Saturday, October 04, 2008


In case you haven't any thing special planned for this weekend, you may want to check out the
Cubao Expo Artists' Flea Market -- going on since Friday, October 3 until tomorrow, Sunday -- from 2 pm until midnight. Evening live music performances are provided as well for everyone's enjoyment.

Our fellow blogger, artist Palma Tayona, is participating in this event to sell some of his old drawings -- ranging in price from 200 to 3,500 pesos -- as well as children's books he had designed, including canvas tote bags and wallets that bear images of his old study priced from 100 to 315 pesos.

For refreshments and delectable treats, this bohemian enclave boasts of a few funky bistros, including the Italian restaurant Bellini's.

For more information and to see a map of Cubao X, visit Visual Viscera.

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Related link:

An Artist in Libertad

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posted by Señor Enrique at 5:22 AM


Blogger nutart said...

that's a pretty neat concept, Eric! Kudos to Daniel for allowing his art to be accessible to a lot of people.

I would like to have the same thing here in our place. Will have some opportunity to have coffee with a group of commercial artists here and come up with projects hopefully that will make our place (well, in time) artistically alive. The beauty of the island where I live, Eric, is that it has soo much potential to bloom! The natural environment has to be preserved, the people has to be awakened (a habit of fear and inactivity has been embedded for centuries, methinks) and the artistic expression of one and all has to be recognized. A tiangge is perfect! The Muslim business people here might just join in with their entrepreneur flair! Ang saya! Will show this post to a lot of people here...

October 04, 2008 9:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

goodness, i look more like a convict getting a temporary reprieve from death row with my bald head instead of an artist peddling his works on the street. lol!

thanks eric for dropping by. :-) it was really cool to see you again after a long time.

if you've hung around until midnight (yeah, it was kinda late though) you would have heard some really cool bands playing. i had a very wonderful time at that evening concert in Cubao Expo particularly so when i finally heard Up Dharma Down playing. Their music was immensely GREAT! while i type this, i am chatting with a friend who's a dj in the south and he told me (and i quote), "Have you been living in a hole that you never heard them singing? you're like the only artist i know who's never heard their songs."

sigh, i am chastised.

anyway, thank you so much for dropping by. i encourage those who can to visit the place. give it a try. methinks Cubao Expo is one of the few remaining enclaves in this city where bohemia still exists and thrives.

October 04, 2008 9:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh... as an addendum. for those who are reading this, bring your wallets too. there's this guy NELSON who i share the tent with together with his wife. i only met him there and he does these funky mobile creations made out of copper (or is it brass?) sheets. he's a young artist and i could tell, given a little more boost he'd make it. check his works out. they're cool and cheap pa. :-)

October 04, 2008 9:29 AM  

Blogger JayAshKal said...

How I wish I could be there... Cubao, especialy Farmer's Market brings back good memories.

Nice slide show too...

October 04, 2008 9:41 AM  

Blogger Sidney said...

Wow... impressed by your new blog: Manila Photojournalism... great pictures ! Nicely done.

I would love to go to Cubao expo... let's see if I can make it...

October 04, 2008 11:55 AM  

Blogger escape said...

i really like visual viscera's arts. sadly im not yet in manila by that time, you might have an idea where his next exhibit will be.


October 04, 2008 12:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i still have lots of places to discover. I'm not so familiar with Cubao but this place should be a must go to area.

October 04, 2008 1:04 PM  

Blogger IndioBravo said...

Cubao X has definitely replaced Malate as bohemian heaven in the metro.Sad for Malate because I come from Manila.And I think Malate was so fit to be called that tag.Malate has disintegrated to karaoke jologs these days... just hope Cubao X will have more activities even on weekdays.Bec. when I went there on a weekday,it was a bit quiet.Nice pics Senor.

October 04, 2008 10:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really wish I was there...sigh...

October 05, 2008 12:26 AM  

Blogger carlotta1924 said...

been to cubao x a couple of times, love it there! got lost in a maze of ancient books and antiques. :D

October 05, 2008 1:07 AM  

Blogger EM said...

Cubao is not that far from Sampaloc and it's one of my favorite pasyalan when i was a kid because of the carnival place there. I hope i was there to go.. it would be such a treat i'm sure. I'm a fan of good artists..

October 05, 2008 7:30 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

That'd be a swell idea, Bernadette. Having an artist festival or appointed enclave will definitely boost awareness of the local talent and works created in the area. Much like in the States in which certain towns and cities have set up art communities and now attracting visitors on an ongoing visit.

October 05, 2008 8:21 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

The pleasure is mine, Palma! It was indeed nice to have seen you again and Cubao X. Loved that place!

Trust the event has ben auspicious for you :)

October 05, 2008 8:23 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Not only, Nelson's, Palma, but there are indeed a bunch of wonderful buys there :)

October 05, 2008 8:24 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thanks, Mario!

Include Cubao X to must-see places to visit :)

October 05, 2008 8:24 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thanks, Sidney. I'm still putting it together and will soon include links of all fellow photographers' sites :)

Yes, try to check out Cubao X this weekend. Very photogenic place!

October 05, 2008 8:26 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hi donG! I'm assuming you're still enjoying your travels out of town.

You may check out Palma's site every now and then, or you may ask him to include you on his email list :)

October 05, 2008 8:27 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I think you'd really enjoy visiting and photographing Cuba X, Estan :)

October 05, 2008 8:28 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Yup! You're right, IndioBravo. Ka Tony also mentioned of Ermita/malate as the Manila's bohemian area.

I really hope that they keep developing Cubao X as an art community. I've noticed that many shops had opened since my last visit.

October 05, 2008 8:29 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hi Guy!

If not now, you can always go and visit Cubao X, but I think the arty shops open from the late afternoons, though.

October 05, 2008 8:30 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hi Carla!

I loved the shops there, too. Next time, I'll make sure I have more time to explore each one.

They now have Holland Hopio cafe there, too!

October 05, 2008 8:32 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I remember when my friend and I used to come here to buy shoes, EM, and all those kids that swarmed the huge arcade.

As I told Mario, include Cubao X on your list to visit next time you come home for vacation :)

October 05, 2008 8:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting.... nice place to buy art stuff at great prices :) I go to these kind of events whenever I can but I might just run of space of space in my house where to place these things !

October 05, 2008 8:17 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Pretty soon, you'll have to buy a bigger house just to have the space to bring in more such finds, BW ... hehehe!

October 06, 2008 7:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there Eric!

I've been blast emailing people in my email list about our newest project for OCTOBER called ROCKING FOR JUAN. I hope you got my email. :-)

I was thinking if your readers might be interested in visiting the opening. I am simply goo-goo-gah-gah over this exhibit. Why? 7 artists paint 7 musician's songs on how it is to be pinoy. Methinks it's appropriate for every one of us pinoy who is looking for who we are. In this exhibit, we'd see how 14 visual and musical artists "see" who Juan de la Cruz is. I am inviting you and all your readers to come to our exhibit's opening night at the Ayala Museum.

It's gonna be one artistic rockin' night. :-) Hope to see you there with your camera so you can click! click! the night away. :-)

p.s. I'd be very eager to introduce you to the other contemporary hot pinoy artists this country has been producing so far.

October 08, 2008 9:23 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Got it, Palma! Thanks! Will see if I can make it :)

October 08, 2008 2:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice. Artists should get more support.

October 11, 2008 8:05 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Not only support, Nunan, but as much exposure as possible so as to introduce their works to as many people as possible. We should also make art 'accessible' to our common tao, not only for the priviliged elite.

I always say that Quiapo makes an interesting place to host an artist community as well. Not only are there thousands of students in the area, but Quiapo was once home to Fernando Amorsolo and Felix R. Hidalgo -- two of our country's finests artists! How fitting.

October 12, 2008 6:20 AM  

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