Here’s What to Expect in the Ortigas Art Festival 2020

And best of all, admission is free!

The Philippine art scene is ever-changing. Not only has it grown to accommodate new artists and galleries, but it also welcomes art lovers and a curious audience— one that is keen on art and wants to learn more about it. That means that anyone and everyone is free to appreciate, view and expand their horizons with various techniques, various art styles, and the comings and goings of the art industry.

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In a move to make art more accessible to the public, local and international artists have come together in this year’s Ortigas Art Festival. Now on its third run, this prestigious event has been recognized and awarded in the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards and the International Business Awards 2019— all thanks to the collective effort of the organizers to bridge together art and the audience.

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Held in the East Wing of Estancia Mall, the exhibit was curated by Renato Habulan— resident curator of Eskinita Gallery. A melting pot of various works by local and international artists, the festival includes a section called Papelismo Boceto, which highlights bocetos (sketches) that patrons and art enthusiasts can own at affordable rates…

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Papelismo Boceto



… along with works by independent artists like Hong Kong-based artist Manuel Rubio, modern and contemporary painter Reynold dela Cruz, Bangladesh artist Sahid Kazi, New Zealand artist Michelle Dawson, and yet another local contemporary artist Art Zamora, just to name a few.

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Zirkular by Art Zamora

Aside from talented artists, three galleries join the Ortigas Art Festival. These are Eskinita Art Gallery, Kaida Contemporary Gallery and vMeme Contemporary Art Gallery.

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Works under the vMeme Art Gallery

“We have always believed that art should be enjoyed by people from all walks of life, and the best way to promote art appreciation is by bringing art exhibits right where people converge, which are malls,” said Arch. Renee Bacani, the Vice President of Ortigas Mall.

He then added, “over the past three years that we’ve had the art festival at Estancia, we were surprised to see the great and growing interest in art among Filipinos, both young and old. This is why we have continued with the art festival and added features which we think will be of added interest to more people.”

The Ortigas Art Festival is open to the public (with free admission!) and will run until March 8. Guests are encouraged to participate on the comment board by the entrance of the exhibit, to take photos and to purchase the artworks should they be interested.

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