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Art for all
Luxury brand Louis Vuitton celebrates its 20th year in the Philippines with a meaningful event

by Liza Ilarde December 13, 2013
Photos by Sherbert Serrano
Louis Vuitton Louis Vuitton has always had a strong connection with art. One need only look at the luxury brand’s collaboration collections with contemporary artists like Takashi Murakami, Yayoi Kusama, and Richard Prince, among others. These celebrated collaborations were spearheaded by now-former creative director Marc Jacobs, himself an art lover and collector. (Jacobs announced his resignation last October. Nicolas Ghesquière has since been named as his successor.)
lv outlet This year, to celebrate Louis Vuitton’s 20th anniversary in the Philippines, the brand famous for its high-profile parties decided to go a little low-key but no less news-worthy. Instead of booking a cavernous venue, inviting Manila’s 500, and serving copious amounts of champagne all night long, Louis Vuitton Philippines commissioned five contemporary Filipino artists to produce work that exemplifies femininity and its beauty and strength. The results are on exhibit in a show that opened last December 9, coinciding with Louis Vuitton’s 20th anniversary.
louis vuitton outlet The artworks chosen were a painting each from Popo San Pascual and Chati Coronel, and a sculpture each from Ramon Orlina, Ferdinand Cacnio, and Olivia d’Aboville. The exhibit titled A Tribute To Heroines is currently on display at the Louis Vuitton store in Greenbelt 4 and will be there till December 15. The public is free to view them. Present at the event were Jean-Baptiste Debains, president of Louis Vuitton Asia Pacific; Emily Zhou, general manager of Louis Vuitton Micronesia and the Philippines; Vita Wong, vice-president for cultural development; and Rhea de Vera-Aguirre, country manager of Louis Vuitton Philippines.
discount louis vuitton handbags At the opening, de Vera-Aguirre acknowledged the artists who were all present, except for Popo San Pascual. In her welcome remarks, she announced that half of the proceeds from the sale of the artworks will be donated to rehabilitation efforts for areas affected by last month’s super typhoon.
fake louis vuitton bags “Due to the recent turn of events brought about by Typhoon Haiyan, we would like to make this occasion more meaningful by donating proceeds of the sale of the artworks to SOS Children’s Villages in Tacloban City. The donation will support the rebuilding of the village for the displaced children,” shared de Vera-Aguirre.
lv outlet online Exhibiting art in a Louis Vuitton store is not a new concept as their branches in Paris, Singapore, Tokyo, Macau, and even Las Vegas have all had artists display their works within the luxury brand’s retail space. But this is the first time it’s been done in the Philippines, said Zhou. She added, “Collaborating with artists is nothing new for Louis Vuitton. It’s a worldwide initiative, so this event signifies our commitment globally in sharing our passion for art and creativity with a bigger audience here.”
 
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Vita Wong
Jean-Baptiste Debains
Emily Zhou
Rhea de Vera-Aguirre
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Detail of “Botanica” by Popo San Pascual
“Neck” by Chati Coronel
“Echinoderm 3” by Olivia d’Aboville
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
“Power and Grace” by Ferdinand Cacnio
“A Mother’s Strength” by Ramon Orlina
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A Tribute To Heroines
Get to know the artists and their works
 
• Renowned painter and Thirteen Artists Awardee, Popo San Pascual, revisits his blue period and celebrates the beauty and grand design of life through “Botanica”. The monochromatic departure serves as an interlude from vibrant interplay of colors, for which he is known. Although he applies the same playful brushstrokes to achieve the dreamlike appeal, the effect is evocative and is as delicate as fine porcelain. Inspired by endemic Philippine orchids that he painstakingly cares for in his garden, San Pascual takes a personal approach towards the exotic characteristics of these rare floral varieties that rise from cooled volcanic lava. He likens a refined yet strong woman to an orchid: Its stem is strong yet flexible; it waits for the perfect time to bloom and when it does, it exhibits its endurance as no other flower.
 
• Ramon Orlina’s exquisite glass sculptures offer multi-dimensional perspectives unlike any other. “A Mother’s Strength” is Orlina’s testament to motherhood. His work echoes a deep reverence for motherhood and depicts the mother in the pinnacle of the home, binding the family together. Orlina’s reputation extends to art circles and patrons in the Philippines and all over the world. He has been conferred two prestigious ASEAN Awards in the field of visual arts. In 2006, he was bestowed The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) Award for having led a life of excellence in the field of arts and having contributed immensely to public welfare and national development.
 
• Chati Coronel found her most honest fulfillment in painting after obtaining her degree in architecture as her artistic backbone. She paints layer over layer of strokes and images until each painting has a history to tell. Her work “Neck” purposely attempts to veer away from the obvious leanings of portraiture to reveal seemingly ordinary yet universal aspects of being. In her artist statement, Coronel cites a compassion meditation from the Dalai Lama as the inspiration for UnPortraits: “In order to generate compassion for someone, one can meditate on something ordinary that you have in common with that person.”
 
• “Echinoderm 3” is one of the latest works by young French-Filipino artist Olivia d’Aboville. Graduating with honors from Duperré, a prestigious Textile Design school in Paris, d’Aboville experiments with textiles and everyday materials to create artworks inspired by nature. From plastic spoons to pins and water bottles, d’Aboville is fascinated by ordinary mass-produced objects. These objects refer to our society and our lifestyle that are inevitably destroying our environment and polluting our seas. She manipulates and recycles materials to create new work. For every interesting element that inspires her, she asks herself, “What can I do with this? Can I cut it, bend it, heat it, stretch it, accumulate it, and create a new form?”
 
• “Power and Grace” is Ferdinand Cacnio’s homage to the feminine form. After 20 years in graphic design, Cacnio forged his way into the realm of fine arts at the age of 45. In 2005, he was awarded the top prize by the Art Association of the Philippines. He went on to garner awards in 2008 and 2010 with the Gintong Parangal (Golden Award) for Culture and Arts by the City of Malabon and the prestigious Parangal Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan (Arts and Culture Guide Award) by the City of Manila, respectively. Known for his ability to “tame” the stiffness of metal, Cacnio once more created a stunning sculpture that captures rhythm and energy, exquisite grace, and the professional skill of a female dancer.
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