The Philippine Pavilion exhibition was selected through a democratic process of an open call for curatorial proposals. A select panel of jurors, both international and local, was invited to review and deliberate on the blind proposals to select the most fitting proposals to be the official representation of the Philippines in the Venice Biennale.
Virgilio S. Almario
Nangungunang makata, kritiko, editor, tagasalin, guro, at administrador pangkultura, si Virgilio S. Almario ay ginawaran ng pinakapremyadong parangal ng Republika ng Filipinas bilang National Artist for Literature noong 2003. Bilang makata, tagasalin, at kritiko, isa siya sa mga nagsulong ng matagumpay na Modernismo sa panulaang Filipino kasama sina Lamberto E. Antonio at Rogelio G. Mangahas. Nakapaglathala siya ng mahigit 80 aklat sa tula at kritisismong pampanitikan sa loob ng anim na dekadang paglilingkod bilang makata at guro. Ilan sa mga mga pinakabago niyang koleksiyon ng tula ay Ang Romansa ng Pagsagip ng Osong Marso (2013), Lungting Lungsod ng Lunggati (2014), at May mga Damdaming Higit Kaysa Atin (2015). Isinalin na rin ang kaniyang mga tula sa mga nangungunang wika sa mundo gaya ng Ingles sa librong Heartland (2016) at sa librong In the Hour of Merchant and Felon (2016); at sa wikang Español sa librong En tiempos de la vendedora y del criminal (2016).
Pinarangalan ang kaniyang mga ambag sa wika’t panitikan ng Don Palanca Memorial Awards, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, Ten Outstanding Young Men for Literature, Southeast Asia Writers Award ng Thailand, Dangal ng Lipi ng Bulacan, Gawad Patnubay ng Sining ng Maynila, Gantimpalang Quezon ng Lungsod Quezon, National book Awards, Gawad Tsanselor at UP Centennial Professorial Chair ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas Diliman, Doktor sa Panitikan, honoris causa mula sa University of the East, at marami pang iba.
Malaking bahagi ng kaniyang buhay ang inilaan niya sa pagiging guro. Nagturo siya sa Philippine Science High School at sa Ateneo de Manila University. Ginawaran naman siya ng ranggong Professor Emeritus ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas Diliman noong 2010.
Bilang administrador pangkultura, naglingkod siya bilang Dekano ng Kolehiyo ng Arte at Literatura sa UP Diliman at dating Executive Director ng National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). Kasalukuyan siyang naglilingkod bilang Tagapangulo ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) at ng NCCA.
Brian Lee believes that architecture starts with solving our client’s genuine needs, but also must strive to achieve inspirational results that transcend expectations. A fundamental question that guides his work is how a building’s aesthetics, program, and tectonics can provide meaning to those who live and work in its spaces. His hands-on design approach is focused on achieving full integration of the natural and built environment through the most innovative design forms, materials, and construction technologies.
Using these simple and essential principles, Lee has designed landmark structures of lasting value and impact around the globe. Directing this international practice — including projects in East and Southeast Asia, Europe, and the Middle East — has honed his collaborative and design leadership skills.
Lee’s internationally published and award-winning designs include the China World Trade Center in Beijing (the city’s tallest building); Poly International Plaza in Guangzhou, China; the University of California San Diego Telemedicine Education Building; and the Kia Motors America, Inc. Research and Development Project and Design Center in Irvine, California.
Gridthiya Gaweewong founded arts organization Project 304 in 1996, after receiving her MAAA (Master of Arts in Administrations and Policy) from the school of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently Artistic Director of the Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok. Her curatorial projects have addressed issues of social transformation confronting artists from Thailand and beyond since the Cold War.
Gaweewong has organized exhibitions and events including Underconstruction, Tokyo (2000 – 2002), Politics of Fun at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2005), the Bangkok Experimental Film Festival (1997–2007) which she co-founded with Apichatpong Weerasethakul; the Saigon Open City inHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2006-2007) with Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Unreal Asia, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival (2009),and Between Utopia and Dystopia, MUAC, Mexico City (2011), among others.
Gridthiya Gaweewong has recently curated The Serenity of Madness, a solo exhibition of Apichatpong Weerasethakul, produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Chiangmai, and travelled to the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila, Parasite, Hong Kong, Sullivan Galleries, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma and Núcleo de Arte da Oliva, S. João da Madeira, Portugal (2016-2018). Recently, she served as the curatorial team of the 12th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea, and curated the exhibition Facing Phantom Borders.
Ar. Jose Mari U. Yupangco
Jose Mari U. Yupangco is an industrial designer, interior designer and a design architect. He was design principal for JY+A from 1993 to 2013, a professor emeritus of De La Salle College of Saint Benilde School of Design and the Arts, and is currently design consultant to the Office of the President of DLS-CSB.
He has degrees in Interior Design from the Philippine School of Interior Design, the Pratt Institute, and a master’s in lighting design from the Parson’s School of Design. He studied at the Domus Academy in Milan, Italy and the Association School of Architecture in London, England.
His recent projects include the TRYP Hotel at the Esplanade Roxas Boulevard, Manila the Philippines; the PT House in Greenhills, San Juan Metro Manila; and a prototype for the Magis house, O-house. Mr. Yupangco has been part of numerous jury panels and selection committees for local and international design competitions including a photography contest for the Camera Club (2019); the brand label for Don Papa Brandy (2018); the Bluprint magazine’s Quest for New Designs (February 2015 issue); the Philippine Furniture Industry (2003 and 2004); the CITEM Awards (from 2001 to 2010); the Japan G awards (from 2003 to 2005).
He has lectured and given talks at universities and institutions: the University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City Metro Manila; the University of San Carlos, Cebu City the Philippines, the University of Santo Tomas Manila, the Philippines; and the AA School of Architecture. He was invited speaker to the 2012 Packaging Convention in Iloilo City, the Philippines; at the Philippine-Korea Design Sharing and Building Partnership “Nurturing the Creatives”. He gave lectures at the Smart Cities Manila Workshop organized by AEDES Berlin and the Goethe Institut, and at an International Museums Conference both in Manila in 2013.
His work has been featured in several publications including a forthcoming book by Robert Powell, the BluPrint magazine, Metro Society and Metro Home magazines. He has written for Design Better, and local magazines Art+ Contemporary Art Philippines, Bluprint, Lifestyle Asia, among others.
Jose Mari Yupangco was dean for the School of Design and Arts of the De La Salle College of Saint Benilde and has mentored generations of students.