Monday, November 30, 2009

boxed 2009

In 2006, Boxed was conceptualized by artists J. Pacena and Buen Calubayan as a series of exhibitions for artists and the artistically inclined. Each exhibition would gather together those from a wide variety of ages, backgrounds and creative training, showing their art—loosely bounded by dimensions—and prompting reminders on the presence and significance of the artistic community. From the initial exhibition in Big Sky Mind to the hallways of the Cultural Center of the Philippines to the Cubicle Art Gallery show themed with erotica, Boxed is, in the words of Pacena, 'the idea, that we can be boxed, in one time and one space in order to connect and create a larger box, the idea of creating a universe and a dialogue in between.'

In the fourth installment of Boxed at blanc compound curated by Clarissa Chikiamco and Rica Estrada, over forty women artists think, converse and relate their practice with one another. Within a set chain over four groups and starting from thoughts of the curators, each artist must reflect and respond to ideas of the previous artist in the line, documented through dialogue and then enacted in actual production. The dialogue, done through email, SMS, phone or in-person chats, is exhibited along with the art, putting primacy on the stages of art's conceptual development and the ability of artists to discuss and negotiate their practice.

Subtitled The Start of a Conversation, the show begins a dialogue but anticipates its extension beyond the exhibition. Believing that all different kinds of dialogue—direct or indirect, formal or informal—impresses upon and subsequently shifts artistic identities, however subtle, the exhibition challenges the idea that art is made in isolation. Highlighting the importance of artistic networks, the exercise of the show attempts to encourage networks in a system in which artists are able to both verbally and visually communicate their ideas with flexibility to others' artistic practices. Boxed: The Start of a Conversation discloses a normally concealed process as it commences it, acting as an index for the future dialogues it trusts to instigate.

Boxed: The Start of a Conversation opens on Saturday 4PM, December 12, 2009 at Blanc Compound Mandaluyong. Blanc is located at 359 Shaw Boulevard Interior, Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City. For more information, please call or sms 752-0032 / 0920-9276436, email or visit and www.blancartspace. multiply. com.

Ambie Abano
Clare Alegado
Janet Balberona
Cathy Lasam-Ballo
Mica Cabildo
Con Cabrera
Kim Carlos
Marika Constantino
Grace Corpuz
Ranelle Dial
Karen Flores
Mayang Frigilllana
Dina Gadia
Angela Garrido
Sarah Gaugler
Eva Gubat
Alon de Guzman
Abi Jao
Helen Jose
Amihan Jumalon
Lea Lim
Lesley Lim
Michelle Lim
Raquel de Loyola
Kat Medina
Maan de Loyola
Jhoan Medrano
Donna Noda
May Tobias-Papa
Cheng Pimentel
Brenda Praico
Alma Quinto
Ling Quisumbing
Marga Rodriguez
Julie Cola Shen
Reine Shih
Bru Sim
Yasmin Sison
Mimi Tecson
AJ Tolentino
Teta Tulay
Anna Varona
Shakira Villa-Symes
Jazel Kristin Villamarin
Tanya Villanueva
Lauren Villarama

Boxed will run until January 2, 2010.
Written by Lisa Chikiamco

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

the red shoe post

red polka dot wedges from Artwork. been eyeing them for a looong time. wore them the first time last week. heheheh.

smile! :))

Monday, November 23, 2009

St. Thomas, illustrated

shouldn't it be "a UST CFAD Adveritising Arts Graduate"? consonant sound on a vowel="a". (heheheh)

(Intro note: I'm posting this without the knowledge of my pare/boyfriend/co-thursdaykid/labidabs Ige. I'm sure he'll find out soon anyway. :P)

Ige was one of the artists who contributed to Fr. Aureada's book on St. Thomas. After submitting his work last May he had not heard from anyone involved in the book, and I don't think he was really interested. His mom and I were more 'interested' in whether he ought to have his own copy as compensation, or a small sum for his efforts. He shrugged the questions all off. He didn't want a copy for his birthday, and I'm sure he wouldn't want one for Christmas, either. Practical kid, that one. :)

Anyway, since I was *interested* in how Ige's illustrations came out and I wasn't content on simply browsing the hard-bound glossy coffeetable book, I got a copy of my own. It's about our university's patron saint anyway, and I've come to realize that I know so little about St. Thomas Aquinas' life, even if I've been in UST for more than ten years already. We had Aquinas-related teachings in our philosophy and theology subjects though (of course!).

The book is available from the UST Publishing House. A discounted price of Php 1250 is given to Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers, and Fr. Aureada's grad school students. I got my copy care of our Father Vice-Rector for Religious Affairs (thank you Fr. Deng & Ma'am Annie!). The regular price is two thousand pesoses.

So there. The book I will share with Tita Aggie, and if Ige wants to have a look, he can borrow from us anytime. :)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

our early Christmas giveaway

Last Sunday, my family bade the puppies, now a month and a half old, goodbye--it was adoption time. The pups (a cross between a part-Golden Retriever mom and a Yellow Lab dad) have already been dewormed and given their first shots. Their 'adoptive parents' are relatives and friends of ours, people we know would take care of them well.

Keeping them all was out of the question, since the 7 boy puppies and 1 girl puppy would surely cause mayhem as they grow up (dogpoop, dogbaths, dogfights and all), not to mention the amount of food that they would consume would surely be thrice as much. So it was decided that we would just keep the girl puppy, temporarily called Pink (that was the yarn color tied around her for identification). Not that she needed any of course, because she was the only one with the different uh, anotomy. :)

Nanny Rox saying goodbye to her babies.

The puppies eat their last meal together as Miel looks on, wearing the new slippers Tito Ige gave her. :)

Miel's special puppy delivery!

My bff Susa became a puppy parent that day--here's her aww-some entry about her new baby!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

thursdays 'til christmas a new tumblr blog i made that's all about (you must have 'guessed' it already) christmas (and beyond). hahaha. sort of a little christmas project. come see! :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

at around this time last year...


with the orokids Ige, Tissa, and Tad at the Sigwada Gallery. On exhibit were Bunch Garcia's works.

Photos taken with a Fuji Instax camera.

Monday, November 9, 2009


Yesterday, iggy and i sweated it out over at the Kapit Bisig Para Sa Ilog Pasig run. Wearing our matching yellow shirts we crossed the finish line of our 5k event HHWWPSSP. :)

My parents did the 5k too, with my dad in corduroy pants and my mom in cotton slacks. They both wore yellow collared shirts with their race numbers tied around them.

It's a sad thing though, to see so much litter along the route and at the Quirino Grandstand, during a race that promotes a green future. Anyway.

We had a Jollibee breakfast afterwards. iggy had a new item on the menu--a pancake sandwich. I had a taste. It was a bit 'soggy' for me, for a sandwich. iggy liked it, though.

It was difficult having to drop him off at his house and saying goodbye. Oh well.

We picked up some dog and human food from Suki Market on the way home.

Back home we gave the dogs baths. That's eight puppies, two doxies, one golden retriever, and one yellow (white) labrador.

I had a nice after-lunch siesta before Mass.

I put new sheets in the rat cage and gave Gypsy and Dublin sapin-sapin for snacks.

Miel and I watched Barney before she had to go to bed.

I wrote a couple of postcards that I mailed out today, this time to Finland and Spain. Wondering where my next Postcrossing postcard will be from.

I slept knowing that my body will ache more in the morning.