Felix Hidalgo, Juan Luna, and the Manila shawl

Three paintings have drawn my attention from the many artworks and artefacts on display at Ayala Museum’s “Intertwined: Transpacific, Transcultural Philippines” exhibition. Two of them were painted by Juan Luna, the other one by Felix Resureccion Hidalgo. I wrote a blog four years ago about the artworks of Luna and Hidalgo at the National Museum … Continue reading Felix Hidalgo, Juan Luna, and the Manila shawl

Mt Cloud Bookshop: Purveyor of great works of Philippine Literature

I was apprehensive to ask the lady behind the counter if she could take pictures of me. It was 11 am—the bookstore was virtually empty, and I don’t want to ruin the day of anyone as an annoying tourist. Clutching a couple of books with both of my hands, I slowly approached the lady to … Continue reading Mt Cloud Bookshop: Purveyor of great works of Philippine Literature

Hans Christian Andersen, José Rizal, and the tradition of Storytelling

Hans Christian Andersen and José Rizal: From Denmark to the Philippines was launched by Anvil Publishing Inc. in September 2018, a year brimming with events that promote the cultural ties of our country and Europe. Just four months prior, National Bookstore hosted the first-ever European Literature Fair, coinciding with the release of Agos: Modern European Writers in … Continue reading Hans Christian Andersen, José Rizal, and the tradition of Storytelling