LOOK: Inside the VVIP Preview of This Year's Art Fair Philippines
Before thousands of visitors occupy The Link carpark for the highly-anticipated Art Fair 2018 on March 1, a curated guest list of Manila’s devout art collectors and enthusiasts were given a sneak peek of the works in advance of the public. On its first day, the formal opening of the country’s foremost art event took place on the evening of February 27, following a VVIP preview in the afternoon.
At the preview, guests were not only given first dibs on the vast collections of art exhibited by 51 local and international galleries, but also a chance to explore the space in a relaxed social setting. Gallerists, artists, and the fair organizers were present to answer guests' queries and mingle. Guests found that there was more ground to cover this time, with the Art Fair occupying all available space of the carpark for what's expected to be its biggest edition yet.
With the many changes this year, there were many aspects that remained the same, starting with Art Fair Philippines founders Trickie Lopa, Dindin Araneta, and Lisa Ongpin Periquet welcoming the guests.
Trickie Lopa, Lisa Ongpin Periquet, and Dindin Araneta
Kitkat and Fernando Zobel de Ayala
Isa Lorenzo and Rachel Rillo
Andy Locsin, Tina Ocampo, and Neal Oshima
Lance Gokongwei (left); Mercedes Zobel
BenCab and Annie Sarthou
Lizzie Zobel, Ricco Ocampo, and Bledes Forés Legarda
Michelle Tomacruz, Tim Yap, and Margs Lopez
Jaime Ponce de Leon, Ava Pessina, and Dee Zobel
Mon Lindo and Malu Gamboa Lindo
Patrick Pesengco and Joseph Tay
Princess Banal Russell and Edward Lim
Raul and Joanna Francisco with Erika and Francis Reyes
Richie and Carrie Yang with Alicia and Chris Sy
Tina Fernandez and Evelyn Forbes; Xandra Ramos and Precy Ramos
Virgie Ramos and Ambeth Ocampo
Tats Manahan and Kenneth Cobonpue
Michaela Eduque and Mandy Eduque
Monique Toda (center)
Kidlat Tahimik and Lissa Guerrero-Nakpil
Erwin Romulo and RJ Fernandez
Marilu and David Batchelor
Gianna Montinola, Lourdes Montinola, Neil Dela Cruz, and Soler Santos
Carmen and Jay Ong with Jay Leong Gokongwei
Deanna Ongpin Recto; Erica Concepcion Reyes
Charlene and Aga Muhlach
Jonathan Que, Daniel Dela Cruz, and Stella Que
Patrick Johnson, Yola Johnson, and Maria Closa
Grace and Felix Ang
Raymond Ang and Isabel Santos
In between inspecting thousands of artworks, guests took breaks with Aperol Spritzes at the Town&Country bar, while trays of hors d’oeuvres made rounds.
The popular attractions throughout the day included the exhibit spaces of Art Fair featured artists, as well as the fair’s dedicated gallery space for photography.
Kidlat Tahimik’s wooden deities struck opposing takes on Western and local films. Nilo Ilarde’s thousands of die-cast cars provided a playful commentary on the event’s carpark venue and liken its participants to cars navigating the traffic and terrain of the art scene. Meanwhile, in another corner of the multi-level exhibition venue, Alvin Zafra’s two-hour long “Revolver” tackled the timely debate of violence and power.
Nilo Ilarde's installation
Featured Artist Kidlat Tahimik's space
After a few hours of sifting through the galleries, guests proceeded to Mireio for Town&Country’s Collectors Cocktails and capped the night off with a tipple and great company.
Art Fair Philippines runs from March 1 to 4, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Link, Parkway Drive, Ayala Center, Makati. For more information, visit artfairphilippines.com.