One of MM Yu's many photographs from the "Stand Still" collection of shots features Metro Manila.
Catch a glimpse of what's going on in contemporary Filipino art at thirtyninehotel, where a traveling exhibit showcases works by more than a dozen alternative artists in Manila. "Manila Envelope: A Snapshot of Contemporary Arts Culture in Metro Manila" runs through Saturday at the venue.
The show was curated by Jenifer K. Wofford, an Oakland-based artist and graduate student at the University of California- Berkeley, where "Manila Envelope" had its original run before coming to Hawaii. Wofford's intention with "Manila Envelope" was to provide a context for the city's current contemporary arts community and to nuture an arts relationship between the United States and the Philippines.
Thirtyninehotel is located at 39 N. Hotel St. Gallery hours are 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays. Call 599-2552.
Bembol De La Cruz used cuticle remover on photo paper for his collection of "Photo Paintings."
"Enchantress of the Triple World" by Denis Lagdameo is a mixed-media assemblage.
Gerardo Tan's "It's Not Hard To Put a Painting in a Mailbox" is a hand-painted trompe l'oeil postage stamp piece created with acrylic and an envelope.