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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