Thrill your senses at Ortigas Art Festival

The crowd-drawing, award-winning and admission-free Ortigas Art Festival pivots into the digital world with the best of film, painting, photography, sculpture and more on its fourth year.

Launched in 2018, the annual Ortigas Art Festival has been envisioned to make art accessible to everyone. With the success of its first run featuring over 60 local artists from various groups, Ortigas Malls continued to pursue its goal of uplifting the art community and democratizing art by making the Ortigas Art Festival an annual celebration. In 2019, the festival’s roster grew to over 130 artists from all over the Philippines and expanded with over 200 artists including international artists from Southeast Asia in 2020.

In a press handout, Renee Bacani, Ortigas Malls’ vice president said, “We at Ortigas Malls have always supported the art community. Through the Ortigas Art Festival, we are able to bring together hundreds of talented local and even international artists and provide them a platform to express their craft and inspire people from all walks of life.

“The theme of this year’s Ortigas Art Festival aligns with Ortigas Malls’ Enjoy Everyday campaign that promotes the importance of making every day enjoyable and encouraging people to seize opportunities despite the many challenges that life may bring.”

This year, Ortigas Art Festival has added film in its program from the previous year’s presentation of photography, paintings and sculptures. Exhibit head Renato Habulan, a multi-awarded Filipino artist, and Ortigas Malls promise a hybrid festival with on-ground and virtual activities to keep art lovers of all persuasions engaged.

Habulan said: “Art is an important part of society, it is food to the soul. As long as the community continues to remain dedicated to pursuing the craft and enthusiasts continue to support, the art industry will thrive.”

He added that collaboration and innovation among artists remain priorities. “We are grateful to continue this partnership with Ortigas Malls through the annual Ortigas Art Festival. Through activities like this, we are able to foster a sense of commonality among artists, encourage learning and push the industry together.”

Ortigas Malls and participating artists of the Ortigas Art Festival have pulled all the stops to make the month-long festival as memorable and enriching as the previous years. The festival kicked off last 24 February and runs till 31 March.

Whether visiting online or offline, check out some of this art event’s highlights:, the headline gallery at the Ortigas Art Festival 2021, Agos studio artists headed by Renato Habulan holds e-mentoring sessions for aspiring and established artists especially during these unprecedented times. Sales of their artworks will benefit Art Relief Mobile Kitchen.

Born in Film is a non-profit organization with members that include Alberto Garcia, the only Filipino photographer included in Time Magazine and National Geographic’s Most Influential Photos of the 20th Century. Garcia is the photographer behind the iconic 1991 Mount Pinatubo eruption photographs titled “Beauty Amidst Disaster.” Garcia’s works are featured in the festival. Born in Film will also hold virtual workshops on Visual Storytelling and Creative Composition, as well as Darkroom Developing on Color, Black and White, and Scanning Your Negatives broadcasted via Zoom and on PhotoNation International.

Meanwhile, the Film Development Council of the Philippines in partnership with the mall is holding its first-ever Vertical Cinema Contest. Open to the public, participants are asked to shoot a two-minute film a portrait orientation with their smartphones and following the theme, “The Beauty of Everyday.” Ten short films will be selected as winners.

More activities await the everyone at the 4th Annual Ortigas Art Festival. Head over to Estancia G/F East Wing in Pasig City. Or, go online: ​ for events and updates.

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