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What Tim Yap hopes to rattle in SHAKE, RATTLE & BALL

Right at National Museum, guests go terrifyingly Filipino

Belle Mariano, Tim Yap and Donny Pangilinan

On the night before All Hallow’s Eve, Metro Manila’s “creatures of magic,” invisible and visible, came out to play at the National Museum of Anthropology for SHAKE RATTLE & BALL, Tim Yap’s annual Halloween of the great and the grotesque. This time the Philippines’ top gig designer went beyond the age-old western tradition.

Co-chair Andrea Brillantes and Tim Yap

He told “Halloween is much influenced by the west, so I wanted to make us realize that our own folklore and mythology is rich and filled with characters and inspiration, that we can look inward and find means of expression without looking elsewhere.”

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SHAKE RATTLE & BALL marked the eve of the opening, right on Oct. 30, 2023, of ALAMAT, an exhibit of contemporary Filipino artists that explore the visual and narrative elements of Philippine folklore. In this immersive exhibit, installation artist Leeroy New mines the intersection of pre-colonial Philippine mythology and futuristic science fiction, with his Balay Balete, a series of installations commissioned by Tim Yap himself.

ALAMAT, an exhibit of contemporary Filipino artists that explores the visual and narrative elements of Philippine folklore

In his installation art, New addresses concerns about the environment and global waste through assemblages of upcycled plastics, bamboo, and found materials, creating a fluorescent, mystical forest that envelopes the entire exhibition space in the museum’s outdoor courtyard and Gallery 2.
Produced by Yaparazzi Events + PR with the National Museum of the Philippines, and co-presented by Lazada, this event was a trailblazer, making art and culture accessible to all.just in time for the end of Museums and Galleries Month 2023.

Andrea Brillantes as ‘aswang’

Major sponsors include Angkas, Belo, Kemans, Katinko, Fila, McDonald’s and Philippine Airlines.
With Gen-Z queen Andrea Brillantes as co-chair, the evening paid homage to all things mysterious and magical—after all, to the Filipino, horror has its own distinct size, shape, voice, appearance, indeed being and doing.

Donny Pangilinan as ‘Captain Barbell’ (Photo by Keso)

From a spine-tingling dance number by globally renowned ATeam and freestyle movement by the Revlon Voguers, to the serving of local craft brews and booze, this year celebrated all things uniquely and frighteningly Filipino.

Leeroy New’s Balay Balete

At the stroke of midnight on October 31, with a golden goblet of Moët & Chandon, Tim Yap raised his glass to toast the living and the ones who have passed on.
Aside from Brillantes, other Filipino stars came to support—Piolo Pascual, Donnie Pangilinan and Belle Mariano, Rhian Ramos, Kylie Verzosa, Max Collins, Ash Ortega, Drag Race star M1ss Jade So, singers Jason Dy, Jayda Avanzado, P-pop boy band VIXON, Alexa Miro, and artist Michelline Syjuco, PMAP president Marge Gutierrez and the PMAP models and many more.

Alodia Gosiengfiao (Photo by Keso)


Janeena Chan (Photo by Daniel Tan)

Guests enjoyed local faves Engkanto Beer, Sula Liqueur and Hope’s End wines from Ralph’s Wines and Spirits, Emperador Distillery, and Liquor Box, while homegrown coffee brands like Kombi Brew and Luna Group served up their concoctions. Beverages were served post liquor ban on October 31.

Tim Yap’s way of honoring the work of Philippine movies’ icon, Lilia Cuntapay who played ‘aswang,’ ‘manananggal’ in horror movies (Photo by Keso)

Best in Costume awards took home Philippine Airlines business class tickets, gift certificates from Bench and Kultura, trips to Discovery Shores Boracay, staycations from The Farm at San Benito. Halloween, guests went home with a bag of tricks and treats including books on Philippine folklore from the National Book Development Board, and painted bears from Paint It Fun.

Belle Mariano (Photo by Keso)

“Each year I push a theme that I feel is within the social consciousness of its time,” Yap said. “Like one year, right before the pandemic, it was Apocalypse, and after the pandemic, it was Dystopia. Now I am planning to collectively call it ‘Shake, Rattle, and Ball.’ I will just change themes yearly, depending on what we are going through—the zeitgeist of our times.

Rhian Ramos (Photo by Ralph Suarez)

“The core is to be creative. I want to put out something deeper, more meaningful, and rooted in culture, and share it with everyone, but I also want (the participants) to realize that the theme is subject to their interpretation… and that the Pinoy theme is very rich, it can either be grotesque or pursue a fantasy—your call. This is your Halloween, not mine.”

After the opening night gala, the ALAMAT exhibit opened to the public on Oct. 31, 2023 at the National Museum of Anthropology. Visitors can explore National Artist Kidlat Tahimik’s acclaimed exhibition, Indio-Genius: 500 Taon ng Labanang Kultural (1521-2021), which ends in December 2023. Both exhibitions seek to inspire the imagination of visitors, and spark conversations about our pre-colonial narratives, indigenous heritage, and our crucial relationship with our natural environment. Admission is free.

Kylie Versoza (Photo by Keso)

Also in collaboration with SHAKE RATTLE & BALL were JStudio, Modeka Gallery, Engkanto Beer, Sula Liqueur, Bench, SM Kultura, The Farm at San Benito, Discovery Shores Boracay, Hang Loose Hostel Siargao, Emperador Distillery, Paint it Fun, National Book Development Board, DITO, JC Barley, Seaoil, Admiral Hotel Manila, Nice Print Photography, Myke Soon, Moët & Chandon, Luna Group, Ralph’s Wines and Spirits, Luisita Rum and Liquor Box.

Pam Prinster (Photo by Ralph Suarez)


Coleen Crawford (by Ralph Suarez)

Emmanuelle Vera and Clare Inso


Aaron Maniego (Photo by Daniel Tan)

The National Museum of Anthropology houses the national ethnographic and archaeological collections, narrating the history of the Philippines as presented through a variety of artifacts and material culture. It is home to the most significant artifacts in Philippine history, such as the Laguna Copperplate Inscription, the Calatagan Clay Pot, and the Manunggul Jar, among others. Located at the National Museum Complex in Manila, it is open to the public from Tuesdays to Sundays, 9 AM to 6 PM. Admission is free!

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