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The sense of wonder

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As a university professor teaching fine arts, I normally read art books to prepare for my lessons; philosophy to challenge myself intellectually, especially when I took it up for my master’s degree and, now that I’m back again in graduate school enrolled in cinema studies, books on film history and aesthetics. Whenever I have time […]

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Middleman in the art market

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Artists can be too trusting and they hate doing paperwork and dealing with money. They try to avoid these hassles by leaving money matters to other people whom they trust. These people can be gallerists and art dealers. In other words, middlemen. The business of art thrives because of middlemen. But some of them are […]

Posted: December 22nd, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Surge of sympathy

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First, it was about the magnitude 7.2 earthquake and its series of aftershocks. Then it was the twisters. But when finally we started posting on Facebook about the supertyphoon Yolanda, our friends abroad couldn’t believe it anymore. The string of disasters happening to a place within less than a month’s interval was just too much. […]

Posted: November 24th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Support ‘Art Quake’

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In 2011, we joined a group of volunteers from the University of San Carlos sent to Cagayan de Oro City to conduct stress debriefing for survivors of the flashfloods during typhoon Sendong. The team went around the evacuation camps to talk to the victims, many of whom were still obviously coping with trauma. We conducted […]

Posted: November 17th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Old cemeteries

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For some reason, I have always been attracted to old cemeteries. There’s something in the little necropolis that arouses a mix of curiosity, aesthetic delight, nostalgia and dread. Desolate, quiet and far away from social constraints that condemn the living, the old public cemeteries provide refuge to the homeless, illicit lovers, junkies, criminals and other […]

Posted: November 3rd, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

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