.m. will include a musical instruments petting zoo where children can experience playing different orchestral instruments assisted by the members of the PPO.
For more information, call the CCP Marketing Department at (02) 832-3704 or Ticketworld at (02) 891-9999.