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The Apocalypse Project Opens This April At The Mind Museum

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The Mind Museum opens a special exhibition that will make you ponder about your relationship with the planet on April 25, Friday.

The Apocalypse Project: Imagined Futures is a speculative design exhibition that explores possible lifestyles as climate change continues to affect the planet. Contrary to the common end-of-the-world connotation, an apocalypse, originally translates from the Greek word meaning “a disclosure of knowledge.” This exhibit aims to not only inspire the public’s imagination on what can be creatively done to adequately prepare for the future, but also to empower the public to embrace climate change as a personal challenge through the following exhibit areas:

  • T.E.M.P.S (The Ephemeral Marvels Perfume Store) presents: The Smell Bar of Vanishing Scents
  • Climate Change Couture: Volume 2, Manila
  • The Fadelist: Tracks of Endangered Sounds
  • The Climatoscope: Futurescapes of Planet Earth
  • The Planetary Poetry Board
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Catherine Sarah Young, the brilliant mind behind The Apocalypse Project

First launched in 2013 at ArtScience Museum in Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, The Apocalypse Project is a the brainchild of Catherine Sarah Young, an artist, scientist, designer, writer and explorer whose work combines the arts and the sciences to create stories, objects and experiences that facilitate wonder and human connection, thus allowing these 5 exhibit stations to bring out emotional connections with what we are losing and gaining in the context of climate change. Catherine has a degree in molecular biology and biotechnology from Mania, as well as a fine art education from Barcelona and was a Fulbright scholar from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She was a correspondent for the Philippine Daily Inquirer for six years, and is currently participating in an Art Science Residency Programme in partnership with ArtScience Museum, Tembusu College National University of Singapore and the Singapore-ETH Centre’s Future Cities Laboratory, working on the theme Climate Change and Environment Futures.

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The exhibition, which allows exploration through the senses such as smell and sound, clothing, and habitat that can be investigate through objects, interactive exhibits and participatory art, will be located in the Technology Gallery of The Mind Museum beginning 25 April, 2014.

The Apocalypse Project, along with a bevy of other equally interesting exhibits, is one perfect way to bond with your children this summer. Not only will you be allowing them to learn, but the experience will also teach them about loving Mother Nature more as we face and help combat climate change.

To know more about The Apocalypse Exhibit and the other exhibits and summer activities at The Mind Museum, you may refer to my post here or you can always visit The Mind Museum website, You may also visit The Apocalypse website,

Deprivation and Meditation: Sudden Flight Series at the Picasso Abstract Painter Chiqui Rodriguez

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Filipino abstract painter, Chiqui Rodriguez announces her major new series entitled SUDDEN FLIGHT, her solo show to be held in Zurich by late summer will have its preview opening in a two-man show at the Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences, hosted by Altromondo Gallery on 29 May 2014 and continuing through 18 July 2014.

The 15 selected paintings from a total of over 100 works that comprise the SUDDEN FLIGHT series, awash in vibrant color, are sure to dazzle visitors to the Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences. Chiqui’s unique approach to blending acrylic pigments on canvas creates gem-like surfaces. Peering through the surface to what is depicted below, the viewer realizes that all is not as glowing as it first appears. Chiqui is noted for her deep abstraction of complex realism.

Chiqui also explores a complex subject; her work calls attention to our culture’s thought of hardwork. Much of Chiqui’s artwork is influenced by her experience in the corporate world. Through this new body of work, she connects hardwork to social class as a form of meditation.

Says Chiqui of her SUDDEN FLIGHT series, “I was inspired by my short trip to Brussels after a show held in Berlin in 2013. I arrived with the intent of finding an artist who would be willing to collaborate with me in my upcoming projects, so I started to look around. Instead of finding an artist, I found some Filipinos who work around the city. My interaction with them in a different environment led to varied conversations about how challenging life is to be away from their love ones but nevertheless find solace knowing that their families benefit from their sacrifice. I started on my e-sketchpad and started to express my thoughts after this encounter. The title ‘Sudden Flight’ refers to several layers of meaning: sudden burst of happiness, excitement as reaching out lives of far-flung Filipinos extending compassion, a moment of bliss.”

The show plans to bring forward awareness on the inner thoughts of Overseas Filipino Workers.

About the Artist:

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Chiqui Rodriguez enjoys telling people how she started as an artist. It kicked-off one morning discussing the paintings she had been working on back in 2003 while having coffee with her long-time confidante.

Fearful that she did not finish a BFA degree, she was nevertheless encouraged to share her work publicly because painting has been her hobby since she was six. Through her renewed confidence and the opportunity entrusted in her, she learned that she can do anything to cultivate her art. With this experience, she believed that she can also inspire others that everything is possible if you put your heart into it. Chiqui went on to develop her signature painting style since then. The politically motivated environment of the Philippines and her adventures while traveling between Asia Pacific and Europe molded her ideals of optimism, hope and internal happiness. The first of five series from her upcoming exhibition “Sudden Flight” is now viewable through and Saatchi Art. While the Manila preview of the fourth series is on 22 May 2014 at the Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences hosted by Altromondo Gallery (

Chiqui continues to research on cultural entrepreneurship in developing countries like the Philippines and remains active in various social causes.

For more information and high-resolution images contact:

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Third Travel Massive Manila happens this April 19

The 3rd Travel Massive Manila will once again bring together the travel community with the theme “Counter Culture Shock”. The event will be held on April 19, 2013 at Kasbah, The Fort Strip.

This time, speakers will share their travel stories and culture shock experiences.Networking activities are organized for travelers, travel bloggers, travel companies and professionals. Travel videos will also be featured while guests enjoy their free drinks. Games and raffles will be held in between speakers where participants will win prizes, including a Kindle Fire from Skyscanner Limited. Anyone can share their travel stories during the open mic segment.It is a night for and by the travel community.

Travel Massive is a global initiative to connect people in the travel industry locally. It is currently being organized in 27 countries and counting. In the Philippines, Travel Massive Manila held its first event last October 2012 in B-Side, Makati where it gathered around 100 travel junkies, weekend warriors and adventure enthusiasts. The second event was held last December where participants got free beers, stories of Mongolia and prizes from sponsors.

The 3rd Travel Massive Manila is brought to you by major sponsor Skyscanner Limited and prize sponsors Project Dora, The Circle Hostel, KIT – Keeping it Together and Lagu.

Date: 19 April 2013

Time: 6:00-9.30pm

Venue: Kasbah, The Fort Strip

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This event is open to everyone.

To know more, visit Travel Massive Manila in Facebook (

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bulacan daily: singkaban 2012

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If I did not pursue our plan to go out yesterday I wouldn’t have known that Singkaban 2012 is in full bloom in our city’s capitol! A trade fair is in the works + a lot of exhibitors, with products ranging from native kakanin, leather products, clothes, among others, joined in the festivities near the Capitol compound. Even the provincial Capitol is in a festive mood, adorned with lights + colorful decorations + bustling with activities. Anyway, although I did not get to browse around much on the shops, much more buy anything I fancied, it was one afternoon well spent as me + the little man wanders around the park as well as that little park in front of the Capitol building {sorry I do not know what they call it!}.

The park was full of people that afternoon, mostly students from the nearby Bulacan State University + some others who probably wants to join in on the fun at the fair. Other days, the park stage would be busy with a Balagtasan or a dance contest, but the programs have probably ended when we arrived as it is almost 5pm when head out the door.

For those who are in the dark, * Singkaban is the common name for Sining at Kalinangan ng Bulacan, which Bulakeños celebrate during Linggo ng Bulacan {September 8-15}. It is a week-long + province-wide celebration comprised of various colorful cultural presentations, arts + skills competition of Balagtasan + Kundiman, art + culinary exhibits, + capped by the prestigious Dangal ng Lipi Awards Night. This is a festival of arts + culture honoring the Capitol’s patron saint, Our Lady of Victory. 

Anyhoo, here is the complete list of activities for Singkaban 2012 in case any of you will be interested to participate:

Weeklong Activites {September 08-15}

  • Trade Exhibit ~ 8am, Gat. Blas F. Ople Bldg.
  • Lakan Sining Exhibit ~ 8am, Gat. Blas F. Ople Bldg.
  • Dakilang Bulakenyo Series: Eusebeo “Maestrong Sebyo” Roque ~ 8am, Gat. Blas F. Ople Bldg.
  • Kakarong Show ~ 9am + 1pm, Nicanor Abelardo Auditorium
September 11
  • KBS Rewaynd Finals {Kumpetisyong Bayan sa Singkaban} ~ 1-5pm, Hiyas Pavilion
September 13
  • El Pueblo Soberano 200 ~ 9am-5pm, Barcie
  • Reyna ng Bulacan Coronation Night ~ 6-9pm, Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium
September 14
  • Barong Bulakenyo ~ 6-8pm, Hiyas Pavilion
September 15
Hopefully we’d be able to participate in any of the Singkaban 2012 activities before they end. I definitely miss dabbling into these cultural preoccupation which I used to do when I was still a student ~ watching local plays at Hiyas Auditorium + checking out art exhibits. I also miss watching cultural programs, with traditional dances + music, with students clad in their Filipiniana costumes + others playing string instruments like the bandurya, or even ukelele. Sure is a fun + enjoyable show to watch.

Anyway, our wonderful afternoon stroll that day merits another post altogether so I’ll tell you all about next time! 😉

* Source: Wikipedia. org.