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One of the pioneers of Baguio’s theatrical scene, Karlo Marko Altomonte makes a comeback from his hiatus of several years in his art show, “Kafagway sa Saliw ng mga Gangsa” at Cafe by the Ruins Dua. 

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A combination of photography, literature, and music, the exhibit is a love letter to Baguio. Prose and poems accompany old-timey photographs of Baguio on the walls. And on opening day, Karlo, with his band of performers, treated his audience to a presentation of the same poems set to music. These works, images and writings, have been collected over the last 25 years.

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Karlo expresses it best when he says, “Every time Baguio enchants, seduces, mesmerizes, overwhelms, inspires, I can’t help but attempt to capture and express the experience in whatever way I can – I take a photograph, I write a piece, a poem, I put together chords for a song. And in this case, put them all together to come up with some kind of a an anthology that expresses my experiences in and with, impressions of, thoughts on and feelings for Baguio, the place I’ve made, have come to know and now consider as my home.”

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If you’re interested in getting a print or a book of Karlo Marko Altomonte’s work, check out “Kafagway sa Saliw ng mga Gangsa” at Cafe by the Ruins Dua, on display until the end of the year.

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