“Every artist was first an amateur.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Have you ever wanted to do something or be someone but felt disappointed because you couldn’t?
It’s alright to admire, but admiration is different from mimicry. We all think and admire the people we wish we could be, but the truth is no one in this world was born perfectly made.
We may have been born differently but we are more or less similarly unique in our own little ways. We need to understand that better in order to love ourselves first before we admire others. It’s what makes our character strong, in order to succeed.
Let me tell you a story that best exemplifies this.
Last week I went to an event called Century of Philippine Art: 100 Art Collections.
A glimpse on Philippine history and its highs and lows, this exhibit was truly spectacular and historic itself.
Not only has it never been done before in the history of Philippines, but it showcased 100 of the most limited pieces there are in the country. It all started with an idea to have a curation of these timeless pieces all together to make history.
In partnership with Galeria de las Islas and Century City Mall, despite the seemingly impossible dream, the exhibit was made to life. It gave tribute to great Filipino talent, for encapsulating Filipino tradition and culture into defined and classic masterpieces.
It was breathtaking.
We flashed back and forth in time as we swayed into halls filled with archaic artworks and sculptures.
I took Bae of TheBaeBlogs.com as my plus one since I know she might be willing to try out something new and artsy with me.
Upon arrival we were handed out drinks for the night. I could easily tell that it was a Merlot and I couldn’t help but resist so I downed on one glass as we made our way through.
Imagine my excitement, being the fine arts student that I used to be, when I learned there were 100 freakin’ pieces of masterpiece here!
And to think, all of these were made from different years in Philippine history! I’m lucky to be even alive at that moment alone.
Those 100 masterpieces by world-renowned Filipino artists were the highlight of my night.
The Opening Ceremony was hosted by the 2003 Ms. World 4th runner up, Mafae Yunon-Belasco. The Opening Remarks were given by the Century City Mall General Manager, Joaquin Tamano, Jr. and Galeria de las Islas owner, Robert Lane.
There were more or less a hundred people during the hour and a half long event.
Admittedly, I saw a few handful of people my age there. Most of the audience were older but as the night grew on, we were increasing in number. Suddenly, there were young bloggers documenting the fashion show (yes there’s one! Inspired by different antique works).
These 100 art pieces were curated by one of the oldest art galleries in Manila, Galeria de las Islas or Gallery of the Islands, located at the Silahis Center in Intramuros. The gallery had been exhibiting paintings, sculptures and other works of art since 1967 and has become renowned for its collection of Philippine genre art. Another gallery that contributed to its success is Transwing® Art Gallery, located at G/F Foremost Corporate Center, 102 West Avenue, Brgy. Phil-Am Quezon City, Philippines.
The evening was made of stunning masterpieces with great stories to tell, great live music by Yupangco Music Academy which serenaded the guests, tasty hors d’oeuvre and drinks and last but no the least the beautiful models on their Filipiniana gowns by the Century Xten Designers, Miel Velayne, Kim Tui Laurel, Me-an Marqueda, Edsel Santiago, Patrick Lazol, Erika Gana, Chino Del Pilar, Jackie Bautista, Audrey Rose Albason and Con Cordeta.
So as you have read, it all started with one dream.
It was one idea followed by full force execution.
A dream that weaved all the little different pieces together to make it into that one gigantic puzzle that is history.
It doesn’t matter if you were born here or somewhere else, before we love other countries, we must first love our own. When we love our own, we grow fondly of it, we protect it, and we are proud of it.
That is what describes a dream too, isn’t it? Before we love others’ status, we must first love our own. Our own hopes, aspirations and the kind of masterpiece we want to live in.
This masterpiece we call life.
I liked Robert Lane’s speech about our history: “Those who do not learn from it are doomed to repeat it.”
It is not the mistakes that break you, but the manner in which you don’t learn from it. If you learn from them, you become more aware and in turn, makes you a skilled talent.
So don’t be afraid to try. Don’t be afraid of committing a mistake just because you will fail. You will fail anyway, that’s the certainty. So fail better.
Not all of these artists were already good when they started. Remember that.
But how to fail better?
That’s the mentality you need for your dream.
That’s how to think like a winner and succeed.
If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.Vincent Van Gogh
The Exhibit will run until Oct 6 at the 4th level of Century City Mall from 11-8pm daily. Admission is free.
We encourage the public to visit the place. No other exhibit ever in the Philippines had curated a collection taken from 146yrs. It is history that Century City Mall is presenting to its patron.
So now here’s today’s #ELSRealTalk: What was something in your life that you learned through failure? And what was the best thing that landed you a progress towards your dream?
If you feel like sharing your dream too – then you’re awesome!
I’d love to hear from you! 🙂