If you want to find the center of artistic talent in the Metro, you need to visit Marikina Shoe Expo / Cubao Expo, better known to many as Cubao-X !!!
Cubao-X is the hub for everything that has to do with creativity and ART! You’ll find artsy chic shops, art galleries, art museums, artistic fashion stores, contemporary art, modern art, old art, new art, and crazy art. And oh, did I mention they have art?
I love the feel of this place. You can just sense the creative minds walking around full of avant-garde ideas!
Anyway, we were gracious enough to be welcomed to the Pablo Galleries where our friend Nico and Katwo Puertollano, of the graphic design boutique 2720, had an exhibit.
We got to meet the owners of Pablo Galleries, Osie Tiangco and Yo Garcia, who told us a bit more about Pablo Gallery and the store n.a.p.a. (Not A Play Area) right above.
Write-up and picture below from Pablo Gallery’s website:
Pablo’s original gallery is located at the famed Cubao X area (also known as Marikina Shoe Expo) and was founded on September 16, 2005. Its owners envisioned a space where the works of talented young artists could be showcased. The gallery has caught the attention of critics, older artists, members of academe, art collectors, and other gallerists. Today, Pablo Cubao X has also presented exhibitions by established artists like Romeo Lee, Poklong Anading, Neil Fettling, MM Yu, Bea Camacho, and Jason Moss. Among the young and upcoming artists to watch for and who have exhibited at the gallery are Mark Salvatus, who has been nominated at the recent Ateneo Art Awards and recipient of several international grants; Nelz Yumul; CJ Tanedo; and James Almario.
The new Pablo Fort is situated at an ideal location. Besides its accessibility to the Makati business district, Fort Bonifacio is also evolving as a hub for the modern arts. One only has to consider the small galleries sprouting in the area as well as view its interesting outdoor art installations spread all over the place.
Pablo Cubao X will continue being a steppingstone for young artists to break into the bigger, commercial galleries. Pablo Fort, on the other hand, will be working with older, mid-career, or more established artists as well as under-recognized older artists.
Personally, I really enjoy going to Cubao-X to see what kinds of cool and creative stuff they have there. There are also lots of fun events that happen there, so do keep an eye out.
So next time, When In Manila, go check out some artistic artsy fartsy stuff at the Marikina Shoe Expo, better known today as Cubao-X. Don’t forget to swing by Shop # 7, which is the Pablo Gallery, to see if they have any new exhibits.
Shop 7 Cubao Expo, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City
Open Tuesday to Saturday, 12PM to 8PM