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Our first national pavilion for the Venice Architecture Biennale, ‘Muhon: Traces of an Adolescent City’ is now on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila. The homecoming exhibition runs until Dec. 30

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Senator Loren Legarda led the opening of the homecoming exhibition of “Muhon: Traces of an Adolescent City – The Philippine Pavilion” at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila.

Muhon, curated by Sudarshan Khadka Jr., Juan Paolo de la Cruz, and Leandro Y. Locsin Jr. of Leandro V. Locsin Partners (LVLP), was the Philippines’ official representation in the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in 2016, the country’s first official participation.

TEAM PHILIPPINES Tina Colayco, president of MET Museum; Adrian Alfonso and Pearl Robles of 8x8 Design Studio Co.; curators Sudarshan Khadka Jr., Leandro Locsin Jr., and Juan Paolo de la Cruz; Senator Loren Legarda; Nina Gonzales of C|S Design Consultancy; Bambi Mañosa of & Co. Inc.; Anna Sy and Charm Cabredo of C|S Design Consultancy; Eduardo Calma; Don Lino of LIMA Architecture; Poklong Anading; Tad Ermitaño; and Riya Lopez of the Philippine Arts in Venice Biennale (PAVB) Coordinating Committee

TEAM PHILIPPINES Tina Colayco, president of MET Museum; Adrian Alfonso and Pearl Robles of 8×8 Design Studio Co.; curators Sudarshan Khadka Jr., Leandro Locsin Jr., and Juan Paolo de la Cruz; Senator Loren Legarda; Nina Gonzales of C|S Design Consultancy; Bambi Mañosa of & Co. Inc.; Anna Sy and Charm Cabredo of C|S Design Consultancy; Eduardo Calma; Don Lino of LIMA Architecture; Poklong Anading; Tad Ermitaño; and Riya Lopez of the Philippine Arts in Venice Biennale (PAVB) Coordinating Committee

“Muhon was our first national pavilion for the Architecture Biennale. It has started a dialogue that allows us to ponder on the realities that surround us, particularly on our built heritage, and to shape our own personal narrative as a community. It is now here in the country for Filipinos to see,” said Legarda, whose vision and leadership paved the way for the country’s return to the Venice Biennale.

Through the exhibition, the curatorial team poses the question: “Are we demolishing buildings before we have had the time to fall in love with them?”3

“The primary objective of the exhibition is to question the debilitating mindset of a damaged identity ascribed to the conflict between fashion and commercialism and a desire to conform to a preconceived notion of self and history,” explains Leandro Locsin Jr., one of the co-curators.

The participants and their subjects are: Poklong Anading for KM 0, Tad Ermitaño for Pandacan Bridge, Mark Salvatus for Binondo, Eduardo Calma for the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Jorge Yulo for Mandarin Hotel, 8×8 Design Studio Co. for the Magsaysay Center, C|S Design Consultancy for Pasig River, Lima Architecture for the Makati Stock Exchange, and Mañosa & Co. for Tahanang Pilipino or Coconut Palace.

“Muhon: Traces of an Adolescent City” homecoming exhibition is organized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and the Office of Senator Loren Legarda, in partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Manila.

Now open to the public, it runs until Dec. 30 at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Malate, Manila.

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