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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Homecoming at Bencab Museum

Homecoming at Bencab Museum
From National Art Gallery, Malaysia to Indigo Gallery at Bencab Museum in Benguet

The Philippine Delegation to the 24th Asian International Art Exhibition (AIAE) brings to the Philippines in a homecoming show, the Philippine participation to the November 2009 AIAE exhibition at the National Gallery, Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.

The AIAE, initiated in 1985 by Korea, Taiwan and Japan has grown into a full blown annual art event in the Asia Region. Now participated in by over fourteen member countries taking turns in hosting the event, the AIAE has become a vital venue for artists' convergence in a dynamic gathering highlighted by an exhibition that promotes the diverse contemporary expression of Asian art and engenders its strong assertions. It has become a most anticipated occasion for exchange between and engagement among artists in the region. What began as a collective effort of independent art groups across Asian countries has developed into a barometer of current artistic directions in the region.

The Philippine Committee, a member since 1992, has hosted the 11th AIAE at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila and the 20th AIAE at the Ayala Museum. With its commitment to bring the Philippine participation included in the Asian exhibition to Filipino audiences, every year it organizes a homecoming exhibition.

As the organizers aspire to have a farther reach, the works by the participating artists to the 24th AIAE, Ambie Abaño, Pandy Aviado, Ben Cabrera, Rosscapili, Araceli Limcaco-Dans, Joy Mallari, Ramon Orlina, Susan Fetalvero-Roces, Anna Varona will be on exhibit at the Indigo Gallery of the BenCab Museum. Apart from the works showcased in Kuala Lumpur exhibition, each artist is including another work to complete the collection.

The exhibit opens on May 1, 2010, Saturday at 4 in the afternoon. Exhbit runs until June 1

Indigo Gallery of the Bencab Museum is located at Km 6 Asin Road, Tadiangan, Tuba, Benguet. Museum hours are from 9 in the morning to 6 in the evening, Tuesdays to Saturdays. For more information, contact (+6374) 442-7165, or email or check out the website

Philippine Participation to the 24th AIAE was supported by the generous sponsorship of Directories Philippines Corporation, Metrobank Foundation, Pioneer Insurance, Bank of the Philippine Islands, Asian Tigers Lane Moving and Storage and Bencab Museum.
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Palanca Awards Reminds Deadline for Submission of Entries

The 60th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (Palanca Awards) reminds aspiring contenders that they only have until 12:00 midnight of April 30, 2010 to submit their entries.

Each author may submit only one entry per category including Short Story, Short Story for Children, Essay, Poetry, One-act Play and Full-length Play in the English Division; Maikling Kuwento, Maikling Kuwentong Pambata, Sanaysay, Tula, Dulang May Isang Yugto, Dulang Ganap ang Haba and Dulang Pampelikula in the Filipino Division; Short Story-Cebuano, Short Story-Hiligaynon, and Short Story-Iluko in the Regional Languages Division; as well as the relatively new categories, which are Poetry Written for Children in the English Division and Tulang Isinulat Para sa mga Bata in the Filipino division.

In the Kabataan Division, Palanca Awards’ special division for young writers below 18 years old, the essay theme in the English category is "What is it in the environment that I can protect?" and “Ano sa kalikasan ang aking kayang pangalagaan?” in the Filipino category.

Entries with complete requirements may be submitted to the Foundation’s office at the 6th Floor, One World Square Bldg., 10 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Hill Town Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City or may also be entered online through the Palanca Awards website or sent through email at

The contest is open to all Filipino (or former Filipino) citizens, except current officers and staff of its organizing body, the Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc. Contest rules and official entry forms are available at Palanca Awards’ official website,

For further information, you may call telephone number 856-0808.
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Thursday, April 01, 2010

Full Circle: Creativity Moving Through Generations at Yuchengco Museum

The Yuchengco Museum highlights Tsinoy artists and designers through a special exhibit titled Full Circle: Creativity Moving Through Generations, which opens at the museum on April 13, Tuesday, at 6:30 p.m. Full Circle brings together five families of Sino-Filipino artists whose works highlight the flow of creativity from one generation to the next. The exhibit will be on view until June 30.

Does creativity run in the family? Is a paintbrush, pencil, or pen somehow imprinted in a clan’s genes? Or is it a matter of elders passing on their trade or inspiring their children? Full Circle presents the creative expressions of an older generation of Filipino-Chinese artists and designers juxtaposed against the creations of their sons and daughters. The show illustrates common themes, and each artist’s individual style. The exhibit also examines the artists’ works within the context of their era and their personal pursuits, but linked through family ties and philosophies of artmaking and designing.

The paintings of first Filipina modernist Anita Magsaysay Ho from the Yuchengco Museum collection will be paired off with drawings by her daughter, Doris Ho, and paintings by Anita’s son, Robert Alexander Ho. Acclaimed Cebu furniture designer Betty Cobonpue pioneered the use of natural materials for furniture, which her son, Kenneth Cobonpue, now brings to the design capitals of the world, with his cutting-edge, minimalist, and organic shapes. Salvacion Lim Higgins or Slim was “the” fashion designer who reigned supreme in ‘50s to ‘80s high society. Her couture shares the exoticism, exuberance, and colors of cross-cultural influences of the paintings of her son, Mark Lewis Higgins.

Traces of the painterly creativity of superb magical realist Agustin Goy find expression in the paintings of his daughter, Anna Mari Goy, and in the illustrations and graphics of his daughter, Abi Goy. The Syjuco artist family, headed by conceptual artist, poet, and critic Cesare Syjuco (who was active in the alternative art scene of the ‘70s and ‘80s) and his equally expressive wife, performance artist Jean Marie Syjuco, bring forth a new generation of creatives. Daugthers Michelline and Beatrix—both visual artists—and Maxine, a poet, join their parents.

Full Circle highlights a younger generation of artists taking inspiration from an older generation, with traces of either conformity or negation.

Full Circle: Creativity Moving Through Generations will run until June 30 at the Yuchengco Museum at RCBC Plaza. The museum is located at the corner of Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues in Makati City. Museum hours are from Monday to Saturday, from10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 889-1234 or visit
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Viewing The World by Jojo Austria at Art Verite

"Viewing The World" by Jojo Austria
Art Verite
April 8-22, 2010

Jojo Austria At Art Verite

Jojo Austria presents his solo exhibition, “Viewing The World” at Art Verite on 8 April. In the last decade, armed only with his still beginning artist’s credentials but brimming with promise, he has gone on a tour of the world. After his graduation in 2000, was followed by successful shows here and abroad. He also received his full grant residency from the Vermont Studio Center.

“Viewing The World” opens on 8 April and runs until 22 April 2010, 6:30pm at Art Verite Unit 2C-05, 2/F Shops at Serendra Bonifacio Global Taguig City. For inquiries, contact the gallery at tel. no. 9151982.
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