Sometimes we find ourselves into a rut by following the same routine day after day. Then we get burned out from work, feeling stressed, resulting to lost focus and lack of purpose. To bet back on track in reaching our goals, all we need is a little inspiration—food for the soul if you must—that will bring back that drive in pursuit of our passions.
Last Saturday, July 30, I was able to take a break from my routine and refresh my mindset by attending the “Inspire Every Day” event of Avida Land, Ayala Museum and CNN Philippines Life. It is a full-day event at the Ayala Museum in Makati City that celebrated art, literature, history, music, and everything in between, to inspire visitors (including myself) to pursue their passions in their daily lives.
In line with the theme “Inspiration Got Us Started, Passion Keeps Us Going,” we were treated with interesting activities and fun-filled pocket events from 9:00AM to 6:00PM. With free access to enter Ayala Museum and the Filipinas Heritage Library, we were also able to see a selection of changing exhibitions, such as Object Travelogue/Dialogue, which showcases pieces from the Ayala Museum collection that have been featured in exhibitions abroad; Sanso: Setting the Stage, an exhibition of reproductions of Sanso’s work by artists Toym Imao and James Reyes that showcase his stage and costume design work; and The Diary of Tetsuya Noda: Steven Co Collection, which presents an intimate glimpse into the life of the Japanese contemporary printmaker.
At the second floor of Ayala Museum, learning Philippine history is fun via the 60 dioramas which will transport you back from as far as 1150 AD to the 20th century when our nation was born.
One of my favorites was an exhibit from Julia Nebrija called Old Manila Lego Architecture. When I was a kid, you will likely see me playing LEGO attentively for hours so I had fun playing with it again in this section.
I also learned some life lessons about pursuing your passion from Manila’s most in-demand fashion photographer BJ Pascual who talked about “How to Make it in Manila.”
Pascual also held a brief workshop on photography. He demonstrated some techniques in taking great photographs from getting the best angle of the subject to making the light work for you.
Visitors who stayed until the afternoon got the chance to learn about filmmaking from multi-award winning film director, composer, editor, sound designer and writer Jerrold Tarog (“Heneral Luna,” “Sana Dati”).
There are also several Activity Stations found throughout the venue like this patch and silkscreen station from ARTWORK.
Other inspiring attractions from the event were the exciting glimpse of the “Rock Ballet” by Ballet Philippines, a yoga class for kids from Fire Tree Press, a Historical Rap Battle, as well as pop-up performances from Manila Symphony Orchestra’s Junior Orchestra and artists from the Tago Jazz Cafe.
Through Avida’s Homepossible event, visitors are given an opportunity to become homebuyers, find a space where they can express themselves and experience an inspired life firsthand. Avida also launches “Pursuit of Passion,” a lifestyle blog and resource guide that motivates and encourages everyone to breathe life into their passions for art, design, wellness and finance.
“Inspire Every Day and Homepossible are venues for the public to be inspired to achieve their dreams and live their aspirations. We hope that visitors can take their learnings from the day and carry them on into their daily lives,” says Tess Tatco, Avida Marketing Head.
The Ayala Museum, on the other hand, is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00AM to 6:00PM. It’s located at Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Streets, Greenbelt Park, Makati City. For more details, you can call them at tel. no. 759-8288.