By JOHN ROLAND LEGASPI
Images by MANNY LLANES
The egg has many uses, from breakfast staple to beauty hack. This Easter season, a new form of art hatches out of it, delicate as it is, too delicate it breaks so easly. Easter celebrates new beginnings, and the egg symbolizes that. The Manila Bulletin, in partnership with the Manila Hotel, hatched an idea that showcases Filipino art on an unconventional canvas. Now on its third run, “Hatch” has put a modern twist to the Easter tradition of painting eggs by showcasing the exquisite talent of artists from various disciplines with the acrylic egg as the medium.
Think Humpty-Dumpty fashionably dressed in Filipino art. These bulbous spheres are on display in an enchanted garden-like setup at the lobby of the Manila Hotel.
It’s like a giant egg incubator, with Filipino passion providing the warmth.
The exquisite collection of Easter eggs is hand painted by a select group of revered artists. The concept is to give life or transform an essentially static and lifeless object into a dynamic art form.
The pieces are varied: An egg on a nest of golden twigs, eggs painted with classic Filipino images, butterflies and other insects, and trapeze artists. Some of the eggs are wrapped in Philippine fabrics, others in marble.
One is more Pinoy than the others—a balut. Supporting everything local is true to the spirit of the Manila Hotel, celebrated as the Grand Dame of the Philippine hotels. “We emphasize what is traditional to the Philippines, what is Filipino, and we want to shout to the whole world that the Manila Hotel is the center of national heritage, tradition, and culture,” says the Manila Hotel president Joey Lina. The eggs on exhibit are the works of artists featured in The Manila Bulletin’s coffee table book, Filipino Artists in Their Studios Vol. 2, in partnership with artists from the Saturday Group.
Here’s a list of the participating artists: Jojo Austria, BenCab, Ferdinand Cacnio, Dansoy Coquilla, Bembol Dela Cruz, Noell EL Farol, Isobel Francisco, Riel Jaramillo Hilario, Pete Jimenez, Linds and Romeo Lee, Jason Montinola, Jason Moss, Vincent Padilla, Sam Penaso, Alwin Reamillo, Alfredo Roces, Lydia Velasco, Orley Ypon, Ysa Gernale, Shiela Luis Tiangco, Maryrose Gisbert Domingo, Emannuel John Santos, Teresita Picaña, Daisy Carlos, Bob Deniega, Joseph Villamar, Joy Rojas, Inna Naanep Vistasa, Anthony Palo, and Rodolfo M. Lunod.
The exhibit aims to show the public that art is not limited to a flat canvas. The round form challenges the artists, especially those who had previously never painted on a spherical object. The third iteration of “Hatch” was, well, hatched in December 2018. From the Manila Hotel, the eggs will travel on to the Yuchengco Museum, then the Iloilo Contemporary Museum, the Saturday Group gallery at the Shangri-la Plaza Mall, and, on its very last leg, the UST Museum. “Hatch: An Egg-Chanted Garden” is on display at the lobby of the Manila Hotel until April 30.
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