By Jeanne Daryl C. Franco
I spent my weekend surrounded by great music, fabulous artworks and good treats while chilling in the cool breeze of Tagaytay. It was an absolute thrill to discover new acts too at the much-awaited Tagaytay Art Beat 3 in Museo Orlina last May 19, 2018. No exaggeration, my heart was racing with excitement knowing that my friends and I will have an incredible memory to treasure after the event.
Museo Orlina is a place full of fine paintings and must-see glass sculptures; I was enamored with the extraordinary masterpieces I found inside. But that day has something so extra: live music. Now on its third year, Tagaytay Art Beat provides a one-of-a-kind event for the young and up-and-coming visual artists to showcase their talents, a testament of the magnitude of talent in this growing art community. The miscellany of musical acts was an audio treat — a total eargasm. Art and music in one day was good for my soul and for the hundreds of souls who joined in the festive atmosphere, our collective hearts racing with sheer pleasure.
Tagaytay Art Beat 3 was a blast!
The millennials and the millennials-at-heart were given the chance to write on the freedom wall and more importantly, support and mingle (and take selfies, naturally) with their favorite artists. Street artists like the trio of Dee Jay Paeste, Jappy Agoncillo, Miggy Antonio and Aral Cru did live murals at the roof deck of the museum. Gab Loste, Jess de Leon, Lee Caces, Kim Pamela Co, Anthony Molina, Dennis Jimenez, Hannah Bundalian, Gab Baez, Jenny Gernale, Razel Mar, Dennis Bato, Lhean Storm, Mykie Concepcion, Rydel Reib Arayata and Bea Policarpio showcased their artworks in the exhibit areas throughout the property. Their artworks will be on display at Museo Orlina until August 2018. Kris Abrigo’s stair art brought smiles to the faces of guests and art aficionados all to the way to the merchant’s room.
The event featured neon lights installation as the event’s theme was perfect for taking Instagram-worthy photos! *winks* And, oh, that green gem-like artwork on the third level of the museum? That is the impeccable Arcanum. All the green took my blues away… and my friends and I took a photo with it.
But hands down, my personal favorite of the day: the music.
Museo Orlina, in partnership with Docdef Productions, indulged the crowd with 15 hours (yes, 15 hours!) of non-stop music from 21 musical acts, including bands and soloists. Pusakalye started their set for the afternoon while Munimuni, Max Javelino and I Belong To The Zoo, played their songs under the scorching Tagaytay sun. Bea Lorenzo, a Kalimba artist, wowed everyone with her powerful yet sweet voice. I bet I was not alone getting goosebumps while she sang her original compositions and played her kalimba (an African instrument).
The rap group, Uprising, hyped up the crowd with their savage rhymes and musical artistry. We were entranced by UBE’s and Oh! Flamingo’s 70’s vibes. Nothing stopped the crowd from dancing and jiving to Adinkra Lumads and Dayaw – not even the (mild) rain. The audience had their umbrellas and coats on the ready. DJs Jessica Milner, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, TMACVIBE and
Mikecons powered the roof deck with their beats.
Clara Benin serenaded the night with her soothing voice and a lucky fan even got the chance to sing with her onstage. Leanne and Naara, Reese Lansangan and Julianne added to the chill atmosphere of Tagaytay’s cool ambience.
Renowed bands Mayonnaise, Hale and Itchyworms performed their biggest hits. Ben&Ben, being the crowd favorite, left a magical imprint as the crowd lit the venue with their phones, singing along to their anthem. It was truly a night to remember.
Mr. Bones and the Boneyard Circus, a horror rock band, ended the night — rather the wee hours of the next day — on a high note. It was shortly complemented by Tom’s Story, a fitting send-off for the packed crowd who went home happy and energized.
The event would not have been a success without its partners and sponsors. Event presenter Johnnie Walker showed their support to homegrown rhythyms and the art scene by fueling the event with red and black highballs — perfect for the chilly Tagaytay evening. The food and beverage concessionaires, Uncle Dan’s and Chinampa, and Hope In A Bottle, filled our bellies all throughout
the occasion. A photo booth and a shoe designing competition sponsored by Saucony Originals were part of the event activities. Guests were also treated to surprise games and fun prizes.
I found peace at Tagaytay Art Beat listening to good music throughout the event. The spontaneous and expressive artworks and the vivid colors of live murals added beauty to the surroundings of Tagaytay. It was indeed a memorable weekend in the highlands.
Museo Orlina art gallery is located at Hollywood St., Hollywood Subdivision, Tolentino East, Tagaytay City, Santa Rosa – Tagaytay Rd, Tagaytay, Cavite. Call (046) 413-2581 for inquiries. I hope to see you on the next edition of Tagaytay Art Beat!