Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Northern Philippines Exposure

The Philippines has several UNESCO declared World Heritage sites since the 1990s. The upper part of the island of Luzon has 4 sites namely, the church of Santa Maria in Ilocos Sur province, the church of Paoay in Ilocos Norte province, the Ifugao rice terraces, and the Spanish era collection of houses in Vigan, Ilocos Sur.
Night sketch along a street in Vigan
Janeil Arlegui sketching on location in Paoay
 With only 36 hours stay in the two Ilocos provinces, I've managed to sketch Vigan houses and the church of Paoay.

Monday, May 30, 2011


Welcome to Urban Sketchers Philippines!

Mabuhay from the USk-Philippines! We are glad to be a part of Urban Sketchers’ correspondents. Visiting American teacher, Buz Walker-Teach (who is also a member of USk-Singapore), pointed to Janeil Arlegui, a local architect-faculty, about a month ago about USk after reading an article Janeil wrote about sketching water fountains in Manila. Ryan Sumo, is another administrative member for USk-PH. He is a freelance illustrator who has started intensively sketching his experiences. In their initial meeting, they shared their sketching passions and drew out plans for sketching around Manila.

We have soon invited some sketchers we can find over networks and had our first official sketch walk last May 21. The San Sebastian century-old all metal gothic church offered a challenge for our first group of around 10 sketchers. Half of the participants were students.

The session ended with a lunch, and sharing of the sketches produced. We hope to increase our participant with our monthly sessions and will be posting regularly here.