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Art as stress-reliever

I visited Fashion Interiors in Makati City on 2 October for an intimate event, “Floriss: A Contemporary Art Exhibit,” where I got to know the youngbloods of our local art scene. From sculptures to paintings, everything was a feast for the eyes.

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Art is alive.

It is ever-flowing, like the blood that sustains society through its many forms. It not only enriches Filipino culture, it also maintains our mental health.

Sculptor Arnel Borja and artist JR Diaz.

Did you know that art is an amazing stress-reliever? All the more reason to support the artists who express themselves and share their vision with the world.

Rose Lominoque and Noel Espiritu.

In support of our local art, I visited Fashion Interiors in Makati City on 2 October for an intimate event, “Floriss: A Contemporary Art Exhibit.”

(from left): Michael Puyat and Joey Casal; Tim Khulna and Dhen Khuen; Jaime Jalandoni and Gernskie Socrates; and country head of Etihad Airlines Saeed Ahmad with Congressman Renato Diaz.

It was curated by a friend, Michaela Pfeiffer, who has hosted almost a dozen up-and-coming local artists by giving them a space to showcase their works.

(from left): Joe Nielsen and Dr. Bien Constantino; Keith Kebo Brown and Aubrey Fernandez; and Dr. George Sarikinis.

A part of the event’s proceeds was donated to Nurture The Children Foundation Pampanga Inc.

(from left): Jane Umali and Walter Bucher; and Adrien Piveda, Kaira Golez and Jhunn Marie Cabungcal.

It was fun to mingle with creative people.  I came in wearable art as well: A bright pink number with floral detailing by none other than my favorite, Dobie Aranda.

(from left): Bohemian and street artist Bong de la Torre; Patrick Greilish; and Amar Puyat and Cid Reyes.

The esteemed guests, including writers, critics and executives, had a grand time with live music, cocktails and great company.

Alex Gloria

I got to know the youngbloods of our local art scene. The show, a wide range of contemporary works showed the artists’ excellent grasp of multiple mediums. From sculpture to paintings, everything was a feast for the eyes.

Becky Garcia and event organizer Michaela Pfeiffer. / photographs courtesy of agile zamora

I also got a bonus treat as one of the artists, Jun Tuplano, hosted a live sketching session and made a portrait for me. I loved it so much, it’s now up on my wall.

Ori Sherf and Ocean Massoud.

Alexander Tarnoff and Victoria Fox.

Cocoy Cordoba and Salvador Panelo.

Another highlight of the event was a raffle, where the grand-prize winners got business class tickets to any destination courtesy of the ever-generous Etihad Airways.

Artist Reggie Lim.

It was an excellent evening, as all artworks got me feel excited about the future of Filipino art — heartfelt, refined and always pushing boundaries.

What a lovely way to start October and end my quarantine blues!

The artist who did my portrait during the event, Jun Tuplano.

I invite fellow collectors and enthusiasts: Visit and experience “Floriss,” which runs till 30 October at 2307 Chino Roces Avenue Makati City.

With the young great artists. Artist Yawsof Cabusao Marientes, Sam Penaso, me, Honesto Guiruela III and Benild Abigan

You can also schedule a private viewing. Contact details are on their Facebook page. Don’t forget your mask, face shield and vaccination cards so every art lover can enjoy the exhibit safely.

Cheers!

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