Uplifting Uplift

I finally saw UPlift yesterday and there’s only one word to describe the experience: fascinating.

I was scheduled to meet friends for isaw at Mang Larry’s so I decided to go there early to go round the campus and take some pictures.

Going back made me realise one thing: I will always be in love with UPD. There’s something about the tree canopies, the academic oval, the old buildings, the even older sculptures, and the fresh scent in the air that calms me.

I had no idea where Uplift was so I just took my time going round the academic oval, avoiding Googling at all cost. Halfway along the tennis court, I saw her. Gold and slightly glimmering in the horizon.

I approached her the same way I approach any beautiful work of art: slowly, as if with caution. Not because I’m afraid that she will scurry away like a wild animal in the woods but because I wanted to contain my excitement and not ruin the moment. As if in slo-mo, I want the beauty of the artwork unfold right before my eyes.

And there I was. Inches from her.

Her body suspended in the air as if in a glorious dance with the sky; her long golden hair flowing from her scalp towards the pond, where her whole body was also reflected.

She looks like a water nymph. She is magnificent.

I’m just sad that she got surrounded by too much controversy when the artist, Ferdinand Cacnio, first launched her in the campus a year ago. Talks about plagiarism stigmatised what’s supposed to be an amazing work of art. The electronic pitchforks of social media hit the artist so hard and just disregarded the 10 long years he dedicated to create his masterpiece.

My take on it is this:

Art is universal.

And there will always be similar ideas. One look at an art collection of various artists and you will see this clearly. The Pietas, the dancers, the Venuses, the ricefields and the carabaos toiling under the sun for Pete’s sake.

Why?

Because art is the imitation of life and life is something that we all share.

As long as the piece of artwork spoke to you, it has done its job. And UPlift is one of those.

You need to see her to believe me.

Defining the Abstract

Earlier today, I happened to pass by an interesting art exhibit in SM Megamall. It featured beautiful abstract paintings by Ronaldo Ruiz. What I love about his works is how they seem to suck you into the canvas and get stuck in a world of shapes, colors, and brush strokes. I was having a field day roaming around the gallery, being mesmerized by the paintings, and imagining which of them will be perfect in this wall or that wall of my room.

Here are some of my favorites:

I didn’t know the artist and had to Google him. Apparently, he’s been making noise in the art scene for quite some time now, both here and abroad.

If you’d like to check out his other works, go visit his Multiply site and be fascinated. 🙂

Weekend Discoveries

This weekend has been full of new discoveries!

Let me start with Saturday. Christian and I were both craving for Japanese (no surprise there, really) and we magically stumbled upon Rai Rai Ken. OK, to be perfectly honest, we were lured by their “50% discount on ALL Ramen” ad. Turned out that you have to order a plate of appetizer and any Pepsi product to avail of the discount.

It proved to be a very good thing actually because without it I wouldn’t have discovered their delicious Fish Fingers with Cheese. The wasabi sauce goes really well with it and the salad is a good side dish compliment. Christian ordered a plate of maki (as usual) and for the ramen, we opted for a fusion of Japanese and Filipino: Batchoy Ramen. It’s one of the store’s best seller but it was a little too salty for me.

This overhanging lamp is my favorite decoration in the resto. I wanted to take it down and bring it home! 😀

Come Sunday, Christian’s sister, Cati, took us all to The Collective in Makati to have lunch at Wingman. I’m crazy about chicken wings so I was really, really excited to visit the place.

And I was not disappointed! Wingman serves one of the best and most affordable chicken wings in the area. They are also relatively big in size compared to what the other restos are serving so a dozen of this is good enough for three. You can also opt to order two different flavors for your chicken wing dozen. That way, you can have more flavor variety for a lesser price.

And true to all chicken wing dining, it never hurts to order a plate of fries or onion rings to pair with your meat. 😉

After lunch, we went around the compound to check out some of the stores. But because it was a Sunday, most of them were closed. I’m planning to go back there to visit the Polaroid store which sells Instax Mini cases. It’s high time that I give my Choco a face lift.

Anyway, the compound trip would have been a shame if it weren’t for this:

The walls were lined with amazing graffiti. I’ve always been fascinated with them. There’s something interesting about the colors and the chaos of graffiti art. It makes me think of what the artist was thinking while sketching these. If ever reincarnation is true, I would work my ass off just to be a kick-ass artist in my next life.

As for my personal discovery, I fell in love with the dress-and-sneakers porma once again. It’s funny how I used to dress up like this every single day when I was in grade school and the early part of my high school. I’ve always been sort of a tomboy growing up but wasn’t really into jeans. Plus, my mom always buys me these cute dresses whenever she can. So there. What I probably love most about this style is it is girly and totally laidback at the same time.

Anyway, I’ve been blabbing on forever. I should really get my act together and start a daily blogging thing. Wrapping a weekend over one post can be lengthy.

Or maybe my weekend was really just a blast. Or I talk too much. Whatever. 😛