Paete's Wood Carving at Glorietta 4

THE town of Paete in Laguna is one-of-a-kind. Often thought of as the art capital of the Philippines, the town has already has a long association with artisan crafts, woodworks, and paper mache takas before a new generation of artists have made it a bastion of contemporary art . Mentioned by Jose Rizal in the Noli Me Tangere, Paete also is the hometown of many of the most recognized artists in the country. And now, in a unique two-gallery event, Galleria Nicolas in Glorietta 4 and Galerie Joaquin Podium gather a sampling of the best of these artists in an exhibition that features the very best of what Paete has to offer. Members of the Paete Artist Guild will put up their finest works for display for "Paete: The Very Best", on show from August 4-13, 2011 with an opening reception at Galleria Nicolas on August 4, Thursday, at 6pm.
Galleria Nicolas is located at the third floor of the Art Space, Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Makati City. They may be reached through their landline number at 728-0124 or their website at Galerie Joaquin Podium is located at the Lower Ground Floor Level of The Podium, ADB Avenue, Pasig City. They may be reached through their landline number at 634-7954 or their website at

The exhibition features Reynaldo Baldemor, Luis AcAc, Nestor Cagayat, Benjamin Dailo, Jojo Dailo, Odette Cagandahan, Egay, Phaern, Bayani Ray Acala, Angelo Baldemor, Bert Baldemor, Glenn Cagandahan, Tin Cagandahan, Bisoy Iglesia, and the incomprable Dominic Rubio in a stunning collection of wood sculptures, reliefs, and paintings. The stunning tradition of Paete woodcarving comes alive through the detailed works of Tin Cagandahan with laminated wood, and Angelo Baldemor with driftwood and batikuling. Ben Dailo channels Guillermo Tolentino with his reinterpretation of the Oblation using hardwood, and the wooden reliefs of Egay seek to reuse old wood in new concepts and ideas.

"Paete: The Very Best" promises to be one of the can’t-miss art events of the year.