“Am I in love? Absolutely. I’m in love with ancient philosophers, foreign painters, classic authors, and musicians who have died long ago. I’m a passionate lover. I fawn over these people. I have given them my heart and my soul.”

James Byron Dean


“I’m interested in that thing that happens where there’s a breaking point for some people and not for others. You go through such hardship, things that are almost impossibly difficult, and there’s no sign that it’s going to get any better, and that’s the point when people quit. But some don’t.”

Charles Robert Redford Jr.


In 2013, film director and animator Hayao Miyazaki suddenly announced his retirement at the age of 72. But he couldn’t shake his burning desire to create. After an encounter with young CGI animators, Miyazaki embarked on a new endeavor, his first project ever to utilize CGI. But the artist, who had been adamant about hand-drawn animation, confronted many challenges. The film even faces the danger of being cancelled. Can an old master who thinks he’s past his prime shine once again? This program goes behind the scenes over two years as Miyazaki overcomes struggles to create his short film using CGI.

The documentary was shown on Japanese TV in 2016 but will make its American debut in December, showing on December 13 and 18, 2018.

Possible spoiler alert for the documentary: Miyazaki unretired last year and is turning that short film into a full-length feature.


Altro Mondo Arte Contemporanea is pleased to present Heaven Is Now (opening on November 9, 2018), a two-man exhibition by Lala Gallardo and Jack Mernin at the Altro Mondo Gallery at The Picasso.

These two artists gather to execute their works that present an emotional whirlwind of agony and solace. The term heaven being described in this context is the feeling of utmost happiness and a sense of blessed peace. According to Lala Gallardo, “ ... the pieces are about dealing with issues of emotional pain and my desire to heal from that pain. My goal is to cultivate a peaceful mind that is fully present.”

Lala Gallardo is a Filipino artist who is a BA Arts History graduate from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Inspired mainly by film and photography, Lala’s art serves as her confessional, where she confronts her insecurities and doubts. A constant subject matter is women at their most raw and vulnerable. Subdued colors and an air of repression and contemplation permeate her works.

Jack Mernin is an American artist currently based in Manila. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2014 with a degree in BFA in Painting. His work has been shown in New York, Los Angeles, Portland, and Rome, in addition to being included in numerous private collections.

Heaven Is Now will be on view at Altro Mondo at The Picasso (The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences, 119 L.P. Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati) until December 9, 2018.

For inquiries, please call Altro Mondo at (+632) 501-3270 to 71 or email:


“It must be good to die in the knowledge that one has done some truthful work ... and to know that, as a result, one will live on in the memory of at least a few and leave a good example for those who come after.”

Vincent Willem van Gogh


“Day and night he wrote visas. He issued as many visas in a day as would normally be issued in a month. His wife, Yukiko, massaged his hands at night, aching from the constant effort. When Japan finally closed down the embassy in September 1940, he took the stationery with him and continued to write visas that had no legal standing but worked because of the seal of the government and his name. At least 6,000 visas were issued for people to travel through Japan to other destinations, and in many cases entire families traveled on a single visa. It has been estimated that over 40,000 people are alive today because of this one man.”

The Japanese man who saved 6,000 Jews with his handwriting