Another week is starting once again! Where did all the time go? I just wish that sometimes there was a pause button between Saturday and Sunday so we can just take a break, read more books and enjoy more quality time with our close friends and family members.
That said, just last week I was invited to check out the Ortigas Art Festival which was held at the lower ground floor (East Wing) of the Estancia Mall in Capitol Commons. Since this was a few blocks away from our residence, I decided to swing by after my shift at work ended.
Since malls and various establishments are slowly getting its way back up again with the somewhat easing of all the protocols, It’s time to extend our support now more than ever to the various artists, local craftsmen and artisans whos livelihood was greatly upended by the pandemic.
Gallery tours and auctions were put on hold due to all the safety protocols enacted when the virus was still at its peak, but now it seems that hope is not lost after all with the onset of the vaccinations slowly making rounds in our country and talks of distribution which have grown rampant these days.
With museums and theaters still not open, the mall is our go-to place for our groceries and also serves as a temporary escape from our quarantine. But this is also a great opportunity to experience the beauty of the outside world through the best of film, painting, photography, sculpture, and so much more at the Ortigas Art Festival 2021.
Now in its 4th year, the annual Ortigas Art Festival was first launched in 2018 with the vision of making art accessible to everyone. With the success of its first run which featured over 60 local artists from well-renowned groups, Ortigas Malls continued to pursue its goal of uplifting the art community and democratizing art by making the Ortigas Art Festival an annual celebration. In 2019, the festival’s roster grew to over 130 artists from all over the Philippines and then grew even bigger with over 200 artists including international artists from Southeast Asia in 2020.
Another thing to look forward to this year aside from it fostering more diversity in their collections and including more local artists is the Born in Film Gallery, apart from the usual elements of the Art Festival, everyone can also look out for works by Born in Film. The group is a non-profit organization including Alberto Garcia – the only Filipino photographer included in Time Magazine and National Geographic’s Most Influential Photos of the 20th Century with his Mount Pinatubo picture “Beauty Amidst Disaster His works are featured in the festival, along with virtual workshops on Visual Storytelling and Creative Composition, as well as Darkroom Developing on Color Black and White, and Scanning Your Negatives broadcasted via Zoom and on PhotoNation International
“We at Ortigas Malls have always supported the art community. Through the Ortigas Art Festival, we are able to bring together hundreds of talented local and even international artists and provide them a platform to express their craft and inspire people from all walks of life,” says Architect Renee Bacani, Ortigas Malls Vice President. “The theme of this year’s Ortigas Art Festival aligns with Ortigas Malls’ Enjoy Everyday campaign, which promotes the importance of making every day enjoyable and seizing every opportunity, despite the many challenges that life may bring.”-Arch. Rene Bacani, Ortigas Malls VP
The fourth installment of the Ortigas Art Festival has ventured out to film this year from the previous year’s photography, paintings, and sculptures exhibits. Exhibit head Renato Habulan, a multi-awarded Filipino artist, and Ortigas Malls promise a hybrid festival with on-ground and virtual activities to keep all kinds of art lovers engaged. This festival runs until March 31, 2021 only so better catch it live while its still out there.