Friday, January 25, 2013


Press Release

Cebu! Cebu!
12 -31 January 2013

Designs by Cary Santiagio (Photo courtesy of Style Samurai)

CEBU, Philippines - SM City Cebu features the creations of Cebu’s finest artists and artisans in an exhibit dubbed “Cebu! Cebu!” which opened on 11 January 2013 at the Northwing Atrium.

Among the finest works of art being celebrated are the collections of Hive, renowned photographers Dan Douglas Ong and Erwin Lim, haute couture by Cary Santiago, jewelry pieces by Gladys Young of Vero Concept, and fine furniture pieces by the Rodriguez Sisters, as well as the architectural prowess of Carlos Arnaiz.

Hive’s Fandango, Poppy, Anemone, and Dragon’s Tails are among the head-turners. The “Dragon’s Tail” by Luisa Robinson is inspired by childhood tales. The Dragon Tail Lamp transforms the auspicious power of dragons into a unique lighting creation. Such collection takes advantage of the Japanese art of origami. Carefully hand-folded paper sections are attached to each other to create tail-like forms.

Dragon’s Tail by Luisa Robinson (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Another very interesting piece is the “Anemone” by Olivia d’Aboville. Resembling the aquatic flower, the anemone collection features hundreds of hand-molded polystyrene tentacles. Several LED bulbs creating the strong feel of underwater corals during nighttime illuminate every lamp. Indoor version comes with warm white while outdoor version comes with red, green and blue colors.

Christy Manguerra’s “Poppy” is simply lovely! The Poppy takes pride in the feminine grace of warm glowing flowers. In a single lamp, meticulously hand-folded paper blossoms are attached to each other then wired to a metal frame to form a full floral impression. A series of these suspended lamps references a field in which these flowers grow.

As for Danny Fang’s “Fandango,” it is theatrical in expression. The Fandango dances in mid-air with similar drama to a girl waving her dress. Layers of petals made from muslin cotton cloth can be shaped and adjusted to desired wave. The piped edge yet flowing feel gives a luxe touch.

Fandango light by Danny Fang for HIVE (Photo courtesy of Retail Design Blog)

Kenneth Cobonpue’s “Safari” brings the wild to the urbanscape. These are made from naturally crushed stones cast in molds of towering giraffe and lovable hedgehog. These planters are replicas of animals roaming freely in any garden as much as they do in the wild.

Meanwhile, romantic silhouette pieces with subtly opulent details by master couturier Cary Santiago are also part of the exhibition. It’s common knowledge that his name is synonymous with classic, glamorous, splendid, opulent creations.

The Vero collection of jewelry pieces by Gladys Young speaks volumes of a person’s mood, character and willpower. Some pieces are for the youthful soul. The others are dainty and subdued. Vero Concept flaunts the statement to stand out, to be different, and to inspire people. It puts the message across that design is not purely talent but drive!

Olivia d’Aboville, The light show in Singapore (Photo courtesy of Licht News)

Furniture pieces and home decors by represent the interior architecture and design expertise of the Rodriguez Sisters – Paula and Vikki.

Architecturally photogenic “Hundred Walls” designed by US-based architect Carlos Arnaiz becomes the subject of Dan Douglas Ong’s and Erwin Lim’s photographs. The Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod at the SM Seaside Complex of the South Road Properties features walls that are taller than the normal. They appear like fins on the back of a stegosaurus, providing shade to the roof and diffusing natural light to the interiors.

Exhibit runs from 12 to 31 January 2013


Read more about Cebu: Art Exhibit by Anthony Fermin

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