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Double Dead: Merging Self and Nature

Double Dead is a two-person exhibition of a painter and a sculptor, one inspired by imagination and the other is driven by material. Noel Elicana is a product of art contests, whose paintings are cryptic collages of what the artist says...

On Art Writing

Seven years ago, I was invited to attend an art exhibit perhaps so that I can write about it. The default feeling was reluctance, not because I don’t know how to write, but for the reason of deficient grounding in art...

Role of Artists in the Age of Disinformation

My identity as an artist relies on my ability to create new images or compose iterations from existing ones. I wonder if making images or art objects may have any sort of impact on disinformation or communicating information for that matter....

Contemporary Art Meets Way of Life in “Panagbo: Encounters with Tradition”

Place and identity are intersecting themes of contemporary art that are often explored by artists and curators. In “Panagbo: Encounters with Tradition”, curator Marika Constantino and artists from Capiz transport the audience to the fishing community of their province and introduce...

Maralita: Visualizing the Struggles of the Working Class

Lorebert "Maralita" Comision is a multi-media artist from Northern Samar. His works explore the realities around him, and the persistence to create despite being bound in a place that for others may limit the creation of art. Taking inspiration from the...

Super Inday, Pagtatanghal Bilang Reimahinasyon ng Kondisyon ng/sa Paglaya

Ang sining ay kasangkapan sa pagkamit ng ganap na kalayaan. Ito ang “dating” at “galing”1 ng Super Inday, isang kolaboratib na pagtatanghal ng mga babaeng nakabilanggo o persons deprived of liberty (PDL) mulang Iloilo City District Jail-Female Dormitory na gin-curate ni...

Bonding Over Books in the Middle of a Pandemic

The Facebook group now has more than 2,100 members. Books4Books has become a space where bookworms go to discuss books and their love of reading.

Join us in documenting our culture!

Thrive is looking for essays related to art and culture. Our goal is to document art practices, collectives, and other art initiatives in the Philippines, especially those which are in the peripheries of the visible art scenes in the country. After the...

Kamustahanay

Artists and creatives were invited to talk about a topic they liked to share such as their favorite podcast, their productivity app, portraits of their pet,...

Visualizing Oral Traditions through Manga, “Golden Realms”

Iloilo, Philippines - In the hinterlands of Panay, a form of poetry and performance called Sugidanun has been passed on through a long line of chanters...

Telling the stories of the Panay Bukidnun

MANILA (October 2021) -- No story truly fades away if there are people to pass it on. This is how the Sugidanun of Panay has lasted...

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Explore the parallels between Japanese and Filipino folklore

Across all of Asia are countless communities with their own distinct mythologies. Between the Philippines and Japan alone are interweaving threads in a cultural...

Jun Orland Espinosa: Carving a Name for Himself

Jun Orland Espinosa on his experimentation of materials, and his inspiration when making art.

Maralita: Visualizing the Struggles of the Working Class

Lorebert "Maralita" Comision is a multi-media artist from Northern Samar. His works explore the realities around him, and the persistence to create despite being...

On Art Writing

Seven years ago, I was invited to attend an art exhibit perhaps so that I can write about it. The default feeling was reluctance,...

The Coming of A New Breed of Ilonggo Writers Conquering Cyberspace: Mariel Terre

My greatest impetus was that i do not want to go on regretting not taking the opportunity.Mariel Terre Mariel Terre is a 24-year-old poet from...

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Coming of Age

Click the image for larger view. The transition from childhood into adolescence, and from adolescence into adulthood is a life-changing period, one which is heavily documented and explored by artists. In the Philippines coming of...

Art Questions: Is it Practical to do Both Digital and Traditional Art?

Artist and art educator Kristoffer Brasileño answers your questions about anything art-related in our new series, Art Questions. How long do you usually wait before you varnish an oil painting? -K.P. I apply retouch varnish...

The Sacred and the Secular in Norberto Roldan’s “Viva España/ Long Live America”

Just like an altar, there is too much to look at in Viva España. But there are three focal points in this exhibit. First, is the Santo Entierro, the dead body of Christ enclosed in a...

Melvin Guirhem’s Puluy-an Art Gallery Offers New Home for Artists

The past three years were quite an ascent for Melvin Guirhem. He won Grand Prize at the Philippine Art Awards in 2020. He was featured in the Karen H. Montinola Selection at the Art Fair...

On Art Writing

Seven years ago, I was invited to attend an art exhibit perhaps so that I can write about it. The default feeling was reluctance, not because I don’t know how to write, but for the...

Contemporary Art Meets Way of Life in “Panagbo: Encounters with Tradition”

Place and identity are intersecting themes of contemporary art that are often explored by artists and curators. In “Panagbo: Encounters with Tradition”, curator Marika Constantino and artists from Capiz transport the audience to the fishing...

Art in the Aftermath of a Storm

It was a night in the city of Iloilo one could not forget. March 17, 2018. The night when Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art (ILOMOCA) opened its glass doors to a privileged few. For several months,...

Politics and Abstraction in Allain Hablo’s “Bleed and Bloom II”

With its rich textures carefully layered over pours of paint, Allain Hablo’s art reminds us of why we look at abstraction. We examine what form it suggests. We wonder what the colors convey. And we...

The Coming of A New Breed of Ilonggo Writers: Robin Angelo Yankin

“I want my readers to think about their humanity and how they could better themselves first before they decide to change the world.”Robin Angelo Yankin Robin Angelo Yankin (pseudonym. Toshiro Hiroshi) is a twenty-year-old writer...

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Dark Images and Darker Undertones in “Mornië Alantië”

Paul John Cabanalan and Joebert Gayoma are bringing their art to a new light.

Visualizing Oral Traditions through Manga, “Golden Realms”

Iloilo, Philippines - In the hinterlands of Panay, a form of poetry and performance called Sugidanun has been passed on through a long line...

The City as Canvas: Public Art and Iloilo City

The taxi I was riding passed by the Diversion Bridge, I asked the driver what he thinks about the colors that now envelope the...

On Art Writing

Seven years ago, I was invited to attend an art exhibit perhaps so that I can write about it. The default feeling was reluctance,...

Contemporary Art Meets Way of Life in “Panagbo: Encounters with Tradition”

Place and identity are intersecting themes of contemporary art that are often explored by artists and curators. In “Panagbo: Encounters with Tradition”, curator Marika...