September 1, 2011 by theairprince
Nakalimutan ko itong i-post. Natabunan ng trabaho, busy schedules, at mga labahing damit.
Despite my busy schedule, I try my best to relax and unwind. And isa sa mga gusto kong gawin ay gumala: specifically, pumunta ng art exhibits.
Last July 20, I went to The Origin of Symmetry solo art exhibit by Mr Wesley Valenzuela at Art Informal in Greenhills, San Juan. I hadn’t met him personally and I barely knew him except he was one of the artists of most controversial Kulo exhibit (remember Mideo Cruz?). Kaya it would be my opportunity to meet him in person.
Tinapos ko muna yung trabaho ko and then I left the office at around 5:30 PM. Hindi ako sumakay ng MRT dahil natatakot ako sa rush hour (tipong siksikan at tulakan) so I just took a bus ride. Syempre, aircon bus. Pero ganun din ang sinapit ko: natagalan sa pagsakay at nung nakasakay na, inabot ako ng traffic. Bumaba ako sa bandang SM Megamall dahil inip na inip ako sa loob ng bus and I was having second thoughts kung tutuloy pa ako.
I decided to stroll around the mall hanggang sa nakita ko si Art, one of ABMA sophomore student/friend. Ewan ko kung nakita niya ako pero imposible dahil nagkaharapan kami sa escalator though we were riding in opposite directions. Ako naman tong tanga, hindi ko man lang naisipan na tanungin siya kung pupunta siya sa exhibit para may kasabay na rin ako.
Hanggang sa may tumawag na rin sa akin. I thought it was Inch pero si JC pala, Akala ko kasi number ni Inch yung tinetext ko habang papunta. Naglakad ako to POEA-Ortigas hanggang Megamall. Nauwi sa instant cardio excerise.
Actually, it was my first time to go to Greenhills area. Para akong promdi, kulang na lang mag ‘ala-eh’ ako. The entire neighborhood of Greenhills is posh. Nahiya ang kutis ko. I was talking to JC while he was giving me the direction and finally I found Art Informal. Para siyang typical na bahay until you enter the house/gallery.
And then I saw familiar faces of some ABMA 100 students. Pumunta ako sa kanila kaagad and then told my struggle while getting there. Finally, I was able to see and meet Sir Wesley in person. Hindi ko kasi siya naging professor pero I can tell he is a great teacher as well as an artist.
There were dogs walking inside the gallery. Para sa akin, hindi sila aso. Grabe, parang mga kapre version ng dogs. Nakakatakot (since I’m scared of dogs due to past traumatic experience) pero I tried to have a picture with one. Mabait naman.
Of course, I had to check the art pieces. Kaya nga ako pumunta eh, aside from supposedly free food which was unfortunately wala na. Joke.
His artworks spoke about the union between different elements and creating balance or, as the exhibit name suggests, symmetry. For example, there were figurine of seemed-to-be Buddha with the head of Darth Vader and even the exhibit setup itself: distinctive and dynamic obras against the calm all-white gallery walls.
And since most of them needed to go home (mga bata nga naman), we left the place at around 9 or 10. Nilakad namin ang buong Greenhills (again, manghang-mangha ako na parang promdi) and had an initial plan before going home. Pero hindi natuloy dahil most of the shops were closed na. Naiwang mga bukas na lang ay mamahalin.
Most of them already decided to leave so ang naiwan ay ako, Inch, and Dex. I was urging them para kumain dahil hindi ako kumain before going to the exhibit. Sinamahan na lang nila ako sa 7-11, ang dakilang life saver para sa mga gutom + nagtitipid.
And oh! I almost forgot! While all of us were still at Greenhills sidewalk and deciding who were going home or not, a man in his 30s approached us and begged for help since ‘her mother’ was stabbed to death and needs monetary assistance. He even told us that it was reported in the news. Syempre, naantig ang puso namin at sabay nag-abot ng contribution. Guess what, it was a modus operandi.
Photos courtesy of Inch Arboleda, Kaye Martinez, and Kevin Compañero.