Newport Mall showcases Filipino artworks in a Grand Charity Christmas Mall-seum

Newport Mall

November 2, 2021

Newport Mall unboxes a season of art and festivities as it transforms into a Christmas Mall-seum, an art hub featuring a massive collection of artworks from 12 of the best seasoned Filipino artists, galleries, museums, and collections.

Over 300 artworks will be showcased at the first Christmas Mall-seum at Newport Mall, which will run for 12 consecutive weeks from October 27, 2021 – Jan 25, 2022. Part of the proceeds from the artworks, which will be up for sale via https://www.rwmexclusives.com/ will be donated for the benefit of the Concordia Children Services and San Lorenzo Ruiz Home for the Elderly.

Shoppers can explore and immerse themselves in a world of creativity and artistry featuring premier Filipino artists and art galleries including Nemi Miranda, Ram Mallari, Norlie Meimban, Boysie Villavicencio, Badz Magsumbol, Philipp Badon, Nixxio Castrillo, Maria Pureza Escano, Joe Datuin, Blanco Art Museum, Tawid Gallery, and Oriental Art of Shambala Silang.

In the span of 12 weeks, these seasoned artists will showcase their full collection during their solo exhibit for one week each at the 2F, Garden Wing beginning Nov. 3. Their teaser artworks will also be showcased in 12 different areas of the mall and hotels during this period.

“Megaworld Lifestyle Malls is committed to opening its spaces for Filipino artists to showcase their masterpieces. This Christmas season, we are bringing more artworks closer to our mall-goers to inspire them to find hope and inspiration through art and creativity, while bringing cheers and happiness to those in need,” said Graham Coates, head of Megaworld Lifestyle Malls.

Featured artists and galleries of the Christmas Mall-seum touch different media and themes. Opening the exhibit is Nemi Miranda, regarded as the “Father of Imaginative Figuratism.” He is known for the murals at the Hunters ROTC Parade Grounds of the Philippine Army Headquarters and the EDSA People Power Revolution and the EDSA Dos at the outdoor walls of EDSA Shrine.

The second week of the run will feature Ram Mallari, who is known for retrofuturistic works and intricate metalwork techniques, working with reclaimed metals and transforming them into futuristic and dystopian sculptures. His works range from watchtowers, chess pieces, clocks, steam and motor vehicles, zeppelins, ships, to reimagined animals and pop icons.

This will be followed by a showcase of three-time Metrobank Foundation Art Competition winner Norlie Meimban who specializes in sustainable art, producing masterpieces from discarded materials such as plastic bottles, cans, vinyl, cassette tapes, VHS tapes and compact discs.

The Christmas Mall-seum will also exhibit the works of fashion designer-turned-visual artist Boysie Villavicencio produces works in black, white and all shades of grey and a kaleidoscope of colors, communicating life’s fun and beautiful side amid light and shadows.

Meanwhile, Badz Magsumbol, a master in the art of paper cutting, will show his transformation of people, animals, landscapes and mythical creatures into illustrative paper silhouettes. His Papercut Art Interpretation of the Philippine National Flag was featured at the Philippine Independence celebration in 2013.

Contemporary artist Philipp Badon, known for his expressionistic techniques and intense fauvistic colors, will unveil his newest black and white themed works. Despite being known as a colorist, his achromatic scheme is a nod to the visual narratives of the time.

On the 7th week of the run, abstract sculptor Nixxio Castrillo will showcase his figurative and abstract works. Castrillo’s artistic style infuses color, with architectural forms and tight compositions, which are a departure from the specific and recognizable creations of his father, national artist Eduardo Castrillo.

This will be followed by an exhibit of multidisciplinary artist Maria Pureza Escaño, whose sculpture “The Rose of Marya” (2010) was chosen to be the University of the Philippines’ Centennial Landmark. Escaño is known for masterful realism renditions of soulful and dreamy landscapes and giant murals but has distinguished herself for her unique avant-garde style in religious iconography.

World-renowned Filipino international contemporary visual artist and sculptor Joe Datuin will also grace the exhibit. Datuin is known for his commissioned mural and sculptural works at the Rizal Park and his “Dancing Rings,” which earned him the winning piece in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Newport Mall’s Christmas Mall-seum will also feature different artworks from Filipino galleries and collections. First of the three is the Blanco Art Museum, which includes collections from artist Jose Glenn Blanco, who was awarded the “Most Outstanding Rizaleno in Visual Arts” in 2019 and the “Sangguniang Bayan Award” for his artistic excellence by the municipality of Angono, Rizal. Blanco is one of the Filipino artists whose works were featured in Art Dialogo held in Malaysia in July 2016.

Spectators will also experience various artworks of famous and emerging local artists from Tawid Gallery. Tawid Gallery houses an extensive indigenous collection and a permanent collection of Cordillera art and architecture and artifacts.

Oriental Art by Shambala Silang, a collection by Riza Muyot, will also be up for display, including a collection of Chinese jades and bronzes, early Buddhist sculpture, ceramics and classical paintings. The curation revolves around oriental arts and antiques from Asia, including Chinese furniture and Filipino tribal artifacts.

Christmas Mall-seum at Newport Mall will open to the public beginning Oct 28 from 11AM to 9PM. To ensure safety, visitors must strictly follow Newport Mall’s health and safety protocols including mandatory wearing of face masks and observance of social distancing.

The Christmas Mall-seum at Newport Mall is part of the festivities of  Resorts World Manila’s 12th anniversary and Grand Fiesta Manila annual Christmas celebration. Aside from 12 weeks of art-inspired attractions, shoppers can take delight in 12 days of mall-wide sale, 12 selfie stations featuring grand Christmas decors, 12 surprise treats for Filipino families, 12 gifts fairs and pop-ups, 12 fun performances, and 12 dining spots at Newport Mall.

Newport Mall is located at Newport Boulevard, Pasay City. To get the latest updates, follow Newport City and Megaworld Lifestyle Malls on Facebook and Instagram or visit megaworld-lifestylemalls.com.

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