On this week’s blog, I will bring you to an art gallery you’ve most likely never seen before. This gallery exhibits the Philippines as a nation of great sculptors, painters, and designers. I will give each photo my own title and a bit of description but then let the arts speak for themselves. Just relax and enjoy. Let me walk you through to the gallery now.
"Dining Set Up Above"
The wooden chair is a perfect seat to eat. This is a restaurant on the 5th floor of a building where you can experience a great view of the city.
"Romantic Dining Hall"
The light shines just right on this dining place made of wood, bamboo and recycled crafts. Have you noticed the old drum?
"Painted Sculptures of a Tribe"
A tribe is on its way to a big hunting adventure. Native houses are in a community nearby green mountains. Guava and an eggplant-like curving looks amazing.
"Unknown Bamboo Craft"
Quite hard to figure out what this bamboo craft is. Do you have any idea?
There must be golds and silvers kept inside this box for centuries. Or maybe hidden secrets of the kingdom?
"The Praying Man"
Centuries back, our Filipino ancestors worship nature and "anitos". What do you think could have been this man prayed for?
"Painting with a Meaning"
This paint gallery is obviously a product of talent and dedication. They were here for they ensembles deep meaning for the Filipino painters.
"Abstract Coffee Shop"
This area of the coffee shop looks well-decorated at first sight but seems too abstract when examined.
"The Pregnant and the Bowl of Knowledge"
You may wonder why these art pieces were grouped together. Well, doesn't pregnancy a great opportunity for every woman to teach knowledge to their soon-to-come new born? What do you think of that connection?
"Living Room of the King"
Just imagine eating with your visitor centuries back in a raised platform like this. Hardwoods sala-set and a magnificent giant fish as a backdrop. How cool it is to be a king in the Philippines during the1600s!
"The Wooden Gear Box"
We may say that this gear box was designed for a lot of purposes. There are axles where accessories can be attached. More or less, this gear box was designed to help farmers grind their products such as corns and grains.
The wall art beside the "capiz-made" window looks eerie. What is this, a goddess? This kind of window was used during the time of the Spaniards rule in the Philippines. The paintings below the windows look intriguing - on what they're made of.
"Not Black and White"
Hanging on the ceiling, the light and angle when this photo was taken created a black and white image. Not a chandelier, not even a flag; maybe a sail or "vinta"?
Standing in front of bamboo grass, this sculpture of a man seems to be on the look for something. Maybe she is the love of his life waiting on at the foot of the bridge out there.
"The Boulder is in the House"
It's unimaginable how these boulders were able to be brought inside this place. The size itself is already becoming an attraction. How much more when you discover the figure in it. I can see a Santa Claus. How about you?
"Wall of Masterpieces"
Too far to be seen but too close to be understood. That is how I would describe these paintings. The paintings in the wall obviously showcases exemplary Filipino talents.
Curved in a big tree, this art shows a similar image of Jesus Christ. But when you look into the details, the sculpture looks like a warrior who's winning his every fight. Raja Sulayman or Lapu-Lapu?
So which door is better? The one guarded by a roster or the other one guarded by a scarecrow? Maybe, there's a better door upstairs.
"Seat All You Can"
Take which ever you want, even that one with the happy face. They're made of hardwood but it is certainly worth the sit on any of these magnificent creations.
How many columns do you see? Four, five, six? I can see more than ten and they're perfect to look at. Aren't they?
How pleasing to the eyes these artworks are. I saved this photos just for you to look at and be amazed. They're made by Filipino sculptors, painters, and designers. They are the Filipinos some of whom are unnamed. But they are the definitely the pride of our nation. These arts were brought together into one place. Not a museum, but a restaurant. When me and my wife visited this resto in downtown Baguio City, we couldn't believe what we saw. Our coffee time became a time of unimaginable amusement.
You can scroll up again and have another look. And this is just part one. There will be more arts in my gallery that I am soon to unveil.
Do you want to know the name of the restaurant? Raise your question on the comment section below.
About the Author
Noriel Panganiban is a Filipino who's dream is to introduce his country to the world. His mission is two-fold. One, to write blogs like this one that can reveal Filipinos true identity - the talented "kayumangging kaligatan" race, and the Philippines as a beautiful country on this planet. Two, to encourage people from different parts of the world to visit the Philippines and help in whatever ways or means they can the people in need. Noriel's blog exposes both the positive and negative side of the Filipinos for he thinks that that is the right way for everybody to really and deeply understand who Filipinos really are.