On the occasion of Halloween, various members of the ANCX staff crowdsourced on the only social platform with any kind of integrity left (Facebook, wink wink); we asked if anyone from our private networks had any real-life encounters with an aswang. We had multiple false leads, until a man turned up on one of our feeds and confessed to being an actual aswang. We had our doubts, of course, but Rogelio Mangingibig (not his real name) turned up and offered to be interviewed. We met Rogelio a few days before Halloween in a coffee shop along Scout Esguerra. He was a slight man who looked to be in his early 40s. He had a tan and an awkward manner—he kept twiddling his thumbs and looking at our barista (who looked to be six or seven months along the family way). We wondered why someone apparently withdrawn and shy would offer to be interviewed—he also recoiled from the salt and pepper shakers at the center of the table and asked the waitress to take just the salt away. He said it … [Read more...] about ANCXclusive: Interview with an Aswang
The Holiday spirit has no shortage of blissful Christmas music; green, red, and white ornaments; and gift baskets on sale. And because we will have to scuttle through this annual revelry—which includes the relentless holiday traffic and rush—it is only natural that we also often long for a few quiet moments and a more relaxing diversion. Thankfully, one can find these moments even in a city as busy as New York. Still one of the art capitals of the world, the last three months of the year are filled with a whole spectrum of art spectacle, from museum shows and gallery exhibitions. Should you happen to be in New York now or in the next two months (Philippine Airlines now flies direct to The Big Apple, if you haven't heard), we've mapped out these art attractions below. It was prepared especially for ANCX by the Greek American Owen James, husband of the Filipina artist Pepper Roxas, who owns the Owen James Gallery in 59 Wooster Street (2nd floor), New … [Read more...] about A curated guide to New York art shows this fall
A Boracay must-go, Dos Mestizos, a restaurant dishing out traditional Spanish fare, won’t open until December 18. But tourists need not fret, the closure of the island gave birth to a new outdoor eatery serving Filipino food, done exceedingly well by the same staff used to whipping up paella and tapas for its hungry customers. Dos Mestizos owner, Binggoy Remedios was in disbelief at Boracay’s closure six months ago. “We didn't really think they would close a whole island with people who relied on local tourism.” Closure meant the end of the livelihood of his staff of 25. Thus was born the idea of a Bulalohan. The eatery may have a lean menu of other Filipino favorites like lumpia and Lechon Kawali, but each dish is sumptuously prepared and quite affordable. By the time ANCX got to the open-air eatery, (having learned about the place from happy local customers) the adobong manok sa atay and pork sisig had ran out. “Dos Mestizos mostly caters to tourists so … [Read more...] about When this Boracay tapas bar closed, guess what the staff ran next to it
With the reopening of Boracay happening just today, several questions have come into play. The beachfront is as pristine as it was in the 60s, but behind the scenes, it looks to still be a half-howling wilderness. ANCX traces the government’s progress on several fronts—from progress reports from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Department of Tourism (DOT), and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). Numbers have always been key to any project’s progress, and we present them below. For mainstays at the island, government restrictions on the number of tourists allowed on the island, as well as activities permitted on the beachfront, make it appear that the government might be “killing the goose that lays the golden egg,” in the words of one of the island’s most powerful scions—which is to say that if Boracay has been earning revenues from weddings by its powdery sands and turquoise waters, New Year’s … [Read more...] about Boracay by the numbers: what has the government really done in the past 6 months?
MANILA -- Since 1816, photography has become a standard visual communication method—whether it’s a personal hobby, a form of documentation, used for education, entertainment, or journalism, millions have poured their heart, soul, and vision into taking that perfect snapshot. And yet, this question still stands among fine art circles. Participants at this year’s Art Fair 2018 tackled the question of whether or not photography is an art form, as they explored what photography means to contemporary Filipino art. In the exploratory and pioneering photography exhibit, ArtFairPH/Photo, some of the country’s best photographers, curators, and impresarios got together and sat down with "State of the Art" host Iza Calzado to talk about the marriage of photography and art. "State of the Art" is the latest art show offering of ANCX, the new lifetyle block on ANC. Featured here are personalities in the creative industry who have made it possible to … [Read more...] about News Clickbait: Is photography art or not?