April 2, 2012

Manila Street Scene Murals

Last fall, President Noynoy Aquino declared the third week of October and March Design Week Philippines. On the CITEM (Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions) website it explains:

A national celebration that fosters local and global awareness on the importance of creativity and design capability of the Filipino people. It aims to promote the Philippines as a design hub in Asia and a leading knowledge center in design, as well as a premier tourism destination in art, culture and heritage.
I say amen to that.

Design Week is timed to coincide with the Manila FAME show, a trade fair showcasing exporters of furniture & furnishings, holiday & gifts, and fashion. Although I now no longer work in this industry, last month during the fair I went to say hello to my many participating friends.

Here inside the trade halls I found creativity in action, as art students painted murals on walls to depict "various popular facets of street life in the metropolis."

This is like no street life I've seen, but hey, we did say creative, right?

Manila, 2012






I'm linking with Monday Mural.

17 comments:

Anita Johnson said...

Everyone sees life a bit differently don't we...I wonder what I would have painted? (o:

cieldequimper said...

It's fun and colourful!

Chrissy Brand said...

Wow, so wild and wacky. Not my style of street art at all but I do like the vibrancy.

http://mancunianwave.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/street-art-big-bird-on-port-street.html

Linda McCane said...

It is certainly colorful, and seeing the artists at work is a bonus! I do wonder sometimes at the things they paint - I guess I just don't have that much imagination!

Cezar and Léia said...

Dear Francisca,
Thanks so much for this wonderful article about the beautiful art in Manila, I like a lot and I think they are all talented artists.
A show of colors and lines!
Léia

La Principessa Errante said...

These are all just terrific. Nice to see they were given a forum to work that made them legitimate.

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Glad to see the creative side of Manila !

Photo Cache said...

very cool. filipinos are very creative people.

MONDAY MURAL

Pat Tillett said...

I love this kind of art. Even if it's on the outside of a building, or on a wall...

Natasha von Geldern said...

Fantastic stuff. I'm currently based in Melbourne, well known for its colourful street murals. And I also loved the street mural programme in Philadelphia.

RedPat said...

They are great fun!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

It's amazing what artists will create given a space and freedom of materials. My favorite is the creepy Santa. Don't ask me why. I'm also taken with how social media have universalized the street art style.Any guesses at how long this cross fertilization of cultures would have taken prior to the internet? Thanks, Fancisca, for participating in this week's Monday Mural. And for nudging me to start this meme.

Kaori said...

So creative! I love that they have places where artists are able to shine :D

NixBlog said...

They are colourful and rather full on, but after a while these graffiti look a bit samey the world over.

JM said...

Very, very cool!

Evelyn said...

These are bautiful pieces.

Carola said...

The murals are great.