EXHIBITIONS ORGANIZED BY KUNST
A. International Exhibition in cooperation with Philippine Embassies in Europe
Manny Baldemor and Gus Albor
Duesseldorf, Germany-Vienna, Austria-Brussels, Belgium
Gus Albor, Heber Bartolome, Joon Claudio, Edwin Wilwayco
Fil dela Cruz, Heber Bartolome
Essen, Germany, St Camillus Hall
Nemiranda, Pancho Piano, Egai Roxas, Joe Datuin
Oriental Mall exhibit with various Filipino paintings
Berlin, Amsterdam, Brussels
Anthony Palomo, Jorge Banawa, Lino Acasio-Berlin
Berlin, Amsterdam, Brussels, Luxemburg
Aris Bagtas, Aner Sebastian, Wilfredo Offemaria, Norman Dreo
Berlin, Munich, Brugge
Rafael Cusi, Fidel Sarmiento, Buds Convocar, Cainglet
St Kamillus Center, Essen Germany
Edwin Wilwayco-Solo Exhibit
London, Rome, Paris, Berlin, Brussels
Rafael Cusi, Rene Robles, Fidel Sarmiento, Buds Convocar
Noel Catacutan, Giovanni dela Rosa, Jorge Banawa, Konn Salao
Berlin, Rome, Brussels, London, Amsterdam, Luxemburg
Rene Robles, Rafael Cusi, Fidel Sarmiento, Aris Bagtas
Janice Luison-Young, Camille dela Rosa, Robert Deniega, Marigonz, Edwin Edralin
Berlin, Brussels, Essen, Museum of Young Art in Vienna
Bagtas, Andi Cubi, Ojing Obemio
Solo exhibit at Bank im Bistum Essen, Essen, Germany
Vienna ,Austria-Luxemburg-Berlin, Germany-London UK
Young Art Philippines
Jojo Austria , Eman Santos
Marcial Pontilias , Sam Penaso, Robert Fernandez
Transwing Kunst Gallery, Darmstadt, Germany
Ethnological Museum in Vienna, Austria
Muzee Scheveiningen, The Hague, The Netherlands
Chelsea Museum, London, UK
Fachklinik St Camillus Galerie, Essen, Germany
Ronna Manansala, Erick Dator, Max Balatbat; Vincent Gonzales and Rigor Esguerra
June 19-22- Chelsea Gallery, London, UK
June 24-28- Ricardi Medici Museum, Florence, Italy
July 1-14, MOYA-Museum Of Young Art, Vienna, Austria
Life of Dr. Jose Rizal in Europe Exhibition
Jurors who selected the finalists in the Philippines
1. Rafael Cusi, Artist
2. Oliver Phil Quingcoh, Curator,
3. Mary Grace Tirona, CFO Executive Director
and Art History Professor at Ateneo de Manila
4. Dr Paul Zafaralla, Art Critic and Art Book Author,
5. Sir Manfred Schnell, KGOR, former Phil. Honorary Consul in Potsdam
1. Dr. Kolja Kramer, Director & Curator of Museum Of Young Art-MOYA Vienna, Austria
2. Dr. Jasleen Kandahri, Art Professor at Oxford University and Museum Educatror, ,London, UK
3. Ambassador Leslie Baja, Collector and Phil. Ambassador to Switzerland
4. Alberto Gallingani, Master artist in Florence Italy
5. Sir Albert Arevalo, Knights of Rizal Area Commander in Belgium
6. Klaus Hartung, Gallery owner in Germany
7. Ken Mapayo, Curator in Vienna, Austria.
Finalists from the works of 20 Professional and 13 Student Category of the competition
were exhibited and judged during the exhibit in Europe by European Jurors.
- Sherwin Paul Gonzales, (present during the exhibition)
2. Oliver Marquez 3. Norlando Pobre 4. Henry Salomon Santos
5. Christian Joy Trinidad 6. Gieward Hulagno
7. Melander Blanza 8. Eman.Sia
9. Rigor Esguerra 10. Jason Borillo Bequillo
11. John Verlyn Santos 12. Ferdinand Ruiz
13. Jhon Emerson Tyones 14. Nino Martinez Cubacub
15. Ryan Francisco Caslib 16. Freddie Ayuban Vicente
17. Joseph Albao 18. Arthur Marcelo 19. Bryan Yabut
20. Derrick Macutay 21. Edu Perreras 22. Eduard Perreras
23. Eliseo Perreras 24. Efren Carpio 25. Emmanuel Nim
26.John Perry Pellejera 27. Jorge Banawa
28. Merchor Bernaldo 29. Petronilo De Leon
30. Rodel Bautista 31. Vincent Gonzales 32. Ronna Manansala
Venue of Exhibit
June 7-12, Ontmoetinghuis De Burg, Hertshage 11-19, 9300 Aalst, Belgium
June 14, Burgplatz, Essen, Germany
June 19, -Schaffhausen Tourism Hall, 8200 Schaffhausen, Switzerland
June 21-23, MOYA-Museum Of Young Art, Vienna, Austria
June 25-23, Chelsea Gallery, King’s Road, London, UK
June 29-30, Ricardi Medizi Museum, Florence, Italy
QOU VADIS OFW exhibit
Brussels Press Club June 15-19
ARIS BAGTAS & Eman Sia
in cooperation with the Philippine Embassy in Ottawa
in cooperation with the Philippine Embassy in Ottawa
ARIS BAGTAS & DALE BAGTAS
in cooperation with Saint Josse, Brussels, October 2
Phil. Embassy in Berlin, Oct. 28-30
B. Local exhibitions with institutional partners
Kunst Gallery, Batangas City, July 23-Agust 22, 2005
1. Wilfredo Offemaria
2. Noel Lopez Catacutan
3. Konn Salao
4. Roel Obemio
5. Rex Tatlonghari
6. Giovanni Dela Rosa
7. Raks Dalangpan
8. Aris Bagtas
9. Danny Santiago
10. Serafin Mandela
11. Demetrio Cruz
12. Edwin Wilwayco
13. Aner Sebastian
14. Rene Robles
15. Genaro Gomez
16. Salvador Convocar
17. Fidel Sarmiento
18. Caloy Gabuco
19. Jorge Banawa
20. Anthony Palomo
21. Rafael Cusi
Renaissance Gallery SM Megamall
Erick Dator, Ronna Manansala, Vincent Gonzales, Rigor Esguerra, Max Balatbat
HeArt for a Cause, Manila Hotel
OBRA FILIPINISMO 2
Artasia Gallery, SM Megamall
Aris Bagtas, Sherwin Paul Gonzales, Noel Bueza, Melvin Vargas
Nelson Tandas, Jr., JC Mizuse, Eman Sia, Dale Bagtas
Wilfredo Rufon,Sr.,Jojo Garcia, Anna Lumpas, Roi Espinosa
Zorrick Enriquez, Jorge Banawa, Rigor Esguerra, Ian Maigan
Bon Gonzales, Bryan Yabut, Yeye Babatuan, Zhyra Ann Nedia
Sept. 19-24, 2016
OBRA FILIPINISMO 3
SM Sta. Rosa, Laguna
Aris Bagtas, Dale Bagtas, Zorrick Enriquez, Eman Sia
Reen Barrera, Yeye Babatuan, Anna Lumpas, JC Mizuse
Wilfredo Rufon,Sr., Nelson Tandas, Rigor Esguerra
Mischa, Bryan Yabut, Sherwin Paul Gonzales, Vincent Gonzales
Ian Maigan, Jorge Banawa, Roi Espinosa, Zhyra Ann Nedia
Joseph Albao, Bon Gonzales
ARIS BAGTAS & EMMANUEL NIM
ROYAL MANDAYA HOTEL DAVAO
Nov. 2, 2016
Obra Filipinismo 4
PINTASAYAWIT PARA SA K-32
Artasia SM Megamall
Josep Albao, Yeye Babatuan, Aris Bagtas, Dale Bagtas
Jorge Banawa, Ryan Braulio, Reen Barrera, Seb Chua
Erick Dator, Joe Datuin, Zorrick Enriquez, Rigor Esguerra
Anthonie Genosa, Bon Gonzales, Sherwin Gonzales
Vincent Gonzales, Anna Lumpas, Ian Maigan, Mischa
Ronna Manansala, Jiro Mizuse, Zhyra Ann Nedia, Eman Sia
Wilfredo Rufon,Jr., Nelson Tandas, Bryan Yabut, Pando Afable
Emmanuel Nim, JoJo Garcia, Romeo Babatuan, Rene Robles
Music -A Cappella Manila 12 members, 2 Nightingales
Dance – Douglas Nierras Powerdance 12 members
May 28, 2017
OBRA FILIPINISMO 5
Artasia Gallery, SM Megamall
Aris Bagtas, Dale Bagtas, Rene Robles, Lino Acasio
Jorge Banawa, Mischa, Zorrick Enriquez, Joseph Albao
Arthur Marcelo, Janet Ballecer, Marichu Carstensen, Anna Lumpas
Angelito Lepalam, Ian Maigan, Vincent Gonzales, Van Dhong
Bryan Yabut, Eman Sia, Reen Barrera, Wilfredo Rufon,Sr.
Cheessa Yee Rufon, Zhyra Ann Nedia, Bryan Barotilla
Nelson Tandas, Jr., Raleigh Astillero, AR Fietas Fatallo, Anthonie Genosa
Peter Samillano, Domeng Cruz
2018 – OBRA FILIPINISMO 7 – Ayala Town Center2019 – UNDECIM MUNDI XI – Artasia, SM Megamall, Sept. 20
Aris Bagtas, Dale Bagtas, Ryan Braulio, Marlow Cartanega, Rigor Esguerra, Vincent Gonzales, Jerwind Magnaye, Ian Maigan, Bill Perez, Eman Sia
2017- OBRA FILIPINISMO 8 – Got Heart Gallery, Katipunan Ave., White Plains, Q.C.
2018 – LIGAYA SA PILING NI INAY – at ALVEO Hall, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Colors of Assertionism, Art Asia Gallery, SM Megamall
2018 – IVAGINATION, Artasia Gallery, SM Megamall, April 3-17
Jannet Arboleda-Ballecer, Anna Lumpas, Zhyra Ann Nedia
2019 – KaLikhasan, Artasia Gallery, SM Megamall, Sept 6-19
Grupo Sining Batanguenio
2020 – Baler sa Bagong Dekada, Museo de Baler,Feb 15-March 1
Rigor Esguerra, Anthonie Genosa, Sherwin Gonzales, Ian Maigan, Nelson Tandas,Jr., Verzon, Aris Bagtas, Sam Penaso, Ric Jason Alaurin, Dale Bagtas, Ryann Braulio, Anna Lumpas, Jericho Magnaye, Jerwind Magnaye, Cheyzer Manalo, Ada Panopio, Bill Perez, Bianca Sara De Ridder, Eman Sia, Dennis Sigua
2020 – AnimeGination- exhibit of Phil myths, legends, and local heroes with artist Taljik Corea, Jheajerly Jardin and Janina Sanico at Artasia, gallery, SM Megamall
Kunsthaus Art Gallery
Ni: LYKA MANALO
ANG ‘kunst’ ay salitang Aleman o German na ang ibig sabihin ay ‘art’ ngunit para sa Batangueñong si Virgilio Cuizon, isang curator at art critic na nakabase sa Germany, ang kahulugan nito ay Kapatiran at Ugnayan ng Natatanging Sining at Talento (KUNST).
Itinatag ni Cuizon ang KUNST upang makatulong sa paghubog sa talento ng Filipino visual artists at tinutulungang makasali sa mga painting exhibit na inoorganisa niya rito at sa ibang bansa, na kadalasan ay isinasagawa sa museums at galleries sa Europa.
Sa kanilang tahanan sa Sta. Rita, Batangas City matatagpuan ang mga obra ng mga miyembro ng KUNST at naka-display ang kanilang mga canvass na tinawag na Kunsthaus.
Sa Kunsthaus din isinasagawa ang art workshops at seminars para sa mga baguhang artist na nagnanais pumailanlang sa larangan ng sining.
“Ang KUNST ay para hubugin na gumaling ‘yung mga artists at tulungan silang makapag-exhibit abroad, gusto kong baguhin ang isipan ng mga tao at patunayang hindi nagugutom ang mga artists,” pahayag ni Cuizon.
Sa 15 taong pagkakatatag ng KUNST, marami nang mga pintor na sumikat sa tulong ni Cuizon kasabay ng pag-unlad ng kanilang pamumuhay. Dahil din sa pagpapakilala ng sining at kultura ng mga Pilipino sa Europa, tumanggap si Cuizon ng Banaag Award 2004 na iginawad ni dating Pangulong Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. May iba’t ibang pagkilala rin sa kanya dahil sa pagtulong niya sa Filipino community sa ibang bansa.
KUNST Pilipino sets 2 national painting contests
Manila Bulletin 15 Feb 2018 By LYKA MANALO
BATANGAS CITY, Batangas — The KUNST Pilipino, a non-government organization based here which promotes Filipino artists and their artworks here and abroad will host two significant painting competitions this year with Mother and Child themes.
KUNST managing director, Virgilio Cuizon said the national competition with a theme “Ang Dakilang Ina at ang kaniyang Supling” is in partnership with the provincial government of Tarlac while “Ligaya sa Piling ni Inay” is in partnership with Alveo Land Corporation in Taguig City.
The national painting competitions are open to all Filipino visual artists.
Artists interested in joining the “Ang Dakilang Ina at ang kaniyang Supling” contest may submit their oil or acrylic on canvass until February 28 at the National Parks Museum and Archive Gallery in Rizal Park, Manila.
Artists who are interested to join the Alveo 2018 national painting competition may submit entries at Alveo Corporate Center, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig until March 17.
Entries must be museum wrapped which are ready to hang and figurative or representational artworks must be original and has not yet been exhibited, said Cuizon.
SAINT-JOSSE, PLACE POUR TOUS 2018
PARCOURS D’ARTISTES PHILIPPINS, VERNISSAGE
18:00 – 20:00
Venez découvrir une fine sélection d’artistes philippins contemporains, issus de courants artistiques variés. Départ de la visite guidée à 18h : l’Hôtel communal, avenue de l’Astronomie 12-13. La visite se clôture par un concert & un drink au Foyer Européen, rue Traversière 24.
Une partie des oeuvres nous est généreusement prêtée par la “Kunst Art Gallery” d’Essen (Allemagne), présidée par Virgilio Cuizon.
À découvrir à l’Hôtel communal de Saint-Josse : Av. de l’Astronomie 12-13 :
Aris Bagtas, originaire d’Obando (Bulacan), aux Philippines, est l’un des artistes les plus influents de sa génération. Le style néo-réaliste d’Aris Bagtas se reflète dans la manière dont il utilise ce qu’il appelle les «sujets traditionnels» tout en les peignant selon des méthodes contemporaines.
Bagtas appartient au mouvement artistique, appelé le « Philippinisme » dans lequel, l’artiste a pour objectif de montrer une identité philippine, avec des motifs et des compositions qui sont dorénavant plus à l’écoute des sensibilités culturelles. Il a peint de nombreuses peintures murales dans différentes églises et cathédrales aux Philippines et à Essen. Il a présenté de nombreuses expositions aux Philippines, à Xiamen, en Chine et dans différents pays européens tels que l’Allemagne, la Belgique, France, Autriche, Luxembourg, Royaume-Uni, Italie,
Pays-Bas et au Canada.
Rafael Arenillo Cusi est un maître aquarelliste, né en 1950 à Bongabon (Oriental Mindoro) aux Philippines. Comme la plupart des jeunes artistes aux Philippines, il a commencé à utiliser son talent dans la rue sous la forme de peintures murales et de panneaux d’affichage. C’est grâce à l’aide d’un volontaire religieux qu’il a pu poursuivre des études supérieures et ainsi pu consacrer sa vie professionnelle à la peinture. Il est peintre depuis plus de quatre décennies, à Mindoro et maintenant à Manille.
L’aquarelle est l’une des disciplines artistiques les plus difficiles à aborder. Il faut beaucoup de précision, d’inspiration et de concentration pour réaliser de belles oeuvres. Et Rafael Cusi en est l’un des meilleurs représentants national. Soutenu par de nombreuses bourses et récompenses, il a exposé plusieurs de ses oeuvres à l’étranger, comme en Malaisie, en Indonésie, au Japon, en Thaïlande, en Belgique, en Espagne et aux États-Unis. Ses créations sont souvent admirées par beaucoup de ses contemporains et se retrouvent dans les bureaux et les maisons des collectionneurs d’art internationaux.
Né à Lucerna City aux Philippines en 1950, Rene Robles est un artiste de renommé internationale qui a à son actif plus de 70 expositions en Europe, aux États-Unis et en Asie. Multi-récompensé, Rene Robles a publié des livres sur le mouvement artistique qu’il développe depuis les années 80 : « l’Assertionnisme », à savoir le pouvoir de l’art d’affirmer, de transformer et de transcender. Rene Robles transforme les objets simples et communs en quelque chose qui stimulera l’esprit du spectateur. Certaines de ses oeuvres se trouvent dans des collections publiques prestigieuses en Thaïlande, en Allemagne et au Vatican, ainsi que dans des collections privées, notamment celles du roi d’Espagne Juan Carlos, du roi Khalid d’Arabie Saoudite et de l’ancien Président américain, Bill Clinton.
Des oeuvres de Jorge Banawa y seront également présentées.
À découvrir au Centre culturel néerlandophone Ten Noey : rue de la Commune 25
Les oeuvres des artistes philippins, tels que Emmanuel Nim, Enriquez, Fred Ramirez, Joon Claudio, Giovanni Dela Rosa, Andi Cubi & Bernadetta Bueta y seront présentées.
À découvrir à la bibliothèque francophone de Saint-Josse : rue de la Limite 2
Ariosto Dale Bagtas
Ariosto Dale C. Bagtas a grandi à Obando (Philippines), dans le même environnement artistique que son père, l’artiste peintre Aris Bagtas. Il a ainsi pu bénéficier d’un héritage et des valeurs culturelles qui ont influencé son parcours artistique. Ariosto Dale Bagtas a participé à près de vingt expositions aux Philippines et à l’étranger. Il a déjà reçu des récompenses, telles celles du concours d’art philippin japonais, du GSIS Museum en 2000, de l’Astra Zeneca en 2001, du Goodwill Bookstore en 2002, du Spot on Bulacan Private ou encore du Art Deco Interior Design Competition en 2015.
Né à Aurora, aux Philippines, Sherwin Gonzales a reçu plusieurs prix de différents concours d’arts locaux. Il nomme son art “ le Tareptepisme ” qui signifie en tereptep “ ondultation de l’eau ”. Le Tareptepisme est un art dynamique et fluide qui change et évolue à travers l’environnement où l’art et l’artiste habitent. Comme l’eau, elle est toujours alléable et incessante. Beaucoup de pièces de Sherwin Gonzales contiennent des messages politiques cachés.
Aujourd’hui, le Tareptepisme compte plus de 3 000 praticiens dans le monde.
Une sélection d’oeuvres de Paco Gorospe, Rene Robles & Aris Bagtas complètera cet espace.
À découvrir au Square Henri Frick : Av. de l’Astronomie
Photos illustrant les missions de Coopération de la commune de Saint-Josse-ten-Noode avec la commune de Binalonan (Philippines).
À découvrir dans le jardin du Foyer européen : rue Traversière
Victor Secuya peint depuis plus de 30 ans. La plupart de ses oeuvres sont inspirées de la nature et de formes biomorphiques. Il trouve son inspiration dans les arbres, les forêts et les fleurs en grandissant avec eux.
Sociologue de formation, Victor Secuya est également poète, écrivain, sculpteur et surtout artiste visuel. Depuis 10 ans, Victor Secuya se consacre à la sculpture, dont plusieurs chefs-d’oeuvre ont déjà fait l’objet d’expositions.
L’ installation définitive de sa sculpture “Resting bird” dans le jardin du Foyer Européen sera le point d’orgue de ce parcours d’artistes. Acquise dans une démarche patrimoniale, la commune souhaite poursuivre la mise à l’honneur d’oeuvres contemporaines multiculturelles dans ses espaces verts publics.
Posted by The Reluctant Kritik
Last May 28, at the Art Asia Gallery in SM Megamall in Mandaluyong, the local art community has witnessed another feat in the Filipino art industry, when Kunzt Gallery headed by Virgilio Cuizon, gathered few of the finest artist in the Philippines in an annual art show called Obra Filipinismo. This is their fifth, and we’re expecting more shows of this kind in the near future, which show the artistic talent of the Filipino and celebrate our diverse and rich culture.
Ernesto “Aris” Bagtas Jr., the Philippines’ modern folk iconographer and Bill Perez are always the ones who help Cuizon to put up the annual show. It was Bagtas who helps Cuizon, who also heads the Batangas Culture and Arts Council, to find new “mines” in the rich soil of artistry in the Philippines.
The new show presented the works of Aris Bagtas, Dale Bagtas, Rene Robles, Lino Acasio, Jorge Banawa, Zorrick Enriquez, Joseph Albao, Arthur Marcelo, Angelito Lepalam, Ian Maigan, Vincent Gonzales, Vhan Dong, Janet Ballecer, Marichu Carstensen, Anna Lumpas, Bryan Yabut, Eman Sia, Reen Barrera, Wilfredo Rufon, Sr., Chressa Yee Rufon, Zhyra Ann Nedia, Bryan Barotilla, Nelson Tandas Jr., Raleigh Noel Astillero, Ar Fietas Fatallo, Anton Genosa, Peter Samillano, and Domeng Cruz.
The Douglas Nierras’ Powerdance rendered a very beautiful dance number, prior to the formal opening of the exhibit. Bagtas, Jr., on the other hand, has given a short description about the show, its purposes, and formally introduced the man behind Kunst, Virgilio “Tito Ver” Cuizon.
In his speech, Cuizon stressed the value of practice, professionalism, and of course, the continuous honing of talents of the artist. As he puts it, “Maraming marurunong magpinta pero iilan lamang ang mahuhusay (There are lots of artists who can draw, but only a few are considered real good).”
Filipinism: What makes art Filipino?
ART works from Filipino artists featured during the recently held art exhibit at the mezzanine of the Royal Mandaya Hotel brought both something familiar and new to the eyes of the audience with its vibrant colors and themes.
The exhibit entitled “Filipinism: What makes Art Filipino?” served as a venue to show the talents of our own local artists who are recognized internationally through their distinctly Pinoy art works. Virgilio Godoy Cuizon, art critic and curator, explain that Filipinism “is not a new movement but a way of showing the real identity of artists as Filipinos in their works.” “Kung ano ang pinanggalingan mo, ilagay mo sa canvass. That is your soul, that is Filipinism,” he said.
The idea started with Cuizon’s passion in promoting Filipino art and artists which led to the creation of KUNST (Kapatiran at Ugnayan ng Natatanging Sining at Talentong) Pilipino in 2005 which helps in training aspiring Filipino artists in putting their identity on their art works which are then exhibited to European countries.
He added that other than helping artists, their goal is also to educate people and teach them to appreciate art.
“We produce a lot of great artists here, but we only have a few people who are appreciating them and collecting their works,” he said.
Works from international Filipino artists Aris Bagtas and Emmanuel Nim were featured during the one day event last September 18, wherein other than showcasing their works they also conducted a free workshop and art demonstration.
Aris Bagtas’ works carries a contemporary form of realism with his works mostly features beautiful vivid colors and metallic luster which mostly pictures about his mother and also familiar subjects like fishermen, the market and flower vendors. Bagtas is the first Filipino who had exhibited his works at the Museum of the Your Art in Vienna, Austria and also has a number of followers waiting for each art work he releases.
Emmanuel Nim, on the other hand, a self taught artist has also displayed his art works that featured more about countryside scenery in his as he grew-up in the same environment, he is also known for doing on the spot portraits wherein he had a demonstration during the event with the event’s organizer Teresita D. Golez as model.
Golez during the opening of the event said that the art exhibit was her way of sharing art to her fellow Dabawenyos. She first met Bagtas during his art exhibit in Germany.
As the saying goes: “Kung hindi ka marunong lumingon sa pinaggalingan ay di ka makakarating sa paroroonan” which translates to “If you do not look back to where you came from, you will not reach where you are going,” this really pictures out that wherever we go, where we came from will always have an indelible mark in our hearts and to us as a whole.
11 June 2013
The Philippine Embassy in Brussels brought together 100 leaders and members of Filipino community organizations at the Chancery on Avenue Moliere on June 01 to share in an “Agahan Para sa Kalayaan” event. This served as the kick-off ceremony for the diplomatic reception to be hosted by the Embassy on June 12 as well as the four-city (Brussels, Ghent, Brugge & Luxembourg) Philippine Independence Day celebrations in Belgium and Luxembourg by various Filipino organizations this year.
This breakfast event was launched last year by Philippine Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union Victoria Bataclan as a way to bring together all Filipino community leaders in Belgium and Luxembourg, express appreciation for their efforts to celebrate Philippine Independence through their various organized events and to inspire them to do more for their country and their fellowmen.
In her remarks, Ambassador Bataclan highlighted the 2013 Kalayaan theme “Ambagan Tungo sa Malawakang Kaun- laran” and outlined ways of how every Filipino could contribute to growth and development of the Philippines, such as through encouraging foreigners investors and tourists in the Philippines. She cited the most recent investment upgrades that our country has received from Standard & Poor’s and Fitch and our growth rate of 6.6%. She, however, reminded everyone that the poverty level in the Philippines is still at 30% which means that a lot more needs to be done for the country and for the people.
The Embassy also opened a Filipino painting exhibition at the Chancery entitled “Filipinism? Germany-based Filipino curator Virgilio Cuizon, who is responsible for organizing the exhibit, explained that “Fili- pinism” was defined by former President Jose Laurel as the assertion of one’s national birthright with patriotism defined as love of country as primary element. If applied in the art scene, Fiiipinism is a way of showing the true identity of artists as Filipinos in their works of art.
The exhibition featured the works of Aris Bagtas, Rafael Cusi, Erick Dator, Rigor Esguerra, Vincent Gonzales, Ronna Manansala. and Rene Robles. Also part of the program was a candle-lighting ceremony which was done while singing “Pananagutan” which symbolized each citizen’s responsibility towards each other especially in nation-building.
To add to the festive mode, the Embassy brought in homegrown Filipino talent, Mr. DK Valdez, Philippine Movie Press Clubs (PMPC) Best New Male Recording Artist 2012 and Belgium-based Ms. Maria Theresa Morales who was a semi-final- ist in the recent “The Voice – Flanders” singing competition on Belgian television.
During the event, Ms. Adela Lulu. Council of Filipino Organizations in Belgium (COFAB) President and Ms. Haydee Holliday, President of Belga Cultura Filipina (BCF) invited the leaders to participate in the first project of the Philippine Cultural Promotion Circle (PCPC), the PCPC Youth Day, a first-ever initiative to orient the Filipino youth of Belgium and Luxembourg on their rich Philippine heritage.
Bagaman pagkakakitaan ang unang layunin, hindi naisasantabi ang pagtulong sa kapwa sa pamamagitan ng charity works at ‘exhibits for a causeʼ. Sa katunayan, nitong nakaraang Setyembre ay nagsagawa ng exhibit ang grupo ni Cuizon para sa kapakanan ng mga batang naging biktima ng giyera sa Marawi City.
Ang Obra Filipinismo 6th na may temang ‘Para sa Marawi, Tagpi-tagping Kulay ng Pagdamayʼ ay ginanap sa Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) sa Tagaytay City. Sinuportahan ito ng Grupo Sining Batangueño (GSP), Tareptep Baler, Douglas Nierras Power Dance and A Capella Manila.
Itinanghal sa naturang exhibit ang umaabot sa 50 obrang donasyon ng mga artist at ang nalikom na P165,000.00 ay ipinagkaloob sa Gawad Kalinga ng Mindanao. Ang nasabing halaga ay para sa feeding program ng 50 bata sa Marawi sa loob ng 320 days.
“Mahirap kaagad pumunta sa Marawi dahil hindi namin alam kung saan at sino ang pupuntahan namin, basta ang mahalaga, sa kaunting halaga, may maitulong kami,” wika ni Cuizon na nagbabalak ding magtungo sa Marawi kasama ang mga miyembro ng KUNST sa Enero upang magsagawa ng art workshop sa mga batang biktima ng giyera.
Children of Ampatuan Massacre victims turn to art to demand justice
“Most of the children admitted they feel anger. Others said they want to take revenge. But all of them want justice and they want the rule of law to reign.”
By RONALYN V. OLEA
MANILA — At seven years old, Flora Mae lost her father Lindo Lupugan, one of the 58 individuals who were brutally killed in barangay Salman, Ampatuan town, Maguindanao on Nov. 23, 2009.
Flora Mae, the youngest of three siblings, was her father’s favorite, her mother Arlene told Bulatlat. Now a Grade 8 student, Arlene said that after Lindo was buried, Flora Mae never had another chance to pour her grief out.
When Flora Mae was invited to participate in an art workshop organized by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines and Kapatiran at Ugnayan ng Natatanging Sining at Talento (KUNST) last Nov. 19, the pain buried deep within surfaced again.
Together with four other children of Ampatuan Massacre victims, Flora Mae painted a blindfolded woman. On top of her head is a backhoe, which symbolizes the infamous massacre that took place seven years ago.
Virgilio Cuizon, president of KUNST and one of the NUJP directors, said the art workshop became a psycho-social therapy for the children.
He asked the children what they feel whenever they hear the word “Ampatuan.”
“Most of the children admitted they feel anger. Others said they want to take revenge. But all of them want justice and they want the rule of law to reign,” Cuizon told Bulatlat in an interview.
The children ended up crying. “The parents said they never had the chance to talk about it at home,” Cuizon said. “At least they were able to unload some of the heaviness.”
Joining Cuizon were other KUNST members Emmanuel Nim, Vincent Gonzales and Ian Maigan.
The Philippine Embassy Meets Contemporary Art
The opening of Sam Penaso’s art exhibition in Berlin
October 29th, 2019
The Philippine Embassy organized and hosted the exhibition of the Filipino artist Sam Penaso. The formal opening of the contemporary art exhibition was held on October 28th at the Philippine Embassy in Berlin, and ran until October 31st.
On October 28th, the Philippine Embassy hosted the first solo art exhibition in Berlin of the Filipino artist Sam Penaso,in collaboration with Kunst Gallery. The multi-awarded artist has a large collection of paintings, sculptures hybrid works and performance art. In this exhibition, Mr Penaso presented more than 20 paintings of his collection of contemporary art paintings with colorful geometric patterns, natural scenes, fictional characters, and human figures painted on canvas.
H. E. Amb. Theresa Dizon-de Vega in her speech extolled the artist for his talented work, and for the prizes that he already won. Aditionally, the exhibit’s curator, and Kunst Gallery Managing Director Virgilio Cuizon spoke about Philippine culture and the importance of cultural exchange in the world. In his speech the Filipino artist Mr Penaso expressed his gratitude for the people’s attendance and the hosting of Philippine Embassy. The event was attended not only by people and diplomats from the Philippine Embassy and the Filipino community in Berlin, but also by members of the German community. The opening event closed with traditional Filipino snacks and cocktails, made by the popular Filipino rum “Don Papa”.
Mr Penaso’s innate passion for art and determination are among the qualities that supported him during all his brilliant career. Indeed, this young Filippino artist comes from a humble family, and paid for his artistic education by winning scholarships and doing student jobs as artist. He successfully concluded his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Major in Advertising at Technological University of the Philippines. After his studies, he immediately started to work as an artist and present his work all around the world. He has held 27 solo exhibitions in Japan, Thailand, Austria, Germany, Singapore, New York and Abu Dhabi. Furthermore, he represented the Philippines in many international prestigious art competitions: the 8th Beijing International Art Biennale-China 2019, Exhibition Exchange-Hanoi Vietnam 2018, Nippon International Performance Art Festival in 2005 and 2011, Asian International Art Exhibition in Bandung, Indonesia, and the Art Triangle, Malaysia and Young Art Philippines, in Luxemburg with his “Stripewalker” performance. Mr. Penaso has also won important national and international awards and grants such as Don Papa Rum residency in London in 2019 and an Asian Cultural Council (ACC) International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York in 2013. In addition, the Philippine Art Awards granted him an award of merit in 2018. Now, Mr. Penaso will exhibit his paintings from the 28th to 31st of October to the Philippines Embassy in Berlin for the first time, and is already planning to organize other exhibits in Berlin, London and other European cities. According to the Kunst Gallery Managing Director Virgilio Cuizon, over the last twenty years, many new art galleries have opened all around the Philippines. The successful career of Mr Penaso shows how the Philippines is not only a country where artists are supported, and different artistic forms are appreciated, but also how this country wants to play an increasingly relevant role on the artistic international stage.
Mr. Max Balatbat, Filipino contemporary visual artist, participated in the International Art Exhibit Annuale 2013 organized by the Museum of Young Art (MOYA) in Vienna under the patronage of Dr. Michael Hauptl, Mayor of the City of Vienna, Austria.
The MOYA Annuale 2013 opened on July 01. It is a prestigious annual international art exhibition in Vienna with the objective of promoting international cooperation and exchange in the field of culture and the arts. It provides an avenue for contemporary young artists from all over the world to showcase their artistic and unique style through their artworks.
The opening of the MOYA Annuale 2013 was attended by the diplomatic community, business community, academe, museum patrons and the Filipino community in Vienna. This year’s participating artists came from Andorra, Canada, Colombia, Hungary, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Ukraine.
Mr. Balatbat is a recipient of many international awards, including the II Magnifico Silver Award in the 7lh Florence Biennale in December 2009. To date, he is the only Asian who won in this prestigious competition.
Press Release, Senate of the Philippines
August 31, 2012
INVEST IN FILIPINO YOUTH THROUGH ARTS, LEADERSHIP TRAINING
The Aurora Youth for Sports and Arts (AYOS-A) program, initiated by Senator Edgardo J. Angara, successfully held its first Leadership Training Seminar recently.
Sixty-five participants, composed of both students and teachers from all over the province of Aurora, took part in this two-day workshop. A member of the National Youth Commission conducted lectures and activities promoting leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving for the participants.
“This is a good chance for you to learn good leadership practices, and pass it on to those you will lead in the future. We hope that through this workshop you will be inspired to give back to your community by doing your job well, and serving those who gave you their trust,” said Angara in a message during the event’s culminating program.
This Leadership Training Seminar is the sixth installment of the AYOS-A program which started in 2009. AYOS-A programs bring together hundreds of students from elementary and high school to participate in different arts and sports workshops over the course of three days, culminating in a special program to show off their talents and skills.
A parallel program held at the same time was an arts workshop for 25 children from the indigenous Ilonggot tribe of the province, during which they were taught basic techniques and art history.
Ver Cuizon of the Kunst Art Gallery headed the workshop in partnership with the Dimalangat Arts Community led by Vincent Christopher Gonzales. Renowned Filipino visual artist Aris Bagtas, a former vice-president of the Arts Association of the Philippines, was also a guest trainor.
According to Angara, chair of the Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture, these types of activities are very important in developing rural communities because in addition to the training given to the children, they also help build strong ties between the different participating towns.
“These workshops and seminars, whether for sports, arts or leadership training, help mold the youth into responsible members of the community. This is about investing in our future by investing in our youth,” he said.
A passion for painting
September 29, 2015
IT’S never too late to learn, that’s the mantra I kept on chanting after I attended a free workshop on painting last Friday at the Royal Mandaya Hotel.
I could have been a painter if only my desire to learn that field of interest was not hampered at an early age and so I wield a pen instead, venturing into a writing career which, I would like to stress, I did not regret.
Writing is cheap. It is the only indulgence I can afford as a child having grown in a family that can only buy enough food for the day but then, I could have been a painter too if there was enough support for that passion.
I remember the day where I would lie on the floor with a pen or pencil in hand and scribble on a piece of paper to chase whatever imagination is dictating me. But there was also that time when I would curl in a comfortable position and sketch. Having a pencil and a pen, my world was grounded in black and white and I don’t even know how to play with colors since crayons are spared for school activities only.
I somehow share the same sentiment with the pilot in the story The Little Prince by Antoine de-Saint Exupéry, that was why I was very excited when I learned that a free art exhibit and workshop will be conducted at the Royal Mandaya Hotel by Filipino artists who flourished in the field in Germany and in the country as well.
Joining the workshop was never part of the plan, I was having the usual day waking up in the morning and wondering what could have been inquested at the City Prosecutor’s Office and also thinking to trace up updates of the stories that I have been tailing since I was assigned in the justice beat. But a twist of the story came when one of the editors asked me if I could come with her to Royal Mandaya Hotel to cover the event.
I answered with a nonchalant yes without expecting that a trickle of excitement would surge through me as I saw their artworks hanging on the walls. I was inspired by their works especially after being told by curator Virgilio Cuizon who is also the president of Kapatiran at Ugnayan ng Natatanging Sining at Talentong Pilipino (Kunts) that it’s never too late for me to learn the art of painting.
And so, I finished off the two stories I had written as early as I could as a quota for that day and came back at the hotel in the afternoon to attend the workshop. It was already passed three in the afternoon and though I did not hear a single word said during the lecture, I was able to see Kuntz Vice President and artist Aris Bagtas painted Sarimanok out of numbers and lines while using oil pastels and a cartolina as canvass. The demonstration earned gasps of amazement from fine arts students, my fellow participants who attended the workshop.
When the demonstration ended, we were asked to form a group composed of four to five members to make an artwork but since the number of participants were not even, I was left doing it on my own. I learned that I do not need to buy expensive canvasses and acrylic paints to make a masterpiece. I was able to paint with just a sandpaper and oil pastels during the workshop.
A little shy at first knowing that I am the only participant that has no background in painting, I sheepishly went on with the work until I did not notice anymore that I am already enjoying the job. I had drawn confidence from what curator Cuizon told us earlier during an interview that Filipinism, a Philippine movement that they are promoting which is not new anymore, is about putting one’s identity in a canvass.
“Kung ano ang pinanggalingan ninyo, ilagay ninyo sa canvass,” curator Cuizon said and added that “Kunin ninyo kung ano iyong kinalakhan ninyo [at ilagay ninyo sa canvass].”
And so I did the same. I thought of the things in the past and just enjoyed painting. What I realized during the exhibit, workshop and after talking to the inspiring artists is this: That the lack of our resources must not dictate our passion and will to pursue what we like.
It is not a matter of resources but a matter of passion. If we have the passion, we can start it today. It is never too late for us to do what we like doing the most.
Source: SunStar Philippines
Philippine Embassy in The Netherlands celebrates 113th Anniversary of Philippine Independence featuring 5 Filipino Artists
By (MN) The Hague, June 8, 2011 Wed 15th June 2011
The Charg dAffaires of the Philippines in the Netherlands Frank R. Cimafranca gave a reception to commemorate the 113th year of Philippine Independence on June 8. Theme of the embassy celebration was Filipinism: What Makes Art Filipino .
For the occasion the embassy presented some of the art works of Filipino contemporary artists Max Balatbat, Erick Dator , Ronna Manansala, Vincent Christopher Gonzales and Rigos Esguerra.
L-R: Virgilio Cuizon (Kunst Gallery) with the Filipino artists, Erick Dator, Vincent Christopher Gonzales, Rigor B. Esguerra, Max Balatbat, Ronna Manansala
The program started with the cutting of the ribbon to open the exhibition, followed by welcome remarks of Charge dAffaires Cimafranca. The director of Muzee Scheveningen Paul de Kievit spoke for the museum. The Regional Coordinator for the National Commission for Culture and Marketing Manager of Kunst Gallery Bill Perez also gave his remarks.
Mother and Son Mabel Kim De Blank sang Ako ay Pilipino. Marcel Duprix gave a song performance.
The embassy art exhibit of Filipino paintings held at the Muzee Scheveningen in The Hague was made possible through the cooperation of the Kunst Gallery and Kunst Pilipino.
The five Filipino artists, with their paintings are on a European tour, organized by Virgilio Cuizon of Kunst Gallery, one of the Philippines pioneers showcasing the art works of Filipinos in European cities since 1991.
Before their art exhibition in The Hague, the group, since May of this year showcased their paintings in Essen, London, and their next cities will be Vienna and Berlin.
Patuloy na pinalalakas ang pagpapakilala sa kultura at sining sa Batangas.
Katuwang ni Cuizon, bilang chairman ng Batangas Culture and Arts Council-Visual Art Committee, ang GSB na pinamumunuan ng batikang pintor na si Lino Acasio. Isa sa mga proyektong isinusulong ng komite ang Lakbay Sining — isang linggong painting exhibition ng mga pintor ng GSB na may temang ‘Bayan Mo, Ilakbay Moʼ. Una nang nakapaglakbay-sining ang grupo sa mga bayan ng Agoncillo, San Juan, Tanauan at Taal nitong nakaraang Hulyo.
Sa unang araw isinagawa ang workshop at pagtalakay sa ‘art appreciationʼ sa mga guro na nagtuturo ng sining at dalawang estudyante ng mga ito.
Bukod sa workshop ay nagkaroon din ng painting competition at iginawad ang unang gantimpala kay Jorge Banawa ng Taal na tumanggap ng P25,000, pangalawa ang obra ni Carlos Alferez ng San Juan (P15K,000) at Teri Buiser ng Bauan (P10,000) na siya ring nakakuha Viewers Choice Award (P10,000).
Kaagapay ng komite ang Province of Batangas Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office (PBTCAO) at ang lokal na pamahalaan sa proyekto na patuloy na isasagawa sa ibaʼt ibang bayan ng lalawigan.
In his speech, CFO Secretary Francisco Acosta emphasized that being a recipient of the MAM Awards is both a responsibility and a privilege. He said “Higit sa pribilehiyo, kalakip ng gantimpalang ito ay responsibilidad. Isang tungkulin ang pag-imik at hindi pananahimik. Maraming salamat sa pag-ako ninyo sa responsibilidad ng pagkukuwento, lalo na para sa mga Pilipinong nangangailangan ng boses. Ipagpatuloy ninyo ang paglikha ng mga obrang tumatalakay sa buhay ng mga kababayan natin sa ibayong dagat. Ang inyong mga likha ay maagang pamasko sa sambayanang Pilipino.”
The awardees received a specialized trophy sculpture of a migratory bird which symbolizes journey, peace and prosperity – fitting themes surrounding Filipino migrants. This piece of art was designed by a local artist, Aris Bagtas, with the help of his team of artists from KUNST Pilipino & Gallery based in Batangas. They worked under the guidance of Virgilio Cuizon, a 2004 Presidential Banaag Awardee from Germany. Furthermore, the awardees received cash incentive, which was provided and generously sponsored by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).
Art Exhibit Opened at Press Club Brussels Europe to Pay Tribute to Filipino Migrants in Celebration of Philippine Independence
Source: Department of Foreign Affairs dfa.gov.ph
01 July 2015 – The Philippine Embassy in Brussels, Kunst Pilipino, and the Kunst Gallery organized “Quo Vadis … Migrants” an art exhibition at the Press Club Brussels Europe from June 15 to 19. The exhibit paid tribute to the efforts and sacrifices of Filipino migrant workers all over the world by chronicling their stories in visual form.
Featured artist Aris Bagtas, a renowned visual artist who used acrylic as his primary medium to depict mother and child and houses as a fitting reminder that Filipino migrant workers are attached to their families and to their home country.
“Quo Vadis … Migrants” also showcased the works of winners and participants of Quo Vadis Overseas Filipinos competition held in the Philippines. The Grand Prize and Viewers Choice winner of that competition is Eman Sia’s “From the Land of Honey”. Wilfredo Rufon’s “Modern Heroes” won second place while Sherwin Paul Gonzales’ “Reflection of a Hero” won third.
Filipino community leaders and friends of the Philippines attended the exhibit opening on June 15.
Kunst Gallery, headed by Mr. Virgilio Cuizon, also organized the painting competition in the Philippines.(Left photo) Philippine Ambassador to Belgium Victoria S. Bataclan (4th from left) cuts the inaugural ribbon with Ms. Maria Laura Franciosi of the Press Club Brussels Europe, Mr. Ver Cuizon of Kunst Gallery and artist Mr. Aris Bagtas. Looking on is Mr. Abet Arevalo of Kunst Pilipino.
(Right photo) Mrs. Franciosi of the Press Club Brussels Europe(2nnd rom left) shows off paintings of Aris Bagtas (3rd from right). Here together with (from left) Philippine Consul General Robespierre Bolivar, Ambassador Bataclan, Mrs. Elizabeth Aguiling-Pangalangan, and Philippine Honorary Consul Antonio Guansing.
Source: Department of Foreign Affairs
‘Filipinism in art’ exhibition opens in London
LONDON —The UK exhibition of works by award-winning Philippine artist Aris Bagtas officially opened in West London on Tuesday July 7, curated by fellow Filipino gallery owner Virgilio G. Cuizon.
The artist, who was born and raised in Bulacan, resides in Obando with his wife, Espie Bagtas. Cuizon, who owns the Kunst Gallery in Santa Rita, Batangas, is a resident in Essen, Germany.
The London leg of the exhibit was held at the Alcantara Consultancy Services immigration law office in Kilburn, which Cuizon transformed into a gallery space. Entitled “Filipino Art Ascending,” the exhibit delves into the theme of Filipinism in art. Particularly, the exhibit examined “Filipinism: What Makes Art Filipino.”
Bagtas’ manifesto elaborated on this concept: “[Filipinism] is the aesthetic and conceptualization of the artist’s ideas and the infusion of heart and soul in every piece they make. It is a way of showing the real identity of the artist as Filipino in their artworks.”
Ambassador Enrique Manalo of the Philippine Embassy in the United Kingdom officially opened the exhibit. “[This exhibition] I know will help promote visual Philippine art here in London,” said Manalo.
“I’m certainly honored to be here this afternoon to see the world’s finest, and share with you that pleasure,” Manalo continued.
“Thank you again for the invitation, and I assure you that the Philippine Embassy stands ready to support and promote Filipino art and artists here in the United Kingdom.”
Central inspirations for the works of Bagtas are the religious genre and his reverence for women as pivotal figures in his life.
“It is the power of love which is the ultimate representation of God that propels [me] to create touching art pieces that speak to the heart of this universal language,” his manifesto read.
Bagtas’ recent “Esperanza” series “reiterates the subtle power of women in various portrayals as elemental queens such as air, water, metal, nature, or gemstones.”
Another of the artist’s series, christened “Blessings from Above” or “Sulyap sa Langit,” is his “ultimate tribute and thanksgiving to his creator where he shows people doing ordinary activities with their faces directed towards heaven giving thanks and recognizing the power of God in their lives.”
The “Sulyap sa Langit” series further depicts “saints and the Virgin Mary in acrylic, gold leaf, icon work or sketches,” all created “with the same faith and wild abandon being a servant of God with paint and brushes as his tool for salvation.”
Other paintings featured included those from the “Mother and Child Series,” the “Infinity Series” and the “Estong’s Community Series.”
The works of Bagtas, described as “unmistakeably Filipino” in his manifesto, were extremely popular with art buyers throughout the exhibition.
‘Sold like hotcakes’
One attendee noted that the artist’s “Estong” and “Infinity” series particularly “sold like hotcakes.” Cuizon, as curator, was pleased and impressed with the outcome.
Several UK-based Filipinos purchased paintings, including town and borough councillor Cynthia Barker and ENFID legal adviser Aimee Alado.
Teresa Cuison, the owner of the Filipino restaurant Nilo’s in West London, also bought four paintings for her restaurant.
Throughout the exhibition, there were inspirational speeches given by Philippine art enthusiasts, as well as singing and dancing.
Bagtas’ Europe-wide exhibition began on June 1 in Essen, Germany and continued throughout the month to Berlin, Brussels in Belgium, Berne in Switzerland, Vienna in Austria, and Florence in Italy.
The majority of exhibits were held in cooperation with the Philippine Embassy and Philippine Honorary Consulate Generals of each country.
Jasmine top bidder at World Vision fundraiser
MANILA, Philippines – Jasmine Curtis-Smith as escorted by boyfriend Jeff Ortega emerged as the top bidder at the P5,000-per-plate World Vision Charity Dinner and Art Auction recently held at the Marriot Café of Marriot Hotel Manila.
A partnership between World Vision Philippines through organizer Maf Aguila and Kunst Gallery and Kunst Pilipino through the lead of art impresario Virgilio Cuizon, it raised P1.6 million 50 percent of which is allocated to the participating visual artists. Through the program Sponsor a Child for PHP 20 a Day, proceeds will send 600 marginalized children to school this year.
The attendance by World Vision ambassadors led by Marc Nelson and Cristalle Belo Henares as hosts and Tim Yap as auctioneer added sparkle to the fundraiser. Jasmine made generous bids for Aris Bagtas’ mixed media on circular wood, La Esperanza, for P100,000 and Emmanuel Bueza’s pen and ink, San Agustin Church, for P28,000.
Jasmine made excellent choices as Aris’ art works were in demand for the night. As bestseller, he sold five lots worth P400,000.
Miriam Quiambao-Roberto won Melvin Vargas’ Blank Page for P50,000. Nikki Gil-Albert purchased Anabelle Afable’s Celebrating Joy for P5,000.
Artists, journalists, remember slain journosPosted on November 14, 2016 by THE MURALLALeave a commentJohn Gabriel Pabico-Lalu | Editor-in-ChiefPearl C. Guzman | Managing Editor |
Local artists and journalists commemorated the 32 lives that were lost in the Ampatuan massacre by raising funds from the sales of an art exhibit, which would support the education of the slain journalists’ children.PintaSayAwit para sa K-32, an exhibition of visual and performing arts, is a consorted effort between Artasia Gallery, Kunst Gallery and the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP).
Thirty-one artists from different parts of the country, including Olympic art medalist Joe Datuin, donated their artworks. During the launch last Thursday at the Artasia Gallery in SM Megamall, performing arts groups Douglas Nierras Powerdance, A Capella Manila and Nightingales also dedicated their pieces and performances for the bereaved families.The move seeks to help the ‘true’ victims of the massacre, the children of the journalists.
ART FOR A CAUSE | The artists who donated their artworks for the fund-raising exhibit that would help the children of the slain journalists pose with NUJP member Virgilio Cuizon, who initiated the cause.(2 pictures on right with Art for a Cause Photo by John Lalu)The Ampatuan massacre is considered to be the single-deadliest attack on journalists. Fifty-eight individuals, including 32 journalists, were killed on the way to file the certificate of candidacy of Esmael Mangudadatu, who was challenging Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr., for the mayoralty. Ampatuan is the son of then Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan Sr.
NUJP member Virgilio Cuizon, an art critic who is also the founder of Kunst Gallery, felt that there is a need for artists to help not only the relatives of the journalists, but the public as well, so that the people may not forget what happened.“We all know that seven years after the Ampatuan massacre, nothing much has changed,” Cuizon said. “They (slain journalists) have relatives who needs our help. Since one of the quickest ways to raise funds is to sell art, we decided to put this up.”“We hope and pray that the families attain justice, and that impunity and extra-judicial killings as a whole may end,” Cuizon said.Datuin, on the other hand, commented on the bond between journalism and the arts, saying that events like these should happen more often, considering the hardships and the dangers that journalists face.
“Let us not do these (fund-raising exhibits) just because there is a massacre,” Datuin said. “Let us do it because they (journalists) are the constantly facing risky situations.”
Art and healing
NUJP said that some of the contributing artists will also conduct art workshops, which would help the children to recover from the tragic events they faced. They also noted that while a program memorializing the victims happens every year, it will be the first time for most of the children to go to the site.
“Some of the artists here would go to General Santos to help the kids of the victims of the Ampatuan massacre,” Dabet Panelo, secretary-general of the NUJP, said. “They (children) will be guided in creating an artwork and a mural, which will be about how they fared after seven years.”
“On November 20, they will go to the massacre site where their artworks and the mural will be exhibited.”
OBRA FILIPINISMO 2
28 September 2016 一 Consul General Julius Caesar A. Flores attended the opening of MObra Filipinismo II” art exhibit opening on August 23 at Art Asia Gallery. SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.
The exhibit, which featured 23 visual artists along with guest artist Rene Robles, was organized by Kunst Gallery led by Mr. Virgilio Cuizon, Managing Director; Mr. Aris C. Bagtas, Art Director and Mr. Bill Perez, Project Coordinator.
In his remarks during the opening program, Consul General Flores commended the visual artists for being “ambassadors of goodwill” in their own right as they project the -heart and soul” of the Philippines and the Filipino people to the world. He encouraged the artists to continue their excellent work and help promote the country’s rich and unique arts, heritage, and culture through their artworks.
The exhibit showed different art styles, themes, and media. It demonstrated the versatility and skill of the visual artists such as Rene Robles, Joseph Albao, Yeye Babatuan, Aris Bagtas, Dale Bagtas, George Banawa, Noel Bueza, Zorrick Enriquez. Rigor Esguerra, Roi Espinosa, Jojo Garcia. Bon Gonzales, Sherwin Gonzales, Vincent Gonzales, Anna Lumpas, Ian Maigan, Mischa, JC Mizuse, Zhyra Ann Nedia, Wilfredo Rufon, Sr., Eman Sia, Nelson Tandas Jr., and Melvin Vargas. Mr. Bagtas previously had a solo exhibit in Xiamen titled “Faces to Phases” organized by the Post on 6-14 November 2015. This coming November 2016, the Philippine Consulate General in Xiamen will feature the works of Mr. Robles as part of its cultural diplomacy program for 2016. END
ABS-CBN News Posted at Oct 29 2016 04:05 PM | Updated as of Oct 29 2016 04:14
Exhibit to help kids of slain journalists
A total of 31 Filipino visual artists donated their artworks to benefit the children of journalists killed in the worst single attack on the press, the Ampatuan massacre.
The launch of PintaSayAwit para sa K32 will be held 6 p.m. November 2 at Artasia, 4th floor of the SM Megamall. The exhibit will run until November 5.
All masterpieces will be up for auction including the artwork of the first Filipino Olympic Art Gold medalist, Joe Datuin.
The event will be highlighted by performances from Douglas Nierras Powerdance, A Capella Manila, and Nightingales.
Part of the sales from the exhibit will be donated to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) Journalists’ Orphans Fund.
The fund aims to help the education of children of fallen journalists.
Currently, the NUJP is assisting 68 children of slain journalists, including 24 kids orphaned by the Ampatuan massacre.
Of the 24 children, eight are in elementary, 14 in high school and two in college.
The country will be marking the 7th year memorial of the Ampatuan massacre on November 23.
A total of 58 people, including 32 journalists, were killed in the massacre in the town of Ampatuan in Maguindanao province on November 23.
Parcours d'artistes Philippins
Museo ng Batangas
Douglas Nierras Powerdance & A Cappella Manila
ART FOR A CAUSE
ART FOR A CAUSE
A Cappella Manila
Competitions initiated and spearheaded by Kunst Pilipino
Hundreds of Filipino artists joined the competition
Aim: To enhance the talent of Filipino artists regarding the knowledge about our heroes, country and the people.”
2011 – SINO SI HENERAL MIGUEL MALVAR in cooperation with Malvar Family-September
2012 – PAGSANJAN BANKERO FESTIVAL in cooperation with the city of Pagsanjan-March
2013- LIFE OF DR JOSE RIZAL IN EUROPE International Contest- December
2014 – 1st BATANGAS CITY PAINTING CONTEST in cooperation with Batangas City-January 12
2014 – SINO SI SAN KAMILO in cooperation with the order of St Camillo-July 12
2015 – ARAW ARAW AY PASKO SA PILIPINAS in cooperation with ALVEO-December
2015 – QUO VADIS OFW (Life, Sacrifices & Contributions of OF) in cooperation with CFO-February
2016 – KAY GANDA NG PILIPINAS in cooperation with Macuha Art Gallery-April 16
2017 – 1st TARLAC NATIONAL PAINTING CONTEST in cooperation with the province of Tarlac-March
2018 – LIGAYA SA PILING NI INAY in cooperation with ALVEO-March 17
2018 – 2nd TARLAC NATIONAL PAINTING CONTEST – in cooperation with the province of Tarlac – March
2021 – KUNST Filipino 12th National Painting Contest “The Story of an Artist” October
Free Art Outreach lectures, art workshop and art demo for artists and students initiated and spearheaded by Kunst Pilipino
2010, Sept 8- Free Art workshop for the inmates of Batangas City Jail
2010, Nov 22 – Free lecture about art for the students of Batangas State University
2010, Dec 6 – Free artworks for the street children of CSWD, Batangas City
Whole day lecture, art demo and workshop for the pupils of Balakilong Elem. School, Laurel Batangas
2013, Feb 15 – Free art workshop for the pupils of Bolbok Elementary School
2013, Feb 25-27 – Free art lecture to the delegates of the 2nd Global Summit at Dusit Hotel Makati
2020 – KUNST initiated the “Arts for the Soul” -Trauma Art Theraphy in evacuation Centers in Batangas Province for the evacuees of Taal Vulcano eruption-
Jan. 22 – Sport Complex evacuation center; Bolbok, Batangasb City
Jan. 23 – Dreamzone, Batangas Provincial Capitol
Jan. 24 – Bolbok Elem. School, Bolbok Batangas City
Jan. 25 – AM: Sport Complex, Bolbok, Batangas City
Jan. 25 – PM: Sta. Rita, BatangasCity
Jan. 26 – Batangas Province High School for Cuture and Arts
Feb. 4 – Laurel Evacuation Center in cooperation with Bayan Mo Ipatrol Mo, Abs Cbn
Feb. 28 – Ibaan Relocation Center, Ibaan, Batangas
Free IMMERSION @ Batangas Province High School for Culute and Arts
2018 – 5 days Free Immersion program at Batangas Province Highschool for Culture and Arts, Bolboc, Batangas City for the students with visual arts specialization
2020– 5 days Free Immersion program at Batangas Province Highschool for Culture and Arts, Bolboc, Batangas City for the students with visual arts specialization. Feb 6-11
2015, Nov 26 – Free art lecture to the members of Guhit Pinas during their general assembly at Batangas State University.
2016, Nov 20 – Free art workshop for the students of Holy Trinity College in General Santos City
2016, Oct 10 – Free Coffee painting workshop for the winners of student category competition at SM Batangas City
2016, Nov 18-20 – Free lecture, art demo and workshop for the victims of Maguindanao Massacre
2018, March 31-April 1 – Free Art Camp for the artists
2018, Sept. 8,15,22 – Free lecture and artwork shop for the teachers of Lyceum of the Philippines Universit
2019, Oct 11 – Free lecture and art workshop for the students of Fine Arts in Batangas State University
2019, Oct 27 – Art workshop for the Children in Sta. Mara, Bulacan
2019, June 22-23 – Free art workshop for the artists and pupils in Dingalan, Aurora
Charitable engagements supported by KUNST Pilipino
- SOS Children
- World Vision
- The Madrigals 50th Anniversary
- Bantay Bata 163
- Marawi Victims
- NUJP Journalists Scholarship Fund
KUNST has a Kunsthaus (art house) in Cuizon Rd., Batangas City which hones talents and skills of the artist which includes lectures, demonstration and workshop. Group of artists who want to stay for longer days are free of charge including food and accommodations.