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Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival

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Editor’s note: Once a year the island of Mindoro and its Mangyan communities are invaded by local and international musicians and artists to celebrate the annual Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival. Held at the foot of Mount Malasimbo, the merry-making participants of the festival delight in an eclectic showcasing of music, dance and visual arts. The annual March festival provides a venue for the Mangyan people to introduce their culture and traditions, and established and upcoming artists to promote their art. The festival not only showcases music and the arts,…read more

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In Her Own Words

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   Identifying herself a lesbian, Lacorte tackled issues on gender and discrimination that inspired her works in solo and group exhibitions like Lesbianarama 2k1and Batu-batuhinangLangit, TapakanSinongMagagalit?(2001) in UP Diliman, Walang Kokontra (2002) in the Cultural Center of the Philippines with Anting-Anting artist group, TITAMARIAALMA(2002) in Surrounded by Water Gallery with Tita Lim, Maria Taniguchi and Alma Quinto, and Agi-anan: Visayas Biennale(2010) curated by Rueben Cañete in Cebu. Her recent works focuses on the effects of globalization, particularly on the wastage and recycling of materials and found objects that turned into…read more

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In His Own Words

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Editor’s note: Like most artists, Mel Vera Cruz displays his emotions through his art. Being uprooted twice in life had a profound impact upon him — first he was from an idyllic childhood learning to love art in Quezon to the rude awakening of a 12-year old boy cast adrift in Metro Manila, and later an adult immigrant in San Francisco where he experienced insecurity and prejudice in the world of Western advertising. Born in 1964, the University of Santo Thomas graduate in Fine Arts pulled it together and came…read more

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In His Own Words

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Editor’s note: Many thanks to Raimundo Folch for submitting an articulate description of his beginnings and the process of his art. I was born in Manila, Philippines on February 15, 1960 of a Spanish father and a Filipina mother. The blending of the East and the West culture in me has enriched my cultural and artistic background in such a way that some of the critics note the influence of both worlds in my artworks. I am self-taught and since I was small I loved drawing and painting. One significant…read more

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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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of gods and patriots

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In similar histories throughout humanity, the concept of the Divine continues to have an intrinsic assertion of power and authority.   From a certain perspective, it’s an embodiment of an above force and supreme control from which everything emanates –natural order and the foundations of human arrangements and civilizations.  For those who sought and continue to seek power, the definitive aim is to share and exploit that divine authority and to manipulate dogma in order to legitimize authority.  Divine rule as a mystical and complex apparatus of control and political hold…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