Walls light up with images in Makati City

Five walls around the busy shopping district in Makati will light up from Nov. 8 to 12 to underscore links between Filipino, Mexican and Spanish cultures.

Photos from the Ayala Museum and Spanish Embassy exhibit dubbed "Connectados" will be projected as video at five primary locations in the Makati Central Business District.

From Nov. 9 to 25, passersby will see exhibition photos taken by Pinoy, Mexican and Spanish artists juxtaposed and projected at the Ayala Museum, Glorietta 5, Greenbelt Fashion Walk, The Link and Tower One and Exchange Plaze arch.

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The presentations will run from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Photographs in the videos, however, may ebe viewed at the ground floor of the Ayala Museum from Nov. 9 to 25.

They are expected to explore striking similarities between the three countries.

Using an exhibition photo by Carlos Esguerra, for instance, the Ayala Museum posted in its Facebook account: "Although we share a lot, what is the most common Filipino, Spanish and Mexican surname? The answer seems to be Garcia, believed to have come from the Basque word 'Gatzea,' meaning "young.'"

At the launch of the exhibit on Thursday, world-renowned Spanish multimedia artist SuSo33 performed in a laser graffiti number.

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Also lined up as collateral activities are art lectures, workshops and film screenings.

A total of 29 artists will participate in the exhibit, 18 of which are Pinoys. These include business magnate Jaime Zobel de Ayala and Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa.

The Ayala Museum and Spanish embassy exhibit is in partnership with Instituto Cervantes, Indochina Strings and the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines.

It is co-curated by Cesar Caballero, a Spanish artist residing in the Philippines, and Kenneth Esguerra, Ayala Museum's Senior Curator and Head of Conservation.

See video here (on Youtube)

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