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Manila Mirrors: Team Manila, The Saturday Group, Sunshine Plata, and Lomographic Embassy Manila at Power Plant Mall

August 29, 2009


Exhibition Duration:  31 August to 6 September 2009

Opening cocktails:  Monday, 31 August 2009, 7 p.m.

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Hinahanap-hanap kita, Manila. Admit it – there’s nothing closer to our hearts than home. For the third leg of Powerplant’s FOCUS ON THE ARTS: COLLECTIONS SERIES, the Filipino’s love for art and home will be pushed to the fore, with this leg of the FOCUS will be geared towards one of the highest forms of human expression, with a special premium on the sights and sounds of life in Manila.

Purveyors of both the old and new schools of art will be convening at the Power Plant Mall from August 31 to September 6, 2009 to celebrate Manila in the best way they know how. Here’s what you should be looking out for:

Gallery Launch

To kick off the weeklong festivities, Power Plant Mall and Figaro Coffee will be holding a gallery launch for all the participating artists at 7 p.m. on August 31 at the North Court of the mall.

Manila Defined: Jeepney Art

What better object to identify with the hustle and bustle of the metro than the iconic hunk of metal we all love to hate – the jeepney. What’s more, who better to put a twist on this icon than the leading name in our country’s pop-art royalty?

Francisco Motors Corporation, the company behind the legend of the Philippine Jeepney, will be teaming up with nationalistic pop-art pioneers Team Manila to put a new face on the oldest workhorse on Philippine roads. This creation will be displayed in Power Plant Mall’s North Court starting Monday, the first day of a week’s worth of exciting events.

On the Saturday of the same week, the jeepney will again be the center of the attention, as the eponymous Saturday Group – a renowned collection of painters mentored by Philippine art greats Malang and Bencab – will be holding court with a painting session featuring the Team Manila-styled jeepney with models glammed up by M·A·C makeup artists (another new brand to watch out for in Power Plant this coming month) as their main subject.

Eye Manila: an Exhibit by Team Manila and Lomography Embassy Manila

In addition to making their mark on this installment of the FOCUS series with their uniquely stylized jeepney, Team Manila, along with their lomography arm – Lomography Embassy Manila, will also be holding an exhibit of their works at the Power Plant Mall’s R1 Corridor.

This exhibit will run from Monday, August 31 to Sunday, September 6.

Coffee Art– an Exhibit and Workshop by Sunshine Plata

Painting curio sensation Sunshine Plata will also be pitching in her own share of creativity for the FOCUS series, as she will be holding an exhibit of her aromatic visual masterpieces – her paintings are made of coffee! – at the mall’s Archaeology area from August 31 to September 6.

To culminate her exhibit, Sunshine Plata will be holding a coffee-painting workshop for kids of all ages (maybe even those who are children at heart!) sponsored by National Book Store on Sunday, 6 September 2009.  (If you would like to register for this workshop, please call 898.17.02.)

For more details or queries about the event, please call 898-1702 or 0920.962.43.47.

Recent Works by Carlos at Le Souffle, The Fort

August 10, 2009



Exhibition Start:  8 August 2009

Opening cocktails:  Saturday, 15 August 2009, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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Isabel Echevarria-Rocha and Inaki Echevarria Rocha: “Impression and Illusion” at Power Plant Mall

July 23, 2009

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Exhibition Duration:  7 August to 20 August 2009

Opening cocktails:  Saturday, 8 August 2009, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Randy Lazo’s “In Celebration” at the Power Plant Mall

July 23, 2009

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Exhibition Duration:  26 June to 9 July 2009

Opening cocktails:  Saturday, 26 June 2009, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Yellow Door Gallery and Power Plant Mall are pleased to present “In Celebration…,” an exhibition of sculptures in wood by Randy L. Lazo.  The exhibition will run from the 26th of June to the 9th of July, 2009.  This exhibition is also co-presented by G.Rocha Catering and BusinessWorld.

Even as a young boy, Randy Lazo already had an affinity for old wood, and it was then when his natural talent to turn these objects into works of art began to reveal itself.  As his passion grew for things that had aged and weathered, he would find himself requesting his older relatives not to throw away old pieces which he felt were silent witnesses to his family’s and community’s history and heritage.

Due to financial difficulties, Randy Lazo had to put aside his dream of becoming an architect and, instead, finished a degree in nursing in Vigan, Ilocos Sur.  He passed both the local and the U.S. State Board Licensure Examinations, but after a brief stint in the field of nursing, he felt the call to find his fulfillment in the arts.  He established a furniture design company, producing lamps, home accessories, and furniture whose designs were regarded as functional art.  This led to his beginning a hobby of sculpting and painting—and these artworks have been very well-received since.

In his work, Randy Lazo depicts the beauty of rural scenes and activities in the barrio and in the province that he, as a boy, saw and admired. He calls his painted sculptures “a celebration of life,” capturing the charm and romance of a life lived in the provinces and rendering it in true Filipinana.

Carlos at the Ayala Museum ArtistSpace

June 4, 2009

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Exhibition Duration:  13 June to 26 June 2009

Opening cocktails:  Saturday, 13 June 2009, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Ayala Museum is pleased to present an exhibition of recent paintings by Carlos at ArtistSpace, 2nd Floor, Glass Wing, Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Makati City, Philippines.  from 13 June to 25 June 2009.  Artist’s reception will be held on Saturday, 13 June 2009 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

This exhibition, Carlos’ fourth at ArtistSpace Ayala Museum, is a showcase of the artist’s passion for his art depicted in his favourite subjects rendered in acrylic.  Carlos’ paintings are characterized by the joyous combination of pleasurable subjects and intensified colour, celebrating life at each artwork’s core.

Born in February, 1950, Carlos grew up in a largely artistic environment; his father, the modernist architect Julio Victor Rocha, Julio’s friends the National Artists Vicente Manansala and Victorio Edades, and Julio’s one-time draftsman Onib Olmedo, strongly influenced the young Carlos in their fervently modernist inclinations.   Carlos’ paintings have now evolved into works of art in a decidedly Fauvist style.  He is also a sculptor, and his sculptures are equally expressive, exhibiting graceful tension and movement.

Carlos’ artworks have been exhibited in the United States, Australia, and Hong Kong.  Many of his works have found their place in distinguished collections in the Philippines and around the world.

For inquiries, please call  0920.962.43.47 or email

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Notes From a Filipino Heart at the Power Plant Mall

June 2, 2009

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In celebration of Independence Day, Yellow Door Gallery and Power Plant Mall present ‘Notes From a Filipino Heart’, a group art exhibit on view from June 8 to 18 at the North Court with opening cocktails on Wednesday, June 10, at 5:30 in the afternoon.

‘Notes From a Filipino Heart’ features paintings and sculpture by some of the country’s best and brightest artists.  The exhibit celebrates the inherent strength and beauty of the Filipino through the depiction of various scenes or places, or the many faces the Filipino wears—as a father, mother, sibling, friend, worker, or lover.

To be displayed are works by Onib Olmedo, Raul Isidro, Nemiranda, Edgar Doctor, Julie Lluch, Lydia Velasco, Buds Convocar, Pete Jimenez, Raymond Lauchengco, Jack Salud, Aba Dalena, Jemina, Aner Sebastian, MaxBal, Fitz Herrera, Anna de Leon, Migs Villanueva, Rovi Jesher Salegumba, Randy Lazo, Jojo Austria, and Carlos.

The artworks to be exhibited will render the theme in the artists’ distinct styles, from figurative to abstract, and from traditional to modern.

In giving the artists the freedom to portray these qualities in their own preferred modes of expression, the exhibit promises a diverse and exciting peek into the sentiments that lay in the heart of the Filipino artist.

This exhibition is also made possible by G.Rocha Catering and Business World.

A special Independence Day concert, ‘Feel Harmonic’, featuring the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra and one of the exhibiting artists, Jack Salud, begins after opening cocktails at 7 p.m.

RSVP 0920.962.43.47 and 0917.533.42.06 or

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Face to Face: Bermido, Dator, Sillada, and Servito at Power Plant Mall

May 11, 2009


Exhibition Duration:  May 22 to June 4, 2009 at the R1 Corridor of Power Plant Mall, Rockwell.

Opening cocktails:  Saturday, 23 May, 6:30 p.m.

RSVP and inquiries:  0920.962.43.47 or email

Yellow Door Gallery and Power Plant Mall present “Face to Face,” an exhibition featuring the artworks of Art Bermido, Erick Dator, Danny Sillada, and Eman Servito, from 22 May to 4 June, 2009 at the R1 Corridor, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell.  Opening cocktails are on Saturday, 23 May, 6:30 p.m.  For inquiries or to RSVP, please call/send an sms to 0920.962.43.47 or email

The four “Face to Face” artists know each other as online acquaintances brought together by their interest and admiration for each other’s artworks and are collaborating on a show at the Philippine Consulate in New York, U.S.A., slated this July 2009.  “Face to Face” will finally bring Bermido, Dator, Sillada, and Servito “face to face,” meeting each other in person for the first time for this pre-show exhibition and exhibiting their works side-by-side.

Featuring Bermido’s bold, minimalist abstracts, Sillada’s enigmatic, surrealist images, Dator’s trademark Filipinana paintings rendered in “kiping” (rice wafers used in his hometown’s Pahiyas Festival) fashioned from board or wood, and Servito’s vibrant, lyrical canvases, “Face to Face” offers an interesting framework and dynamic for the convergence of their diverse artistic mien.

Art Bermido (b. 1979) has participated in numerous group exhibitions and has had various solo exhibitions in local institutions.  Bermido has been a finalist for the Shell Annual Art National Competition, the Metrobank Annual Art Competition, the PLD Annual Art Competition, and was the 54th AAP Annual Art Competition’s Juror’s Choice.  He calls his arresting, precise canvases “Stimuli,” each piece representing a person, event, or experience that has changed or “moulded me into who I am today.”

Danny Sillada (b. 1963) has been called a modern “Renaissance Man,” being an awarded surrealist painter, philosopher, poet, essayist, musician, and performance artist.  In his intricate, layered, contemplative paintings, he reveals “revelations of [empirical and metaphysical] realities, which are reflective of my vision, my culture, and my society.”

Erick Dator is known for his depictions of Filipinana scenes employing the distinctive motif of cutouts shaped like kiping or rice wafers used in the Pahiyas Festival of his hometown, Lucban, Quezon.  This distinctive style has earned him accolades both in the local art scene and abroad, as he shuttles from the Philippines to the United States (New York/New Jersey area) for various shows.

Eman Servito (b. 1983) is a graduate of Fine Arts from the University of the East where he was awarded the Artist of the Year in 2005.  He won First Prize in the ArtPetron National Painting Competition in 2004 and has been a finalist in various competitions:  the Maningning Miclat Art Foundation Awards, the PLDT-DPC Painting Competition, and the Shell National Painting Competition, to name a few.  His expressionistic, intensely colored paintings have also been included in numerous group exhibitions.

Raul Isidro at Power Plant Mall

April 1, 2009


Exhibition Duration:  April 17 to 30, 2009 at the R1 Corridor, Power Plant Mall

Opening cocktails:  Friday, April 17, 2009, 6:30 p.m.

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RAUL G. ISIDRO, a multi-awarded painter in Philippine contemporary art will open his 50th solo exhibit of recent acrylic paintings to be presented by Yellow Door Gallery at R1 Corridor, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati, at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2009 and will run until April 30, 2009.

Just last year, Isidro held his 40th Retrospective Exhibit at the Main Gallery of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) which showcased a series of artworks done by the artist since 1968.

CCP President and Artistic Director Nestor O. Jardin wrote, “…As a leading and influential artist of our times, Raul Isidro’s unstinting devotion and dedication to his craft, coupled with his single-minded advocacy for the preeminence of the Filipino talent became an inspiration to aspiring young artists. To this, we pay tribute to a man whose exceptional talents and achievements exemplify the true Filipino artist…” Corporate and private art collectors here and abroad who speculate on the works of Isidro recognize its appreciation equally in aesthetic and investment value per se.

As a former member of the academe, Isidro was appointed as one of the youngest directors of the PWU’s College of Fine Arts in 1975. in 1979 was chosen as “The Outstanding Young Man of the Philippines (TOYM)” in the field of fine arts for his achievements and contribution in Philippine art and in 1997 received the Araw ng Maynila “Patnubay ng Sining at Kaliningan” award. The University of Santo Tomas has awarded him “The Outstanding Thomasian Award for Visual Arts” in 2006. In 1981, Isidro was given a Cultural Grant by the Australian Foreign Affairs and he lectured about Philippine art at selected universities in the cities of Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane. In 1972, his two entries in the National PAP Print Competition won him both the Grand Prize and the First Prize. Isidro has joined and won in the 1968 AAP Outdoor Sculpture Competition for the Luneta Park and in the painting competition of AAP in 1969 and other major art competitions in the country.

He was selected in 1983 as president of the Art Association of the Philippines (AAP). From 2001 through 2006, he became president of the Philippine Association of Printmakers (PAP). During his term as PAP head, Isidro with a team of artists conducted hands on exposure on the diverse techniques in the art of printmaking to the local communities of artists in more than 20 provinces and likewise lectured on art in certain universities in Metro Manila.

This exhibition is also presented by Power Plant Mall and G.Rocha Catering.

UP Artists’ Circle at Power Plant Mall

March 12, 2009


Exhibition Duration: March 20 to April 2, 2009

Yellow Door Gallery and Power Plant Mall are pleased to present “General Assembly,” an exhibition featuring paintings and sculpture by the University of the Philippines Artists’ Circle Fraternity and Sorority. The exhibition will run from March 20 to April 2, 2009. Opening cocktails are at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2009.

In “General Assembly,” paintings and award-winning sculptures by artists still enrolled in the College of Fine Arts will be exhibited, including works that have been highlights of the students’ past year’s art workshops and on-campus exhibitions. The diversity of these works of art reveals the scope of styles, concepts, and commentaries by the members, bringing together artists who share a thoughtful, expansive attitude towards the genres and media in which they work.

The UP Artists’ Circle is one of the largest and most significant artists’ organization in the country with members excelling in various fields of fine arts. Contemporary artists Benjie Cabangis, Rock Drilon, Bernardo Pacquing and Rodel Tapaya are some of the illustrious names who have served as members of the Artists’ Circle. Founded in 1972, it is regarded as an institution of notable accomplishment and reputation in the Philippine art scene.

The “General Assembly” exhibition’s participating artists include Gino Bueza, Mike Devera, Red Nacpil, Jerwin Collado, Rolly Florano, Chalk Zaldivar, Ryan Tizon, Francis Bejar, Jun Cristobal, Pat Galapon, Dan Mendoza, Drix Flores, Mark Cosico, Clarence Alvear, Paul Acena, Cian Dayrit, Potchie Lazaro, Vince Dinsay, Nam Tibon, Jet Mata, Antonette Cac, Carla Cruz, Mace Cruz, Hya Laoke, Angela Sombillo, Maj Arollado, Caroline Ongpin, Minelli Quejado, Karen Tupaz, Nikki Valenzuela, and Johanna Ponce.

To confirm your attendance at the opening cocktails or for any further inquiries, please email or call 0920.962.43.47.

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