Art in the park

Published February 28, 2021, 7:00 AM

by Deedee Siytangco

Alee Garibay, Disrupt

In this time of pandemic and varying levels of community quarantine, the best way to stay sane is to find creative inspirations while stuck at home. And what better way to save ourselves during this time of lockdowns than to explore more ways to see the world, such as virtually? Thank you to Art in the Park, the country’s most popular and affordable art fair for heeding our call during these desperate times.

This annual treasure hunt is exhibiting artworks on an online platform ( until Feb. 28 to allow art aficionados to access artworks while properly observing health and safety protocols as Manila remains under general community quarantine.

Art in the Park is celebrating 15 years of championing Philippine artistry with eight days of a virtual open house, featuring 60 exhibitors and over 6,000 artworks by hundreds of established and emerging Filipino artists.

Art Verité Gallery, one of Manila’s leading art galleries today, is among this year’s exhibitors. Specializing in Philippine and Southeast Asian contemporary and modern art, it actively promotes both its core established artists and promising new local and international talents.

On spotlight at Art Verité are seasoned artist Alee Garibay and new artist Jason Delgado. Both artists were chosen for their originality, creativity, skills, and wit in the visual narrative.

Garibay has received numerous awards for her works in oil and watercolor. She has been actively participating in group shows since 2005, and has dedicated herself to being a full-time artist, consistently holding annual solo exhibitions. Her Disrupt 5 series plays with the feeling and state of disruption and suspension of order.

This annual treasure hunt is exhibiting artworks on an online platform ( to allow art aficionados to access artworks while properly observing health and safety protocols.

Meanwhile, Delgado was awarded the regional winner at the Philippine Arts Awards (Visayas Selection) in 2020. He has been participating in group exhibitions since 2016. Delgado’s Compound Believe and How Much? are a take on Filipino beliefs and how these affect our daily lives.

The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) partnered with Art in the Park to provide its clients with flexible payment terms as they hunt for the next masterpiece to add to their collection.

BPI is also featuring an exhibition that shines the spotlight on pottery, one of the best-selling categories in the annual art event. Titled BPI Art Clips, this special collaboration showcases a series of mini-documentaries that highlight the works of Filipino pottery pioneers Jon and Tessy Pettyjohn and Joey de Castro.

“While there are changes with the way art exhibits are held these days, we still want our clients to get the best experience with this virtual art fair from the comfort of their homes. It’s about letting them re-connect with culture even as this pandemic has cut us off from the world and public spaces. Our clients can also enjoy special offers to make their Art in the Park purchases more feasible and flexible,” said BPI’s Jenny Lacerna. BPI Credit Card clients can avail of exclusive offers for their Art in the Park purchases, such as electronic gift certificates and lighter terms on purchases.

Art in the Park benefits the Museum Foundation of the Philippines in support of their projects and programs for the National Museum of the Philippines and its network.

Visit Art in the Park website and follow Art in the Park on Facebook and @artintheparkph  on Instagram.

Happy treasure hunting in the Park!