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Escolta and Art

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Escolta and Art

I can say that this is a “Real Junior Now” semi-part two blog post of mine. Check the “Real Junior Now” here, if you want to read it: https://whoismaria.wordpress.com/2014/05/24/real-junior-now/. This will be a deeper and more personal blog post for me, and it will be a bit artsy (I hope not).

As I said in my recent blog post, I went to Escolta. I walked from Quiapo church to Escolta which takes less than a kilometer, I guess. While walking, I was observing the surroundings and the landmarks I passed by: the Quiapo church, the Quinta Market, the people who were selling, along with those buying in the sidewalk, the BPI building, and the other old buildings found along the Escolta street. I appreciated the architecture of the old buildings, particularly its neo art deco style. My previous subject, Philippine Art and Design History, made me appreciate the Philippine architecture during the early 20th century. Escolta was being eyed on by groups of people who are interested in the cultural heritage lately, I suppose.

During my stay in the organization’s office, I learned a lot from the curator-speaker-lecturer that time. She made me realize that it’s not really more about the art or the “object” made. It is more about the artist – his/her experiences and creativity as an artist. It inspired me to promote the artists more. It made me feel more of being an arts manager. She taught me to look at the artists differently, that they are human beings like us. The only difference is that art is their way of life and, their creativity never leaves them. Their mind and wild imagination keeps them living and breathing. Just the thought of it keeps me motivated to push through becoming an arts manager in the near future.

Real Junior Now

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Real Junior Now

Yesterday, I went to a meeting with a curator, Miss Dayang Yraola along with some friends-slash-blockmates for an arts project as our internship. INTERNSHIP. I will be having an internship already! I can’t “somehow” believe that I’m an intern now because I am only an eighteen-year old yet I’ll be working with art projects, international artists, and curators. It’s exciting because it makes me feel like I will be a legit arts manager soon.The meeting was held in the organization’s office at Escolta, so going there from our house through commuting was a bit hassle for me because I have to choose between two options: ride the FX to Quiapo then walk to Escolta, or ride the FX to SM North EDSA, ride a jeep to LRT, then simply ride the LRT to Carriedo. I chose Option A. I love adventures, and the first option saves more money than the second one.

I wasn’t lost. I was able to go to Escolta safely without a friend, and I walked towards the location with the (guessing) knowledge of how to go there from Quiapo church. Plus, I wasn’t late for the meeting-slash-lecture! Throughout the meeting, I learned more about the art project where I will be be a part of, the tasks that I will be soon accomplishing and crowd funding. I realized that I need to know what I really can do and what I want in life because my learning ground won’t be the school anymore sooner. I lived long enough in my fantasy, not in the reality where I must be living. But I guess I need to live in my fantasy now and then to keep myself inspired.

Going to school with my friends-slash-blockmates, we rode the LRT altogether. Aren’t we sweet? Anyway, we met our (kind and probably an awesome) professor from our TECWRI (Technical Writing for Arts Management) class. We were late for almost an hour, and she dismissed the class earlier than the usual time (it should’ve been 17:40, but we were dismissed at almost 16:10).

I’ll have another blog post for personal reflections during that particular day. Please do get ready for a semi-artsy blog post every week. I’ve been gone for a long time now. I apologize. I was too lazy to open my blog and post random stuff again. Someday soon, I’ll post about my personal life, like how I’ve been doing these days. Thank you for continuously reading my blog posts! If you are fond of poems and personal sentiments, feel free to follow or read my posts in my other blog, mournwithtears.wordpress.com. God bless!