On November 8 of 2008, Gateway Mall in Cubao became the venue for the reopening of a legacy that has been almost 4 decades in the making, the legacy that is Sining Kamalig. This opening, after taking such a long hiatus since its closing
in '89 was one that was welcomed and celebrated by many respected artists in their fields. Those who have all been nurtured by Sining Kamalig from the very beginning and have ended up becoming big names in the art industry today.
Sining Kamalig was first set up during the early 70's by two sisters, Vida Balboa and Corito Kalaw. With Vida being the more bohemian one and Corito having more conservative preferences, the two made an interesting pair.Their differing tastes gave Sining Kamalig an even wider base since their partnership was able to strike a balance in decision making as together they were able to make choices that would appeal to both sides.
The philosophy of Sining Kamalig is that of being a gallery for the artists. During its heyday in the 70's and 80's it was a melting pot for artists, collectors and sundry. Located in Pasay along Taft avenue, it became more than an exhibition site, it became a haven for all these creative minds, a place where they could feel at home and truly free. More than a gallery, it was a blank canvas for the artists, giving them a chance to explore their creativity uninhibited amidst the stifling social situation. Everything that goes on in the gallery is that which the artists suggested themselves. Because of this, it ended up becoming the venue for many firsts. Aside from paintings, plays were also produced in Kamalig Arcade, even hosting a dinner play. In this case, the play happened around the people who were having dinner. Having such a freedom fostered successful artists. Sining Kamalig has helped many National Artists with their early exhibits.
Now, Simoun Balboa, son of Vida Balboa has brought back this pioneer of contemporary art in the Philippines. Still carrying the same advocacy of nourishing the local art scene, Sining Kamalig gives a new generation of art enthusiasts a chance to experience the good taste that it has been known for.
Presently located on the 4th floor of Gateway Mall, Araneta Center, Quezon City, do not forget to drop by this shining beacon in the Philippine art scene.