When I first visited the National Museum, I was ecstatic. Never in my my life did I even aim to go there. Maybe because none of us in my family strongly felt about art, specifically towards historical paintings. Maybe because we frequented malls more than museums. Maybe because I had no one to go with. Or maybe because, out of a shallow reason, I didn’t know how to go there or where it was even located. So I never went.
But during the first few days of our dating phase, I learned that Jec is a huge fan of history. He really wanted to bring me to National Museum and give me a tour. So he did. When we got to the Lumad part where you could see the weapons, clothing, livelihood tools,musical instruments, etc. used by our indegienous people, I just cried. It’s like something strong came over me while I was looking at this particular painting, then I started having goosebumps all over my body, and the next thing I knew I was crying.
Because right then and there, through a mere painting, I saw how beautiful our country is, yet we take it for granted. We travel overseas to eat exotic food but put our local travel destinations at the end of our list because “it’s always going to be there anyway”. And it just breaks my heart just knowing that that is a fact.
Moving forward, I had the same feeling when I attended this particular art event in SM Megamall two weeks ago. I didn’t exactly cry. But I saw these sets of photographs and thought, “someday I would be able to take beautiful photos just like that”. And believe when I say I want to achieve something, I give it all my heart and soul.
Two weeks ago, Jec and I went to Ärt Möd Fair 2017 in SM Megamall. It was held during the Independence Day weekend when Monday was a holiday. So it made complete sense to commemorate the day by going out with the fam and looking at different art creations by our local artists. Since Friday (June 9) was the most convenient day for me, that’s when we went. There were lots of paintings showcased in the fair. And I mean, a lot. There were also some crafts and art stalls where you can actually buy goods. There was also a food stall where you can buy sausages and sandwiches.
I could have gone to all three days but I had prior commitments lined up. I was totally jealous when I saw the different workshops and exhibits that I missed! But here’s my take on the Ärt Möd Fair 2017. Take a look at my photos! I took these using Jec’s Canon 1200D and post processed with Polarr Photo Editor Lite. I encourage you guys to try out this photo editor. It’s really neat and functions just like Lightroom. I’m okay with the few preset filters it has since I can manually edit the photos, which I actually prefer.
Did you go to the Art Fair? What did you see? What did you buy?
Bae is a 20-something passion blogger from Manila. She likes hoarding hobbies and trying out new stuff, blogging about her mundane adventures, and tweeting about random realizations and musings.