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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 for many years, enchanting generations upon generations with its myths where sons of influential chiefs...

Baeay Pinamana of the Dela Cruz Family

At Calle El Porvenir Most old buildings and spaces lose their spirit and meaning through time; some are left dilapidated while others are simply demolished to give way to new structures. On the other hand, some structures, especially those that bear historical...

Making the Absent Present in Martin Genodepa’s “Memorial Park: Missing the Crowd”

Martin Genodepa installs sculptures in front of UPV to remember the crowd.

The Image at Corner Solis and Muelle Streets

The mural and its making accidentally revealed many truths. Truths and signs about government, influence, patronage, representation, and the prevailing visual culture.

Artist’s Perspective: Paindemic

For our series Artist's Perspective, an artist reflects on how gentrification is highlighted during the pandemic.

Jun Orland Espinosa: Carving a Name for Himself

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

Art Geroche: From Comics to Canvas

Art Geroche on his works as a comics artist and painter.

Ginoe Questions the Sacred and the Ordinary in “Banal Banal”

Language is an interesting thing; the same word can mean two different things in diverse dialects. Ginoe’s "Banal Banal" or "Sacred Ordinary" explores that very concept by meeting two seemingly polar opposites and making them far more similar to one another than...

The Iloilo Mega Book Fair 2021

Iloilo (November 2021) - The Iloilo Mega Book Fair (IMBF) 2021 proves that the pandemic is not a hindrance to continuously serve our Filipino readers, particularly...

Making the Absent Present in Martin Genodepa’s “Memorial Park: Missing the Crowd”

Martin Genodepa installs sculptures in front of UPV to remember the crowd.

Megumi Miura’s Corazon del Arte: The Heart of Art District Bacolod

Corazon del Arte, an interactive installation by Megumi Miura and her collaborators; Brandon Braza, Zabiel Nemenzo, Zander Lopez, and Zanna Jamili, is a homage to the dead and a protection of the living.

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Reflecting on your Reflection: Bacolod Artist, Brandon Braza, Shifts the Gaze Back to the Audience

Braza wants the audience to take their time with his pieces, saying that although he has no control over the audience’s experience with his creation, perhaps the audience can have control over their creations and perceptions of their image.

Artist’s Perspective: Paindemic

For our series Artist's Perspective, an artist reflects on how gentrification is highlighted during the pandemic.

(Re) weaving an Identity: The Art of Anna India Dela Cruz Legaspi and the Piña Weaving Industry of Aklan

Hardly can the story of the revival of the traditional piña weaving industry in Aklan be discussed without mentioning the life, art, innovations, and advocacy of Anna India Dela Cruz Legaspi.

Ilongga Artists Reclaim the Narratives in Mujer

In Mujer, Erika Mayo, Roselle Perez, Margaux Blas, Shiela Molato, Marge Chavez, Elwah Gonzales, Tara Illenberger, and Regine Espinosa attempt to shatter the antiquated notion of how female art is viewed by the audience by bestowing the power upon the artist to control the visuals and narrative.

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Baeay Pinamana of the Dela Cruz Family

At Calle El Porvenir Most old buildings and spaces lose their spirit and meaning through time; some are left dilapidated while others are simply demolished to give way to new structures. On the other hand, some...

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 with the current chanters tracing their lineage back to...

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...

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 tapestry of multi-faceted worldviews telling of how we relate to nature,...

The Iloilo Mega Book Fair 2021

Iloilo (November 2021) - The Iloilo Mega Book Fair (IMBF) 2021 proves that the pandemic is not a hindrance to continuously serve our Filipino readers, particularly the Ilonggo, Karay-a, and Akeanon reading communities. Now on...

Indigenous Peoples’ Right and Intellectual Property Rights

MANILA (October 2021) -- The mythology of indigenous folklore has inspired countless works of art and literature over the years, and these works have in turn reached farther than ever before thanks to mass media...

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 for many years, enchanting generations upon generations with its...

When Indigenous Cultures Become Internet Content

What happens when content creators and creatives make work based on Indigenous Cultures? Let us take a look at several incidents concerning the popular Filipino tattoo icon Apo Whang-od and various local and international entities....

Madhu Liebscher is Weaving Tapestry of Places Where She Lived

Madhu Liebscher is a visual artist based in Zarraga, Iloilo. Her art stitches the many fabrics of her life, including her love for yoga, nature, and crystals. Although Madhu studied Architecture, her artworks are made...

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The Iloilo Mega Book Fair 2021

Iloilo (November 2021) - The Iloilo Mega Book Fair (IMBF) 2021 proves that the pandemic is not a hindrance to continuously serve our Filipino...

Dark Images and Darker Undertones in “Mornië Alantië”

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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...

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...