Art Fair Philippines 2017 is "bigger, better, and bolder"

It opens on February 16 at The Link.


( Since its inception in 2013, Art Fair Philippines continues to raise the bar in curating Philippine contemporary artworks and showcasing them for the rest of the country (if not the world) to see. The 2017 edition will be "bigger, better, and bolder," promises Cathy Bengzon of Ayala Land. It is slated to happen from February 16 to 19 at The Link in Ayala Center, Makati City.



Art Fair Philippines organizers Trickie Lopa, Dindin Araneta, and Lisa Periquet


In a press conference on January 18, Bengzon recalls that afternoon five years ago when Art Fair Philippines organizers Lisa Periquet, Trickie Lopa, and Dindin Araneta met with her for a proposal to have a grand art event. "We outlived Pancake House," adds Lopa, pointing out that The Link branch closed shop but Art Fair Philippines continues to thrive.


From 6,000 visitors in 2013, foot traffic increased to 22,000 in 2016. The art fair has found a home in Makati, which now positions itself not only as a center for business, but also as a major arts and culture hub.


With such track record, we couldn't be more excited. Here are five things to look forward to:


In one month, this carpark will be transformed into the Metro’s biggest art fair.


An additional floor

Art Fair Philippines used to cover just three floors (from fifth to seventh) of the carpark, but now it's also setting up tents at the open-air roof deck for lectures and art talks. The whole fifth floor is allocated for the reception area, a welcome change especially because it usually gets too crowded.

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More galleries

From 40 participating galleries in 2016, Art Fair Philippines welcomes six more to its family. This includes 1335 Mabini, Altro Mondo, Artinformal, and other homegrown brands. They will be joined by more exhibitors from Southeast Asia, Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, completing a total of 12 international galleries.


Jose Tence Ruiz



Agnes Arellano


Ten featured artists

Aside from the resident artists of the participating galleries, Art Fair Philippines highlights nine internationally established Filipino visual artists. Jose Tence Ruiz takes center stage at the sixth floor, while Dex Fernandez and Patricia Perez Eustaquio—fresh from Singapore Biennale 2016—join the roster. Other artists commissioned for the 2017 lineup are Agnes Arellano, Elmer Borlongan, Emmanuel Garibay, Mark Justiniani, Maria Jeona Zoleta, Mark Valenzuela, and the WSK group of sound artists.


Museum tours

Tours will be arranged by Art Fair Philippines to take interested guests to the National Museum of Fine Arts in Manila, Ayala Museum, and other museums in the Metro. A bus will be stationed at The Link for the convenience of visitors. This takes place daily, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., for the duration of the fair.


10 Days of Art

Art Fair Philippines doesn’t start (and end) in the four-day extravaganza. The 2017 edition launches 10 Days of Art, a series of events all over Metro Manila scheduled from February 9 to 19. It includes exhibition openings at Bellas Artes Outpost in Makati, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design in Manila, and the Ayala Museum. There are also special events hosted by partner food and drink establishments such as Museum Café, Pablo, Black Market, Z Hostel, and more. But the star of the 10-day fair is the Asian premiere of Street, a 61-minute slow motion video of New York captured by British filmmaker James Nares. It is set to project on a 20 feet x 40 feet screen at the Ayala Triangle Gardens.



Art Fair Philippines 2017 is from February 16 to 19, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at The Link, Parkway Drive, Ayala Center, Makati City. Tickets are at P250 (P50 for students with valid ID, free admission for Makati students). For more information, visit Art Fair Philippines' website.

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