CCP: Vanguard of the Arts

Since its inception in 1969, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) has been the bastion, patron, and nurturer of Philippine art. It may have gone through political strife, cultural discord, and internal feuds...

History through Object’d Art

Metropolitan Museum of Manila The Metropolitan Museum, built in the 1970s, was primarily intended for international exhibitions. After the EDSA Revolt in the 1980s, it has become more democratic and now exhibits works by both...

Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum: The manmade ‘natural’ beauty

That they were mere depictions of the real thing was not a matter of consequence; when glassblower, Dale Chihuly, breathed life to the perpetually vibrant “flora” of the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum in...

Mind Museum: Mindfully Soulful Inside the mind museum

The Mind Museum is the first comprehensive and expansive science museum in the Philippines, nestled within Bonifacio Global City’s thriving urban landscape. It contains over 250 interactive exhibits in its five interconnected galleries, with...

Laguna Beach, California’s Festival of Arts and the Pageant of the Masters: A history...

Here’s the big picture in Laguna Beach, California: for the longest time, the history of its art has more or less been as novelist Samuel Butler surmised—a “history of revivals.” And even as one...

Cappadocia: Grounded in Cappadocia

The best way to see Cappadocia is to see it from afar. That, at least, is the general idea, one immediately impressed upon me by nearly everyone I had talked to since I arrived. I...

Legazpi City: On Another Level

With the whale sharks now visiting its nearby waters, Legazpi City has begun seeing a rise in tourist arrivals—a new opportunity it plans to meet with vigorous yet conscientious development. I couldn’t see anything in...

Yogyakarta: Experiencing Yogyakarta’s Art

A man with wrinkled arms clutches the handle of a copper plate, dips one side into a plate of burning wax, and turns to the piece of white cloth laid out before him. With...

Manila: Manila in Motion

Had I seen it somewhere else in the Philippines (in another street, perhaps, or in another city where such things are commonplace,) I wouldn’t have nearly died that evening. That crate at the base of...

Thailand: A Re-welcoming to the Land of Smiles

I stepped out into the streetside promenade fronting the Central World Plaza in downtown Bangkok, the evening skyline etched with the soaring outlines of high-rise malls and commercial buildings opulently lit up in heady...

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