Conceptual artist Roberto Chabet dies – report

Known as the father of Philippine

conceptual art


Roberto Chabet

, 76, died Tuesday night of cardiac arrest at the UERM Medical Center in Sta. Mesa, Manila.

Chabet was brought to the hospital on Monday because of chills and a high fever, according to a report by (report from gma network)

Roberto Chabet  (photo by at maculangan)

(photo by  At Maculangan   and feed via his fb profile )


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After the astounding success of last year’s MANILART 09, the Bonafide Art Galleries

Organization (BAGO), teams up once more with the National Commission on Culture and Arts (NCCA)

and the Department of Tourism (DOT) to showcase the finest in Philippine visual arts via the bigger and

better MANILART 10, the 2nd Philippine International Art Fair.

Slated for a four-day public run at the SMX Convention Center Hall 4 at the Mall of Asia

Complex, Pasay City from July 29 until August 1, 2010 from 11am to 8pm.

MANILART 10 promises to dazzle art lovers and enthusiasts with the best and broadest

examples of Philippine contemporary art. Over 1,000 paintings and sculptures by 400 of the country’s

brightest talents will be on display and over 60 of the finest art galleries participating, thus making the

fair the biggest ever in Philippine history.

“In the first year of MANILART, it took us three long months to fill up the 40 exhibition booths

planned,” says BAGO president Jonathan Sy. “This year 70 of the booths snapped up within two days

by some of the most prestigious galleries nationwide. We post a 40% increase in the participation with

half of that number getting double-sized booths.”

The BAGO also expresses its gratitude to the management of the SMX Convention Center as the

space more than doubled and more importantly for agreeing to lease Hall 4 at a subsidized rate owing to

their support to Filipino art and artists.

Exciting activities such as painting demonstrations, on-the-spot competitions, “how-to” lectures

and many more are lined-up. That is why the BAGO is very pleased that the NCCA Committee on Art

Galleries headed by Lyn Yusi initiated the approval of a larger grant for MANILART 10. (30)

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Learn from the masters in MADE Art Exploration Series

Learn from the masters in MADE Art Exploration Series

National artist Benedicto “BenCab” Cabrera, together with renowned artists and designers, will gather together to share their views and knowledge in a forum-discussion organized by the Metrobank Art and Design Excellence (MADE), the arts program of the Metrobank Foundation, on September 19 at the Le Pavillon in Metropolitan Park, Pasay City.

With the topic “The Importance of Collaboration, Competitions, and Awards,” the forum-discussion will touch on the role that collaboration among artists, designers and the industry plays in the context of artistic growth in the Philippines. Other panelists who will share their views on the subject matter include multi-awarded glass sculptor Ramon Orlina and renowned architects Lor Calma and Bong Recio. Architect Paulo Alcazaren and art critic and abstractionist Cid Reyes will also join the discussion as moderators.

Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto M. Sobrepeña announced that as a pioneering art competition, MADE will also gather its past winners to conduct a live sketching session on September 21 also at the Le Pavillon. Dubbed as “Ugnayan Session,” the activity will enable participants to draw side-by-side with established Filipino artists and see the masters’ sketching techniques. Former MADE winners who will participate in the session are Mark Justiniani, Salvador “Buddy” Ching, Ferdinand Doctolero and Juan Sajid Imao, among others.

The forum-discussion and live sketching session are part of the MADE Art Exploration Series, the program’s educational activities.  Alongside these, MADE will also showcase the winning works, as well as the semi-finalists, in its painting, sculpture, architecture and interior design competitions. The exhibit, which will run from September 19 to 21, will feature more than a hundred art works, some of which will be for sale.

“The MADE Art Exploration Series and the Exhibit Run are our way of bringing art closer to the public,” Mr.  Sobrepeña said. “Through these, we hope that our fellow Filipinos will have higher appreciation for our art and most especially our artists,” he continued.

All activities are open to the public. Admission is free. For more information, please call 898 – 8856 / 818 – 5656 or e-mail / /