Have you heard of Cavite's Alitaptap Artists Village?
It houses various Filipino artists specializing in different fields of art and showcases various talent and artworks in one place. The place was built solely for artists to come together and do what they love while also sharing it with others through exhibits, shows and workshops.
But while it gives off a huge museum vibe, for the artists residing here, it's their playground.
“Since college days, nasa eskwela pa kami, malimit pumunta rito yung mga kaibigan namin so nagugustuhan nila yung lugar so after many years, naisipan nila bumili dito ng lupa,” said Bokeng Ancanan, co-owner of the village, in Friday’s “Biyahe ni Drew.”
Another co-owner, Crisants Tamayo-Ancanan, added that artists who chance upon the place instantly fall in love and decide to stay there for good.
“Prone kami sa mga kaibigang artists na kapag nakakarating dito, ayaw nang bumaba ng Manila or ayaw nang umalis so prone kami na matambayan,” she said.
Artists of different kinds can be found here, making a living and making the world a better place with their talent.
One resident, Paul Puti-An, shared that putting up a recording studio in the artist village was one of the most practical decisions he did for his music.
“[Kinabahan] nga kami sa resulta kasi first time ko na mag-record sa kubo tapos puro kahoy pero naging beneficial pa rin sa’min kasi isolated na kaagad yung tunog. Para kaming naka soundproof kaagad eh,” he said.
Visual artist Winston Hernandez, meanwhile, shared that the nature surrounding the place helps in making his art closer to the environment.
It isn’t only for humans, though, because animals are also welcome in Alitaptap Artists Village.
Othoniel Neri, a visual artist, has made his own space available for birds, which he loves dearly.
Aside from focusing on his artworks, his pets imported from different parts of the world also inspires him to create more.
The village is currently accessible to those with invitations only so make sure to be in the lookout for future projects, Kapuso! — Franchesca Viernes/LA, GMA News