A large gathering of art collectors and aficionados, gallery owners passed by trees made of red butterflies at the opening of the 2015 MANILART at the SMX Convention Center in SM Aura Premier in Bonifacio Global City. More than 30 art galleries, including participants from Malaysia, Singapore, and France took part in the largest and most comprehensive visual arts fair in the Philippines. It was a celebration of Filipino artistry that showcased works of renowned artists in figurative, abstract, kinetic, and conceptual art, as well as other contemporary movements with thoughtful and sometimes provoking points of view.
A reception for the Philippine delegation to the 2015 Venice Biennale led by Senator Loren Legarda was held at the VIP section of the fair. Lifestyle Asia partnered with the event and had its very own lounge using furniture from CasaBella.
MANILART remains the single most-important international venue for the exhibition and promotion of Philippine contemporary art. It is presented by the Bonafide Art Galleries Organization (BAGO) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).