February is National Arts Month, which means it’s time to celebrate the Filipino artistry and genius creativity. Now more than ever do we need to recognize the creativity waiting to be discovered in our own turf.
In this list, we’ve compiled all the art events—museums, exhibits, festivals, and even workshops—that feature the best and up-and-coming within the local creative community.
Here’s a peek at all the deets.
Kababae Mong Tao #3 (February 1)
Already its third edition, Kababae Mong Tao Jam Night is a celebration of art and womanhood. There will be live music, a photography & sculpture exhibition, a mini market, and an open jam. Head to Dulo MNL in Poblacion, Makati at 8 PM.
Pasinaya Open House Festival (February 1)
This year’s edition of the largest multi-arts festival marks its 15th edition. The affair, set to feature more than 3,000 artists, is expanded to three days of workshops, performances, exhibits, film screenings, street events, and museum tours. This festival transforms the Cultural Center of the Philippines into a creative hub.
Graphika Manila 2019: Conference on Creativity (February 2)
This conference brings together graphic artists from all over the world in one place to share insights on design. This year, Anthony Francisco from Marvel Studios, Aaron Draplin from Draplin Design Co., and more will be present at the SMX Convention Center in Mall of Asia. As per usual, a conference kit will be given as well as an e-certificate of attendance.
Women and War: An Exhibition (February 2-March 3)
This is an exhibition of Filipina workers, warriors, and survivors of World War II at the Ayala Museum. Admission is absolutely free.
Gayuma sa Artesania (February 8)
A fair ahead of Valentine’s Day, this pop-up will run for a day to support local Philippine artisans. Score unique gifts for your loved ones at Artesania from 12:00 NN ’til 7:00 PM and enjoy music, drinks, and food after. Some of the participating brands include Habi Philippine Textile Council, Craft MNL, Ritual, Kuri Store Crystals, Anahaw, Hey Kessy Pottery, among others.
Creative Nights: Gus Albr x CRWN (February 8)
This edition of Creative Nights is “not your average museum night.” It brings together art through Gus Albor and music by beatmaker CRWN. Be sure to purchase your tickets and come to Ayala Museum at 7 PM.
Visualizing Sound (February 9)
The exhibit features a collaboration between artist Gerard Tan, musicologist Felicidad A. Prudente, and master weaver Sammy Buhle. It reflects on rendering, which is a video and audio documentation notated in modern sound symbols, translated into visual images, and interpreted in textile through ikat. It opens at the UP Vargas Museum in Diliman, Quezon City at 6:00 PM.
BGC Art Mart (February 15-16)
This community art bazaar champions the artworks of homegrown artists. It’s an opportunity to link enthusiasts and creators together for a day of visual art. There will be special performances each day, too. Open from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM, entrance to the fair is free of charge.
February Komiket 2019 (February 16-17)
Touted as the biggest comics and affordable art sale in the country, this fair features and supports over 550 local creatives. Find new releases and hoard all the stickers, postcards, and prints of your liking. There will be surprise freebies, too. Be at Centris Elements in Quezon City on the third weekend of the month from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
Acrylic Bag Painting Workshop (February 17)
Want to channel the artist in you? This workshop lets you learn the know-hows of painting basic open flowers, anemones, hydrangeas, and roses on your acrylic bag. Inclusive of the ticket fee is a kit with flat brushes, a small detailer brush, acrylic paints, watercolor paper to practice, and a bag to paint on.
Art Fair Philippines (February 22-24)
The premier platform for exhibiting and selling modern and contemporary Philippine visual art returns with the same objective: showcase and support the “vibrant local art scene” and its practitioners. Tickets to the exhibit, which will take place at The Link in Ayala Center, Makati, will be available on-site.
History Talks: Memory and Martial Law (February 23)
In this diorama series, get to know the historiography of Martial Law with Ateneo de Manila-History Department’s Mr. Brian Paul Giron. Set at the Ayala Museum, the talk starts at 3:00 PM and is subject to lecture rates.
Which of these will you check out? See you when we see you.