The Philippine arts and culture sector has remained steadfast in its efforts to fortify public awareness and appreciation of our country’s beauty and heritage in spite of the pandemic. In a consistent display of resilience, various arts and culture purveyors have begun to diversify their programs to keep up with the times—some adapting digital solutions, while others innovate the physical events front to align with health safety and social distancing protocols.
As one of the leading advocates of arts and culture, Palacio de Memoria offers the public something to look forward to: A two-day outdoor fair open to all art enthusiasts and visitors. This seven-story cultural purveyor will be showcasing the best of Filipino and European cultural heritage through a European-themed Flea Market, which will run from Oct. 23 to 24, 2021.
Inspired by the El Rastro or “the trail,” the most popular open-air flea market in Madrid, Spain, Palacio de Memoria aims to bring the colorful, fun, and vibrant festivity to fairgoers searching for bargains, antique shops, and gastronomic delights. The two-day Arts and Antiques Fair will be filled with various goods, from art pieces to antiques, paintings, sculptures, accessories, textiles, home furnishings, and décor, wall art, gift items, toys, artisanal/designer specialty items, and collectors’ items to tickle every art shopper’s fancy.
The fair’s activities and booths will allow visitors to experience art and culture in different forms. On both days, the Open Bar by Distileria Limtuaco, Don Papa Rum will be giving a taste of what it’s like to hang out at a European bar back in the old days. Fairgoers can look forward to an exclusive menu at the Food & Libation booth of The Loggia by Margarita Forés, a true showcase of European dining at its finest. On Oct. 23, The Loggia together with Tanqueray and Moet & Chandon will take street food to new heights at the Galeria de Gunita, while ABS-CBN Film Restoration Inc. will host an exclusive film screening of the newly restored 1941 film “Ibong Adarna” directed by Vicente Salumbides on Oct. 24. During the two-day Flea Market sponsored by Smart Infinity, art enthusiasts may also visit the Smart Infinity section at the venue where they may experience the country’s fastest 5G powered by the Smart’s premium postpaid offers.
The Palacio also invites interested individuals to a scholarly gathering filled with literary, artistic, and cultural interchange inspired by the Spanish tertulias or evening soirees of the colonial times. Tertulia de Memoria on Oct. 30, 2021 will let guests experience a weekend of intellectual exchange through a soiree hosted by The Loggia by Margarita Forés, an Open Bar by Distileria Limtuaco, and Don Papa Rum, and a Sunset Film Screening by ABS-CBN Film Restoration, plus many more activities.
Palacio de Memoria implements strict health protocols in order to offer a safe place to all visitors who once again would like to enjoy their passions or those who are looking for unique experiences. Parents and paw-rents can also enjoy the event as kids and pet dogs are welcome at the two-day fair. Arts and culture enthusiasts can check out more details regarding the activities by following Palacio de Memoria on Facebook and visiting its website to see the full schedule of October activities or to book for tour visits and events at the Palacio.