See History in Art at the Sining Saysay Exhibit

I was surprised to find out that there is an art gallery at the 5/F Gateway Mall, Cubao, Quezon City. The exhibit combines Philippine history with visual arts on 6 feet by 12 feet canvasses.
The Sining Saysay: Philippine History in Art exhibit is a joint project of the University of the Philippines (UP), the UP Alumni Association (UPAA) and the Araneta Center.

Twenty-eight (28) UP alumni artists were invited to chronicle the Philippines history in 30 large-scale paintings. The participating artists who depicted the different eras of our local history were Adonai Artificio, Armand Bacaltos, Adi Baen-Santos, Grandier Bella, Benjie Cabangis, Ben Cabrera, Angel Cacnio, Romeo Carlos, Cris Cruz, Denes Dasco, Gig De Pio, Simkin De Pio, Vincent De Pio, Neil Doloricon, Norman Dreo, Amado Hidalgo, Abdul Asia Mari Imao, Ben Infante, Gigi Javier-Alfonso, Aileen Lanuza, Romeo Mananquil, Norlie Meimban, Julius Samson, Jonahmar Salvosa, Randy Solon, Michael Velasco, Jun Yee, and Janice Young.

UP Artists had consulted historians Dr. Serafin Quiazon and Prof. Ma. Luisa Camagay to help recreate the details that shaped the events in our local history.

Martial Law in the Philippines by Adi Baen-Santos

Filipinos Unite to End Martial Law by Angel Cacnio

Ramos - Estrada Administration by Michael Velasco

Restoration of Democracy Continues by Grandier Bella

The 30-piece collection is a brilliant way for students to learn the history of the Philippines by going over these artworks. Sining Saysay tells about our country's independence and political maturity. The Chinese, Spanish and American influences and its role in Philippine history were well-researched and accurately illustrated. This art exhibit represents a continuous, history source that spans across different periods.

The Sining Saysay exhibit at the Gateway Gallery is open to the public. These canvasses will eventually be transferred to its permanent home in the UP Diliman campus.

Sining Saysay is a great way to engage kids and/or students in a fun learning activity. Don't miss out on this pleasurable walk back in time.


  1. This is a great place to check out. Hope schools are aware of this art gallery so they can let their students visit this during their educational trips.

  2. Would love to bring the kids so they have a sense of appreciation for historical art.

  3. Ang galing! I want to go, kaya lang ang layo. Will try to find a way to bring the kids there.

  4. Nice paintings. :) I remember when during my college days, we used to go to museums and try to depict the meanings behind each paintings.

  5. Excellent and powerful paintings! If only we had these paintings in school, I would have gotten interested in our History class back then. Hehe These serves as an interesting way of learning about our history to students.

  6. My daughters will love to see these paintings. They've developed the love at looking at paintings in an exhibit.

  7. The partner and I love history. Would want to encourage our toddler to love it too and I think paintings are a great way to teach them to appreciate these subjects.

  8. Philippines history & culture overload! Might consider visiting the gallery soon :)


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