Art in the Park 2017 | My Little Dark and Twisty Girl

Art in the Park 2017 | My Little Dark and Twisty Girl

The weather in Art in the Park this year was surprisingly pleasant. Always held in the middle of dead heat summer, this year, the day where they make the art extremely accessible to the public was blessed with the final cold breath of amihan.

We went later this time than we did last year. When you’re really in the look out for a good buy, one should go early in the morning. We’re not buying anything in particular. If we see something we like, we’ll get it. If not, at least we get a good walk in the park out of it.

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Admittedly, Jr is much more of an art enthusiast than I am, so these things excites him more. He’d point out to something that’ll pique his interest and he can count on me to shake my head for disapproval. With these things, I have the ultimately veto power because it goes to our home, where I would likely stare at it more than he would.

And there right on the second booth, just as we were checking out another watercolor painting by another artist, a little girl called me.

She looked calm and peaceful at first, beautiful from afar. She’s floating, but when you look at her closely, she’s got one foot tied to the ground. She seems sweet until you realize that she’s dark and twisty.

I am drawn to dark and twisty.

And Jr liked it too, which is a miracle, since our tastes rarely agree when it comes to art. And without looking at the rest of the booths, we ask her to be wrapped up. The heart wants what the heart wants. And she’s going home with us.

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Note that we did see the rest of the exhibition and nothing called to us like the little girl did. There was a Cacnio again this year, but it wasn’t true love like the way we fell for “Gravity”, this piece from Bacolod artist Anika Liquote. When you know, you know.

Now, she has a space in the living room, where an almost portrait of mine used to hang. And though she’s dark and twisty, she sparks joy.

I can stare at her all day.

Art in the Park 2017
Jaime Velasquez Park
Salcedo Village
Makati City, Philippines

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J was scrolling thru his phone as we were waiting for lunch in Rockwell.

“They’re snatching everything up. I don’t think there’s anything left by the time we get there.”

Me, being the hangry me, told him I’ll go to Art in the Park with him if we eat first. You see, I’m not really the art appreciating or art buying type. I’d rather put my money on experiences, and/or food, than put it on art. I have next to zero idea regarding the local art market so walking under the summer heat in a park in the middle of crowded urban Makati to look/buy art is not really an afternoon activity I’d rush to, especially not before eating.

“If you really are in the mood to buy, we should’ve gotten there at 10 am. Are we buying something there?”
“I don’t know. Let’s see. Do you want anything?”
“Me? I know nothing. I would like a Cacnio, but Cacnio’s not gonna happen in art in the Park.”

I’m a kid from Navotas/Malabon. Ferdinand Cacnio’s (or his sibling or his father’s) pieces resonate. They are art I can understand. From the first piece I saw of him, I knew I wanted one.

But it’s kinda expensive.

Art in the Park is a small art fair held yearly in Makati. Tagged as an ‘affordable art fair’, it features works from various artists, art galleries and institutions and pieces are sold with a maximum price cap. It started of at P10,000 and increases every year. This year, price cap was set at P50,000.

You can’t buy a Cacnio at P50,000.00

After searching and finding an elusive parking, we started walking around the park filled with Manila’s art and hipster society. Well, J visited the booths, while I tried to fend off heat stroke in one shaded area near the concessionaire. My body heats up very quickly, and I succumb to heat stroke twice in my life already. We were there just after midday and this is held in a park in the height of summer. I was afraid.

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J was already holding a couple of receipts when he found me hydrating under the shade. We walked to the other side of the park to look at more art when we turned the corner. And then I saw a gold shiny bahay kubo piece under a booth named, Parokyano ng Malabon.

“Oh. That looks like a Cacnio,” I said.

The gallery owner approached us. “That has just arrived. Here is the artist.” He pointed to the man and J exclaimed, “Ferdie!”


They know each other from watch club. My husband has a lot of online nad offline social clubs and forums he’s active in. He pretty much knows everybody.

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The piece was a metal piece over glass and was a bahay kubo on a lake. We were just talking over lunch about how much we wanted a Cacnio and somehow, the universe drops us one here was one in Art in the Park. It didn’t take much to convince us we should buy it. That evening, it was sitting on our shelf.

Sometimes, I should really be careful what I wish for.

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