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Pierre Patricio

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Pierre F. Patricio was born on February 20, 1960 in Dumalag, Capiz, Philippines. He began showing an interest in the arts at five-years old and dreamed of becoming an artist. He created various forms and shapes using clay soil from his backyard. When he wasn’t dabbling with clay, he drew sketches on available wall space. His dream of being an artist and pursuing a degree in Fine Arts was put on hold. Succumbing to parental pressure and concerns regarding the hazards, pitfalls and no income profession of artists, Patricio pursued…read more

A Living Sculpture that Talks

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Artist Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen is much more than the sum of her life’s parts. Born in Manila in 1970 to a Filipina mother and Danish father, she realized at an early age that she was different. She was too tall and her round eyes made her stand out among her playmates. When she was 8, Lilibeth’s family moved to Stevns, Denmark with a population of 2,000. Again, she was a standout with a big challenge to fit in. Filipinos are very skilled at adapting to other cultures, but it must…read more

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cipra

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“Without art, life is boring, and I must keep my mind busy. At my age, I create my art with a vengeance. That is what I know.” — Cipra Kamatoy Maharlika highway is a long stretch connecting towns in the provinces of Batangas, Laguna and Quezon. Tucked in the small town of Alaminos, Laguna, is Museo ni Cipra. A museum, especially in these parts is an oddity. People typically seek out hot springs in Los Baños or weekend recreation resort areas. The sign is round and unobtrusive, and easy to…read more

journey with an artist

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Consider J. Orosa Paraiso’s art. The first impression one has of his circular-designed metal artwork is “Wow, that sucker looks heavy! How much does it weigh?” If you’re smart, you will stick with that comment, and not run the risk of putting the proverbial foot in mouth by pretending to possess the requisite savoir-faire reserved for art critics. Being a non-art critic, and only possessing a deep appreciation for artistic talents, I reserved comment until I dug beneath the surface; my inquisitive nature needed to delve into the whys and…read more

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bigyan|give

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The Tagalog word bigyan means to give. This is not a language lesson, but rather a look at Ugu Bigyan, the potter from Tiaong, Quezon. Because the name fits. Bigyan’s artwork, his creative technique, his feel-good home that is open to the public for luncheons and gatherings; his artistry, cooking and pottery demos and art gallery have been featured in many newspapers and magazines. But not much has been written about this mild-mannered, generous man with an infectious and heartwarming laugh. Ugu Bigyan is an artist, an accomplished cook and…read more