Sunday, October 14, 2007


An author and freelance writer based in Hawaii, Patricia Laurel was crestfallen by what she sees as the obliteration of our nation's soul -- culture, traditions, the arts. So along with a group of artists and writers, she decided to do something about it by envisioning the Manila Center for the Arts.

Its intention is to provide a platform for established and emerging Filipino artists, students, and untapped talents, educators and arts enthusiasts. It will be "a convening venue to serve as a cooperative for Filipino visual and performing artists, musicians and writers whose work is pushing boundaries in content and form, and whose passion involves challenging the status quo."

The third floor of the landmark Army and Navy Club near the Quirino Grandstand at Luneta Park is the planned site for the center, while funding for which will be generated through grants and private contributions.

To jump-start the project, a quarterly magazine, Art-in-Site, will be published in January of 2008; to be distributed both here and the United States.

Serving as the official voice of the center, Art-in-Site magazine is designed with four main sections: arts, literature, culture and youth forum (to encourage the active participation of our young talents and educators). Moreover, a website is also being designed to compliment the magazine.

For more information or questions regarding submissions, you may contact Patricia Laurel by email at:


posted by Señor Enrique at 2:00 PM


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there,
Thanks for the article. However, the Patricia's email doesn't seem to work.

October 14, 2007 3:42 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Please retry because it works for me.


October 14, 2007 4:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

that was very kind of ms laurel to do that and thanks for posting this, eric. i'll be glad to subscribe this magazine, anything to help our culture, traditions, the arts. i'm sure it will be a wonderful read. thanks again!

October 15, 2007 2:30 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Muchas gracias, Nell, for your support!

Wouldn't it be wonderful for all those in the States -- through this magazine Art-in-Site -- get to know the many local talents that we have?

In addition, art gallery curators in the States will now have a wonderful resource to learn about our local art scene.

By the way, watch out for Patricia's article to be published in San Francisco-based, Philippine News about this endeavor.

Again, thank you :)

October 15, 2007 6:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

RE: Please retry because it works for me.

Thanks! There was a stray character in the address :(
It's ok now, have received a reply. :)

October 15, 2007 12:41 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...


Thanks for your interest and support, K. Villa :)

October 15, 2007 12:48 PM  

Blogger Android Eyes said...

Thank You for this post Sr. E, I have forwarded too all of my friends whom are Flip Art afficionados if not gourmands, also I will try n reach local Flip newsrags to do a story on this very neccessary endeavour.
Have a great day!
- Romy

October 16, 2007 3:15 AM  

Blogger Ebb Tide said...

Wonderful news about the coming Manila Center of Arts. Someday, I'll visit it.

October 16, 2007 3:28 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

It is, Ebb Tide! There are so many wonderful talents here who need as much support and exposure as possible.

There should also be weekend art tours -- for people to visit various art gelleries in Metro Manila, as well as get to know our emerging talents.

October 16, 2007 6:35 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Many thanks, Romy! I knew I could count on you in this regard kasi alam ko you're very much into the arts!

If Art-in-Site magazine will be distributed in the States, it might find its way into Canada as well. Will give you a head's up when that happens.

Again, many thanks!

October 16, 2007 6:38 AM  

Blogger Android Eyes said...

also is there a website yet for the center?

October 16, 2007 2:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

dats gna be xciting! saw this blog:

i like the blogger's idea of lrt as a canvass. probably it can be a first project of that art center!

October 17, 2007 12:13 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

One of my favorite sites, Anon -- highly creative!

Let me check out that LRT as a canvass concept.


October 17, 2007 6:02 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I believe it's still n the works, Romy, but will let you know. Patricia is coming to manila fairly soon. I'll be able to get more info from her by the. Will update all of you :)

October 17, 2007 6:03 AM  

Blogger  gmirage said...

Wow so nice! Thanks for this Senor, I will try to ask permission from Miss Laurel to have it published in the pinoy site here in Vienna, I hope that's ok with her, perhaps other might want to help too =)

October 17, 2007 11:53 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

That would be simply smashing, G. Mirage! Many thanks for your support. I'm sure Patricia would be excited to know about it :)

October 18, 2007 6:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hola Enrique -- me encanto conocerte por este blog; he conocido a estimada amiga Patricia Laurel hace 15 anos ya. I have volunteered to offer my services as a grant writer for fundraising for the Manila Center for the Arts, a humble contribution I can offer on behaalf of "nuestro perdido Eden," toward reviving the inherent, albeit indigenous, artistry of Filipinos in all genres.

October 19, 2007 5:07 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

My Spanish is rusty but from what I understand you have known Patricia for 15 years now? How wonderful!

If you haven't yet, please email Patricia, and I bet she'd be thrilled to have you help her with grant writing, and with God's blessings, bring back or open an art Eden here in Manila.

Thank you for visiting my blogsite and for posting a comment.

Muchas gracias, Don Luis.

Hasta luego,


October 19, 2007 6:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aloha Eric,

Patti Laurel here. Luis Siojo aka Don Luis, is a very dear friend and the "grant writer" for the center project. Luis lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is a product of the good Jesuits of Ateneo de Manila (credit the school for a fine human being).

October 20, 2007 12:41 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

That's wonderful then, Patti. Glad you have great people behind you in this effort. Don Luis, I'm sure would be of tremendous assistance :)

October 20, 2007 6:21 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Many thanks to Armand of Chicago-based PinoyCentric for his help in spreading the news.

October 21, 2007 4:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello eric,

i was rummaging through my tons of unanswered emails during the long new year's eve break and i managed to see your email to me about the manila art's center. i'll check it out. thank you. ;-)


January 01, 2008 6:17 PM  

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