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Frames of Reference, Lopez Museum’s fitting finale

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Philippine National Artist, Benedicto Reyes Cabrera, has been widely recognized as a master of contemporary art. More popularly known as Bencab, Cabrera is now commemorating his 50th year of creating art and providing inspiration for generations of Filipinos. Most fittingly, one of the highlights of this milestone year will be the fact that his exhibit, Frames of Reference, will serve as the curtain call for the Lopez Museum.

The artist's self portrait.

The artist’s self portrait.

That’s right, the Lopez Museum will be closing down this year, as it will be saying goodbye to its old site and moving to a new, temporary site before settling in its new home in 2017. In the meantime, nothing can be more nostalgically fitting than Frames of Reference, an exhibit that offers a glimpse into BenCab’s life and art practice during the late 1960s and onwards. More than his simply collected work on display, the exhibition is an intimate portrait of BenCab as a person and his many personas – the artist, the lover, the family man, the bibliophile and the collector.

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Roughly 15 never before seen art-books will be made available to the public. These small scrapbook-like compilations of collages (clippings and cut-outs), drawings and sketches interspersed with his handwriting; prominently feature his love for nostalgia, handmade paper and bookbinding. A diaristic presentation of his aesthetics, letters, mementos and other keepsakes also find their way into the pages.

It’s a very intriguing exhibit, and one that you just have to see if you are in any way a lover of journals or books.

This is your chance to say goodbye to Lopez Museum and to view BenCab as nobody has ever seen him before.

This is your chance to say goodbye to Lopez Museum and to view BenCab as nobody has ever seen him before.

Frames of Reference is curated by Dannie Alvarez and is co-presented by Bencab Art Foundation; Sureste Properties, Inc.; Samsung Electronics Philippines Corp. (SEPCO), our technology partner; and Gourmet Farms Inc., our public programs partner.

For more information, call Tina at 6312417 or email lmmpasig@gmail.com. Lopez Museum and Library is at the G/F Benpres Bldg., Meralco cor. Exchange Rd., Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Museum and library hours are 8-5pm Mondays through Saturdays except Sundays and holidays.

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    Mercato Carnivale launches at McKinley Hill

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    I’m so excited! I’ll be at McKinley Hill, Taguig tonight, for the opening of Mercato Carnivale. I’ll tell you all about it when I get back.

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      Join the Tuscany food tour: a secret foodie’s dream come true

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      Don’t miss out on the amazing variety of gourmet treats located on the tiny strip of street along McKinley Hill, Taguig, Makati City. Join other foodies on a restohop to remember – The Secret Foodies Tour, happening this Saturday, November 30, 2013.

      RJ Ledesma explains the tour

      RJ Ledesma played tour guide and co-host to the proprietors of the awesome establishments we visited.

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        Cinemajam is happening @ Circuit this Saturday!

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        Circuit Makati, the CBD’s newest premier playground, will live up to its name this weekend. It’s hosting Crizal Transitions Cinemajam, the first ever first ever outdoor movie marathon and music festival in the Philippines, on November 30, 2013!

        Come on, peeps! Tix are Php 1,350 at Ticketworld, and proceeds of the event will benefit the children of the World Vision Foundation.  If you buy Crizal Transitions glasses, though, you get two free. ;)

        Come on, peeps! Tix are Php 1,350 at Ticketworld, and proceeds of the event will benefit the children of the World Vision Foundation. If you buy Crizal Transitions glasses, though, you get two free. 😉

        The weekend was made to party!

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          Come along to the Soirée Beaujolais Nouveau 2013

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          The Soirée Beaujolais Nouveau is a party, one that takes place in celebration of one of the most highly-regarded wines in France.  On the third Thursday of every year, at a minute past midnight exactly, kegs and bottles of the year’s Beaujolais are opened amid joyous cries of “Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! (The New Beaujolais has arrived!).  The same thing happens all over France, and hour after hour across the globe in participating countries as midnight strikes across time zones, a little like New Year but a little less drunker.

          This year's banner!  Image courtesy of WAHPinas.com

          This year’s banner! Image courtesy of WAHPinas.com

           

          I was lucky enough to be invited to the media launch with a few blogger friends, and we had an awesome time. If the pre-party is this fun, I can’t wait for November 21.

          In the Philippines, the  Soirée Beaujolais is organized by the French Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines (FCC-Le Club).  A tradition that is now 22 years old, it has evolved into the largest celebration of its kind in Asia, a high point of French-Philippine social life.  It’s always a night of wine, food, and song, where the young, fruity wine of the season is drunk with gusto.

          Of course, it’s not just about the wine.  In essence, it’s an embodiment of joie de vivre, an exuberant enjoyment of life and all of the experiences it has to offer. What better symbol of this French way of life, the embracing of the sensation of living, than the delightful young red wine – youthful, bright, light on the palate, and meant to be enjoyed now because it loses its very essence otherwise?

          It’s a great way to access a little more understanding of the French people whom many of us live and work with every day. It’s a glimpse into their culture, which they always generously share.

          Some business bigwigs we had the pleasure of meeting.

          Some business bigwigs we had the pleasure of meeting.

          Speaking of generously sharing, did you know that several large multinationals conducting business in the Philippines are French-owned? I myself was ignorant of the fact that oil company Total was a French company, despite having friends there.

          The director of LLC told us that the Philippines is seen as a viable investment for French investors, and that they expect Philippine-bound tourism and business to increase significantly in the coming years. Now that is something I would definitely drink to.

           

          A toast, and an invitation, to the grand party on November 21!

          A toast, and an invitation, to the grand party on November 21!

          Incidentally, it was the first French man I ever loved who spurred me to a love of wine.  He was my oldest friend’s boyfriend, and he was, at the time, the only French man I knew.  My beloved boy invited me into their home, and he taught me to drink wine as we argued with the equally delectable Danish man about whether or not Women’s Day was a legitimate occasion. I was soon very fond of this vivacious, outspoken, caring guy; and happy for him and my friend.

          He has since returned to France for the foreseeable future, but he has left an imprint on all the Pinoys he met.  On me, aside from ‘learn to speak your piece’, it was “drink wine, even if it’s not New Year”. On a deeper note, the lessons resonated with my own passion for absolutely everything. It was a good thing.

          Oh, and if you’re wondering if we ever got together, you don’t know me very well.

          Champagne Moreno and the Bunny do The Pose

          Having some fun with the host of the night!

          That said, I would like to extend the French Chamber of Commerce (FCC) in the Philippines’ invitation to all of my readers. It’s going to be on November 21, 2013, at the Tent City, Manila Hotel. The theme’s “Streets of Paris”, and aside from regional wines, the newly uncorked Beaujolais will be served with nommy cheese. You even stand to win luxury raffle prizes from the sponsors.

          So come, partake of the wine, enjoy the company. Bring someone who makes you laugh. Invite someone you would like to kiss someday. Drink, eat, and be merry, because today was awesome and tomorrow is another gift we might not get.

          Tickets are P3000 apiece, and are well worth it. To avail of them, contact FCC-LeClub through email (events@leclub-fcc.org) or phone (+632 813 9005).

          See you there!

          And maybe you'll run into us. :)

          And maybe you’ll run into us. 🙂

          See you there!

           

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            A weekend foodie fantasy getaway at Chateau Hestia

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            Every year, The Girl and I take a very special trip, sometime around the end of March.  To be able to afford it, we put away a little cash every pay day, and come March, it feels so good to be able to splurge on something special without feeling guilty about bills and stuff.

            This year, we didn’t go very far.  We hopped off to Tagaytay upon the recommendation of a friend, to an absolutely lovely little place for weekend getaways – Chateau Hestia Garden Restaurant.   Not only was this little restaurant-slash-bed-and-breakfast perfect for dropping completely off the grid for a couple of days, but it also served food that we still daydream and talk about.

            When visiting Chateau Hestia Garden Restaurant, prepare to forget your diet.

            When visiting Chateau Hestia Garden Restaurant, prepare to forget your diet.

            Enjoy more of my long, happy rant here.

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              The Puzzle Mansion, a gem among Tagaytay’s bed and breakfasts

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              Tagaytay has got to be the bed and breakfast capital of the Philippines.  Hardly two hours away from Metro Manila, it’s perfect for ducking out of the rat race for a night and returning to the havoc of the city refreshed without having been missed too badly.  Unfortunately, having too many bed and breakfasts is not a good thing.  Too often, the service sucks, the rooms are musty, and the “view” is either the street or the neighbouring resort.  So you’ll understand that when a bunch of friends and I arrived at Puzzle Mansion Bed and Breakfast, I had no great expectations.

              The_Puzzle_Mansion_TagaytayPuzzle Mansion’s facade, as seen from the driveway.
              Click to read how wrong I was.

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