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Saturday Lecture Series

Lecture Fee: Php 150.00 l Php 120.00 for students, senior citizens and PWDs

For more information and for reservation of slots, email info @, or call 708 78 29.


Saturday, February 18 | 2-4 PM

Admission Fee: Php 150 | Php 120 for students

Art Appreciation Workshop for Teachers
November 23-25, 2016

The workshop includes lectures ranging from pre-colonial to contemporary Philippine art, group discussions anchored on select artworks, and hands-on activities that will enrich the participants’ basic knowledge on visual literacy and Philippine art history.

This workshop is exclusively offered to public school teachers FREE of charge.

This is made possible through the generous support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), as part of the MET's 40th anniversary exhibition.

A Sensitivity Training Workshop for Cultural Workers
October 1, 2016

ACCESSIBILITY FOR THE BLIND is a one-day workshop that aims to equip cultural workers with the fundamental knowledge and skills to develop an accessibility program for the blind and the visually impaired to experience and appreciate visual art. This work shop hopes to raise awareness within the cultural sector to create more opportunities for PWDs to experience and appreciate art. Facilitated by Resources for the Blind, training on proper techniques and sensitivities in assisting the blind is given to participants to enhance the museum experience of visually impaired guests.

Holdingupitslong-standingcredo "ArtforAll," this workshop is part of the MET@40 celebration marking the 40th Anniversary of the Metropolitan Museum of Manila and made possible by the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. This program is co-organized in partnership with Touch the Artist's Vision and the Resources for the Blind.


September 17 | 10:30 am - 12:00 nn

Admission Fee: Php 150 | Php 120 for students

Discover more about the technological side of film as we learn more about the humble beginnings of CMB Films.

Join Mr. Danton Wieneke as he uncovers how film technology has evolved over the last 30 years and changed the landscape of Philippine cinema!

CineMET | Brillante Mendoza: A Contemporary Filipino Filmmaker

Catch daily CineMET screenings of Brillante Mendoza's award-winning films this September!

Design Dialogue: Crafting for a Cause


Have happy, artful Saturdays at the MET. Come for our FREE Guided tours at 2:00 PM with your loved ones.

Email to schedule a tour two days prior.

Museum Pop Up Shop

The museum will sell unique products created by the participating designers in the Discourses in Design: Philippine-Japanese Cultural Linkages exhibition.

Ranging from fine bone china figurines and household accessories made from indigenous and traditional materials, these products support various advocacies on environmental, ecological and social issues.

'BenCab: The Filipino Artist' MET Gala Dinner

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Metropolitan Museum of Manila holds an annual fundraising gala to support its education and outreach programs. This year's gala celebrated BenCab: The Filipino Artist Retrospective Exhibition. The MET thanks its partners and sponsors for making this year's gala a success.

Toast of MET Board of Trustees and Gala Committee, withNational Artist Benedicto Cabrera and Ms. Annie Sarthou

(L-R) National Artists, Mr. Benedicto Cabrera and Mr. Arturo Luz;

BangkoSentral ng Pilipinas Governor Mr. AmandoTetangco, Jr. with MET Chairman Mr. Joselito Campos,

with distinguished guests, during the MET Gala Opening Night

Design for Disaster: Do-It-Yourself Design + Disaster Response Lecture

In line with July being National Disaster Consciousness Month, the MET and Japan Foundation, Manila presents Design for Disaster: Do-It-Yourself Design + Disaster Response Lecture, a design dialogue with Arch. Keiji Ashizawa, founder of Ishinomaki Laboratory, a furniture workshop-turned-design laboratory known for its smart designs and efforts to empower communities through DIY projects for disaster preparation and response.

Arch. Ashizawa, whose works are showcased in the Disaster Relief category of MET's Japanese Design Today 100 exhibit, will talk about the laboratory’s beginnings and influence, and the crucial role of design in town planning.

For more information, please visit our official Facebook Event Page.

Salin – Saliw at Sumali: A performance demo by the Gongs of PWU

Organized to further explore MET’s Salin-Saliw: Traditional Instruments and the Modern Music, an exhibit that celebrates the work and contributions of National Artists for Music Lucrecia R. Kasilag and Ramon Santos, this event's repertoire consists of both traditional and modern compositions. Following Gongs of PWU's performance is a demonstration of how to properly play the kulintang, agong, dabakan and some traditional instruments made from bamboo.

Link: Salin Saliw

CineMET: Japanese Documentaries on Disaster Relief

In line with the Japanese Design Today 100 exhibition, this CineMET Program features documentaries that look into the recovery after the Great East Japan Earthquake, presenting images of the Japanese strength and spirit in the face of disaster.


April 2, 10:30 AM

The Metropolitan Museum of Manila invites the public to a design dialogue between Filipino designers and restaurateurs with Spanish curator, designer and architect, Juli Capella, on April 2, Saturday, at 10:30 am at the METLab.

Capella is in town for the exhibition TAPAS: Spanish Design for Food, which opens at the MET on Friday, April 1 and will be on view until June 16. Tapas are known to food enthusiasts as the iconic Spanish meal composed of tiny portions of food in small plates, enjoyed with a glass of wine. The TAPAS exhibition features more than 200 objects to showcase the collaborations of chefs, restaurateurs, artists, industrial designers, architects and interior designers whose unbounded imagination result in exceptionally functional, captivating, thought-provoking, and in several instances, humorous designs in the field of gastronomy.


Spanish Embassy, Instituto Cervantes and AC/E takes over this month’s CineMET! We invite you to watch foodie films with us and discover how the food preparation and diningis able to create strong bonds among people.


The Metropolitan Museum of Manila joins museums across the globe in celebrating International Museum Day. On May 18, we’ll be offering FREE admission to all, guided tours and film screening.

Beloved Mother:
Icon of Devotion

White Cube Gallery
March 7 - April 29

Beloved Mother: Icon of Devotion

Mounted in time for Holy Week, the exhibition Beloved Mother: Icon of Devotion, features a selection of Russian icons from the 19th century.

These holy images encourage contemplative veneration of two facets of the Mother and Child theme: the mother, a beloved icon of compassionate devotion; and the Beloved Mother of God, an icon for spiritual devotion.

MET Open Dialogues

Stop Overs and Sign Posts

March 12, 2016, 2:00 PM

Manix Abrera, Art Sanchez, Russ Ligtas and Cian Dayrit explore the the notion of 'transition' in art making, identifying new interests, strands, and boundaries crossed in art practice.


March 19, 2016, 2:00 PM

Zeus Bascon, Dominic Mangila and Vermont Coronel talk about their sources and influences, choice and use of materials, the subject matter they are preoccupied with, and the larger contexts where these belong.


The Metropolitan Museum of Manila takes us back to the nostalgic era which inspired a number of artworks by National Artist Ben "BenCab" Cabrera. Following the opening of BenCab: The Filipino Artist at the museum last year, the MET revisits the Bohemian Manila of the 60s as it transforms the METLab into a cafe where visitors can rendezvous with a cup of coffee while listening to some good old Beatles music. METLab Pop Up Cafe is a space to reminisce and perceive the ambient atmosphere of the bohemian Café Los Indios Bravos famous in Malate during the 60s. The museum will be hosting various educational activities like film screenings, workshops and art lectures which will be announced on the following weeks. Food and beverages will be served by The Barista Box. The MET Pop Cafe is open Mondays-Saturdays, 10:00 AM until 5:30 PM. For inquiries you may email info @

MET Open House

In celebration of the Museums and Galleries Month and the MET’s 39th Anniversary, the Metropolitan Museum of Manila opens its doors for FREE to the public on Oct. 31, 2015! Come and see "BenCab: The Filipino Artist" exhibition at the museum's ground floor galleries from 10 AM until 5:30 PM. Have a happy, artful Saturday and see you at the MET!

'BenCab: The Filipino Artist' MET Gala Dinner

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Metropolitan Museum of Manila holds an annual fundraising gala to support its education and outreach programs. This year's gala celebrated BenCab: The Filipino Artist Retrospective Exhibition. The MET thanks its partners and sponsors for making this year's gala a success.

Toast of MET Board of Trustees and Gala Committee, withNational Artist Benedicto Cabrera and Ms. Annie Sarthou

(L-R) National Artists, Mr. Benedicto Cabrera and Mr. Arturo Luz;

BangkoSentral ng Pilipinas Governor Mr. AmandoTetangco, Jr. with MET Chairman Mr. Joselito Campos,

with distinguished guests, during the MET Gala Opening Night

Enjoy the month of August with workshops, talks and other activites at the MET


CineMET Presents: "A Tale of Two Forests" and "Ang Walang Hanggang Buhay ni Leonard Co"
Saturday, May 16 at 2pm

The MET is one with celebrating sustainability through art at this year's International Museum Day. Featuring two films by the Lotus Blaze Projects, the program will showcase pressing political and environmental issues throughout the years. The film will be followed by a dialogue facilitated by the MET staff and the people behind the Lotus Blaze Projects.


MET Artist in Residence Program Presents: Antonio Paucar



MET Open House x CineMET

FREE Admissions to a public preview of "Images of Philippine Flora: 1877 to the Present" exhibit. Come for a CineMET screening of a well-loved Filipino classic, Insiang at the METLab and a special sale on MET publications and merchandise. Museum opens at 10 AM till 5:30 PM. CineMET opens at 2:30 PM.



TMCC x MET Workshops

a. Kiddie Archaeoly Workshop for Kids | Aug 9, 2014, Saturday, 10:00 AM | For ages 5-11. Dig for buried treasure inside the Metropolitan Museum! Search for 1000 year old gold jewels in the basement galleries and learn about Philippine pre-history in a fun-filled activity!

b. Ancient Philippine Script Workshop | August 9, 2014, Saturday, 2:00 PM | For ages 12 and up. Discover long lost writing systems from all around the world. Check out the cool Calligraphy in the museum! Learn to write Baybayin like ancient Filipinos! To register, Click here


Other Activities

a. Zen Wall | June-August, 2014 | A meditative activity accompanied by audial ambiance serving as inspiration to allow your inner self and expression in ink-wash painting.

b. Art+Video: Traditions of Ink-Wash | July-August, 2014 | Animation meets with the traditional styles of ink-wash painting that is unique to China.



a. Kinesthetic Calligraphy | July 12, 2014, 2 PM Tall Galleries | Register at

b. Zen Wall | June-August White Cube | A meditative activity accompanied by audial ambiance serving as inspiration to allo your inner self and expression in ink-wash painting.

c. Art+Video: Traditions of ink was July-August at the METLab | Animation meets with the traditional styles of ink wash painting that is unique to China

d. CineMET | July-August at the MetLab | A screening of films and videos taken from local and international perspectives exploring diverse range of genres.




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Summer Clay Workshop for Kids!


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2014 Pasinaya Festival
March 16, Sunday

The MET Museum joins 2014 PASINAYA Open house Festival on its 10th Year Anniversary of celebrating Philippine culture and the arts.

Considered as the country’s largest multi-arts festival, everyone is invited to have fun doing a museums and galleries hop in the Manila area. Keeping up with this year’s theme, PASINAYA Goes the Extra Mile, MET supports the festival together with partner museums: National Museum, Museo Pambata, Casa Manila, San Agustin Museum, and Bahay Tsinoy. Art jeepneys are available to transport all audiences FREE OF CHARGE to the next itinerary.

Admission begins at 10:00 AM till 6:00 PM. Enjoy the MET's pre-colonial, modern and contemporary art collections for the suggested and discounted entrance fee of Php 50.00 only. There will be contemporary dance and music performances at 1:00 till 5:00 PM. DON’T MISS MET!!!

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MARCH 2014

Winter Garden: The Exploration of the Micropop in Contemporary Japanese Art.

March 8

Winter Garden: The Exploration of the Micropop in Contemporary Japanese Art.


3:00 - 5:00 pm at the Tall Galleries: WINTER GARDEN exhibition space

Speaker: Mami Kataoka, Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum Tokyo, Japan

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Ms. Kataoka's talk focuses on Japanese contemporary art trends and the programs of the Mori Art Museum. Museum workers, art practitioners and students are welcome to participate in the discussion.

Pre-registration at 708-7829 or Admission fee of P100 covers this activitity.

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March 31 and April 1

FUYUGESHIKI: The Alcazaren Brothers

Animation Workshop at the MET

9:00 - 6:00 pm at the MET Auditorium

Facilitators: Johnny and Mike Alcazaren

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Intermediate-level students, hobbyists and animation practitioners are invited to an intensive 2-day animation workshop led by the Alcazaren brothers to create a stop-motion video taking inspiration from the Winter Garden exhibit.

Kindly download application forms thru the MET website and submit with CV to until March 1, 2014.

Workshop fee of P 5,000.00 will cover equipment and meals. Selected applicants will be notified by March 8, 2014.


Back to Back Lectures: (Download poster )


CALL FOR ENTRIES: Ateneo Art Awards Purita Kalaw-Ledesma (Download poster )

Prize for Criticism

Deadline for submission of entries:March 31, 2014

The Ateneo Art Awards: PuritaKalawLedesma Prize for Art Criticism is a new prize category under the Ateneo Art Awards banner, launched by the Ateneo Art Gallery in partnership with KalawLedesma Foundation. This award aims to encourage local art writers to foster critical public discussion about exhibitions and artworks, keeping with the mission and vision of the Ateneo Art Gallery to recognize artistic talent and push boundaries in contemporary art practice.

Any Filipino citizen can participate provided that they do not have a regular column in any broadsheet or magazine. Bloggers, defined as “writers of online journals, websites, or whose written work is published in electronic social media” may also join. Employees of the Ateneo Art Gallery and the KalawLedesma Foundation, Inc., whether full-time or part-time, are disqualified. Employees of The Philippine Star, with the exception of columnists, may participate including contributors defined as "any person whose written work is published with a byline but not identified as a columnist."

Participants must review one of thefollowing exhibitions, and submit an unpublished art critique of no more than 1000 words:

The Philippine Contemporary: To Scale the Past and the Possible, at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, February 2013 to March 2016.

Trajectories, ongoing until 21 December 2013 at the Lopez Memorial Museum

It’s Complicated, opening in February 2014 at the Lopez Memorial Museum

Visual documentation must be submitted together with the art critiques. Deadline for submission of entries will be on March 31, 2014. The announcement of the recipient of the inaugural PuritaKalawLedesma Prize for Art Criticism will be held during the Ateneo Art Awards ceremony in August 2014 as part of the celebration of Ledesma’s 100th birth anniversary. Please note that copyright of the works of the 3 shortlisted writers (including the winner) shall be held jointly by the Ateneo Art Gallery and the Kalaw-Ledesma Foundation, Inc.

The prize is a regular bi-monthly column in The Philippine Star, with an honorarium ofPhp 10,000 for each column written by the winner, thus totaling Php 20,000 per month for twelve months. The column will be held for a one-year term only from the time that the prize is bestowed. The prize also includes mentorship with an established writer.

For more information about the Ateneo Art Awards PuritaKalawLedesma Prize for Art Criticism, visit Inquiries +63 2 4266488 or email Thea Garing, Ateneo Art Awards Coordinator, at


LECTURE SERIES: "Napoleon Abueva: an artist, a sculptor and a mentor"

January 2014

A tribute to Napoleon Abueva’s desire for the development of Filipino art education, this three-part lecture series will cover his works and philosophies of sculpting from the perspective of an artist and a teacher.

Lecture Series I

Dannie Alvarez

Curator's Talk

January 18 Saturday - 3PM

Experience and understand the theme and contexts of the exhibition from the standpoint of Dannie Alvarez, MET's guest curator for ABUEVA: the Power of Form. Mr. Alvarez is currently the Museum Administrator of the Yuchengco Museum. He is also Executive Director of the Philippine Art Awards national competition.


Lecture Series II


Pioneering Philippine Modern Sculpture

February 15 - February 22 - 1:00 PM

Art critic and writer Cid Reyes narrates his insights and experience with the production of the 2010 Abueva book. This lecture is for those who want to know more about theprocesses of art and biographic writing in current times.


Lecture Series III


Abueva through the Eyes of An Artist

February 22 Saturday 3PM

Apprenticeship, mastery and relationship: Junyee tells his anecdotes with the master sculptor. Learn more about Abueva as a teacher, a colleague and a dreamweaver, and how his works become inspiration to Junyee's

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- CLAY SCULPTURE WORKSHOP for Children

February 1 and 8, 2013

Kids will be introduced to the works of Napoleon Abueva in this workshop by letting them make their own mini sculptures from clay.


Touch the Artist's Vision GUIDED TOUR(Download poster )

January-May 2014

The TAV program aims to help the visually impaired, hearing impaired, and the mute to perceive and appreciate art through the use of various tools. Scheduled tours, tactile and braille guides shall be made available to accompany the public during their visit.



December 2013 - February 2014

A unique opportunity for individuals to experience first-hand museum work, successfully-trained docents will be tasked to guide museum-goers through the Abueva exhibition and the museum’s permanent collections. Docents will also be taught to aid and relay the Abueva exhibition to people with disabilities as part of the Touch-the-Artist’s-Vision program.

(Schedule may change without prior notice. Further details will be announced in our official Facebook page. For more information, contact


October 16, 2013

MET Museum Founding Anniversary

Celebrate the MET Museum Founding Anniversary on Oct 16, Wednesday for FREE and get a surprise anniversary treat. To avail a free guided tour for group of 15 persons, reservation is requested. Call 708-7828 or email


September 28 to 29, 2013

3:00 PM

Atrium, SM Mall of Asia

ACPI Lecture Workshops: The Animation Industry in the Philippines

Speakers: Nelson Caliguia, Jr and Ramon del Prado



October 13, 2013

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Atrium, SM Aura Premier



The Alcazaren Brothers are known for their short animated videos on stop-motion animation and clay animation. The Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc. or ACPI is an organization supporting Filipino talents in animation and the development of the curriculum and schooling of animation in the Philippines. The ACPI also supports and promotes the presence of Filipino animators in the global industry.

The activities are not only limited to professionals, but are also open to easy learning for children and adults who enjoy and love media animations.


June 20, 2013

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Robert Cahen: Manila Junction( see poster )

Entrance Fee allows access to the forum and ongoing exhibitions

The public is invited to come early to view Cahen’s video and listen to his sound works


April 4, May 6 and June 3

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

SAVE THE DAY! Summer Docent Program

The MET Museum encourages professionals, artists, and art enthusiasts to be part of the museum team. Be involved and immersed in art. LIMITED SLOTS. FREE OF CHARGE.

There will three sessions starting on April 4 (Thursday), May 6 (Monday) and on June 3 (Monday).

To reserve please call FRALYNN MANALO at 7087829/0922.8769534 or email




Riverscapes ART WALK for children ( see poster )

(ages 10-17)

The Met Museum in partnership with Goethe-Institut welcomes children and students to the Riverscapes IN FLUX ART WALK. Experience the artworks on exhibit and interact with one of the participating artists and event facilitator Goldie Poblador.

Discover the life and issues along the river as well as concerns on climate change, disasters and protection of our environment.

Riverscapes IN FLUX is participated by 17 young artists from Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia and Philippines. Artworks are varied: multimedia installations and photo series,videos and object installations. Exhibition will run until April 15 and will move to its last destination in Jakarta.

For reservation, please call 708-7829 /0922.8769534 or email:

Reserve a slot for COMPLIMENTARY ADMISSION to the Art Talk.


March 16, Saturday 3:00 pm

April 4, Thursday 3:00 pm

Riverscapes IN FLUX ART TALK

Filipino curator Claro Ramirez Jr. and Vietnamese curator Tran Luong, together with local participating artists Christina “Goldie” Poblador and Jon Romero and Nguyen The Son from Vietnam and Sutthirat Supaparinya from Thailand will highlight elements of the exhibition.

Reserve a slot for COMPLIMENTARY ADMISSION to the Art Talk.


November 8, Thursday - 3:30pm

Reflections of Culture and Landscape in Finnish Fine Art Printing Now and Before

As part of the opening reception to the exhibit, the visiting artists together with Finnish art critic Olli Romppanen will deliver a talk and lecture concentrating on the history of Finnish printmaking.


November 20, Tuesday

Basic Printmaking Workshop for Children

Basic printmaking workshop for children in cooperation with Philippine Association Printmakers to be held at Philippine Association of Printmakers workshop(PAP), CCP Complex

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2012 Board of Trustees Lecture Series:

Lectures involving the latest in technology in art and cultural research. (3 lectures)

October 20, 2012 - 10:00am

Polarized Microscopy in the Service of Science-Based Art Authentication.

Julian Tiongson tackles current scientific news and ideas in art objects examination and authentication.

Julian “Joe” Tongson, recently completed his Graduate Diploma Course at UST. He retired from the United States Peace Corps after serving as Associate Peace Corps Director for 18 years managing American volunteers promoting Coastal Resources Management. As Executive Director of the Haribon Foundation, he managed biodiversity projects on behalf of World Wildlife Fund, the MacArthur Foundation, World Resources Institute/IIED, the Asia Foundation, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Currently, as his semi-retirement livelihood he has a laboratory dedicated to heritage forensics and is working with DLSU Physics Dept in developing the science of heritage forensics.

November 9, 2012 - 10:00am

Recent Findings on Pre-Hispanic Gold
By: Dr. Eusebio Z. Dizon
Scientist III / Curator I, Archaeology Division
National Museum of the Philippines

Consider the jewel of our rich past, Philippine Pre-Hispanic Gold, has incessantly awed and puzzled decades of research. Explore the fascinating new discoveries as Prof. Dizon reveals intriguing findings that contribute to a much deeper understanding and appreciation of these valuable artifacts.

November 6, 2012 - 2:00pm

Conversations with Gaston Damag

Artist-sculptor Gaston Damag talks about his current work in the Philippines since his last solo exhibition in the country in 2010. A visit to his native city of Banaue last year resulted in his interviews of surviving practitioners of Ifugao deity-sculpture and traditional shaman rites, re-enforcing principles underlying his art practice.

Dr. Ana P. Labrador, Technical Advisor for Research and Museology at the National Museum of the Philippines, who has studied the artist's work and processes since 2003, directs the discussion.


October 27, 2012 - 2:00pm

Trick ART Treat: A Museum Halloween ( see poster )

An afternoon of fun-storytelling, magic, costumes and treats-for children and parents visitors of the Met


October 29, Monday

Artist Talk: KM1:What Remains, What Disappears ( see poster )

Photographer MM Yu and lea Eouzan with video installation artist Manny Montelibano talk about their works exhibited at open air venues at the Quezon City Memorial Circle and Intramuros.

Video Installations at the museum foyer will present previous works that will give a background to create dialogue between the Filipino and French artists. KM1 endeavors to go beyond the conventional photo/video art exhibit by inviting the audience to discover images outside traditional art venues

The director of Musee Niepce (Museum of Photography in Chalon-sur-Saone, France) Francaois Cheval joins the discussion on the curatorial process for the exhibit.


July 28, 2012 - 2:00pm

Cartography lecture series - PART 5

Cartography in Art (Maps of the Artistic Imagination)
Venue: Tall Gallery IV

Florentina Colayco
Dean of the UP College of Fine Arts from 2006-2012

She teaches Design History and Theory, and a seminar in visual communications and studies in the graduate program. She has a graduate degree in Graphic Communications Management and Technology from the New York University. She is the founder of ArtpostAsia Inc which publishes books on Asian and Philippine culture, art, architecture and heritage.

Artists have long been inspired by maps, and many have taken to charting their own personal territories in their art. The presentation focuses on the significance of mapping in the artworks of well known artists expressing their own awareness of their life journeys through various media and imagery.

The lecture provides an overview of how contemporary artists have used maps in their works, and how these have helped with their own personal discoveries and awareness of their world.


July 28, 2012 - 10:30am

Cartography lecture series - PART 4

Biography of Fr. Pedro Murillo Velarde by Dr. Benito Legarda Jr.
Venue: Tall Gallery IV

Dr. Benito Legarda, Jr.
A collector of maps since 1960's.

He has written numerous articles on economics, finance, history, numismatics and Hispanic-Philippine art and church architecture. He has authored five books - After the Galleons (1999), The Hills of Sampaloc (2001), Occupation'42 (2003), Occupation: The Later Years (2007), and Eight Rizalian Miniatures (2011).

The talk will be on the biographies of the well-known Jesuit cartographer, Fr. Pedro Murillo Velarde, and the Filipino engraver Nicolas de la Cruz Bagay. His map and its influence on maps made by later cartographers will also be discussed.


July 14, 2012 - 10:30am

Cartography lecture series - PART 3

From Night Stars to Rocky Shoals by John Silva
Venue: Tall Gallery IV

John L. Silva
Executive Director of the Ortigas Foundation Library

The Library has an 18,000 volume collection of Filipiniana books, documents and photographs. In addition it has a collection of 300 maps from the 18 century to the present.

The lecture will trace the evolution of maps from charting lands and seas to justifying sovereignty as in the current debate over Scarborough Shoal. The talk will also touch on how maps affect issues of citizenship and the delineation of our country as an archipelago.


July 07, 2012 - 10:30am

Cartography lecture series - PART 2

Power, Beauty and Knowledge in Philippine Antique Maps
Venue: Tall Gallery IV

Leovino Ma. Garcia, Ph.D.

Ateneo de Manila University's first Lay Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences (1988-1994) and the first Dean of the School of Humanities (2000-2007). He was President of COMIUCAP (Conference Mondiale des Institutions Universitaires Catholiques de Philosophie). At present, he teaches Contemporary French Philosophy at Ateneo de ManilaUniversity and at the University of Santo Tomas.

Antique maps continue to delight us because they are prized works of beauty and archives of knowledge. But more than being icons of beauty and vessels of knowledge, antique maps are coveted instruments of power.


June 30, 2012 - 10:30am

Cartography lecture series - PART 1

The Mapping of Philippine Provinces
Venue: Tall Gallery IV

Christian Perez
A French national and a Manila resident since 1977.
Have collected antique Philippine maps, prints and books for about 20 years.

The talk will present the history of the establishment of Philippine Provinces from the early Spanish Period to the present, and illustrate how the provinces were represented on Philippine maps.


June 23, 2012 - 3:00pm

Lani Maestro at the Met Museum
Artist Talk on her Installation Art
Venue: Tall Gallery IV

Lani Maestro (Canadian, b in Manila, Philippines, 1957)

Lani Maestro’s art works have consistently pursued links between the concerns of Minimalist art and philosophic traditions associated with silence, emptiness or absence. She received a BFA from the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts in 1977 and pursued graduate studies in Fine Arts at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Canada in 1988.

Maestro’s recent exhibitions include site-specific projects in Canada; her rain at Centre A, Vancouver International Center for Contemporary Asian Art, Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, and The Forgetting of Air at the Darling Foundry in Montreal, Canada (2010-2011). Her work has been shown internationally and has been represented in the 9thSharjah Biennale (2009), Tempo au tempo at the MARCO, Vigo, Spain (2007) Shanghai Biennial in China (2000), 11th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (1998), 5th International Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (1997), Asia Pacific Triennial in Brisbane, Australia (1997) and Crossings at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa (1998).

Maestro’s expanded art practice also includes engagement in art publishing, teaching and running an exhibition space in Montreal. In 1990, she began a collaborative project with artist-writer Stephen Horne and together, they founded Harbour Magazine of Art and Everyday Life, a journal of artworks and writings by artists, critics and theorists. This project expanded intoGalerie Burning, an itinerant exhibition space in Montreal and later initiated Burning Editions, which continues to publish artist’s books. For ten years, she conducted graduate seminars in the MFA program at Concordia University in Montreal and taught studio courses at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax and The University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada.

Lani Maestro has been a recipient of numerous art awards including the CCP Thirteen Awards in 1977 and the SegundaBienaldela Habana Prize in Cuba in 1985. She lives and works in France and Canada.

This forum received support from the Embassy of France to the Philippines in cooperation with MO_Space.

For more details, please call the Marketing Department at 708-7829 / 0922.8769533.


March 24, 2012 - 2:00pm

Picture History of Pasay
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Lecture fee: (Undergraduate student - Php250 , Guests - Php500)

Edgar Granada
Creative Consultant for Tourism of Pasay City
Board member of the Pasay City Tourism and Cultural Development, Inc.

Catch the last few days of "One Day in the City: Pasay" before it closes at the end of this month. The show is a photographic exhibit that depicts facets of the urban fabric and the experience of city dwellers as seen through the eyes of student photographers from the De la Salle College of Saint Benilde AB Photography Program.


February 29, 2012 - 2:00pm

Usapang Sining
Panayam sa Gawad Manlilikha ng Bayan
( see poster )
Lecture fee: (Undergraduate student - Php250 , Guests - Php500)

G. Eduardo Mutuc
Gawad Manlilikha ng Bayan (2005)

Sa pagtatapos ng Buwan ng Sining, inaanyayahan ng Metropolitan Museum of Manila ang lahat sa USAPANG SINING, isang pakikipanayam kay G. Eduardo Mutuc, na tumanggap ng pagkilala ng GAWAD SA MANLILIKHA NG BAYAN noong 2005.

Ang kanyang husay sa larangan ng gawang-metal o metalworks ay nagpapakita ng pagkadalubhasa dala ng taon ng karanasan at ang patuloy na pagtuklas ng mga inobasyon sa kanyang sining.

Ang kanyang mga likha ay nagpapalamuti sa maraming simbahan sa buong bansa. Taglay ng kanyang mga likha ang mga relihiyosong representasyon at paglalarawan na siya naming tinutuklas ng eksibisyong IKON, Iconography na kasalukuyang nakatanghal sa Museo.

Ito ay eksibisyong tumutuklas sa mga simbolo at iba pang banal na paglalarawan na makikita sa mga Russian Icons mula sa koleksiyon ng PCGG at mula sa mga piling relihiyosong pinta mula sa ika-18 at ika-19 na siglo mula naman sa koleksiyon ng Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Ilalahad ni G. Mutuc ang kanyang karanasan bilang isang manlilikhang-sining kasabay ng pagpapakita ng mga pangunahing pamamaraan sa pagbuo ng isang likhang sining sa metal.


December 10, 2011 - 2:00pm

Etched by Acid x 100
Lecture-Demo on Printmaking

Entrance fee: Php100

Ambie Abaño talks on the art of printmaking with particular focus on international practice, using Picasso's Suite Vollard as an example. Ambie will explain the intaglio technique used by Picasso in the creation of the collection.

The lecture will be followed by a demonstration of the process to be conducted by Benjamin Torrado Cabrera and Angelo Magno.

Ms. Ambie Abaño
President - Philippine Association of Printmakers Inc.
Faculty - University of the Philippines - College of Fine Arts

As an Architect, Ambie Abaño abandoned the practice in favor of being a visual artist which, to her, is an inherent responsiveness to what she considers a calling. From being a painter, her shifting to printmaking brought her to a passionate encounter with and exploration of the medium which led to the creation of portraits and figures in sculptures, mixed media works and installations, always originating from traditional printmaking techniques. Rather than holding an expression captive, her portraits insists upon the phenomena on which the moment the person comes forth as an individual. (Siddharta Perez)

Among her achievements include the Grand Prize in the Painting Category in the Art Association of the Philippines Open Art Competition in 1987 and the Grand Prize in the Philippine Art Awards in 2006. She is the first recipient of the Alliance Française de Manille - Philippine Artist Residency Program which brought her to Paris for a three-month residency for further training in color viscosity and various intaglio techniques at Atelier La Taille Douce.. She is also a grantee of the Asian Cultural Council for a six-month artist's residency in New York where she will train in lithography at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in 2012.

Abaño is presently President of the Philippine Association of Printmakers, Inc. and a faculty member at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts where she is pursuing her Masters in Fine Arts Degree. She constantly conduct printmaking workshops along with her colleagues in PAP and is actively involved in organizing art related projects, particularly projects that that advocate the promotion of printmaking in the Philippines.

Museum admission fee includes participation to the lecture-demo. To reserve a slot please contact 708-7829 or 708-7827.


December 03, 2011 - 2:00pm

Meet Spanish Photographer Txema Salvans
A Mini-Workshop on Photography

Admission is Free

Considered as one of the leading contemporary Spanish photographers, Txema Salvans (Barcelona, 1971) will give a mini-workshop on photography wherein he will showcase his own photographs and the ideas behind him. Salvans received the Best Spanish Photography Book Award for Nice To Meet You during the 2005 PhotoEspana Awards, a volume filled with snapshots of his travels along the Mediterranean coast. Documenting Spanish popular culture: the summer holidays, urban speculation, consumerism and the new ways of leisure.

Txema Salvans is one of the 15 photographers featured in the exhibit Photo By Photo - A Portrait of Spain.
The exhibit will run until January 15, 2011 at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila.


August 19, 2011 - 9:00am

JAPAN (Kingdom of Characters) Lecture Series Part 3
History and Context of Characters

Entrance fee: Php100

While the exhibit focuses of the emergence of characters in modern Japanese history, this talk will attempt to trace the history of how Japanese people became interested in characters. Furthermore, the lecture will elaborate on the historical contexts of Japanese people's attraction to said characters.

Dr. Karl Ian Uy Cheng Chua
Acting Director
Japanese Studies Program
Ateneo de Manila University

He is a graduate of A.B. Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology/History track) from the Ateneo de Manila University. He finished his Masters in Japanese Studies from the National University of Singapore with a thesis on Komik Strips during the Japanese Occupation Period in the Philippines. He took his Doctorate in Social Science from Hitotsubashi University last 2010 with his dissertation on How Foreigners are represented in Children's Magazines during Showa period Japan (1930's - 1950's). He is currently an Assistant Professor of the History Department and Acting Director of the Japanese Studies Program of the Ateneo de Manila University.


August 12, 2011 - 2:00pm

JAPAN (Kingdom of Characters) Lecture Series Part 2
Visual Syntagma of Japan's Manga

Entrance fee: Php100

This talk will be a discussion on the visual structure of Japanese Manga and attempts to discuss it's visual narrative construct in visual semantics, syntax and pragmatics. History, characters, themes and narrative patterns are also examined.

Prof. Romanlito S. Austria
College of Fine Arts
University of the Philippines

Prof. Austria is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Visual Communication and Design at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts where he also finished Fine Arts major in Visual Communication. He received scholarship grants from the Japanese Government Monbusho Ministry of Education; as a research student at the Faculty of Visual Communication and Design in 1996 and as a delegate to the Intensive Japanese Language Course for International Students in 1995 at the Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. He was also a participant of TENRANKAI, an art exhibition of former Filipino Japanese Monbusho scholars held at the GSIS museum. In 2009 he was granted the Ignacio Villamor Professorial Chair.


July 29, 2011 - 2:00pm

JAPAN (Kingdom of Characters) Lecture Series Part 1
Monuments & Mascots: The Aesthetics of Kawaiisa (Cuteness) in Japanese Culture

Entrance fee: Php100

This lecture attempts to surface the cultural, economic and political roots of the Japanese interest and obsession with objects perceived as "cute". It will also discuss the presence of manga and anime characters as an indication of Japan being composed of cultures rather than culture.

Prof. Tito Genova Valiente
Japanese Studies
Ateneo de Manila University

Prof. Valiente is a faculty member of the Ateneo de Manila University teaching Japanese Cinema and Japanese Arts under the Japanese Studies Program. He was the recipient of the Sumitomo Foundation Research Grant for his research entitled Transnationalization, Acculturation and Negotiation: A Review of the Histories of Collaboration Between Japanese and Filipino Artists and the Creation of Art and Cultural Spaces From 2003-2008. He was co-editor for the book Transnationalizing Culture of Japan in Asia. Dramas, Musics , Arts and Agencies launched in 2009 for the Second International Conference of the Japanese Studies Association in Southeast Asia. He co-authored the study Beyond Geographies: Okinawan Culture and Identities in the Japanese State and Other Spaces and is presently working with Japanese anthropologist Dr. Hiroko Nagai as co-editor for the book Memories, Monuments and Media: Representations of Conflicts and Creation of Histories in Asia.

Prof. Valiente is also the resident Art and Media Critic of Business Mirror.


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