I met Japat years ago when we both won a photography competition. The filipino community in Dubai was fairly small back then and it was refreshing to meet such a talented and humble artist. I was amazed at his work and the fact that he was so kind and so funny as well, made it even easier for me to feel comfortable around him and in time, we became friends, along with his equally talented and beautiful wife, Liz.

Japat dedicated time to also volunteer at OPPPS (the photography group where I taught and shared my passion for photography) where he shared his skills as an artist. His vision, his techniques and tricks in composition was so interesting to learn. Being an art student back in college made it even more fun for me to learn so many new things which I certainly enjoyed.

He was the first filipino artist to have a solo exhibit here in Dubai and it was definitely a proud moment. His work, as a photographer and mixed media artist is beyond amazing and it is a privilege to have a few of his sketches and paintings in my home. He is beloved and definitely missed in the art scene out here in Dubai.

July 2019 | Japat informed us that the pieces from his solo exhibit in Dubai was missing. He was unable to locate them after he left Dubai and had them stored until he could figure out a way to transport them back to him in the Philippines. It is sad that our embassy could not assist him in any way back then and when we found out that these pieces were lost (or possibly thrown away) breaks my heart because TALENT IS A GIFT. And these pieces, should not have been discarded because they are works of art, his art – he spent months, years putting them together, blood, sweat and tears. It is so important to support our artists, give them the ability to shine but also help them flourish and value them and their work as they deserve so much of it.


Art exhibit 


  • Art Hub Abu Dhabi – Art In Residency
  • Made In Tashkeel 2014 Annual art exhibition.
  • 22 Way how to Kill your Boss . Ductac Gallery of light . Mall of the Emirates Dxb U.A.E.
  • The Big Picture art exhibit. Pro Art Gallery DXB
  • The Big Artist –  Virgin Megastore. Mall of the emirates
  • StreetCon – Al ghurair Centre DXB



  • Sikka art fair , Bastakiya Dxb.
  • Metamorphosis Group art exhibit .- Tashkeel Gallery . Van Cleef and Arpels.
  • Wild Things – Group art exhibit. – FN Design Studio and  Domino


  • Out door project by Dubai Culture.
  • Media city art gallery . CNN Building DXB
  • Project Mega . Dubai Mall. and FN Design studio.


  • As The Saying Goes. Tashkeel art Gallery
  • Project Mega Gate Village DIFC. DXB
  • Made in Tashkeel . DXB


  • MIND .Made in Dubai at Ductac M.O.E.
  • Bastakiya Group show at Tashkeel house #10 DXB.U.A.E
  • GSIS – art competition and Art exhibition. Manila Philippines


  • Time of Humanity Solo show. – Tashkeel Gallery Dubai
  • Art Oasis – Jamjar at Rafles Dubai . Wafi City.
  • My Name is Robot . The Jamjar Gallery DXB.


  • Dubai Ladies Club . New Signature award .
  • Art Oasis – Wafi City.
  • Red Bull art of can Mall of the Emirates


  • Dubai ladies club. New Signature art exhibit.


  • Red bull art of can. Mall of the Emirates. DXB.


  • AAP – Art Association of the Philippine. GSIS.
  • Olympic art competition.
  • Deovir art Competition


  • Kulay sa Tubig  Group of Water colourist exhbition. Art Centre Mega mall.Manila
  • Philippine Olympic Art Competition.
  • AAP – Art Association of the Philippine. GSIS.


  • Gatz -Group artist of Taytay art exhibit. . HAMAKA
  • AAP Annual art competition

Award and Recognition.

  • Metamorphosis Van Cleef and Arpels art Competition /Tashkeel
  • Juan Sumulong Memorial Jr. College – Alumni of the Year 2012
  • Emerging Artist Award 2012-2013
  • Woman of Substance Photography Competition . Illustrado Magazine/Nikon
  • Sony World Photography Award 2007-2008
  • Shiekha Manal  Signature art competition , Dubai Ladies club . 2007
  • Red Bull Art of Can 2006
  • Shiekha Manal  Signature art competition , Dubai Ladies club . 2006
  • Art Association of the Philippines Annual art competition. 2001 .  2002 . 2003
  • Metro Bank Art Competition 2002