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LOOK: Solaire Unveils Its First Coffee Table Book

It highlights the works of over 53 Filipino artists.
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For anyone who has walked along the lively halls of Solaire Resort and Casino, one standout of its gleaming interiors is definitely the art. 3,400 works, to be exact. The focus on art is attributed to Solaire's chairman, Enrique Razon, a staunch patron of Filipino art and a collector himself.

The hotel’s laudable art collection and Razon’s personal passion gave birth to an inaugural art book, Solaire: The Art & Design Collection

The book's launch celebrated Filipino art in all its varied forms.

The fabulous coffee table book highlights 53 Filipino artists and celebrates their masterpieces. At the celebratory launch event, the book’s visual dimension was translated into a culinary and acoustic feast. Executive chef Mateo Ragonjan prepared a lineup of reinterpreted Filipino classics titled “The Art of Filipino Cuisine.”

Solaire Chairman and CEO Enrique Razon and ArtPost Asia Founding Director Tina Colayco
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The menu included interesting dishes such as salmon skin chicharon, and Bistek Tagalog, reimagined in sous vide cooked-U.S. beef. Filipino favorite pork sinigang found a surprising form in xiao long bao, and the folk song "Bahay Kubo" was brought to life through a delicious pili nut tart. As for the dessert menu, Ragonjan provided a slew of sweet treats that are modern-day versions of beloved Filipino classics: the sans rival was made creamier, while a buko and lychee pat de fruit stayed true to the fruits’ flavors. 

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While guests were savoring the delectable cuisine, they were treated to a performance by the Manila Symphony Orchestra who did its own rendition of Solaire’s song, “Follow the Sun,” composed by Moi Ortiz of The Company. 

The event was a celebration of Filipino creativity and all its facets, and there is much more to explore. Solaire: The Art & Design Collection is a great start to begin that artistic journey. 

Expect to see artworks from renowned Filipino artists

The book, which features a dramatic cover, contains masterpieces by 53 artists with varied specialties. Artists include BenCab, Leopoldo Aguilar, Jr., Kenneth Cobonpue, Jay Yao Campos III, Dexter Fernandez, Lorenzo "Lor" Calma, Eduardo Castrillo, Demi Padua, Isagani Fuentes, Carol Hu, Tom Epperson, and Norman D. Dreo (whose work was recently installed in the resort), among others. 

All these artworks are part of the resort's vast collection, many of which can be found along the art walk. From the 3,400 works on display, 200 of these made it to the pages of the coffee table book, an accurate representation of Solaire's continuing support for the local art scene.

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A peek inside the pages of the art book
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Solaire: The Art & Design Collection is available at P4,000 (without slipcase) and at P5,000 (with slipcase); Solaire Boutique, Solaire Resort & Casino, Parañaque, 8.888.888.

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