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In the spirit of Baguio’s lively art scene, Albergo Hotel has joined in the fray by opening up their atrium as a hub for artists to exhibit and collaborate. To do the honor of starting off their efforts, Albergo hosted a two-man exhibit called Stories and Spectacles by Jireh-el Rodriguez and Ira Von Charry Cabloy.

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Interestingly, Jireh and Ira haven’t known each other very long, and their mediums are very different from each other, namely painting and photography. But all their works have come together seamlessly to bring bright colors popping out of the white gallery walls.

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Ira Von Charry Cabloy is an independent photographer. Her photographs are a mix of black and white and highly saturated colors. Her subjects are banalities, photographed in interesting angles. She brings additional meaning and personal reflection to her pictures by pairing them with Bible verses.

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On the other hand, Jireh Rodriguez paints with acrylic on wood. Most of his paintings show an interaction between plants and humans and animals. He also has a series of paintings with the iconic bulol as his subject, which he did to get in touch with his Cordilleran side. Jireh also wants to become a children’s book illustrator, which is reflected in his art style.

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According to the artists, they named their exhibit “Stories and Spectacles” because each of their works has a tale to tell. A spectacle is defined as something that attracts attention because it is unusual, but Jireh and Ira also made it their inside joke as literal spectacles because they both simply wear glasses. LOL!

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Ira and Jireh want their gallery visitors to come up with stories of their own when they view their artwork. What stories can you come up with? Check out the Stories and Spectacles exhibit at the Albergo Hotel Atrium, running until May 18, 2017.

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