Wednesday, July 31, 2013

DENSDEC- Exotic Mixture

Densdec (Dennis S. de Castro) is one interior decorator and landscape artist who is unafraid to take risk in implementing his artistic vision. He punctuates a place with exceptional objet d' arts and adds a healthy splash of enthusiasm, producing a creative cocktail that oftentimes defies rules. In the language of design, his ability is innate fluency seasoned through years of experience. Certainly, he has a designer's creative eye in weaving cultures in his design. So compelling is his usual exotic combination that one can almost hear the music of India and the east. He has this remarkable ability to capture the enduring spirit of a vivid, often cacophonous life. Indeed, his capacity to distill the essence of a place, whether indoor or outdoor, and translate it into a stunning visual imagery is his forte.

 Densdec, designer of the Baliba Sun House

                                                      An antique Chinese door

                                            Afghan wooden containers

                                   "The Lady of Vladimir" by Fernando Sena

                            An old wooden panel complements the other art pieces

                             A rice basket is artfully converted into a hanging lamp

                                                     Bells used in Tibetan rituals

                                                     The Dancing Shiva

                                                     Indonesian candle holders

                           Moroccan lamps are not only beautiful but also make good
                           conversational pieces

                                 A bulol watches over the mangoes and suman ^_^

An old medicine cabinet converted into an artistic cabinet for CD's

The Baliba Sun House
                                                    The driftwood is not just decorative but
                                                     also functional

                                                    The Baliba Sun House
                                     Do not decorate an area to within an inch of its life;
                                     give it space to breathe and have its own personality.

                                           "No Logging", a sculpture by Densdec

                                                  "Girl with Hibiscus" by Adecastroan

Bali Estela

"Forever My Love Will Be" by Adecastroan and   
"Lace and Santan Flowers" by Raul Patindol

It is not about keeping up with the art. It is about creating 
a background. Rooms are never just about the important 
art pieces and pictures.

Making choices, whether an important career move or the whimsical
placement of an object, is not just part of life. It is what makes each
person unique.

"Bird Charmers" by Adecastroan

"Tropicale" by Adecastroan

"Madame Butterfly's Fan" by Adecastroan

Photos courtesy of Densdec


Friday, July 26, 2013

The Pinto Art Museum and Silangan Gardens- a feast for the eyes

A visit to the Pinto Art Museum and Silangan Gardens is always a respite from the hustle bustle of city life. It offers artistic nourishment to the soul with its art collection and jolts the senses with its splendid architecture, landscapes, flora and greens. Upon entrance, one is greeted with an expanse of lush vegetation accented by contemporary art pieces. There are rare sculptures and paintings of different genre that are not only visually appealing but also intellectually stimulating.

The Pinto Art Museum and Silangan Gardens is owned by Dr. Joven Cuanang, art patron and neurologist. It is located in Antipolo City in a hilltop town east of Manila where it overlooks the metropolis and Laguna de Bai.

                        "The principles of true art is not to portray but to evoke."

                         - Jerzy Kosinski
                        "Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves
                          at the same time."

                         - Thomas Merton

                                         "Karnabal", 1992
                                          Artists: Saling pusa collective

                                         Artist: Jason Moss

                                        "Ang Alamat ni Lam-ang"

                                       "Painting is silent poetry."
                                       - Plutarch

                                                  "Walang Iwanan", 1999
                                                  "Hating Kapatid", 1993
                                                   Artist: Elmer Borlongan

                                         "Uyayi kay Paraluman"
                                          Artist: Karen Flores

                                                   Artist: Riel Hilario

                                         Artist: Emmanuel Garibay

                                                    Artist: Jose Tence Ruiz

                                         Artist: Danielle Cruz

Artist: Antonio Catral Leano
 Photos courtesy of my brother, Dennis

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Only in Iba

Only in Iba

Subic comes to mind whenever one asks about the best place for a sojourn in Zambales. Unknown to many, Iba is the place calling not only for discovery but also for rediscovery. Although most of the younger generation chatter on mobile phones and live in concrete houses, the incursions of these modern-day life have done little to disturb the ancient rhythms of this tropical paradise. One realizes that the longer he spends time in Iba, the better he understands that the past is ever present and is just living beneath the surface. There are still unspoiled landscapes and gracious, unassuming people ready to give directions and answer any query pertaining to the place. The allure of the place is that one never quite knows what's around the corner.


"Nature is the act of God." "Let us be silent, that we may
 hear the whispers of the gods."

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

My brother Dennis, the carabao whisperer ^_^

"In the end, it's not going to matter how many breaths
you took, but how many moments took your breath  

-Shing xiong

                    "Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet
                      and the winds long to play with your hair."

                                                         -Khalil Gibran

                          "To see the world in a grain of sand, and to see heaven
                            in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hands,
                            and eternity in an hour."

                                                           -William Blake


"I like a path with personality, one that keeps my
attention and reveals itself, bend by bend."


Photos courtesy of my brother, Dennis