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LOOK: Art In Aura Launches First Art And Food Trail

Perfect for art enthusiasts and foodies!

Looking for more than just your run-of-the-mill coffee hang at BGC? We’ve got the perfect proxy for you! In its pursuit to be more than just a mall but also a destination for experiences, SM Aura has introduced a unique activity that promises to feed you (literally!) and feed your mind. They’ve partnered up with chef and food writer Angelo Comsti to be the destination of his curated art and food tour called “Life as we know it: An Art and Food Trail.”  It aims to explore and celebrate local artistic and culinary creativity at SM Aura.


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Curated by chef and food writer Angelo Comsti (second from right), the ‘Life as we know it’ art and food walking tour at SM Aura features works by renowned contemporary Filipino artists and art-inspired culinary delights. Shown in photo with Comsti are artists (from left) Michael Sagaran, Bryant William Cuison, Belle Dinglasa, Joshua Limon Palisoc, Vincent Diñoso  | SM Aura

This tour is a true feast for your senses as you’ll get to explore contemporary art and culinary creativity that features seven contemporary Filipino artists: Joshua Limon Palisoc, Michael Sagaran, Vincent Diñoso, Bryant William Cuison, Belle Dinglasa, Jefre Figueras Manuel, and Archie Oclos and restaurant and cafes Gelato by Chef Miko, Puffy’s Soufflé Pancake Café, Teakha, Lé Chon Prime, and Yardstick Coffee that have made off the menu items inspired by an artist’s work.


Located in various spaces around the mall, the works are meant to “depict a slice of everyday life—be it a particular moment in history, a daily chore, key society figures, or the evolution of gender identities.” SM Aura is on a quest to provide better accessibility and appreciation for art so the tour can be accessed by the public in person until July 14, 2024. All you need to do is download the SM Malls app on your phone and register for ‘Life as we know it’, an art and food tour at SM Aura for a free DIY tour of the artworks and art-inspired dishes.  


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“Sculptor and visual artist Joshua Limon Palisoc’s Sa Bingit ng Pagbabagong Anyo ng Diwata portrays Diwata as a spirit of nature epitomizing courage, freedom and a boundless capacity to transform. Made with stainless steel, LED lighting and found objects, its oneness with nature is manifested by a half man, half woman body adorned by animal features like fins, wings and horns. It holds up a Bahagharing Ahas (Rainbow Snake), a potent symbol of healing and rebirth, with the rainbow connecting worlds, differences and genders.”


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Joshua Limon Palisoc with his "Sa Bingit ng Pagbabagong Anyo ng Diwata," Upper Ground Level Main Entrance 1   | SM Aura

Food companion: Enjoy a heavenly scoop of fior di latte gelato topped with colorful hundreds and thousands sprinkles and candy bits inspired by Palisoc’s work at Gelato by Chef Miko.


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Fior di Latte Gelato from Gelato by Chef Miko | SM Aura

Michael Sagaran’s Taal Volcano 2020 Erupting immortalizes the historic Taal Volcano eruption, which the artist witnessed firsthand. Capturing the power and beauty of nature with acrylic on canvas, Sagaran’s work is also symbolic of the cycle of life, with its seasons of challenges and triumphs.”


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Michael Sagaran with his artwork. "Taal Volcano 2020 Erupting" at the Book Nook, SM Aura Level 3 | SM Aura

Food companion: An exquisite strawberry mochi souffle pancake representing the unpredictable yet awe-inspiring majesty of a volcanic eruption, and indeed of life, has been specially created by Puffy’s Soufflé Pancake Café.”


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Strawberry Mochi Souffle Pancake specially created by Puffy’s Soufflé Pancake Café  | SM Aura

“Emotion through Motion" by Vincent Diñoso is an engaging, two-sided painting on gauze that depicts the motion of the human body to evoke a sense of emotion. Utilizing layers of the delicate and translucent medium of gauze, the artist deftly explores the intricacies of human movement to capture the fleeting and multifaceted nature of human life, the interplay between joy and melancholy, strength and fragility. 


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"Emotion through Motion" by entrepreneur turned visual artist Vincent Diñoso at the Meeting Pods on Level 3, SM Aura | SM Aura

Food companion: Lé Chon Prime deliciously captures the essence of Diñoso’s artwork with their Lechon Porchetta Bao made of fluffy white bao bun, porchetta slice, fresh vegetables, and original sauces. This innovative dish is a fusion of Filipino, French, and Chinese flavors, and just like the artwork, which is made of multi-layered gauze, the dish is also made of layers of different flavors and textures.” 


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Lé Chon Prime's Lechon Porchetta Bao | SM Aura
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Abstract artist and contractor Bryant William Cuison’s "Resonance" features a series of circles resembling the view through a door peephole. Each circle offers a glimpse into a different possibility, a different perspective, inviting viewers to think about the many options in their own lives, the power of choice, and to imagine what lies beyond the threshold. 


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Bryant William Cuison and his work, Resonance, at the Northside Escalator Landing on Level 3 | SM Aura

Food companion: Teakha’s sweet and sour prawn balls with tofu take its culinary inspiration from Cuison’s work with the contrasting flavors of sweet and sour mirroring different perspectives all in a beautiful blend of possibilities.”


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Teakha’s sweet and sour prawn balls | SM Aura

“Azucarera", a photograph in black and white by Belle Dinglasa, features Lolo Melchor, the artist’s late grandfather, who kept a post as a maintenance worker in a sugar milling company in Talisay, Negros Occidental in the 1960s. His primary job was to make sure that the train used to transport the harvested sugarcanes, also known as tubo, into the processing plant was always in tip-top shape. The juice extracted from the sugarcanes was boiled and the residue that remained was then called muscovado sugar. Hence, Negros Occidental, where this shot was taken, is popularly known as the sugar capital of the Philippines. 


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Azucarera by Belle Dinglasa at the mall’s Southside Escalator Landing on Level 3 | SM Aura

Food companion: Yardstick Coffee’s secret menu concoction, Monochrome, is a café latte with activated charcoal capped with sea salt foam inspired by Azucarera.”


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Yardstick Coffee’s secret menu concoction, Monochrome | SM Aura

The tour also invites participants to rediscover artwork gems in SM Aura’s permanent collection by internationally acclaimed Fil-Am artist Jefre Figueras Manuel also known as “JEFRË”. His ‘Contour Sculpture Series’ composed of four works at SM Aura is his first sculpture commission in the Philippines.


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Tarsier by JEFRË at SM Aura’s Upper Ground Level Main Entrance 2 | SM Aura

“JEFRË’s green Tarsier installation welcomes shoppers at the mall’s entrance 2, while his other sculptural installations include the endangered Philippine eagle at the mall courtyard, while the red carabao and blue rooster can be found at the mall’s Skypark and chapel garden, respectively.”


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Archie Oclos’ mural at the mall’s Grand Staircase celebrates the country’s national treasure Lang Dulay, the T'nalak weaving master of the T'boli cloth | SM Aura

“In addition to JEFRË’s works are a number of murals along the mall’s Grand Staircase. One of the tour’s featured artists is Archie Oclos, whose works celebrate the country’s national treasures, iconic Filipina women Lang Dulay, the T'nalak weaving master of the T'boli cloth, and Apo Whang Od, the legendary hand tap tattoo artist of Kalinga's Last Mam-babatok.”


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A mural of Apo Whang-Od, the legendary hand tap tattoo artist of Kalinga's Last Mam-babatok, by Archie Oclos at the Grand Staircase, SM Aura | SM Aura

Register for ‘Life as we know it’, an art and food tour at SM Aura via the SM Malls Online mobile app for a free DIY tour of the artworks and art-inspired dishes