The Manila Bulletin has been taking the lead in supporting local artists in their crafts by providing avenues for them to showcase and tell their stories. This resulted to the creation of “Hatch” and the coffee table book Filipino Artists in Their Studios, both of which recently received honor at the 54th Anvil Awards.
“Hatch” initially started as a project to gather local artists during Easter, placing a modern and sophisticated twist on the traditional ritual of painting eggs by showcasing the exquisite artistic talent from various disciplines, painting on an unconventional and unexpected medium—an acrylic egg. From a dull or lifeless egg-shaped sphere, artists create masterpieces, transforming the eggs into extraordinary artworks.
After three legs, “Hatch” has been to different locations all around the country, partnering with well-known art institutions and, most important, introducing a new art form to people.
Another avenue for artists by The Manila Bulletin is the coffee table book Filipino Artists in Their Studios, portraits by Pinggot Zulueta who led a team to curate a rare and intimate glimpse into the minds of the country’s most illustrious artists.
The narrative traces the evolution of each local artist in facing personal, creative, and social challenges. The collection celebrates their interpretation of global art movements in the regional context, while highlighting distinctly Pinoy art movements and promoting national pride in advancing cultural and artistic excellence.
Filipino Artists in Their Studios was conceptualized and created to introduce not just local Filipino artists but also those who are making a name internationally. The Manila Bulletin collaborated with international art galleries to introduce the Filipino culture and talent to the world. Currently, the book has two volumes, each featuring 75 Pinoy artists, celebrating and immortalizing the different artistic techniques of various generations.
These two successful art events were given recognition at the 54th Anvil Awards Gabi ng Parangal last Jan. 30 at the Manila Marriott. Both bagged Silver awards under the category “Tools”—“Hatch” for the sub-category “Exhibits and Special Events” and Filipino Artists in Their Studios for the sub-category “Publication.” These recognitions are just a bonus to the main objective of The Manila Bulletin, which is to serve the art industry by being a home for local artists promote and enhance their crafts.