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#ARTBGC2016’s new wall murals walking tour

Out of spontaneity, I dragged Paul to this BGC Free Art Tour Facebook event I just saw that morning. I knew that BGC is having this Art Festival (I’m trying to summon my artistic side these days you know). I instantly clicked interested and just saw myself on my way to BGC that afternoon. Breaking news, this happened 3 months ago. (Sorry for late blogging)

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One of the new mural around BGC this year by Nate Frizzell. His works are combination of realistic rendering techniques and elements of fantasy.

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So let’s start with the Art Festival named ArtBGC2016. It is a 10-day event launched by the Bonifacio Arts Foundation (BAFI), along with LeBasse Projects & HoneycombArts. The festival features murals from both international and local artists on different empty walls of BGC making it a city-wide mural museum. It is already done last year and those murals are not washed out but only added.

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Another of Nate’s work (2015)

“The Festival hopes to create both a unique sense of place and build an experiential atmosphere for both local residents and international visitors to BGC. The aim is to showcase the inclusive nature of public art by creating murals that can be enjoyed by the entire city of Manila as well as an international audience.” – ArtBGC

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ALVEO FREE WALK TOUR

The free walk tour is hosted by Alveo. We went toย Alveo Showroom in Bonifacio High Street (#7 in the map) with the idea that maybe it was a scam. (my mind works like that im sorry!) There are around 20 people waiting to participate in this event.ย (YES! Not a scam!) We were given a fan, a map like the one above and 2 volunteer tour guides that discussed all the new murals for this year. It turned out to be a long walk we’re not prepared for but we’ve definitely enjoyed ourselves. So here it goes:

2016 MURALS

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1. by Dog & Pony Bonifacio StopOver

This one is facing 32nd Street in a Shell Station. It is a simple mural saying Lets Roll from the international artist Dog & Pony that are said to be striving to create work that helps reconnect community engagement. They are actually successful because Paul and I engage in a fight because I first read it as Let’s Stroll. haha!

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3. The Heart of God’s Country by Andrew Schoultz 5th Ave

This is the biggest mural for 2016, finished in 7 days by international artist Andrew Schoultz. This mural confused me at first because I don’t know what to feel about a chaos – cut trees and erupting volcanoes, beautifully drawn. But the volunteer told us that is all about our Mother Nature ALWAYS finding her way to be beautiful again (regeneration) after whatever natural and man made disaster came. Hats off, Andrew!

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4. Hamsa Hand by Bunnie Reiss Mango Tree Bistro

If ever I can choose who among the mural artist I can be in the parallel universe, it will definitely be Bunnie Reiss. I love how creative and magical her works are, making me feel that she has a lot of travel stories and cultures to share. She uses the Hamsa symbols in all her works.

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6. Calamansi and Sampaguita by Francisco Diaz BGC Corporate Center

“Franciscoโ€™s works typically feature colorful flora inspired by his current location and are symbolic, historical narratives of manโ€™s deep-rooted relationship with nature.”

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7. Novels by Hot Tea Bonifacio High Street

Who would have thought that a simple thing, like yarn, put together can make a gorgeous art? It aims to create an experience that will make the people who see it question the surroundings it’s in and connect with part of their memory bank they may have forgotten. Deep right?

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Here’s the finished product from ArtBGC.com

8. by Trip63 B2 Lane O

Trip63 is an artist based here in the Philippines. He is part of an artist collective Pilipinas Street Plan, focusing on pushing the boundaries of street art. It is not yet done when we visited. I found the eyeballs in the middle of the flowers intriguing but it turned out to be his symbols in all his works.

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9. by KFK B1 Lane O

This mural is done of KFK Collective, a group of 3 Filipino artist. When asked why, “May you find comfort here”, One of the artist simply answered, “It’s because its the back of the comfort rooms.” It may be the real meaning behind this mural nevertheless, it’s my favorite.

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9. by Bunnie Reiss B1 Lane O

Just across the KFK’s mural is another Bunnie’s masterpiece. Still with the Hamsa symbolism, BGC now has a mystical owl.

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10. by Kris Abrigo Net One Center

This mural is a dedication for all the hardworking construction workers. Local artist Kris Abrigo uses pastel colors and geometric design to depict a deep contradiction around culturally held notions of poverty, and social order.

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Magsasaka by Archie & Aleili Burgos Eats

Not in the map though, we walked all the way to Burgos Eats for Magsasaka by Archie and Aleili. It is another nature themed mural dedicated to the farmers of this country. And that’s our volunteer telling us what oil is used to make this mural.

So there are your new additional murals to see and have your artsy shot at. It warms my heart to see these artists’ works beautifying dead and boring walls. I look forward to see this event again next year with more local artists and also outside the walls of BGC. So, when are you heading to see these beauties? ๐Ÿ™‚

Some photos from our spontaneous art date:

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Hoping for the whole Metro Manila to be like BGC

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A 2015 mural we saw while looking for a place to eat

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So here’s a funny story. We saw Mercato out of nowhere so we decided to just eat there. While eating, I’ve asked Paul to help me find the famous astronaut mural after. I’ve even googled it’s location and an hour passed, neither of us notice the mural just few feet away. We just saw it when I decided to turn back to take a photo of Mercato before we leave.

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Trying the selfie feature of my Fujifilm-XA2 in low light

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Some places are hard to leave

All photos taken by Fufi (Fujifilm X-A2 kit lens 16-50mm)

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I’ve seen this place on the news sometime last week, and I’m already fascinated by just watching it. Now I see more photos, I can say it’s really beautiful. I like how the murals are so artistic and I think this is really so creative. I wish I could go visit here someday. The photos are lovely too, btw. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Aw! I wish I’ve seen that news. It is really beautiful and heartwarming that BGC is supporting this kind of art. โค Maybe someday you’ll just find yourself here Kristine. Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Those art pieces are awesome! I’ve been to BGC last month but my friends and I were in a hurry, we haven’t had the chance to explore and look for these paintings. Maybe next time ๐Ÿ™‚

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Oh my. Ang dami ng bago sa BGC. Huhu. Murals are one of weakness. I think Imma go there when I get to visit Manila again. Hihi. Loving the OOTD Bea. It just matches all the artworks there. And nothing beats the FullyBook piled books. ๐Ÿ˜€

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This is a very interesting post, to be honest I haven’t been to BGC. I always miss it out when I’m visiting the Philippines. But with this post, I make sure I’ll drop by in there on my next trip. Nicely written and the photos are clear and attractive.

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The murals are so cool! I remember the same scattered around the streets of Penang. I used to work in BGC for 2 years before but it wasn’t as developed as it is now. I want to go back! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    I’ve been to Malaysia but never got the chance to go to Penang. I’ll keep that in mind next time. They’re beautiful too. You should visit. Para na siyang states. 😂

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I’m working near BGC but I haven’t really explored that place yet. I know, for sure that there are a lot of pretty places to see in the area. I never really knew about these art murals before. I love all the art works! When I first browse your photos, my first thought was, very much instagram-worthy! LOL!

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    I think you should explore it even once. BGC has a lot to offer though, from food to arts. The whole city is instagram-worthy so prepare your camera!! HAHA!

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Pretty photos, Bea! I think my favorite is the lady in Fully Booked, though! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Aww sobrang pretty ng murals! I agree, sana maging ganito ang buong Metro Manila!! Parang may Times Square vibes akong nafifeel while looking at your pictures! Ganda!

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Great photos!
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HI Bea! I found your blog through Bloglovin. Thanks for following me!
DAMN. I need to go here as in now na! Those are DP-Worthy background photos haha. I like the May You Find Comfort Here simply because I really like typography. What a really nice lettering! Are they still open until now? Fujifilm x-a2 looks really cool. I’ve been thinking if I should get one because my Nikon DSLR is so heavy lol.

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    It’s actually my favorite too. Team typography!! hahaha. It’s always open Jeanie. It’s a public wall mural in the open spaces in BGC. I’m inlove with my Fujifilm too and it’s really handy unlike DSLRs.

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They all look so pretty! Haven’t seen them in person tho, haha! Hope they’re doing this in other parts of the country too.

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