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 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

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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The “costume” winners

Lil Wayne aka Direk Carlo J. Caparas

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The Bather

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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


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



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photo credits to MM Yu and blog author

Destroy 3000 Years of Culture (The Opening Night)

Patrick Cruz recently launched his project space with the 1st Kamias  Triennale, an exhibition that "attempt to address the conditions of art as somewhat temporal and fleeting. From various art spaces, contemporary art trends and artists, the ephemeral qualities of art production are questioned and examined. "

Patrick Cruz recently launched his project space with the 1st Kamias Triennale, an exhibition that “attempt to address the conditions of art as somewhat temporal and fleeting. From various art spaces, contemporary art trends and artists, the ephemeral qualities of art production are questioned and examined. “


Local graffiti art pioneer, DJ and music producer Arvin Nogueras (aka Caliph8) with Pow Martinez who plays for Pastilan Dong and Mall Suicide.


the very young staff of Scout Magazine, a new lifestyle magazine we’ve all yet to see




artists both : Alvin Zafra and Jed Escueta who is next in line at Post Gallery for an exhibition of his photographs this coming September


The Met Museum staff visiting and promoting their upcoming big fundraiser for September of this year


MM Yu with Ateneo Art Gallery angels Thea Carpio Garing and Zeny May Recidoro who is also involved with Transit, a soon to launch literary and art journal


Salad Boy, designer behind the label Salad Days

the curator of the show Jeona Zoleta and Salad Boy in a let’s-just-hang-pajama party mode


the rest of the posse

The Sutton Group


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John Jayvee’s impromptu performance

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Jacob Lindo with Vic Balanon who is currently preparing for a solo exhibit at Art Informal this August


Salad Boy, Jamaica, Marvin Tojos and Dina Gadia who came from a small press expo (BLTX) to sell zines she publishes with Allan Balisi as Saturnino Basilia and with Nine Iron



gif show artists Martin De Mesa, Lou Lim and another costume change from Jeona

Destroy 3000 Years of Culture opens on July 26 at Post Gallery



Opening this 26th of July, Saturday, 6PM at Post Gallery Cubao, is Destroy 3000 Years of Culture,  an exhibit, and it would seemingly be the first of its kind here in Manila, that would showcase gif art and internet-based art. Featuring the works of 20 plus artists who are from the so-called millennial generation, a generation soaked in by the omnipresence of digital technology and its consequential visual overload.

Presented in multiple formats and a wide variety of medium, these artists quintessentially epitomize a bombarded aesthetic rife of appropriated nostalgia, multiple deconstruction and reconstructions of manipulated imagery coursed through the glitches in technological heterotopia as displacements in the virtual netherworld.

Featuring the works of  Catalina Africa, Jan Balquin, Patrick Cruz, Cian Dayrit, Martin De Mesa, Paola Germar, Eleanor Giron, Regina Jardiolin, Gino Javier, Lou Lim, Kat Medina, Aldrin Olaguer, Veronica Pee, Salad Boy, Mark Sanchez, Alden Santiago, Jerome Suplemento, Molly Soda, Gail Vicente, Marija Vicente, Tanya Villanueva.

Curated by artist Jeona Zoleta, Destroy 3000 Years of Culture’s opening will be highlighted by a performance by The Sutton Group.

An artist talk in line with the show will be presented on August 23 at Post Gallery, Cubao.