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Discover Metro Manila with Architect and Musician Micaela Benedicto

Discover Metro Manila with Architect and Musician Micaela Benedicto

Mynila Team April 9, 2018 Music & Culture

Here’s MYNILA’s first city tour in the company of Micaela Benedicto, one of the talents to keep an eye on.

Micaela works as an architect, artist and musician in Manila.

She studied architecture at the University of the Philippines and runs a small design studio called MB Architecture Studio: she is currently working on residential and commercial projects.

Her architecture works emphasize the use of space, and a sensitivity and responsiveness to not only the owner’s needs but to the site and the landscape.




The Z House,  Laguna

Z House (2015) 423 sqm – The objective was to create an articulated architectural form that takes cues from the flat, almost-square lot and its location in the tropical suburbs, maximizing access to fresh air and green space. The architecture evolved from a series of configurations exploring sets of cubic volumes, each one denoting an indoor or outdoor space, arranged within a footprint grid of 9 squares dictated by the lot’s required setbacks. The final scheme’s main floor links the internal areas in an inverted Z-shaped plan, with the ensuing voids in between forming the outdoor spaces. The resulting structure is an assembly of juxtaposed enclosures that intersect and interconnect with pathways, varying in degrees of transparency to produce an architecture of layered spaces. The rooms are oriented and arranged to allow cross ventilation and natural light, and the outdoor spaces become expansions of the indoors. A rectilinear void cuts through the center, linking the two levels. Variations of the linked diagram are repeated throughout the facades, each of which has a distinctive appearance. The exterior walls are finished in seamless, monochrome render, to emphasize the continuous sculptural form of the architecture. The stair structure appears as an almost detached, separate volume. Located in a courtyard between enclosed “cubes”, it is encased in a wall of glazing and angular concrete planes that follow the rise of the stairs, casting abstract reflections in the water below.

Each work has a unique form that is derived from this data, while her works in art involves studies on time and perception and the idea of the recorded image. Micaela works mostly with alternative methods of photography and sculpture.


Continuous Form V, photogram and perspex from the exhibition A Continuous Movement at Silverlens Galleries, 2015


Waveform I, laser cut iron sheets, from the exhibition A Continuous Movement at Silverlens Galleries in 2015


Loop 1, bent mirror steel, exhibited 2017 at 1335Mabini

Her eclecticism can also be found in her music project: “I have a band with my brother Michael called Outerhope. We are a duo and play all the instruments and produce our own music. It started out as a very minimal project, just guitars and keyboards. In recent years we have taken on a more electronic process, using software and synths. The sound grew from our initial idea, of writing from a dreamlike perspective, writing about loss, ambiguous memory, people that are gone, stories in our heads.”


Here are Micaela Benedicto favorite spots in Manila




  • Through its artist representation, institutional collaborations, and exhibition programming including art fairs and gallery partnerships, SILVERLENS aims to place its artists within the broader framework of the contemporary art dialogue. Its continuing efforts to transcend borders across art communities in Asia have earned it recognition from both artists and collectors as one of the leading contemporary art galleries in Southeast Asia.

2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City 1231, Philippines



The gallery 1335MABINI is committed to artistic positions and practices that explore on mobility, history, and critical engagement with collective memory and politics. The program examines concepts of autonomy in globalization, correlating local and international artists to articulate synergies from this association of individuals.

Established in 2013 in Manila City, 1335MABINI has moved to the neighboring city of Makati in September 2017, while Mabini Projects and Artist-in-Residency Program Manila (AiRPManila) remain actively engaged with the local community in the original location in Manila City.

  • 1335MABINI: Karrivin Plaza, 2316 Chino Roces Extension, Makati City
  • Mabini Projects: Casa Tesoro, 1335 A. Mabini Street, Manila City



Founded in 2006, Blanc consolidated its three galleries into a single location in Quezon City in 2013. The expanded space has given Filipino artists, both emerging and established, a place to experiment and develop their practice. Paintings, sculptures, sound and video installations have all found a home at Blanc, which supports contemporary art in all its forms.  A major role player in today’s scene, the gallery continues to contribute to the growth of Philippine contemporary art. Fearless and innovative, Blanc is loyal to artists possessed of both and vision and skill. It is the metaphorical blank canvas from which great art begins.

145 Katipunan Avenue, St. Ignatius Village, Quezon City 1110



Art Informal is an artist-run center for art education and exhibitions founded in 2004. The gallery was launched in 2006. It is a venue for art exhibitions, installations and performance; gallery talks or art symposia, all with the end view of art education. The space features curated shows of contemporary Philippine art. It is a place for exchange of contemporary art pieces by leading Filipino artists.

The Alley at Karrivin Plaza, 2316 Chino Roces Ave. Ext Makati 1232



The Bellas Artes Outpost was opened in the Alley at Karravin in 2017 to create a satellite location in the heart of Manila to engage urban audiences with the art activities happening in Bataan. This non-collecting, non-selling exhibition space welcomes the public to engage with art, architecture, and design through its programming and its reading room and salon, which hosts publications from all over the world.

The Outpost aims to increase discourse between Filipino artists and audiences with the international contemporary art community. It produces four exhibitions a year and a public program that draws inspiration from the context and activities of Bellas Artes Projects in Bataan and connect audiences with the artistic processes used by the exhibiting artists.

2nd Floor, Building C, Karrivin Plaza, 2316 Chino Roces Ave, Makati



Established in the early ‘80s, Finale Art File is considered as a premier gallery institution in the Philippines, having showcased hundreds of exhibits by some of the most talented names in contemporary visual arts. It has successfully balanced the demands of a commercial establishment and an artistic venue, occasionally featuring experimental works that push artistic boundaries and challenge audience expectation.

In November 2008, Finale moved to its new home located at Warehouse 17, La Fuerza Compound (Gate 1), 2241 Pasong Tamo, Makati City, a bold step affirming Finale’s position as one of the most exciting art centers in the Asia-Pacific region.

Sprawling at 450 sq.m., the new space is divided into three, multi-functional galleries: Tall Gallery, Upstairs Gallery and Video Room. The Tall Gallery is easily the largest of its kind in terms of floor and cubic area. Now, huge paintings, installations and sculptures can be easily accommodated, unlike in Finale’s previous locations. It is also equipped with a library and a formidable storeroom where people can browse through a wide and diverse portfolio of works.

Finale’s stable of artists is as diverse as art itself. Modern masters who made their names decades ago continue to show in the gallery, their highly prized works now instant classics. Painters, sculptors, print makers and installation artists in the prime of their careers are also represented, a number of them sometimes venturing into daring exhibitions that resist classification, emboldened no doubt by the gallery’s open-mindedness to experimentation. Finale is also a spawning ground for up-and-coming young artists, many of them making their debuts.

Finale provides space and freedom for Filipino artists to express themselves.

2241 Chino Roces Ave, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines



ARTBOOKS is a new independent bookstore run by Pioneer Studios, a company of artists dedicated to documenting and promoting Philippine art and culture.

Founded at a time when Philippine art publications have yet to become widely available despite the flourishing of the local art scene, they are the only bookstore in Manila that focuses on Philippine art offering a platform not just for the distribution of books but also to generate awareness and advocate for cultural literacy.

They carry recommended titles on Visual Arts; Architecture & Design; Film & Photography; New Media & Performance; Theater, Music & Dance; Cultural Heritage; History, Theory, & Criticism; and Travel & Lifestyle.

They also have a growing collection of new, previously owned, and out-of-print artists’ books & zines, monographs, exhibition catalogs, reference books, journals, and other printed matter, most of which are directly sourced from artists, independent publishers and small presses in the Philippines and are not available in larger bookstores.

Artbooks thrive on the discovery of books that record the various narratives and aspects of Philippine art and culture and they are happy to suggest, discuss, and search for hard-to-find books.

Pioneer Studios, 123 Pioneer Street, Mandaluyong City 1550





Opened in 2016 XX XX has soon become the coolest underground club in Metro Manila.

20A-20B La Fuerza Plaza, 2241 Chino Roces Ave. (Pasong Tamo), Makati



TIME is where House and Techno lives in the Philippines! For those with a discerning taste in dance music and to get that complete musical clubbing experience in Manila, head to TIME!

7840 Makati Avenue, Makati


If there is a place the can be defined cosy and wild at the same time Today X Future is definitely the place!

7-T Gen. Malvar. St. Cubao, Quezon City



Un post condiviso da Mica de Leon (@micadl) in data:

Indeed the place to be if you want to chill while drinking amazing cocktails and listening to good records.

White Plains West 42 Katipunan Avenue White Plains, Quezon City


Un post condiviso da Clyde Solis (@itsclydesolis) in data:

A Restaurant-Bar-Cafe and Arts Event Space that will cater to the emerging, deeply-rooted, and passion driven creatives of this generation, generations past, and those to come. Always found on the outskirts of cities where energies & spirits are high.

“We are a creative safe haven where all artistic expression is welcome and nurtured. Unfiltered and uncensored.”

4992 P. Guanzon St. Barangay Poblacion, Makati



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UKAY-UKAY is a name for a thrift store – a store that sells secondhand apparel such as clothes, bags, shoes and other accessories  at a very cheap and bargained prices. Items sold at the ukay-ukay are commonly shipped from different countries. Many ukay-ukays can be found in the Cubao area, Quezon City


The Grey Market record shop has the following branches:

  • White Plains, Bellitudo Lifestyle Strip, 79 Katipunan ave White Plains, Quezon City 1110
  • UG38 Alfaro Place, 146 L. P. Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati
  • Shoppesville Greenhills, 2nd floor