Only in the Philippines

The phrase “Only in the Philippines” can be read in various ways – as an expression of pride in what we feel are activities, attitudes, and aspirations that are uniquely Filipino; yet also as an expression of frustration and exasperation about systems and situations that we know are corrupt, unjust, or simply not good enough.  

Good or bad, major or minor, these images collectively afford us a glimpse into the richness and diversity of our culture. They also assure us that pride and frustration are not mutually exclusive feelings toward our country and ourselves. Rather, they are two sides of the same coin; and both are necessary elements to motivate us in steering our nation into a brighter, peaceful, and just future.

selections fromthe backroom

CANVAS' online backroom, featuring selected artworks from our exhibitions that you may have missed. If interested in any of the artworks, please call 216-7750, or email


The Center for Art, New Ventures & Sustainable Development (CANVAS) is a non profit organization that works with the creative community to promote children's literacy, explore national identity, and broaden public awareness for Philippine art, culture, and environment.

CANVAS works with some of the best young artists to promote Philippine art, culture, and environment. To be placed on our preview list for future shows and exhibitions, or for more information, email us at