On 27 April from 4-6 pm, spend an afternoon of classical music, contemporary art, and literature at the Lopez Museum and Library in Off the Ground: An Afternoon of Music, Poetry, and Visual Arts. Organized in partnership with High Chair to celebrate the birth month of National Artist for Music/Literature Levi Celerio, “Off the Ground” will treat visitors to a poetry reading by Raymond John de Borja, Marlon Hacla, and Franz Joel Libo-on. These three poets will be reading from their new books: they day daze (de Borja), Glossolalia (Hacla), and Humigit-Kumulang (Libo-on). Soprano Elainne Marie Vibal will sing select songs penned by Levi Celerio. She will be accompanied by a quintet of music scholars from the Orchestra of the Filipino Youth. 

Also on display is the museum’s latest exhibition, Grounded, which juxtaposes works of guest contemporary artists Alma Quinto, Goldie Poblador, Josephine Turalba, Toym Imao, Eric Zamuco, Barbara Hlali, Khaled Hafez, and Ahmed El Shaer with works from the Lopez Museum collection such as those of Juan Luna and Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, Fernando Amorsolo, Jose Joya, Nena Saguil, just to name a few.

High Chair is a non-profit small press that seeks to promote genuine interest in poetry in the country through print and online publication, lectures and conversations, community workshops, and the development of poetry-teaching modules for use in the classroom and the community.

Admission to the event is FREE.

The Lopez Memorial Museum is at the ground floor, Benpres Building Exchange Road corner Meralco Avenue, Pasig City. Museum days and hours are Mondays-Saturdays, 8am-5pm, except holidays. For information and registration, call Fanny at 631-2417