Beauty is a Sanctuary: HERAKUT in Manila
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Fully Booked and Vinyl on Vinyl present Beauty is a Sanctuary: HERAKUT in Manila 2013 this August 8-10, 2013.
Hera and Akut or HERAKUT are two graffiti artists from Frankfurt and Erfurt, Germany.
Their collaboration began in 2004 when they were invited to paint at the Urban Art Festival Sevilla in Spain.
Prior that first meeting, they had only seen each other’s work in graffiti magazines.
To everyone and themselves, it was obvious that even though they both focused on character painting, their styles had nothing in common whatsoever. And that hasn’t changed one bit.

Herakut at Fully Booked
Hera and Akut yesterday at Fully Booked

Akut started doing graffiti at the age of 14 with no artistic background; the photorealism he spray paints today is self-taught. He prepares his concept with the use of a computer, high-resolution photos, and a predefined assortment of aerosol paints.
When this is all set, Akut patiently assembles his characters dot by dot with one eye on the concept, the other on the wall, while blending out everything else.

Hurt sisters

Hera in contrast thinks that preparing for a piece is like handcuffing yourself. It ties your perception to the sketch and allows no space for spontaneity, as influenced by the surrounding atmosphere or any immediate response to the wall.
Hera’s urge to paint on walls began in 2001. As a reaction to years of strict education of artistic techniques which Hera had received as a child, she now demands as much freedom as possible for intuition and spontaneity in a painting.

They were her fame and fortune

Two hardbound books documenting their work—Herakut—The Perfect Merge in 2009 and After The Laughter in 2011—have been published and sold more than 10,000 copies.
Experience Herakut’s art this August 8-10, 2013 at Vinyl on Vinyl and at Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street.

August 8, Thursday at 7 PM
Beauty is a Sanctuary Exhibit Opening and Book Signing
Vinyl on Vinyl
The Collective, Malugay Street, Makati

August 9, Friday at 3 PM
Herakut mural painting
The Bridgeway, 3/F Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street

August 10, Saturday at 3 PM
Live painting with Herakut and local artists (Anjo Bolarda, Rai Cruz, Diko)
Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street


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Can you spot the thief?
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Reposting this for my friend whose bag was stolen earlier tonight in a QC restaurant.
I’m really lucky my wallet doesn’t get stolen. I’ve only lost maybe two cameras since 2000.
But what do pickpockets look like? Can they look very chic or decent?
Watch the CCTV capture below. See all the wallets coming out and why you shouldn’t multitask in public places.

(Originally posted on October 15, 2012)

About last night: Pet Shop Boys in Manila
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My husband and I left the house at 6:30 PM in search of dinner before going to the Pet Shop Boys concert at SMART Araneta.
Spontaneously we decided on Kimpura, and while waiting for my food, I felt my age kicking in.
I was sleepy.
“I wish the Pet Shop Boys would perform in our bedroom,” my husband said.
Jeroen, who wakes up at 6 AM everyday, was feeling his age too.
But the Pet Shop Boys are already in the 50s, so maybe they were sleepy too?
Thankfully dinner was lovely. I feasted on steak, oysters and mixed fried rice. Then off we were to the concert.

Pet shop boys

Not too many people coming in when we arrived at 8-ish, so that felt kind of odd and sad.
But on our way in, I saw people from the ’80s and ’90s. Old friends who make me feel young again.
The concert crew in their neon orange jumpsuits looked so chic! I loved it already!

Pet Shop Boys in Manila

The venue started to fill up, but not to capacity. My cousin got us tickets to the 4th row so we were right in front of this huge screen.
I can’t even describe to you how awesome the graphics were! My Samsung S4 camera phone was the only tool I had, so it didn’t turn on fast enough for me to capture the entrance of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe in their black dunce caps!!
Neil Tennant’s 2nd outfit is banned in many places in Metro Manila—illegal na po ang plastic straw!!

Pet Shop Boys in Manila

But never mind, said my Insta-friend Kat. The straws are bound to be recycled during their world tour.
Mich Dulce, Jujiin Samonte, and my sister Ana would’ve loved all the headdresses and the dancing.

Pet Shop Boys in Manila
Pet Shop Boys in Manila

I especially freaked out when Chris Lowe came out in a mirror-ball hat which illuminated the coliseum when the spot light hit it. Collective sighs from the young people behind me.

Pet Shop Boys in Manila

My Samsung S4 is really awesome by the way

Pet Shop Boys in Manila
Pet Shop Boys in Manila
Pet Shop Boys in Manila

And Neil Tennant sounds exactly like he did in the ’90s

Pet Shop Boys in Manila

One thing I find really unnecessary is when this security guard stops people from going to the front to dance or take pictures—even when the concert was about to end.
Seriously from an artist’s point of view, I don’t think the Pet Shop Boys would’ve minded at all! if more people came nearer to dance and just let go. But this annoying security guard was “just doing his job” of killing our joy!

Pet Shop Boys in Manila

And what is a Pet Shop Boys concert without the ’80s anthem, West End Girls?

My only letdown is that they didn’t play my favorite Pet Shop song, Love Comes Quickly

Nevertheless it was a night to remember—a feast for both ears and eyes. So worth it!!

Pet Shop Boys in Manila
Pet Shop Boys in Manila

Grow up
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I woke up this morning to a Viber group created by a class rep from my son’s school.
I thought it was a good idea to be informed about exams, holidays, and other relevant information.
But in the few minutes that followed, my phone started to alert me on incoming Viber messages—only to find out that some parents were happily posting humorous stickers to the thread.
So I thought I would do others a favor by asking them kindly to refrain from adding stickers to keep the messages relevant.
The creator of the group responded by saying that stickers were OK because they are fun and “kunti lang naman”.
To which one of the dads replied by posting a giant LOL sticker, presumably to mock me.
Instead of engaging in useless a Viber argument, I decided to leave the group.

This is a public service announcement to sticker-happy parents, to please spare the ones who prefer to have less clutter in their lives—and in their phones.
So maybe this post will be discussed in their Viber group. Bite me.
viber sticker

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