via: Palm Grass Cebu Heritage Hotel
DepEd7, heritage institutions and Katipunero descendants lead celebration of 500 years of Cebuano heroism
The Department of Education Region 7 (DepEd7) partners with heritage institutions and Katipunero descendants to celebrate the 500 years of the victory at Mactan and the 123rd year of the Cebu Battle of Tres de Abril.
Themed “ISOG! 500 years of Cebuano heroism”, the celebration’s highlights are the awarding of the poster-making contest winners among grade school students in Cebu island, talks from Katipunero descendants, cultural performances and a Cebu history book launch.
The blended event will be held in time for the 123rd anniversary of the martyrdom of Cebu hero Leon Kilat, on April 8, 2021, 2 p.m. at Palm Grass The Cebu Heritage Hotel.
Organized by Palm Grass Hotel and DepEd7, the activity is supported by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), National Quincentennial Committee (NQC), Cebu City Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission (CHAC), University of the Philippines (UP) College of Communication, Art and Design, University of San Carlos (USC) Fine Arts Department, Bag-ong Teatro Junquera, Museo Sugbo, Diyandi, and ArtCebu.
DepEd7 Regional Director Sal Jimenez will share insights on how schools through the arts promote love of country. Cebu City CHAC Commissioner and Katipunero descendant, Dr. Arsenio Pacaña will talk on 500 years of Cebuano heroism, especially that of his ancestor, Jacinto Pacaña who had a significant role in the 1898 anti-Spanish revolution in Cebu.
Moreover, the event will launch the 4th edition of the book authored by Cebu historian, the late Dionisio Sy, “A Short History of Cebu (1500’s-1890’s) and the Anti-Spanish Revolution in Cebu”. The book is published by Tres de Abril Inc. and Palm Grass The Cebu Heritage Hotel that celebrates its 4th Grand Opening Anniversary on April 3, 2021.
The judges of the poster-making contest with the theme, “Cebuano heroism from the time of Lapulapu, Leon Kilat to today’s unsung heroes” are NHCP officer Ayesha Sayseng, CHAC Commissioner Dr. Louie Nacorda, USC Fine Arts Prof. Jaclyn Abregana and UP-Cebu Fine Arts Prof. Jay Nathan Jore.
The following are other highlights of the event: 1) Testimony from a barangay frontliner; 2) Message from a descendant of Leon Kilat, Jeffrey Villegas Cepayo; 2) Screening of a video on Cebu historian Dionisio Sy created by Social Communications Asia's Prospero Laput; 3) Relaunching of Leon Kilat books; 4) Live performances of Bag-ong Teatro Junquera and a new song by Palm Grass, “Nia ra ko”.
The event will be livestreamed at Palm Grass The Cebu Heritage Hotel page and the pages of partner organizations.
For reference: Serafin Guivelondo Blanco Representative Palm Grass, The Cebu Heritage Hotel 68 Gen. Junquera St., Brgy. Kalubihan, Cebu City Landline: (032) 412-2438
ArtCebu and Mezzo Hotel are joining hands in an exhibition aimed at raising funds for the benefit of members of the Cebu art community who have been most severely impacted by the ongoing pandemic. Entitled “Art: Uplifting Others”, the exhibit is being held on January 14 – 31, 2021.
“Art: Uplifting Others” coincides with the Sinulog Festival and showcases the best of Cebuano arts and culture. The exhibit’s opening reception was held on January 15, at 4 pm with the attendance of the exhibitors and a few guests, observing COVID-19 protocols.
Exhibited artworks may be viewed at the lobby of Mezzo Hotel every day from 9:00 am to 7:00 PM throughout the exhibit period. Artworks may also be viewed virtually through Artcebu’s Facebook page.
Exhibitors include twenty-five of Cebu's most vibrant artists:
To inquire about any of the artworks exhibited or about the fundraiser, please message the ArtCebu Team via their Facebook page or call them directly through 09054021408.
The annual art fair features local and international artists and is the biggest and most exciting addition to Cebu’s busy art schedule this September.
Running from September 26-29, 2019, the Cebu International Art Fair 2019 showcases the artworks of 62 local and Japanese exhibitors. The event has been set up by Japanese visual artist Rin Terada, who is known for his abstract paintings using gold leaf as medium. The exhibit is being held at the ground floor of the IEC Convention Center, Cebu City, and can be viewed for free from 9 am to 6 pm daily.
Among the exhibitors at the fair are the following:
The event opened on September 26 with a program hosted by ArtCebu’s Vice President Japamala Arnaldo. The attendees of the program include Cebuano and Japanese artists, art collectors, Department of Tourism Director Shalimar Hofer Tamano, businessman Dmitry Shubov, members of Artcebu and art group Aninaw, and many others. The featured speaker of the program is Mr. Terada himself, who spoke about some of his experiences and lessons over the years as an artist.
Although only on its first year, the Cebu International Art Fair is being positioned as one of the biggest art events in Southeast Asia. According to the exhibit organizers, the goal of the art fair is to enrich the Cebu art scene by bringing artists from around the Philippines and various countries to Cebu to interact and collaborate together through art.
For more about the Cebu International Art Festival, visit this page:
ArtCebu has recently been invited to represent the Philippines at the Borneo Arts Festival ’19 on September 29, 2019. The said festival will gather artists from various ASEAN countries to perform and/or exhibit their artworks in Labuan, Malaysia.
Seven visual artists will be representing Cebu and will bring with them their best artworks highlighting the culture and beauty of the province. Among the artists that will be participating are the following:
The artists will be leaving Cebu on September 23 so they can join pre-event activities on September 25-26, 2019 in Labuan.
This participation at the Borneo Arts Festival will allow Cebuano artists to showcase Cebuano arts to an international audience. It will also help the artists network with other organizations and jointly come up with projects in the near future that will benefit artists from all regions, especially Cebu.
ArtCebu’s vision is to put Cebu in the map as a major global destination for arts and culture.
For more information, please check the following pages:
Borneo Arts Festival '19
Last November 24, 2018, Cebuano artist Jojo Gubalane launched his one-man show entitled "Colour My World". The exhibit is Jojo's third one-man show and features over forty of the artist's most vibrant, charming, and colorful artworks to date. The launching was intimate and personal for Jojo, who himself did most of the preparations. Among the guests that attended were family members, friends, fellow artists, and ArtCebu team members who participated during the program.
Below are some of the photos taken from the exhibit launch.
The exhibit is currently ongoing in Ayala Center Cebu until December 21. More photos can be found in ArtCebu's Facebook page.
ArtCebu, in partnership with the Cebu City Museum, is currently holding a multiple-artist exhibition. Among the artists being featured are veterans Jesse Rona, Jess Najarro, Alan Dimayacyac, Jojo Gubalane, Ramon de Dios, Emmanuel Iradel, and Benz Flores. Other artists featured are Lida Aguilar, Lito Reynaldo Egam, Eric Chris Almaden, Rainer Duhaylungsod, Mean Mustard, Jun Dale Bebita , Rhea Victoria Rosacina, and Jerome Castillo.
The exhibit opened last October 27, 2018 and will end on November 17, 2018. Entitled “Paglatas sa Katuigan”, the exhibit features artworks that convey the changing beauty of Cebu, its people, culture, and landscape through time.
“Paglatas sa Katuigan” coincides with Cebu City’s celebration of October as Museums and Galleries month. Its reception at the museum (second floor of the Cebu City Public Library) last October 27, 2018 at 6:30 PM was attended by artists, special guests, and friends.
The reception was simple but intimate, with focus on one-on-one interactions with the artists. Artists Allan Dimayacyac and Jesse Rona shared insights and their perspective about art in Cebu as it evolved through the years.
Photos from the launching may be viewed at ArtCebu's Facebook page. Artworks may be viewed at the Cebu City Museum from Monday to Saturday, 9:00 to 6:00 PM. For additional information please contact the ArtCebu Team, firstname.lastname@example.org or 0927 982 0666.
Reposting these photos from the Love on Canvas Exhibit opening at Parkmall's west Lobby last February 18, 2016
Isn't love a mere abstraction? A concept that exists only outside of our physical space? A feeling that is neither visible nor tangible?
But how do we know that it exists?
Parkmall's and ArtCebu's Valentine's Day art exhibit this February 18-24, 2016 seeks to answer these questions through various artworks displaying artistic interpretations of love, its existence or non existence.
Among the artists that explored the concept and joined the exhibit are the following:
Artworks are still and display at Parkmall's West Lobby until February 24, 2016.
Come join us as we visualize love through the language of art. We seek to not just find love, but also embrace it in its barest form.
By Radel Paredes
Those keeping tabs on Cebu’s contemporary art scene must have noticed how the ways our artists are displaying their works have changed over the last few years. The old gallery, as the hollowed ground for art exhibitions and exchange, has been constantly evolving as it tries to catch up with shifting trends in taste and technology of the art market.
The traditional notion of the gallery as the sole arbiter of taste and formal venue for the public exhibition of art has become problematic in today’s increasing tendency to level the playing field for both art making and art appreciation.
Efforts to bring art to a broader audience have inspired the rise of guerrilla galleries or alternative art spaces. Coffee shops, hotel lobbies, malls, and even office hallways, now compete with conventional galleries as venue for art exhibitions. Some of our artists have also converted their own studios into makeshift galleries, blurring the line between the place for making art and the venue for displaying it.
But perhaps the most radical of these developments is the use of cyberspace as venue for displaying art. The virtual gallery or museum has been reinventing the whole experience of viewing works of art.
Artists will just have to bear with the fact that the culture of simulation is here to stay, and that the old thrill of seeing the actual work spotlighted on the white wall of a quiet room can no longer be guaranteed if, in exchange, they want their art to reach the most number of people.
Something’s gotta give. And so the tactile will just have to give way to mere conjecture of what is actually a copy of a copy of a copy, ad infinitum.
But, wait: Isn’t this how most of us have been experiencing art ever since? Few of us were lucky to have traveled to Holland to inspect the broad impasto on Van Gogh’s “Sunflower”; most are content with a cheap postcard print or a downloaded screensaver version of the artwork.
Still, the hesitation of many old school painters to show their works online (not to mention the fear of piracy) persists. I admit I am one of them. Until now, I still have to submit electronic pictures of my works to Art Cebu, a legitimate web gallery showcasing contemporary Cebuano art.
With fellow writers Raymund Fernandez, Roy Lu, and Mike Obeñieta, we met the people behind this website. We were invited to speak on various topics on Cebuano art as part of their training and teambuilding program.
The exchange among us, speakers and participants, proved to be very enriching. It turned out, for example, that I actually left the place learning more, or to be more exact, unlearning more of my previous notions about the role the internet has to play in spreading art.
From Roy Lu, for example, we learned the possibility of applying serious curatorial work for web galleries. The progressive curator may actually exploit the immediacy of exchange provided by the web to solicit public reaction to the artist’s work. This makes the vision of democratic art more feasible. Conversely, faster and more direct selling may also be made between the artist and the interested buyer even without the mediation of the web gallery itself.
And as to the question of the works lacking three-dimensionality, wait until you see our geeks upload 360-degree video pans of sculptures and installations or podcast documentaries of live art performances by our avant garde artists. But if you’re really impatient, you can always click and purchase the work online. It will soon arrive at your doorstep safe in bubble wrap and ready for hanging.
What happens when a still camera romances some of Cebu's finest rock bands in the last three years? "Musika," an exhibit of 22 music photographs by freelance photographer Kathy Zialcita, reveals the run of this 3-year romance. On display at the Outpost café in Lahug, "Musika" is a collection of her favorite photos of local musicians.
Apart from immortalizing Cebu's music scene, "Musika" is distinct for its composition; the romance of grainy textures with each musician's character. "I don't want it too clean like what you see on the billboards. They're just too clean and too perfect," explains Zialcita. "Y' know, when you take something that's too perfect, it's not human anymore. I like it a bit messy. I don't care if naa sila'y (they have) wrinkles or scars on their face - It's part of their character. You make use of it because it's them. It's not you, it's them."
Right before turning her lens to musicians, Zialcita worked as a freelance photographer, shooting furniture for an export company. The story of her "Musika" began when a friend noticed her work some years ago. Impressed, Zialcita's friend suggested that she try portraiture. Deciding to give it a spin, Zialcita talked to Budoy (of Junior Kilat) and offered to do a shoot - free of charge. Thus, from shooting wood and furniture, she took on a new subject - rock icons.
Junior Kilat was very impressed, to say the least, and soon word spread about her work. Alternative rock group Sheila and the Insects was one of the first bands to hire Zialcita for their publicity collaterals. When the SATI photos landed in several newspapers, magazines, posters, and websites, other bands began booking her for photo shoots - Zarah Smith, Hastang - the list goes on.
Zialcita says that she prefers rock 'n' roll personalities over fashion models, saying that dealing with each bands is always a new experience. "I tried fashion and it's ok. I can do it but it's so much easier to work with models. You don't have to make them comfortable because they're already comfortable. The way a fashion shoot works is, models have their stylists and basically all you do is look for a perfect shot. That's it." reveals Zialcita. During band photo sessions, Zialcita seeks inspiration by listening to music, something she says keeps her in the drift. Music is one of Zialcita's comfort zones; allowing her to embrace the more arduous passion of photography. Thus, the theme of her exhibit.
To an extent, "Musika" proves that local bands don't need to go as far nor spend a lot just to get a photo that matches their character. Zialcita says that one of her goals for the local music scene is to help bands make good impressions through quality pictures. "I don't want people to think that bands from Cebu can't afford good publicity photos" says Zialcita. "I don't want them to think that the pictures (look) so cheap. No matter if it's a pro-bono or magpabayad ko (I get paid). I still want the best for each band." A fitting tribute to Cebu's music scene.
"Musika" will run until March 17, 2007. All 22 images of the exhibit are arrayed around the Outpost's music area, posing as the stage backdrop. To the left, is an array of scarlet-hued images of band members from Powerspoonz. To the right, are canvassed versions of Island Joe, Faspitch, and Sheila and the Insects, to name a few, along with a couple of live performances frozen in time.
While "Musika" is her debut exhibit as a freelance photographer, it is definitely not the last. These are just a few tidbits of what's in her stockpile. "Those photos are what I frequently look into," adds Zialcita.
Besides, people are begging for the second, even third exhibit; Musika has already hatched quite a few jealous reactions. But their fears are of no consequence. Already in the works is another batch to be exhibited sometime in June or July, this year.
Zialcita hasn't sang her swansong - oh no, not by far. She's just warming up.