Monchet Olives picks the top 5 from the upcoming Leon auction


Recommendations from the man with a trained eye for the refined as well as the harshly stylish.

ANCX personnel | November 30, 2021

José Ramón Diokno Olives, or Monchet, is a collector, gourmand and dandy. He is also a columnist for The Philippine Star. While better known as a stylist, the man has his roots in the television world when he co-founded ABS-CBN’s The Filipino Channel. Now retired, he has various consulting assignments where he is able to unfold his flair for business communication, style and decor.

Monchet joins our circle of tasters for the upcoming Leon Gallery Kingly Treasures Auction. With his trained eye for the refined as well as the harshly stylish, we knew he would give a new perspective when it comes to picking the best from the offerings. Based on his choices, he did not disappoint.

His top 5 recommendations are also the epitome, yes, Monchet: most of them evoke the importance of dress as armor, while one is like a piece from his collection of lively scarves that he likes to wear with his Barbour jacket. or guayabera as he moves around Rockwell, his neighborhood.

“Although I’m a big fan of the 13 modern and of midcentury work, I chose pieces that I feel are peeking into my soul,” he told ANCX, Leon Gallery’s co-host of the December 4 auction event.

And so here they are – Monchets top 5:

    Man with beard by Jose Joya
Man with beard by Jose Joya. Signed and dated 1979 (bottom right), pastel on paper, 18 “x 12” (45 1/2 cm x 31 cm)

Lot 2 Man with beard, Jose Joya

“Because I see myself in him. Also, many of my pieces by Joya are male nudes, and this piece is a perfect studio object.”

Paypay by Emmanuel Garibay
Paypay by Emmanuel Garibay. Signed and dated 2013 (bottom right) oil on wood 23 “x 12 1/2” (58 cm x 32 cm)

Lot 21 Paypay, Emmanuel Garibay

“It captures what I do as a craftsman, as our family is the oldest abanico maker in the country celebrating 70 years this year. Her ‘languid emancipation’, as it is called in the catalog, attracts me as a fanmaker who listens to the fan Victorian languages. “

Celeriac # 3 Paris by Denise Weldon
Celeriac # 3 Paris by Denise Weldon. Dated 2020, digital archive print, 11 editions (framed), 22 “x 26” (56 cm x 66 cm)

Lot 80 Celeriac # 3, Paris, Denise Weldon

“I’ve always been a fan of Denise Weldon’s photographs, and ‘Cereliac # 3’ calls for our need to regroup. As an avid cook, the root vegetable entices and gives her point of view texture in a time of existential depression. ”

Superstar Chair from Charlie Co
Superstar Chair by Charlie Co. Signed and dated 2003 (bottom left), oil on canvas, 48 ​​”x 24″ (122 cm x 61 cm)

Lot 134 Superstar Chair, Charlie Co

“I’m a Charlie Co-Collector, and this painting captures his deep social commentary and arresting play of color.”

Untitled by Luke Alarcon
Untitled by Luke Alarcon. Signed and dated 2019 (top right), oil on canvas, 36 “x 24” (91 cm x 61 cm)

Lot 162 Untitled, Luke Alarcon

“It leans on my love of Spanish and Renaissance-style works. Like Jason Montinola, Alarcon breaks into the art scene with a refreshing mix of technique. The facial features remind me of Velaquez or even Rembrandt. This is still my favorite piece.”

[The artworks for the upcoming Kingly Treasures Auction are available for viewing from November 27 to December 3, Saturday to Friday, from 9 AM to 7 PM, at León Gallery, G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Streets, Legaspi Village, Makati City. The Kingly Treasures Auction 2021 is co-presented by, the urban man’s guide to culture and style, and the lifestyle website of the ABS-CBN News Channel. 

For further inquiries, email or contact +632 8856-27-81. To browse the catalog, visit For updates, follow León Gallery on their social media pages: Facebook – and Instagram @leongallerymakati.]


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