Music You Can See: Rondo, Altro Mondo’s Year-Ending Show, Returns - Arts & Culture

Works by gifted contemporary artists like Orley Ypon and Phyllis Zaballero will be on display.

Altro Mondo Arte Contemporanea’s year-ending exhibit Rondo returns for the fifth time, running until January 2, 2022 at the gallery’s San Antonio, Makati space.

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Rondo is a musical form found in the last movement of a musical piece. As such, the works included in the exhibit are in constant dialogue with each other, coming together to punctuate the space with meaning and memories of a year that is coming to an end.

“Elixir,” by Antipas Delotavo

The exhibit features Filipino artists, whose work encompasses myriad styles and themes, laid out like the finest of musical compositions.

Orley Ypon’s Life and Nature is a snapshot of provincial idyll, with frenzied brushstrokes depicting otherwise tranquil pastoral beauty, a scene of traditional family life emerging in the background. Tammy de Roca’s Vergel’s Golt is a similar chronicle of the natural world in which she seizes the tumult of the sea in thick impasto waves.

“Birth of Fire,” by Junyee

In contrast to this, Phyllis Zaballero’s Window Whimsy #5 is true to its name. The work is a playful hodgepodge of neon colors and odd silhouettes straight out of a bygone era. Antipas Delotavo’s Elixir is another fanciful excursion from convention, which sees a man caught between a random assortment of floating paraphernalia: a sewing machine, perfume bottles, and a clock.

These are just some of the brilliant artists and artworks included in this year-end exhibition that showcases a sampling of the country’s most gifted contemporary artists.

“Life and Nature,” by Oyley Ypon

Their works, though diverse and dissimilar from each other, all come together to form a harmonious conclusion to the outgoing year and a hopeful glimpse into the future ahead.

Rondo V will be on view at the Altro Mondo Creative Space, 1159 Chino Roces Avenue, San Antonio Village, Makati until January 2, 2022. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. For more information, you may also visit

Banner Photo: “Still thou shalt stand long after my body has turned to dust and merged with soil that embraces thine roots,” by Ambie Abaño

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