There are many telltale signs to know when the holidays are underway. Once the calendar turns into “-ber” months, malls play Christmas songs and, of course, festive decorations adorn all our surroundings. With this in mind, Shangri-La at the Fort recently revealed its art installations paying homage to Philippine holiday culture.
Where Philippine Holiday Culture Comes Alive
Ringing in the most wonderful time of year, the hotel collaborated with three local artists to deck their halls. Being a champion of Filipino artistry, the crop of tapped creatives highlighted a contemporary Filipino outlook. Igniting the joyful spirit and the essence of our culture to guests this season, we find out what went into their pieces.
Ryan Villamael’s Inclusive Tree
Known for his handiwork in cut paper, Ryan Villamael’s modern Christmas tree takes center stage in the hotel’s lobby. Fondly called the Inclusive Tree, its multi-layered acrylic panels display detailed cutwork representative of our traditions. Tribal weaves as well as parol lantern patterns are presented in a silver mirror finish allowing viewers to interact and reflect on its message of inclusivity.
Jude Tiotuico’s Steel Magic
Putting a steel spin to the classics is Jude Tiotuico. His Industrial Tropical Wreaths found at High Street Lounge sport elegantly shaped gumamela flowers intertwined with different tropical leaves. Additionally, parols in natural metal patinas along the hotel’s driveways together with several colorfully layered and textured trees in the complex are also of Jude’s metalwork.
Bea Valdes and the Contemporary Filipino Outlook
Bea Valdes and her art are no strangers to Shangri-La at the Fort. With some of her pieces already in the complex, her taking the reins on this season’s overall vision was an undisputed choice.
Adding to her varied collection are her T’NALAK parols at High Street Cafe. Though usually made of bamboo or paper, Bea reimagined the star-shaped ornaments with the Mindanaoan T’boli tribe fabric. As a now globally recognized material used in the interior design industry, it was her way of bringing it back home.
For a closer look, visit Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila, 30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. To learn more about their Festive Season offerings, check out their e-brochure. You can also follow Shangri-La at the Fort on Facebook and Instagram for more updates.