I'd been talking to them about this compound of galleries and shops for a long time, promising to take them there sometime.
Last month, we had dinner before I left for Tokyo, and they brought up my never-fulfilled promise.
One of them said: "We're still waiting for you to take us to that gallery you've been talking about in Pasay."
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KEEPING A PROMISE
I hadn't been in awhile, too, so I was happy to compare schedules and find a free afternoon to go see some art, in between my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.
The compound is occupied, among others, by art gallery owner Albert Avellana, and his friends: interior designer Eric Paras and fashion designer Jojie Lloren.
The first time I visited this compound, years ago, I immediately fell in love with it.
A TRAVELIFE BACK IN TIME
It was like being in Manila in another era, when life was good and genteel.
And what I can never get used to, when I am in this compound, is how all the houses are basically open and you can just go into them.
Talk about the good old days here.
ART SCHOOL IN ANOTHER ERA
I also liked much of the art Albert displayed in his gallery, which is actually spread out over three houses, as well as many of the works Eric had in his own three houses.
Albert and I went to art school together when we were kids, together with a couple of famous young-ish artists like Elmer Borlongan and Ferdinand Doctolero.
Fortunately, he is always quick to tell everyone that I was practically a baby at that time compared to him, to stress the point that I am much younger than him.
But he does still remember how I used to throw sand onto his oil paintings when we had class painting sessions "en plein air."
NOTHING LIKE THIS IN MANILA
My Russian friends loved this compound.
One of them said: "I've never seen anything like this in Manila before."
As for me, it was like a Travelife back in time, to the era of good old-fashioned living in Manila.
And, of course, just another wonderful afternoon in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.
PS: All the photos here were just taken with my Blackberry....
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