Pablo X Part 2 Opening on August 15 double with Selecter FM Session : Modified Signals

IMG_0823Now on the halfway mark of this 2-month stretch of celebrating Pablo’s 10 Year anniversary with a video art show curated by Shireen Seno and Merv Espina called Instructions. and a special Selecter FM set curated by Caliph8.

A week-long all-nighter of preparations for a show that will run for only a week.

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and it opens with a bang and some shots of lambanog


One of the works is an interactive piece by Poklong Anading where he enjoins participants to submit their 15-second video explaining their unrealized project and uploading it on the Instagram page of #AVoidWork

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shirts were also sold with a QR code that one can scan and direct them to the Instagram page of the project. The shirts are produced and distributed by Limitado shirts.

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another interactive piece by Mannet Villariba riffing on Tad Ermitanio’s Hulikotekan work. Viewers can make their own music by producing sounds from objects on the table. A computer program records and manipulates the produced video and audio from such.

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Excerpts from the video piece by Ivan and Pauline Despi where they have deconstructed the process by which they have made their collaborative video piece Babel.  Audio is from Ivan’s instructions for the performers of the video.



and for the soundtrack of the night – Modified Signals

First to perform were Richard Tuason  and Roger Lopez who was joined later on by Caliph8.

Richard Tuason’s prepared guitar.

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more photos on Post FB page

Pablo X Part 2 : Instructions (On and About Video Art)

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The 2nd leg in the series of Pablo Galleries’ 10th Anniversary show will showcase video works by Poklong Anading, Martha Atienza, Lena Cobangbang, Ivan & Pauline Despi, Kaloy Olavides, Tad Ermitanio with Mannet Villariba. Curated by Shireen Seno and Merv Espina, the exhibit, entitled Instructions, retakes the 2-part process of video work : the production and conceptualization of the work, and the installation of the work in a given space,” inviting artists to  revisit their past video or time-based media works and break them down to a score or set of instructions—distilling old work into a set of instructions from which to generate something new. ”

Quoting further from their curatorial statement :

“In the context of PABLO’s video exhibition on the occasion of their 10th anniversary,  the artists can choose to present their actual processes and investigations, or work them in as they then re-install, re-imagine or re-work their pieces into a given space—this time with a heightened awareness of the limitations of space, time, technology, finances and other logistical constraints—based on the original incarnation or idea of their works and the act of breaking them down.

We liken this process to a performance. Such as in music or dance, an element of indeterminacy is central to the idea of a work being performed. But indeterminacy is not present in the playback of media. It’s present in the act of installing an installation.

In the process of participating in this exhibition, the artists assess their ideas and intentions of creation, and explore alternative ways of understanding authenticity, change and loss in ways that might help guide the conservation of their works of art. ”

“Many of the works in question only exist as memories, rumors, and text on forgotten catalogs and manuscripts, even those as recent as 5 years ago. Perhaps the moving image can in fact bear witness to the instability/precarity of our times, challenging the very structures and dynamics that constitute these works with its audience, whose various acts of witnessing, participation and remembrance is key—and for some works, could now only be its only form of existence.”

Shireen Seno and Merv Espina continue to work on the Kalampag Tracking Agency, an ongoing initiative and screening program exploring alternative notions/visions in moving image practice from the Philippines.

This will open on August 15 and will run until August 22, 2015.  The opening night will be highlighted by a special Selecter FM Session, curated by Caliph8 with performances by Pow Martinez & Kaloy Olavides (with Pastilan Dong), Malek Lopez & Moon Fear Moon, Roger Lopez & Richard Tuason.

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Pablo X Kick Off Anniversary Show opening (Pablo X Part 1)








10 Years is 10 years of seeing neighboring shops come and go here at Cubao X, surrounding structures being demolished and replaced with new ones, a procession of fashion and music trends in constant retro procession, and the denizens and hangers-on of this quaint cul-de-sac at the heart of Cubao shopping center getting older and younger, and former party-addicts becoming doting parents to pets and babies.  But as art is forever, those 10 years for Pablo will just be a marker for another chapter, another decade of more challenging and more lustrous art years ahead. So cheers to this night, and to the coming exhibits. There’s still three more to go until September.

This first leg, titled Into One Category or The Other is curated by the collaborative duo of Dina Gadia and Allan Balisi as Saturnino Basilia.  Read more about the show here.

A zine catalog for the show was also released and it sells for just 100 bux. Make sure to get your copy now!


Setting up the show with a mural by Epjey Pacheco and Eva Yu.

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While outside, the graffiti crew of Drone, Ekis and Exld tagged the 2nd floor facade.


This was transformed during opening night

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Party music was provided by The Diegos

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and of course there was dancing too

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1st batch of well-wishers and co-partiers

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PABLO celebrates 10 Year Anniversary with a series of shows This August

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Cubao X, Quezon City – It makes sense that Pablo X,  a month-long series of shows celebrating the gallery’s tenth anniversary, will be held at Post Gallery. It is after all in Cubao X, the hub of art, music, and vintage finds, where Pablo was born.

Established in 2005, Pablo has been exhibiting works spanning a broad range of disciplines as gleaned from the diverse selection of artists participating in the show. All have had a solo show or joined exhibits at Pablo, be it at the Cubao, Makati, or the Fort galleries. A notable line-up exhibiting and performing artists will be featured from August 1 to September 19, 2015.

Kicking the celebration off is a series of collaborative graffiti art by Okto, Ekis, Drone & Exld Manila on Saturday, August 1. The anniversary’s Illustration exhibit will be curated by Saturnino Basilia (Dina Gadia & Allan Balisi) and will feature works by Wiji Lacsamana, Abi Goy, Liza Flores, Manix Abrera, Nelz Yumul,   Lala Gallardo-Samson, Epjey Pacheco, Bjorn Calleja, Beejay Esber, Eva Yu, Meneer Marcelo, Dex Fernandez, Ramon Bautista, Jun Sabayton, Camy & Patrick Cabral, and Julius Sebastian. The Urban Art and Illustration exhibit is from August 1 to 8, 2015.

The second part of the Pablo Ten anniversary show will open on August 15 and run until August 22, 2015. It will focus on Video Art, and will showcase the works of Ivan & Pauline Despi, Tad Ermitaño, Kaloy Olavides, Martha Atienza, Poklong Anading,  and Lena Cobangbang. The opening night will be highlighted by a special Selecter FM Session, curated by Caliph8 with performances by Pow Martinez & Kaloy Olavides (with Pastilan Dong), Malek Lopez & John Sobrepena, Roger Lopez & Richard Tuason.

The third Pablo Ten anniversary event will run from August 29 to September 5, 2015 featuring installation works by Jeona Zoleta. A Photography show opens on the same night, curated by David Griggs and showcasing the works of Mitch Mauricio, Jay Yao, EWWS, Jed Escueta, Brendan Goco, Paolo Ruiz, RA Rivera, and MM YU.

Pablo Ten will end its anniversary celebration with a Painting exhibit by Pow Martinez, Tin Garcia, Jigger Cruz, Jayson Oliveria, CRAJES, Zeus Bascon, Dina Gadia, Allan Balisi, Albert sy,  Romeo Lee, Ranelle Dial, Mike Crisostomo, Katwo Puertollano, Cos Zicarelli, Maria Cruz, Argie Bandoy, Mark Salvatus, Carina Santos, Auggie Fontanilla, and  Neil Arvin Javier

The exhibit opens on September 12 and will be up until September 26, 2015.

To stay updated on the shows, visit and, or Pablo X’s Facebook event page.

For further inquiries and more information, contact Pablo at 63(920) 960.5690    or email

September Events at Post

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Post Gallery presents a DIY builders workshop to be conducted by Tengal Drilon, Merv Espina, Tad Ermitanio, IC Jaucian, Roger Lopez, Pow Martinez, Cris Garcimo, Eric Calilan,  Alden Santiago andCaliph8 on September 5 at 6PM.
Attendees may bring their own DIY electronics project and exchange tech and build info.

This session is FREE and open to all!

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Post’s 2nd edition of Selecter FM session will feature video projections and audio by Mariano Ching, Apol Sta. Maria, and Owel Alvero.

This will coincide with the launch of Saturnino Basilia‘s latest zine Before Us, Nothing Existed Here by Allan Balisi. Produced in editions of 60, the zine is a compilation of drawings derived from Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 film, Alphaville. The text is lifted from the film’s dialogue, specifically from 32:20 to 35:39, and used as a basis and accompanying text for Allan’s 26 drawings.


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On September 13, Jed Escueta will be opening his solo exhibit Coprolite Happens, a sort of accounting/inventory of the photos he has taken over the past years since he started exhibiting and diaristically taking photos since 1999.

His method of taking stock from his personal archive are not chronologically categorized or filed but presented with an introspective distance,  yet they’re all linked by a sentient narrative of lives glimpsed in a flash and memories affixed as fossils on paper, purged as image projections, what were once conceived of light are purged back to light, a selection from more than a thousand that he has pooled from negatives, prints and digital files. 

Coprolite Happens will be on view until October 25.



TriAngle Force Gig at Post Cubao X

Team Manila in partnership with Locked Down Entertainment and Play For Serve staged a gig last August 8 amidst a Jon-Secada weather (clear moonlit skies, windblown hair with windblown blousy tunic) where Post played host to the bands and the production staff.  Business was good, no great actually, for all the bars and shops that night as the crowd swelled up and filled every cranny of Cubao X while waiting for the gig to start, swigging beers and chowing down on barbeque, chicken innards, sausages, and whatever was on each bar’s menu.


First up – Squid 9, Hiphop inspired music project formed by Raimund Marasigan


Isi Laureano (chef, Chili Asylum proprietor, and photographer) with Marcus Nada (illustrator and co-owner/founder of graphic design studio Electrolyche; also plays synths and sings back up for indie rock band Bagetsafonik,and MCing for hiphop group Corporate Lo-fi)


Pat Sarabia, percussionist of psychedelic beat and bass and groove band Wilderness


When playing as Pedicab, each member adapts a pseudonym or alter ego : Jason Caballa (aka J. Sonic) and Diego Mapa (aka DaddyMaps)





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Raymund M (aka Sugar Raims) and film maker RA Rivera (aka Just Toni).


Diego Mapa’s other music projects : solo project as Eggboy, as part of two-man electronic act Tarsius, as vocalist and guitarist for Cambio and Monsterbot, and producer/owner of indie records label Sibika’t Kultura




Mike Dizon (aka Masterbeat), who also plays drums for Sandwich and The Teeth


Shinji Tanaka, drums for Squid 9 and Gaijin, also owner of top digital audio recording studio Sound Creation and  restaurant Crazy Katsu

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Gaki Azurin of Flying Ipis




Flying Ipis’ band photo sesh with the eternally dancing flan girl


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painter and Tether drummer Jigger Cruz,and some sneaky photobombing by DM



Diego and Myrene (former NU 107 dj, now plays bass for Imago, Duster and Sandwich)


Illustrator/graphic designer Gabie Osorio with film maker Shireen Seno and Jed Escueta who will be opening his solo show Coprolite Happens on Sept 13 at Post





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the other half of independent curating team Planting Rice Sidd Perez and artist Kat Medina


Saturnino Basilia will have a Selecter FM Session at Post in November