Beauty is a Sanctuary

The Manila art scene is finally getting attention. I see a lot of interesting artists coming to the Philippines and creating opportunities and inspiration.

Last week, I’ve had the chance to watch the German duo, Jasmin and Falk, or more publicly known as Herakut, do wonders in the Fort branch of Fully Booked. Fortunately, our office and showroom is just right beside it. I didn’t get to talk to them much since they were too busy and they had just one week to actually finish their work here.

We have a cool work place. Don't you agree?
We have a cool work place. Don’t you agree? (Taken this morning, when the branch was still closed. Yes, I lurk in Fully Booked at 7 in the morning like a regular creep.)

On their last day though, Jasmin shared with us their experience with art and traveling. I feel like they are doing something very special. Not just because they are insanely talented, but also because they incorporate the culture of the place that they visit.

"I always wanted to be in a place where the little things matter."
“I always wanted to be in a place where the little things matter.”

In every place they go to, the first thing they ask their host is to take them to the market places. They said it tells the story of the country more than any museum ever could. And I agree. The sweat of the people is more evident. The heat shows the people’s true colors. Basically, the realities emerge in places people don’t normally visit unlike tourist spots, malls, and landmarks that are naturally set up to impress.

What I like most about them:

They observe.

Their art is always a reflection. True, there is a certain style to their paintings which is very distinct to them but when they do work, they only present what they have already seen.IMG_7774

When asked how was their stay here in Manila, Jasmin said she loved it. Some places were for show but here and I quote “You people are magnetic, there’s just this energy that keeps me going.” And when I heard that, it gave me a warm feeling as well thinking we’ve still got that hospitality trait we’ve always been so proud of.

"He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination."
“He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination.”

If I’m not mistaken, they were able to visit Quiapo and some parts of Intramuros. Falk even took pictures which can be viewed in their travel book. His pictures from Manila gave the city new life. If you were to walk along those streets, you wouldn’t even bother to take a second look at those sights because you’ll be too busy to check if you still have your wallet on you. I guess we all need an outsider who is unafraid and curious enough to check out our lives and see it for what it really is – beautiful.

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And PS. I got a little souvenir.

Thank you very much, Herakut.
Thank you very much, Herakut.
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