Monday, March 24, 2014

Kalibo Art Tour

Erlinda Quimpo Wilson (l) and fellow artist, Clay Dalid (r) at Studio Q

We drove to Kalibo from Roxas City to see the paintings of Erlinda Quimpo Wilson at her own Studio Q in the center of the city. At the time of our visit in February, Erlinda was busy preparing for the Transwing Art Exhibit at SM Aura Mall in Fort Bonifacio where her paintings were included in the exhibition. 


Erlinda has received awards for her works and these are proudly displayed at the studio. The walls of the cozy studio show a wide selection of her paintings depicting local scenes or festivals as well as canvasses she completed while in U.S. where she took painting classes. I really loved this peaceful painting of 2 people busily working on the field with their backs bent against violet tinged mountains in the background. 

Saylo Cuisine

We went to Saylo Cuisine for lunch where some of Erlinda’s paintings were prominently displayed in the dining room. Saylo encourages local painters to display their works here. Near the main door is this dining alcove with a deep purple backdrop and a collage of photos. What an artistic tableau!

Saylo Cuisine's menu

I was impressed with the lengths to which Saylo has gone to provide a unique dining experience starting with the menu which came in a banig bag. Lots of choices from the kitchen including their best seller, Inubarang Manok which is native chicken and ubad (core of a banana stalk) cooked in coconut milk and lemongrass. I ordered the fried tilapia and it was every bit as good. Saylo is located in Andagao on Quezon Ave Extension near St. Monica Chapel, a short drive from the city center. 

Dela Cruz House of Piña

The Dela Cruz House of Piña is a classy little boutique inside the home of the woman who sent her kids through school with the money she earned from weaving jusi or piña material with her very own hand loom. Both the woman and the loom were in house and I had the privilege of meeting this grand old lady who enjoys talking with guests and telling them her life story.  The sheer piña shawls are both elegant and refined. And the hand painted shawls are worth the price listed. The shop also sells nito and abaca products. Nito is a tropical vine from the fern family and is hard and waterproof. Nito is woven into baskets, placemats, and trays. The House of Piña is located at 81 Buswang, Kalibo.

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Images by Charie

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