Monday, June 29, 2015

Urban Sketchers Philippines at Fête de la Musique 2015

On the weekend of June 20-21, the world celebrated Fête de la Musique 2015. Urban Sketchers Philippines joined the celebrations for our official monthly sketchwalk and we went to one of the pocket stages in Makati City to sketch and listen to the music of the MOD era.

The sketchwalk was held at Alchemy, a bistro bar with quirky interiors. The MOD stage was set to feature blues, ska, soul, pop, reggae, and folk music from some of the country's best music artists. The sketchers caught the DJ set of Bing Austria and the set of folk musician Ian Penn.

Sketching outside the bar while waiting for the live sets to begin.

Sketching inside while drinking the world-famous San Miguel beers!

After the sketch session in Alchemy, some of the sketchers transferred to other stages to continue drawing and enjoying the sounds of this year's Fête de la Musique.

Lala Singian wrote about her experience and mentioned the Urban Sketchers in her blog here:

To see more sketches, do visit our group on Facebook:

Photos in this post by Ige Trinidad and Lauren Villarama. For the complete set, please click this link.

This June, Urban Sketchers Philippines was also featured in local online magazine See the article here! Urban Sketchers Philippines: Experiencing the city through the lost art of drawing

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

June 2015 Sketch Call

June Sketchwalk: The MOD Stage at Fête de la Musique

This month, Urban Sketchers Philippines is doing something different. We will be joining the World Music Day celebrations with an afternoon-night of listening to and of course, sketching the performers and the music-loving crowd over at the MOD Stage of Fête de la Musique 2015. ;)

WHEN: June 20, 2015 (Saturday)
WHERE: Alchemy Bistro Bar, corner Polaris St. and Durban St., Barangay Poblacion, Makati
TIME: 4PM-7PM (7PM show & tell, participants may choose to stay until after the sketchwalk ;) )

Alchemy is a bistro bar with three distinct areas: an outdoor pizzeria with an Italian wood-fired pizza oven, a unique indoor eating/drinking venue, and a rooftop wine bar. The MOD Stage will feature blues, ska, soul, pop, reggae, and folk music from some of the country's best music artists. If you'd like some good seats/sketching spots, please come early. :)

MOD Stage Event page:
Lineup: (as of June 16)
-6:00-Ian Penn (Folk)
-6:30-Kontra Tiempo (Rock)
-7:00-Nameless Heroes (Pop)
-7:30-The Royal (Pop)
-8:00-Sundown Muse (Pop)
-8:30-Rod Mijares Combo (Rockabilly)
-9:00-Dandimites (Skinhead Reggae)
-9:30-Steady Movin' Beat (Ska)
-10:00-Neighbors (Ska)
-10:30-D.O.M. (Mod)
-11:00-Blue Jean Junkies (Blues/Rock & Roll)
-11:30-Dragonfly Collector (Pop)
-12:00-Flippin Soul Stompers (Soul)
-12:30-GoodLeaf (Dub)
6:00-Boy Butengteng
8:00-Sgt. Vez
10:00-Minister Zero
12:00-Shane Cosgrove

Alchemy on Facebook:

Directions: From Makati Avenue, turn right onto Jupiter St. then first left onto Polaris.

No entrance fee, no joining fee. Just grab your favorite sketching tools and join us!

See you at Alchemy, the MOD Stage at Fête de la Musique 2015!

Independence Day sketchwalk in Manila

On June 12, Urban Sketchers Philippines commemorated the 117th Philippine Independence Day with a sketchwalk in Plaza Lawton and the Kartilya ng Katipunan Shrine near the Manila City Hall.

The sketchers met up at the Bonifacio monument at Plaza Lawton. The monument is a tribute to one of the country's heroes Andres Bonifacio, who was often called "the Father of the Philippine Revolution". We then walked to the Kartilya ng Katipunan Shrine.

The Kartilya ng Katipunan ("Primer of the Katipunan" in English) served as the guidebook--or manifesto--for the new members of the Katipunan, a revolutionary society founded in 1892. The first edition of the Kartilya was written by Bonifacio, one of the group's founding members. The shrine dedicated to the Kartilya depicted the principles laid out in the primer.

The Philippine sketchers in front of the Bonifacio monument. The building behind us is the Manila Post Office Building.

The day's sketches.

NiceNice and Ryfka Rodriguez

Constancio de Guzman

Manuel Jiongco

Lauren Villarama and Janeil Arlegui

Manuel Jiongco, Nigel Feliciano, and Cynthia Feliciano

Nigel and aunt Cynthia draw the Bonifacio monument.

Janeil and Greg Peralta, who joined the sketchwalk for the first time.

Aurelio Castro III sketching Mang Mose, who lives at the plaza.

Ige Trinidad

Janice Medina and Bianca Ejercito joined the sketchwalk, their first time doing so. :)

Honesto Sarte

Kim Alviar aka Izzy

It was also Jordan Racca's first time to join the sketchwalk.

Sketchers at the Kartilya ng Katipunan Shrine

Louri Bundac, another newbie, documents like a pro. 

Ar Arcon

Sketching in the tropics requires umbrellas and hats!

At around noon the heat became unbearable, so we started packing up but not before the customary show & tell!

Sketching was a really great way to spend the Independence Day holiday! 'Til next!

*Photos in this post by Ige Trinidad.