October is Museums and Galleries Month: What to expect

Keep abreast of the activities and festivities this month.

Leading the festivities is the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, which opened the month with a simple ceremony at the National Museum of Fine Arts on October 1.

Guided by the theme “Exhibits and Reflections: Crafting Opportunities for the New World,” this year’s #MGM2023 highlights the role of these artistic and cultural institutions as an avenue for people to make sense of humanity, especially after the extraordinary circumstances of years past.

As stated in Proclamation No. 798 by President Corazon Aquino on September 12, 1991, the month is also geared toward strengthening national consciousness and pride through all forms of art that showcase our rich culture and identity.

Check out some of the activities set to take place this month. Make sure to check back every now and then for updates!

National Museum

The National Museum will be releasing their lineup of activities for the month on a weekly basis. For the first week, one must-visit event is a special guided tour on October 7, 2023, from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm at the National Museum of Natural History.

This activity is open to the public, and only 60 slots will be accommodated. More details, including schedules for other activities, may be accessed via the National Museum’s Facebook page.

Fundacion Sanso

The Sansó x Rega Turntable. Photo from Fundacion Sansó.

On October 4, Fundacion Sansó is set to launch the Sansó x Rega Turntable System. A collaboration with UK-based, world-class hi-fi brand Rega, the limited-edition Turntable System features Juvenal Sansó’s classic Breton House work, “Impact of Creation.”

The Sansó x Rega Turntable Systems are available at the Fundacion Sansó Museum Shop and its online store, Art Lounge Manila-Podium, Galerie Joaquin Rockwell, and Galerie Nicolas Greenbelt.

The non-profit organization is also hosting an afternoon of talks with globally renowned art conservators on October 7, 2023 from 2pm to 4pm. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required.


At 6 p.m. on October 5, Art+ will officially launch Homegrown: A Collection of Genre Art, a curated selection of visual works that celebrate the rich tapestry of Filipino culture and identity.

The coffee table book features 36 Filipino visual artists, providing a glimpse of how these creatives explore everyday life and translate their visions into art.

The official launch will be held at the East Atrium of Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong City. An exhibition showcasing the vibrant works of all the participating local artists will also be on view today until October 8, 2023.

ManilART 2023

Photo from Facebook/ManilART

ManilART marks 15 years of being the premier national art fair of the country with “A New Contemporary.” The festivities will be held at the SMX Aura Convention Center and several satellite galleries/locations from October 11 to 15, 2023.

For more information about ManilART and the participating galleries and artists, visit www.manilartfair.com.

Works from “The Color Itself” by Carlos Cruz-Diez. Photo from Facebook/León Gallery

León Gallery International invites us to delve into the artistry of Carlos Cruz-Diez and how he uses color as a force that can transcend boundaries, invade spaces, and exist independently of traditional constraints.

The Color Itself is a project of Galeria Cayón with the support of León Gallery International. The exhibit will run until October 7, 2023.

Salcedo Auctions

Gavel&Block, a subsidiary of Salcedo Auctions, will host rare celebrity estate sale with the personal holdings of Philippine fashion legend Pepito Albert and Philippine society “dahling” Maurice Arcache. The ‘art+design’ online auction on Saturday, 21 October, will feature artworks, furniture, books, and valuable keepsakes.

Also ongoing at Salcedo Auctions is ‘misfits in the afternoon,’ gathering the works of eight of the country’s most notable contemporary artists – Ronald Achacoso, Francesca Enriquez, Pardo de Leon, Jet Melencio, Aleth Ocampo, Dan Raralio, Popo San Pascual, and Reg Yuson – curated by Nilo Ilarde.

Stay tuned for more announcements as we go through Museums and Galleries Month!

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