Manāra goes to Ayala Center Cebu

  BY Ayala Foundation       September 22, 2017       Arts & Culture, Ayala Foundation Cebu, Lilianna Manahan, Manara, TOYM IMAO



Manara in Cebu

Following its successful run in Makati City and Davao City, Manāra, an interactive art installation on Muslim Mindanao culture, opened at Ayala Center Cebu last September 22.

Manāra—the Arabic word for “minaret”—is the result of the creative collaboration between internationally acclaimed sculptor and painter Toym Imao and industrial designer and installation artist Lilianna Manahan. Manāra is an initiative of Ayala Foundation, with the support of Ayala Malls.


The audience were treated to a local cultural dance.

Featuring 23 minarets and lanterns, the Manāra interactive art installation features Moro textiles, wood and metal work, music, and indigenous patterns.


The artists, Toym Imao and Lilianna Manahan; Ayala Foundation’s Senior Director for Arts & Culture, Mariles Gustilo; with the local cultural dancers

Manāra is our way of showing the colorful and engaging culture of our Muslim brothers and sisters in an immersive manner,” says Ruel Maranan, president of Ayala Foundation. “The forms, symbols, materials, and meanings are uniquely Moro in nature. Through Manāra, we hope that we will all be more open to interact with one another, in the spirit of partnership, collaboration, and peace for the country.”



A preview of the minarets in Cebu

The public is invited to view and interact with the installation during its entire run at The Gallery, Ayala Center Cebu from September 22 to October 15.