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Martina Marie Manalo

Performing Artist | Visual Artist | Writer

 

"I see beauty in the things that are minimal but avant-garde, deep but subtle. The nostalgic and melancholic, but full of angst--contradicting but by bits and pieces they are different, and will always be mysterious. That I think is what make things beautiful."

-Martina Marie Manalo

(quoted from an interview of the students from the University of the Philippines, Diliman)

 

Martina is a self-taught visual artist, a professional ballet dancer, writer/editor of an online dance magazine and co-founder and marketer of an international independent art magazine called, Magazine 43. 

Coming from a family of artists, she is the youngest of three siblings. Manalo  began dancing at the age of three, and continued on until the age of twenty-five dancing  as a company artist and faculty in one of the most prolific ballet companies in the Philippines.  

She started teaching at the age of fifteen and was a working student at the time. Alongside her teaching, Manalo was also dancing for a local dance company and a journalist student at the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines. In 2012, she discovered a different kind of love and passion for painting wherein she has done a couple of exhibitions in and out of the Philippines. Three years after, she flew to Hong Kong to work in the happiest place on Earth---Disneyland. She then discovered and explored the world of photography and since then has been invited to different universities in the Philippines to talk about fine art, and photography.

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At present, Martina continues to teach dance to kids and adults in  Hong Kong while also working as a writer and editor for a local dance magazine.

Not so long ago, in the Spring of 2017 she has co-founded an international and independent art magazine with one of her brothers called, Magazine 43. Aside from running the magazine, Martina also works as a marketer for Magazine 43. 

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