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“Manansala & Manalad: Fram­ing His­tory,” is on view at the Ay­ala Mu­seum; ArteFino, a new arts and crafts fair, makes its de­but; the world pre­miere of Ger­ardo Fran­cisco’s Ibong Adarna opens Bal­let Manila’s sea­son; and more.

Im­por­tant scenes from Philip­pine his­tory as de­picted by Na­tional Artist Vi­cente Manansala and famed mu­ral­ist Amadeo Manalad are on view at the Ay­ala Mu­seum this month. The 70 pieces in “Manansala & Manalad: Fram­ing His­tory” were orig­i­nally com­mis­sioned 70 years ago by Don Ra­mon Ro­ces, pub­lisher of the Evening News, and were meant to in­spire and rein­vig­o­rate the Filipino peo­ple af­ter the hor­rors of World War II. Ap­pear­ing in se­rial form in 1947, the draw­ings were ac­com­pa­nied by short texts by an­thro­pol­o­gist Henry Ot­ley Beyer and states­man and his­tor­i­cal re­searcher Jaime C. de Veyra; later that year, the draw­ings were com­piled for the book Philip­pine Saga: A Pic­to­rial His­tory of the Ar­chi­pel­ago

Since Time Be­gan. For this ex­hi­bi­tion, the draw­ings are dis­played along­side re­lated pho­to­graphs of the Ay­ala Mu­seum’s his­tory dio­ra­mas as well as se­lect works by con­tem­po­rary artists Roberto Feleo, Leo Abaya, Christina Quisumb­ing Ramilo, Kiri Dalena, and Nikki Luna. This in­ter­est­ing look into our na­tion’s his­tory is fur­ther height­ened with the ac­com­pa­ny­ing au­dio guide en­ti­tled “Philip­pine His­tory: A Time Travel Ex­pe­ri­ence” and the “Fram­ing His­tory Film Fes­ti­val” with film screen­ings on Au­gust 5 and 12. Pre­sented by the Ay­ala Mu­seum in part­ner­ship with the As­sisi De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion, the show is cu­rated by Imelda Ca­jipe En­daya, Manuel Quezon III, and Mia Fer­nando-Cameron, and pro­duced by Pinky Ca­mara-Roxas. Runs un­til Au­gust 27, Ground floor gallery, Ay­ala Mu­seum, Makati Av­enue cor­ner De la Rosa Street, Makati; hello@ay­ala­mu­; ay­ala­mu­

DrAw­InG hIS­tory From top: A view of the Ay­ala Mu­seum ex­hibit floor; draw­ings of the Dawn Man and Iron Age peo­ple, by Vi­cente Manansala; Jose rizal in his cell and the ex­e­cu­tion of Fr. Bur­gos, Fr. Gomez, and Fr. Zamora, drawn by Amadeo Manalad.

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