Arcas Art Gallery (Benguet, PH)

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. — Pablo Picasso

During my formative years, I found myself to have an inclination towards the arts. I always enjoy my art classes and would usually spend some time doing anything that requires creativity. This appreciation became more reflective to me as I grew up. Visiting art centers and museums is one thing I enjoy whenever I get to travel. I find every piece of work (whether it is a sculpture, a painting and the like) inspiring.

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My most recent visit to my favorite Baguio café, Arca’s Yard, gave me a chance to see their art gallery. It is located a few meters away from the actual café. Upon entering the gallery’s premises, I was immediately drawn into some of their creative displays. My friends and I were then greeted by the gallery’s pretty and friendly owner, Valerie, the daughter of Arcas Yard’s owner.

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After paying a very reasonable Php30 entrance fee, we were gladly ushered inside and Valerie enthusiastically shared some interesting and amazing information about the art pieces featured in their gallery, which are mostly made up of pinya (pineapple) paper.

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The gallery just opened up this December of 2015 and the owner isn’t really certain (as of yet) if they’ll fully develop the place as an established art gallery. My friends and I unanimously and encouragingly said that they should because it is very promising. She shared us essential information about Mr. Asao Shimura’s works of art which is basically pinya (pineapple) and saba (banana) paper making and the many creative outputs one can create using these materials. My friends and I also love the spectacular origami art made by Mr. Leo Natividad. 

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Every piece inside the gallery are just really amazing. I personally love the paper cranes dangling at the center of the gallery. We were even given the chance to showcase our painting skills by trying out their pinya paper and some naturally derived pigments to use. Ms. Valerie also invited us (and now, I am inviting you too my dear readers) to attend their Christmas BazArt happening on December 12 and 13. Please check the image below for details. Got the poster from http://baguiology.com/2015/12/three-kings-arcas-yard-gallery/

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I really do hope Arcas Yard management will keep this gallery for good. This would be another awesome reason to visit Baguio (even if the place is already a part of La Trinidad) over and over again! Thank you so much Valerie.

Arca’s Art Gallery is at Tiptop, Ambuklao, Bekel, La Trinidad. If you are coming from Arcas Yard Cafe, just take a few meters walk towards your right and you’ll see the gallery. 

You can also check out the blog I wrote about Arca’s Yard Cafe and its awesome menu at https://roamulofied.wordpress.com/2015/04/25/arcas-yard-baguio-city-philippines/

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Don’t be a wasted soul, be ‘juan’lust. Take it easy ebri’juan”…

Art in Island: Largest 3D Museum in Asia

Are you an art-slash-photography aficionado who likes to put into test some of your hidden theatrical skills?  Then, this Interactive 3D Art Museum is a perfect place for you. For a price of P500, the museum can take you to Rome to Egypt, ride a flying carpet or a horse-drawn carriage, and up-close encounter with Vincent Van Gogh and more!IMG_20150503_153335

Art in Island is said to be the largest 3D museum in Asia in terms of the number of 3D paintings available (around 200 masterpieces). It was founded by Yun Jae Kyoung together with his other Korean partners. This two-storey museum is about 3,800 square-meters, with 14 3D artists from Korea who worked on the paintings in just four months.

The museum encourages everyone to be a “part of art” hence the term interactive. Unlike many museums, where touching the paintings nor taking pictures of it is not allowed, Art in Island allows visitors to interact and have fun and be creative with the art pieces.IMG_20150503_153605

So, before we begin this virtual tour, here are some reminders/tips and other essential information about this very artistic hub.

  • Art in Island is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm.
  • Entrance fees: P500 for regular ticket; P400 for students; free for children below 3 years old.
  • No food or pets are allowed. Smoking is strictly prohibited inside the museum.
  • No flash photography. Use of tripods are not also allowed.
  • Upon entering, you will be asked to leave your shoes at the counter. This is to preserve the paintings because some can be found in the floor. Better wear socks or bring one.
  • There are markers that will guide you where to properly stand and take photos. There are also sample pictures displayed on the wall to give you an idea on how to properly pose.
  • Respect: Wait for your turn and do not interfere when there are people posing and taking pictures at a certain art.
  • BE CREATIVE! Think outside the box and display your artistic side.
  • Make sure your camera is fully charged with plenty of memory space.

Now What Will You See Inside Art is Island?

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Art of Optical Illusion: Upon entering, you will be greeted by a few framed optical illusion art hanging in the walls. Here are some of them:

Themed Zones: As you go further, you will find yourself be amazed with the different themed zones which include the following:

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A huge Central Hall (where one can explore the dungeons of the ancient times. This is my personal favourite).456IMG_20150503_1652150132

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Plus, the museum’s cafe – Cafe Minou – which is a sight to behold itself.0006

How To Get There:

Address: 175 15th Ave. Brgy. Socorro, Cubao, Quezon City

*** Art in Island is roughly a 15-minute walk from Araneta Center Cubao. When commuting, the nearest stops are MRT Cubao and the Cubao bus stops along EDSA..

Contact No.: (02) 421-1356

E-mail: artinisland@gmail.com

Website: www.facebook.com/artinisland

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