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Nativity scene Clockwise from left: The Star Tree of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (photo from the Museum website); a Nativity virina from Quezon province; and Archangels Gabriel, Miguel, and Rafael among the seven archangels guarding the Holy Family in a Bohol belén.

Imagining Christ’s Birth

By Dr. Jaime C. Laya New Yorkers look forward to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Star Tree, a giant blue spruce hung with angel figures.…


All things abstract

By Alex Y. Vergara Images by Noel Pabalate Before we talk about young artist Paulina Luz Sotto’s art, let’s get a few details out of…


An Apothecary for the Soul

By Sarah Meier Reading through some of the philosophical musings of Cicero, who lived from 106 BC to 43 BC, feels uncannily like browsing through…


Artist at Work: When a house is not a house

Text by Hannah Jo Uy Photos by Pinggot Zulueta “A good work of art affects people—it even touches their lives,” says Jamie Gubaton. His drawing…

Remembering Boy Ramon N. Villegas (center) at the November 2016 Ayala Museum Exhibit on Luis Ma. Araneta (‘In My Father’s Room’) flanked by Paulino Que (right) and Jaime C. Laya (left).

Philippine Art and Culture Connoisseur

By Dr. Jaime C. Laya The essay “Filipino Jewelry during the Colonial Era” was the final work of Ramon N. Villegas.  Written for the Bangko…