The week of the March 2012 edition of Manila FAME also marked the first Design Week Philippines, a bi-annual week-long event for design, arts, and creativity in the country. In celebration of Design Week Philippines, Manila FAME featured the Walls of Art with the theme “Creative Environment: Street Life.” The Walls depict a distinct graffiti style with elements usually found on the streets of the Metro along with other popular facets of street life in the Philippines.
During Manila FAME, the four Walls of Art were on-going creations throughout the four days of the show. As you walk along the second floor of the SMX Convention Center, you’ll find various street artists working on the walls, paintbrushes is hand with numerous cans of paints by their feet. On a given day, you may even catch one or two artist braving high ladders to paint the upper sections of the Walls.
The artists involved in this project were members of Pilipinas Street Plan, a premier group of street/graffiti artists in the Philippines. They are:
- Greg “Egg Fiasco” Gueleserlan
- Alex “Tripp63” Martine
- JJ “Xld” Zamoranos
- Nemo Aguila
- Tawny Tantay
- Omar “Whoop” Ramos
- Epjey Pacheco
- Neil Arvin “A.lien” Javier
On Manila FAME’s last show day, an audience gathered to witness as Ms. Rosvi C. Gaetos, Executive Director of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions turned over the Walls of Art to the Metro Rail Transit (MRT), represented by Atty. Al S. Vitangcol III. Atty. Vitangcol, a patron of the arts, assured that each Wall will have a place at its new home in the MRT station, remaining whole, intact, and true to what it represents.