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 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

Selecter FM Session featuring Merv Espina

2015-05-27_merv03Never mind Mercury retrogading this schizo-weather week, cause Selecter FM session is back ! This time time with independent curator Merv Espina who played rare recordings of pop and dance tunes from the golden era of the late 50s to the 70s from Armenia, Cambodia, Republic of Malay, Cameroon, Thailand, India, Rhodesia, Upper Volta, etc.

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trippy music & videos & old film stills


The black & white Filipino movie stills were from Cesar Hernando’s collection.

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The film that  seized the night – the epic film adaptation of one chapter from the Indian epic Mahabharata, this focused mostly on Hanuman the Monkey king.


The Selecter FM session was highlighted by the launch of the Forces At Work catalog, exhibition held at Jorge Vargas Museum in conjunction with  The Japan Foundation Manila.


Travel and art guide books produced by Japan Foundation were also exclusively released that night.


A school supplies donation drive for the children of full time workers of Kadamay, as well fundraising shirt sale for Lon Caacbay of The Axel Pinpin Propaganda Machine, who recently passed on was also set-up.


Attendees were co-curators & collaborators from the Forces At Work exhibit, such as Ricky Francisco (curator at Fundacion Sanso ), Con Cabrera (visual artist and co-teacher of Merv at Kalayaan College), Alice Sarmiento (freelance writer & editor of Forces at Work catalog, she’s also looking for forever homes of  some kittens she’s currently fostering),  Japan Foundation staff, Sidd Perez (co-founder of independent curating platform Planting Rice, off to Singapore to work at NUS), the husband & wife graphic design team of Bru & Marcus (aka Electrolychee who’s also doing book signing tours of their Biyaheng Langit book), Martha Atienza ( one of this year’s recipient of the CCP 13 Artist Awards), Tengal Drilon (of  WSK  sound artfest, WSK FM, Sabaw Media Kitchen, Bedroom Lab), film maker & visual artists Kiri Dalena , husband & wife film makers Keith Sicat & Sari Dalena, artists Kat Medina & Cos Zicarelli with Nice Buenaventura, Jippy Pascua & John Torres of the film collective Tito & Tita, HK-based artist Arnel Agawin, students of Kalayaan College, and Caliph8 (who will be playing at the next Selecter FM on June 27)

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and Andrew Leavold, the Aussie  Filipino cinephile behind the docu about pint-sized action star Weng Weng in The Search for Weng Weng. He’s currently busy in production for another film docu about Filipina actresses who starred in bold films.





Independent curator and film programmer Merv Espina will be playing select music and videos from Asian and African countries that don’t exist anymore !!!!

like: Dahomey, Upper Volta, Rhodesia, plus excerpts from from films and live performances.

A lot of dancin and rockin will ensue.

A donation drive is also set for school supplies for fulltime workers of Kadamay.
Kadamay helped greatly in the Forces at Work exhibit held last year at UP Vargas Museum .

So bring your extra notebooks, notepads, pencils, pens, etc. for this. No school supplies, no party!

Shirts will also be on sale for the benefit of the family of Lon Caacbay (drummer of Axel Pinpin Propaganda Machine) who recently passed on.

There’s also going to be a Potluck Party hosted by Run & Learn Guide Magazine.

Le’st party on responsibly!

Selecter FM Relaunch March 2015

IMG_9610I cease to eloquently express what transpired on this night so I’ll just let these photos be the better testament to it.  And oh… the music…. ’tis a great or near impossible task to put into words something as abstract and sensorial.

First off was Cardboard Paradise, the solo musical project of Catalina Africa who sometimes pair up with Jeona Zoleta for Jol3na.

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Next up was 2500 Cicadas aka Manny Migrino, who repatriated from NY


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extra bands that night (hehe)


in between sets : beer and pizza and cigarettes and chatting up and plotting for next projects

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Sleepyheads/Sleepyazz lead : eating pizza without a cause



Electric Djinn aka Jen Berklich from NY


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Jayvee’s weapons of mass distraction, definitely more whiplash than whiplash

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Sleepyheads jazz version Sleepyazz, with New Wave undertones still

Rico and Erick





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the ever spirited performance of Jayvee


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More wreck and roll with an open jam with the audience


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This Selecter FM session was recorded and will be available soon for streaming. Watch out for our announcement for such.















Selecter FM is Back this March 25

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Post Gallery is bringing back Selecter FM sessions this March 25 Wednesday at 5PM with chosen Selecters who are visual artists whose practice extends into making music.

Headlined by 2500 Cicadas, the new musical project by Manny Migrino who repatriated to Manila from New York, with :

Cardboard Paradise, the solo musical project of Catalina Africa, Electric Djinn, the solo musical project of NY-based artist Jen Berklich, and Sleepyazz.

Selecter FM Sessions is a monthly event organized and hosted by Post Gallery enjoining artists, designers, film makers, hobbyists, hangers-on, etc. where they will spin, dj, or program a selection of music, or films, or videos downloaded from youtube, vimeo, or vine, or even a “curated” videoke playlist for an afternoon of casual listening, viewing and exchange of ideas.  Previous Selecter FM sessions had been held with Kaloy Olavides, Lourd De Veyra, Albert Sy, Apol Sta. Maria, Mariano Ching, and Yason Banal.

Friday The 31th : Party Like You’re Dead !


Post’s 4th edition of Selecter FM Session featuring Yason Banal kept up with the “spirit” of the foreign-adapted holiday All Hallow’s Eve with its Friday the 31th: Party Like You’re Dead. For this Halloween edition, Yason has asked 31 artists to contribute a song each making up a compilation of dance-y tunes for the “dead”. Included in this compilation is an Exquisite Corpse text from 31 artists tasked to send a 31-word text, which can either be an original text, or appropriated, paraphrased, cut and pasted, fiction or non-fiction, all made in the the spirit of revelry and death (be it physical or metaphysical state of being “dead”, critical or creative, silly or serious). The contributions were from Lee brothers Rox and Romeo, Gaston Damag, Paul Pfeiffer, Poklong Anading, Ringo Bunoan, Maria Taniguchi, Peewee Roldan, Caliph8, Kiko Escora, Bea Camacho, Mall Suicide (Pow Martinez & Jeona Zoleta), curating duo Sidd Perez and Lian Ladia Planting Rice, among others. 

The 31 song-compilation in turn was burned on to CDs and given to 13 party-goers who gamely dressed up for that night. Since most of the attendees are artists, expect the unexpected and the sardonic indeed.

Stoner doom metal band Surrogate Prey and avant-pop duo Jol3na played live that night as well.

The Master of Ceremonies Yason


The VIP lounge lamay room where all the videos are played

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the halloween decor/installation, courtesy of Jeona Zoleta and Catalina Africa


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Yason’s students in complete attendance


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Carmina Villaroel endorsed costume
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The “costume” winners

Lil Wayne aka Direk Carlo J. Caparas

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The Bather

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Plain white shirt twins



the unemployed artist

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the lubricant bunny



the public school girl school girl

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where the wild things are

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Mr. and Mrs. JJ

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Suicide Girl Bombers

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Geopolitical relations – Ms. Saigon and Tropic Thunder


Some obscure Norwegian music reference


Super Mix-A-Lot DIY


Young Granny


Grand Prize winner because we don’t know what this is supposed to be but wow!



Surrogate Prey





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photo credits to MM Yu and blog author

Selecter FM Session Featuring Albert Sy



For Post’s third Selecter FM Session, Albert Sy, (artist, proprietor of DIY distro Nine Iron and bass player for punk band Bad Omen) played a 28 track mix tape of 60s/70s music from Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, HK, Taiwan, Japan & Phil, as well as the new release of That Epic Reggae Set exclusively released as cassette tapes in limited copies of 30. Auto-reverse boombox here we go!


Some of the Nine Iron goods that were also on sale that night, including this zine by Cos Zicarelli


The Iron Ladies zine had this as a freebie :



The Selecter DJ in accounting action






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Selecter FM Session : 2nd Edition

Post’s 2nd edition of Selecter FM featured projected animations and drawings by artists Mariano Ching and Apol Sta. Maria played to the open beats by Owel Alvero and Pat Sarabia and the unnamed trumpeter that Owel just recently met the day before online.

The self-publishing duo Saturnino Basilia aka Dina Gadia and Allan Balisi also launched their newest zine release Nothing Existed Here,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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Apol’s nifty app for video spinning




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