Perhaps one of our most favorite exhibits displayed at Cafe by the Ruins in the beginning of 2018, “Lutu-lutuan” by Kora Dandan Albanois is a playful exhibit filled with child-like wonder.
Kora’s artwork reflects her profession as a children’s book illustrator, having drawn for 46 children’s books locally and internationally. She is an award-winning illustrator, whose commendations have spanned from the 1990s to the present.
As the name of the exhibit implies, “Lutu-lutuan” is a celebration of Philippine cuisine, represented by children dressed in traditional garb, preparing classic Filipino dishes such as ube and ginataan.
This reminds us of the days when we were young, when we would play by pretending to cook using various things found around the house as make-shift cookware and ingredients. It gives a sense of nostalgia.
“Lutu-lutuan” was a feel-good exhibit, with positive vibes and happy memories from childhood bouncing off the walls and into our hearts. And if you happen to find and purchase a children’s book illustrated by Kora, you’ve got a real treasure in your hands.