Sunday, 26 May 2013

My Booth at the Future Market by 98B

Organizer:  Future Market Escolta (98B)
When: May 25, 2013 
Where:First United Building, Escolta, Manila
Photographed by: Paolo M. Bustamante

(with Tricy Madlansacay) 


(my customers)

(with Tim Diao, Deric Dario)

(I love his tats)

(with my best friend Deric Dario)

(Garage Magazine taking photos of my work)

(with Patrick Segovia)

(look at the guy in white :))

(Free movie show)

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Escuela de Bellas Artes

By: Paolo M. Bustamante

I was invited last week by my friend Jam Acuzar to the opening of the Escuela de Bellas Artes in Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan. It basically functions as a contemporary artspace for artists and art enthusiasts. It is also the home of the Bellas Artes Project, an agency which concentrates on producing exhibitions, facilitating artists in recidence programmes and community development projects. 

What is the Escuela de Bellas Artes before? Built in 1867 and designed by Felix Roxas y Arroyo, the Escuela de Bellas Artes was home to the family of the famous painter Rafael Enriquez y Villanueva.

The house was built in the traditional bahay na gate in R. Hidalgo St. in Quiapo Manila. The house was considered by many as the finest example of philippine architecture during the Spanish occupation. According to the American historian M.M, Norton it is the most beautiful house in the islands. ( Well probably that is the only one that he has seen. haha kidding)

In the 1870's, young atrtists would set up their bodegas and train in the mezzanine of the house. Notable Alumni were Juan Luna & Felix Hidalgo. Later on it would school artists such as Fernando Amorsolo, Guillermo Tolentino, Emilio Alvero, Carlos "Botong" Francisco and Tomas Mapua. In 1908., the Enriquez Mansion would be the first building of the University of the Philippines School of Fine Arts, known to them as the Escuela de Bellas Artes. Rafael Enriquez was the first director of the school and maintained the position from 1909 until 1926, a year before his death.

After the death of Rafael Enriquez, the Bellas Artes was transfered to Padre Faura St. in Ermita. The Enriquez Manison underwent various re-use becoming a bowling centre, boys and girls dormitory, space for sex live shows, restaurant and even an abortion clinic. 

Eventually like most houses on the formerly coverted address of R. Hidalgo St. informal settlers occupied the house, It was in this state that the house was found in 2006 when Jerry Acuzar decided to transfer and restore it in the Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Uy Su Bin Experience

By: Paolo M. Bustamante & Deric Dario

While my friends and I were in Binondo, they asked me where can they eat authentic Chinese food. Actually I had no idea because I am not that adventurous when it comes to food. I'd rather eat in McDonalds than eat like l lndian worms or flying brazilian lizards.

(My Bestfriend Deric)
Good thing my friend Deric is taking up culinary arts and he is quite a daredevil when it comes to food, I dont blame him CROKEY!. But the problem is, we are short on cash, so... we need to look for a restaurant where in cheap is chic. Don't judge us we are economising hahaha.

Our first stop was the famous Savory Restaurant in Escolta, but again we are short on cash, so we walked a mile in our Prada shoes and found the "ideal" restaurant. We saw the pink Uy Su Bin Building, I told my friends that there is a lumpia store somewhere here but I wonder where because outside the Uy Su Bin is a bank and beside it is a gate leading to somewhere so we went inside and amazingly that gate leads to Hogwarts. 

Inside the Uy Su Bin is  a simple yet cozy restaurant, I read in an article that they serve the best lumpia in town. So... let's see.  I asked my friend Deric to critique the New Po-Heng Lumpia House inside the Uy Su Bin Building.

Lumpia/Spring Rolls
The authentic chinese fresh lumpia was indeed a palate pleaser. A generous serving of julienned assorted vegetables wrapped in an egg and flour based wrapper. As i watch the charming lady prepare my lumpia on the spot, I cant help but notice how completely packed it was. Carrots, radish and all other vegetables were cooked to perfection, tender but still has that crunchy bite. The flavor of the filling was very succulent, it blended well with the clean taste of the lumpia wrapper. 

The addition of ground peanuts and sugar is what separates chinese lumpia from others. The peanut sauce could've used less thickener, it was really dense but nonetheless flavorful. At 50php this fresh chinese lumpia from New Po-Heng Lumpia House is worth every peso. 

Chicken Mami
A hot bowl of fried chicken tender swimming on what seems to be some kind of broth with a lot of thickeners. I was not satisfied that much with this dish. Although the broth/soup had flavor, it was too thick, even thicker than a sauce. It almost felt like gelatin just before it sets. The fried chicken bits was perfectly cooked, tender and flavorful but too much breading was a big disappointment. The old lady serving us said this is supposed to be a soup, but my friend John and Paolo ate it with rice. At 55php per bowl, the generous serving might just be a big factor to make up for its slightly below par quality

I am guessing that The Uy Su Bin Building was built during the late 30's. The style of the building is very art deco. The building is also well preserved and well maintained. Even the interiors of the building is still intact.

 I tried doing a research on the building but no records were found. I tried asking some people from the Heritage Conservation Society but they have no idea about the background of the building so please if you know anything about the Uy Su Bin Building just let me know.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Ancestral Houses in Malate

 By: Paolo M. Bustamante

Whenever I go to school I always make sure that I never go to class late, good thing I have a skilled driver who has a wide knowledge about the streets of Manila.  When we go to school we always pass by the streets of Leon Guinto, Arellano and Pablo Ocampo (formerly known as Vito Cruz) and as we pass by these streets, I see old beautiful houses that are well maintained and still in good shape.

Yesterday, I visited that area and I covered 4 beautiful houses. The first one was the Becky's Kitchen near the De La Salle- College of St. Benilde School of Design and Arts Building along Pablo Ocampo. 

I talked to the shopkeeper of Becky's Kitchen said that the place used to be a house. Kudos to the owners of Becky's Kitchen for not demolishing the house.  Becky's Kitchen is a prime example of adaptive reuse wherein instead of demolishing the heritage building you re-use it. 

Adjacent to Becky's Kitchen is a beautiful pinkish house with perfectly detailed metal embroidery. The roof of the house reminded me of the house of Emilio Aguinaldo in Cavite the one with the spiky roof… too bad the only thing that is unsightly about the house was the air-con. I am not that sure what decade or era this house was built, but I am guessing the house was built during the 40's. Totally not sure.

Few meters away from the pink house is the Cabadillo house. I swear whenever I am near that house my aura has never been greener. I always pass by that house whenever I go to the Solomon Guest house to eat my lunch.  

The Cabadillo house is quite big compared to the other houses around that area. My friend told me that the house is now a dormitory -- another example of adaptive reuse.

The last house that I visited near the De La Salle- Collge of St. Benilde, ACKICK hotel is another spectacular place. 

 As you can see by the details of the house -- from the grillwork on the windows to the details on its shed and its overall facade --- that it is truly antique.  It is the type of structure that has aged gracefully over the years.