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Bulacan Festival

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Last May 21, I visited Rustan’s Makati and saw a Bulacan Festival ongoing.  Heart2Heart loves Filipiniana festivals featuring products from our country.    My Lola Glecy always made sure we patronize products from OUR VERY OWN.  She created that department to showcase Filipino items.  And Rustan’s always has the best display and execution in putting the items together and developing them into beautiful creations

During the festival, there were food booths also so I bought a few items to patronize them

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Today I pay tribute to my all time idol, my late grandmother, Lola Glecy.  She is one of the pioneers in Philippine retailing.    She has met many great retailers, world leaders and many other great personalities from all over the world and she impressed them all!!  She is a woman ahead of her time, a woman with impeccable taste and a remarkable person that makes us Filipinos proud for she proved how a woman and a Filipina can achieve great things!!

To everyone at work, she is known to us as GRT.  You can ask all the old timers at Rustan’s department store who have encountered GRT and they will always have an inspiring or touching moment in their lives from GRT.  We all admire her and try to follow her….which is very difficult..because no one will ever be like her.  Though she is not physically with us anymore, she is very much alive in our hearts and in our everyday life. 


Beautiful interpretations through art 

by one of the Greatest Filipino Artists – Fernando Amorsolo 


and by world renowned Betsy Westendorp


I found this photo in my files but cannot read the artist


Previous Entry:  Remembering Lola Glecy June 3, 2007 


Meaning To Be Modern

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 Thanks to our friend, Hetty, for inviting us to come over and see the exhibit of her husband, Paulino!  We remember very well many years ago when we visited his home to see his beautiful collection or art and antiques!  And now this beautiful exhibit!  You cannot imagine the value of the paintings – both its financial worth and the worth of its history and beauty!!!! This in itself is an accomplishment and a legacy of Paulino to Philippine Art and for our country.  

You will have to be there to believe it and see the actual paintings.  I am featuring all 80 works ( which is probably not even half his collection ) of art but it is still different to actually view them yourself.  I would say this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to view this collection and as Vita, the owner of Finale Gallery, told me, she said that she is happy that it is Paulino who owns these works of art because he is very generous in lending his paintings for others to see and appreciate in a public setting.  So do come over as it is still showing til the end of the month.

And this Saturday, March 20,  Learn more about the early Filipino Moderns with Juvenal Sanso, Mark Justiniani and Patrick Flores at 4:00 pm at the gallery.   


 Finale Art File is proud to show this March “Meaning To Be Modern”, a selection of Philippine paintings from 1907 to 1959.


The exhibition presents a vital part of Paulino Que’s vast collection of Philippine art and antiquities.p1170225.JPGp1170288.JPGp1170293.JPG



It focuses on the early periods of Philippine modern art, spanning the initial phases of the movement with Victorio Edades,

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his precursors Juan Arellano

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and Diosdado Lorenzo,

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and peers Galo Ocampo


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and Carlos Francisco,


as well as the developments hereafter: the Thirteen Moderns, incipient and late neorealism, and abstraction on the cusp of the sixties. This collection is exceptional and exemplary, surveying the watersheds of Philippine modern art, from the early part of the twentieth century to the sixties. The fifties may be considered the high point of the process of modernity in Philippine art, preceded by years of debates with the Amorsolo conservative school of romantic realism, experimentation with a range of styles from the school of Paris, and the formation of a distinct visual idiom of modern art that was cosmopolitan and uniquely Filipino.

These are the broad strokes of the sequence of modernism that the Que corpus embodies that complement those earlier mentioned: second-wave stalwarts Anita Magsaysay-Ho,

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Nena Saguil,

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Manuel Rodriguez,


Ricarte Puruganan,


and Ang Kiukok;

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the neorealist originals H. R. Ocampo,


Vicente Manansala,

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Cesar Legaspi,

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Romeo Tabuena,


Ramon Estella,


and Victor Oteyza;

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the Filipino émigré artists Venancio Igarta


and Macario Vitalis;


and the harbingers of abstraction Fernando Zóbel,


Arturo Luz,

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Constancio Bernardo,


Jose Joya,

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Lee Aguinaldo,


Federico Aguilar Alcuaz,

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and J. Elizalde Navarro. 


When probed more keenly, it would reveal idiosyncrasies, too: the surrealism of the early Juvenal Sanso,


the unique imagery of Alfonso Ossorio,


and the lesser- known attempts of sensitive, sensible practitioners like Lyd Arguilla,


Cenon Rivera,


Jesus Ayco,


Jose Pardo,


Hugo Yonzon, Jr.,


Rod. Paras-Perez,


Rodolfo Ragodon,


and Helen Guerrero Roces.


The afterglow of the neorealist flare may also be discerned in the folksy aspirations of Mauro Malang Santos.


Finally, we may want to ask about the delineation of time: Why posit the fifties as the height and limit of modernism? It may be argued that this decade signifies the defining moment of the tendency: the First Neo-Realist Art Exhibition in 1950, the First Exhibition of Non-Objective Art in 1953, the walk-out of the conservatives at Art Association of the Philippines (AAP) salon in 1955, the replacement of the conservative/modern categories at the APP with “contemporary Philippine painting” a year later, and the First Southeast Asian exhibition held in Manila in 1957. It may also be proposed that the fifties was witness to the incipient expression and later the fullness of the modern tradition, before it was to wither in the face of its own institutionalization and, in some instances, its descent into kitsch.

Aside from the art works, this collection also brings to light the significance of the Paulino Que collection, which is one of the most indispensable in private auspices and could rival the combined treasures of public institutions of modern art collection such as the National Museum, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Ateneo Art Gallery, and the Vargas Museum. Featuring 36 artists and 80 works, it promises to be an event in itself, a rare occasion in which a private collection becomes public discourse as students, scholars, and supporters of Philippine art gain access to it and hopefully engage it with the same discernment that went into its shaping.


The exhibition will run from March 6 to 31, 2010 at Finale Art File, Warehouse 17, La Fuerza Compound, (enter Gate 1), 2241 Pasong Tamo, Makati City. We welcome student tours. Should you request a guided tour, please call us at 813 2310 or email us Admission is free. We are open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 7pm.



Philippine Art Collection

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We recently came from our friend’s house to once again drool over the beautiful art collection they have.  Around 13 years ago, we met them and they introduced us to Philippine Art and we immediately had an instant appreciation for it.  

My personal favorite is Anita Magsaysay-Ho, aside from the many stories from Mom about how wonderful a person she is, she is a great artist!  I have not seen as many works of hers in one place, As we all know, it is very difficult to acquire her works


She even made portraits of their two sons!  Wow!




A diptyque – and again one of the sons is in the painting- the little boy on the ground



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A 1978 Manansala which is absolutely beautiful! 


Mauro Malang- Santos, another of our favorites


Soler San Pedro Santos, son of Malang 


Arturo Luz




Captivating Caramoan Captured….

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Located at Camarines Sur (popularized now as CamSur) in the Bicol Region, Caramoan possesses a captivating spirit and a raw beauty unlike anywhere else in the world. Its breathtaking appeal has captured the hearts, not only Filipino vacationers, but likewise foreign travellers who continue to marvel at the island’s awe-inspiring splendour. Proof of this was when Caramoan was chosen as venue for the French version of the worldwide hit Survivor. In fact, Caramoan is now dubbed as the Survivor Island’s destination of choice with countries like Israel, Serbia, Bulgaria and Turkey shooting year-around this 2009.


Very little is known about Caramoan. It is a cluster of islands isolated from the rest of CamSur truly blessed by nature, and dubbed “Philippine’s Secret Paradise”. It is a bastion of serenity with its white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, beautiful sunsets, ancient caves, and bountiful marine life.


Governor L-Ray Villafuerte, CamSur’s trailblazing leader who has catapulted Camsur and Caramoan to unprecedented development describes, “ When I first assumed office in 2004, I was appalled that such a beautiful island with so much untapped potential is one of the poorest in the country. It’s truly one of the Philippines’ hidden gems. I knew that we had to do something to change Caramoan’s destiny – from being backward to what it is now, a dream destination for film and television producers.” 


This is not to say Caramoan is strictly for the extreme sports and adventure lovers because it actually gives “island hopping” a new meaning. Villafuerte describes, “We have of course the great ocean adventures for kayakers, snorklers and scuba divers to experience the diverse marine life. Others can trek and search for the lagoon, rock climb the limestone cliffs, and explore the caves. We also have other activities such as camping, mountain biking, spelunking, and more.”


The young governor has a genuine gift of vision and savvy. At the get-go, he envisioned a province with a unique branding and character. A marketing natural, Villafuerte spearheaded the launch of the CamSur Watersports Complex (CWC), the biggest and most prestigious cable wakeboarding complex in the world. Landing CamSur in the international map, the world-class facilities of CWC has been recognized as the mecca of wakeboarding as it has hosted two of the World Wakeboarding Championships, only typically held in countries like Australia, France, and the US.


A wakeboarding enthusiast himself, Governor Villafuerte saw the country’s most premier photographer and fellow wakeboarder one afternoon at CWC. After an inspired conversation, Caramoan X6 was born.


Caramoan X6 (Caramoan times six) is the brainchild of Villafuerte as envisioned by De Leon, a winning collaboration of two forward-thinking visionaries. The idea was to invite the country’s best photographers to see the island through their own eyes, and share its beauty the way they see it. De Leon assembled today’s top photographers to join him in assembling Caramoan X6, the exhibit. Featured works are by Sara Black, Jo Ann Bitagcol, Paolo Pineda, Mark Nicdao, Jake Versoza, and Jun de Leon himself.


Expounding of their respective inspirations as they click around Caramoan’s Gota island, model turned photographer Sara Black begins by staying true and honest to the essence of her surroundings. She describes, “As a photographer, whenever I go to a place, I always observe how the light there falls and how that affects the color of everything. Caramoan has its own color palette and I enjoyed tremendously photographing that in its simplicity… the color in the little things. For me, it’s such a sincere joy to appreciate something as miraculous as color.”


Another model who traded her lipstick for the lens, Jo Ann Bitagcol, on the other hand, captures everyday scenes in the island. “Everywhere I go I make it a point to discover its beauty, life, and soul. And I saw all of this in Caramoan,” she says.


Paolo Pineda is the man on top. He shares, “We rode the chopper going to Caramoan from CamSur, and seeing it from that vantage point was just surreal. I wanted to capture the island like a classic painting… timeless.”


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Meanwhile, Jake Versoza uses blacks, grays, and whites in his docu-photo treatment. “I wanted to document the daily lives of the people there because they thrive off nature’s bounty both in land and sea.” How do you capture warmth on film? He answers,” I was there during a strong typhoon but found peace hanging out with the locals. That’s warmth.”

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Mark Nicdao describes the inspiration for his shots, “It’s the emotion and feeling of the place. It’s a rollercoaster ride. Caramoan has the balance of things you need when you’re on vacation mode. It has a bit of everything you want.” A natural portraitist, Nicdao captures smiles, gleeful eyes, and innocence in his photographs.


Lastly, Jun de Leon captures the early morning of Caramoan Island, inspired and reminiscent of a juvenile Sanso. He shares, “Photographs capture a precise moment in a still image. How you take the subject the second you click on your shutter will not be the same the second after. There are numerous moments to be captured in such a breathtaking island.”


The result of putting together their respective artistry is a marvelous compilation of visual tales enveloped within this enigmatic place. To celebrate, Caramoan X6 will be unveiled in fashion walk of Greenbelt 5 on December 17, led by Governor Villafuerte and the host of creative minds that brought a mere “inspired conversation” to reality.

A coffee table book was also produced showcasing the photos featured in the exhibit. These photos will be auctioned off during the event and all book sales will be for the benefit of CamSur’s educational fund. 

The exhibit is continues in Ayala Malls Greenbelt 3 on December 18, 19, and 20.

To know more about Caramoan, visit