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Hudyat Exhibit at Far Eastern University

 

 

Press Statement

HUDYAT!

Artists for Human Dignity

 

On 09 March 2017, a group of artists led by National Artist Ben Cabrera (BenCab) will come together to share their works around the theme of human rights and human dignity. (See attached list of artists).

HUDYAT! is a pioneering project by a group of artists that will put the spotlight on the abuse of human dignity amid the spate of summary and extrajudicial killings in the Philippines.

The spate of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines is unprecedented in post-Marcos history. Since the Duterte administration waged its all-out war on drugs, more than 7,000 people have been killed as of end-January 2017 either in legitimate police operations or in those described as consequences of vigilante killings.

After a brief moratorium because of mounting pressures both here and abroad and the killing of a Korean businessman by rogue cops, President Duterte reinstated his war on drugs making it a top priority of his government. There is outrage but not loud enough to convince President Duterte who is spearheading the anti-drug war to rethink his zero tolerance to anyone who stands in the way; and when he is still enjoying a very high acceptance rating from the public.

This project aims to put the spotlight back on human dignity that is being lost in the current anti-drug campaign of the government.  Human dignity is an innate right of each person to be valued, respected, and to receive ethical treatment. Human dignity is the basis of fundamental human rights; it is inviolable and must be preserved, respected and protected.

Without human dignity at the center, the purported gains of the anti-drug war will be short-termed instead of having a real and lasting significance in society. In the drug war and the problem it seeks to eradicate – human dignity pays the price. It is lost in the broken lives of families and victims of drug addiction. It is lost in the most brutal and grotesque manner by which the extra judicial and summary killings are carried out. It is lost in the wretched conditions in jails and state rehabilitation centers. It is lost in the chaos and abuses in police stations and on the streets. It is lost in the poor villages whose residents lack access to services and knowledge that could help them deal with the problem. It is lost in the public apathy towards the killings.

“ ‘To battle for the right’ is in FEU’s hymn and one of our core values is Uprightness. The Hudyat sa FEU is a discourse platform that will guide us in making a more informed decision to uphold and protect human dignity,” said Romel Bernardo, president of FEU’s Central Student Organization.

The exhibit will run from 09 to 25 March at the FEU campus at Nicanor Reyes St., Sampaloc, Manila. Student fora to further expose the problem through the voices of the participating artists, advocates and the victims and survivors will take place on 10 March (2:00 to 3:30 pm) and 18 March (10 to 11:30).  For more information, contact us through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HUDYATSAFEU/ or call 09176302924 or (02)7364897.  

List of Participating Artists

National Artist Ben Cabrera

Pandy Aviado

Xyza Bacani

Melvyn Calderon

Sheila Coronel

Antipas Delotavo

William Elvin

Patricia Evangelista

Carlo Gabuco

Toym Imao

Marne Kilates

Jose F. Lacaba

Raffy Lerma

Julie Lluch

Nikki Luna

RESBAK

Rick Rocamora

Jose Tence Ruiz

Ea Torrado

Mark Valenzuela

Veejay Villafranca

 

FEU Artists

Ma. Eugene Aniar

Christopher Bautista

Manuel Billoso

Jun Concepcion

Alexandre Dalit

Gabriel Gapay

Archie Jacinto

Candido Manarpiz

Gene Paul Martin

Victor Sison

Dexter Sy

Curated by

Ricky Francisco

 

 

THE ARTISTS’ PERSPCTIVES

 

A long time ago, I saw a sign in a local police precinct that read “It’s better that 10 guilty men go free than one innocent man be wrongly convicted.” That statement moved me and in a fleeting moment restored my hope in our justice system of upholding human dignity. The tragedy is that a life taken cannot be returned.  Antipas Delotavo

 

The pleasure of despair. But then, it is in despair that we find the most acute pleasure, especially when we are aware of the hopelessness of the situation…

…everything is a mess in which it is impossible to tell what’s what, but that despite this impossibility and deception it still hurts you, and the less you can understand, the more it hurts. Pandy Aviado,  Notes from the Underground

 

“A good way to measure civil society’s sense of humanity and justice is to take a closer look on how it manages its jail system. The state of Detention Centers in the Philippines is a clear manifestation of the failure of the criminal judicial system to adhere to the 1987 Philippines Constitution’s mandate to build a just and human society for the poor. No amount of penology expertise can solve the problem because the root is institutional and lack of support from our government to correct existing deficiencies.”  Rick Rocamora  2.28.17

 

My art practice has long been concerned with conflict and resistance, in particular the points of tension between the individual and the collective. This work critiques the ways in which machismo and fanaticism are used to generate violence and gain dominance. Seeking to understand and question the process by which dominance is obtained can be viewed as a form of resistance. – Mark Valenzuela

 

The images that is part of Hudyat stands for several issues that needs our continuous attention. The role of photographs as evidence and an aid to social change needs to be reiterated and we as visual journalists hope that the public takes heed and sparks a continuous dialogue about the issues. – Veejay Villafranca

 

The worst cases are when the person is shot in the same area as their home, or in their neighborhood, or even if it’s a [body] dump, if they recognize the face, then that’s when you brace yourself, because the wife will walk in, the mother will walk in. And it’s weeping and wailing and screaming. And you know that you’re witness to the worst moment of a person’s life and you don’t know if you’re a voyeur. And you don’t know if you’re doing the right thing by asking questions.- Patricia Evangelista

 

 

1st Asean Chinese Art Painting and 9th Filipino-Chinese Art Painting Exhibit

Ground Floor , Muelle de Binondo , Binondo , Manila-Philippines

Asia Pacific Art Painters Association Incorporated , Philippine Branch of AC Arts, Philippines Branch of America Art Research Institute in partnership with Federation of  Filipino -Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industries , Inc. opened an art exhibition of different kinds of paintings and artists from Asean countries like Malaysia , Singapore , Thailand  and Philippines and Asian countries like  China, South Korea and ROC ( Taiwan )

Filipino -Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industries , Inc. Building 

The traditional ribbon cutting ceremony was held past 10:00 am on November 20,2016 Sunday at the main lobby of the Federation of Filipino -Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industries . Chinoy Television which is shown on PTV channel 4 every sunday , also covered the event .

artists showed their mastery of Chinese painting

Chinese calligraphy 

Cat fish painting 

The celebration is incomplete without performance of the drum and lyre band.

Here are some of the notable paintings and artists 

Mr.Rafael Cusi paintings

Mr. Rafael Cusi exhibited some Chinese style paintings , nude on sepia, water color and among others . He is also known by his nickname Popoy Cusi and specializes in water color. He is also dubbed as the “Master of Watercolor in the Philippines” and is acclaimed as one of the top artist of the Philippines in his times including other artists who also specializes in watercolor.

Mr. Christ M. Antonio

Mr. Chris M. Antonio is one of the artists from Santa Maria , Bulacan . Most of his art works are exhibited at the Santiago Gallery near the poblacion area.

Gallery : Santiago Gallery -J.P. Rizal Street ,Poblacion , Santa Maria , Bulacan 

Contact : 0915-096-9676 / 0933-228-829

Artists and organizers pose for a souvenir shot after the ceremonies.

Invited guests , participants , artists and media enjoyed a sumptuous Chinese-lauriat style luncheon .

The exhibit is open to the public from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm until November 24, 2016 Thursday with possible extension .

Note: All photos are exclusive from the author , who was invited to the art exhibit by the organizers .

 

9th Alay Sining Art Exhibit by Rotary Club of Makati

 The 9th annual Alay Sining is run under the auspices of the Gift of Life International which arranges funding for the treatment of children with congenital heart ailments. It has brought aid to over 18,000 children of indigent families in 71 emerging countries. Alay Sining is a noteworthy example of partnership between the artists who have supported the drive, and RCMW that has successfully benefited children and help them lead normal lives.

Among the artists whose works will be on exhibit and sale in this year’s Alay Sining 9 are Abel Agubang, Jinggoy Buensuceso, Glenn Kagandahan, Kenneth Cobonpue, Jojit Nagamos, Jaime Nepomuceno and other leading and up-and-coming artists. Two of Alay Sining’s beneficiares, Maranathalie Balitaon and Rogin de Pedro (2nd and 3rd from left), grace the art exhibit sale launch with Alay Sining president Paolo Delgado, RCMW past president Lou del Rosario,  and participating artists Nepomuceno and Sam Penaso.

There are different kinds of art works from paintings, sculpture , glass works among others, remember that for every time one purchase an art work , they can help save lives.

ART WITH A HEART.  Art can save lives and this has been proven by the Rotary Club of Makati West (RCMW) as it launches its annual charity art sale on November 11-13, 2016 at The Gallery, Greenbelt 5 in Makati City.

Philippine Zi-Der Chinese Art Club’s 10th Anniversary Exhibit

Philippine Zi-Der Chinese Art Club will be having their 10th Anniversary ( Pearl Anniversary )  by mounting their art exhibit and Chinese calligraphy by their members from October 16 to 19, 2016 at the main lobby of Federation of  Filipino -Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Muelle de Binondo , Binondo , Manila .

Featuring the Mentor Arsenia Lim at the First Floor Federation Center , Muelle de Binondo , Binondo , Manila

Among the Special Guests of Honor Includes : 

Mr. Angel Ngu , Mr. William Yap , Mr. Florencio Mallare , Mr. Henry Sy , Mr. Tomas Ang , Mr. Tan Tieng Siong , Mr. Cua Ching Tam , Mr. Jaime Tan and Mr. Lee Tiong Seng

Members that will exhibit their art works in different Chinese Calligraphy style Painting 

Rabbits by Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus

Master Chua Hu Hua , Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus , Ms. Celia Chao , Ms. Mary Uy , Ms. Teodora T. Ng , Ms. Jeannie Chua , Mr. Kelvin Tee, Ms. Rosita Tan , Ms. Sofia Chen , Ms. Julie Caw

Horse by Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus

The exhibit will be formally opened on October 16, 2016 Sunday at around 10:00am , Exhibit opens from 9:00am to 5:00 pm from October 17 to 19, 2016 .

 

Winners of Poster Making Contest at The Medical City

Augusto M. Barcelon Auditorium , The Medical City , Pasig City -Philippines

The Medical City Nutrition Management Services together with the Center of Developmental Pediatrics have heed of this concern by launching a poster making contest entitled “ TMC for Kids: Healthy Eating Plate– A poster making contest on good nutrition , ” The contest is open to middle school Grade 5 students) This contest is also in line with the Department of Health’s ” Pinggang Pinoy ” in celebration of the National Nutrition Month 2016 .

Augusto Barcelon auditorium

The Medical City ( TMC) is a world -class hospital healthcare organization with 48 years of existence in hospital operation and administration . With its main facility located along Ortigas Avenue, TMC boasts of experienced and esteemed medical experts of various fields with modern facilities that offer the highest standard of healthcare quality as accredited by the Joint Commission International – a prestigious accrediting body for international healthcare organizations.

L-R Saint Paul College-Pasig- Ms. Isabella R. Hilario ( first place ) Lourdes School- Mr. Patrice  Sebastien M. Olaguera ( 2nd place ) Lourdes School – Mr. Jason B. Bacar ( 3rd place)

The school that participated in the poster making contest show the students’ interpretation of a healthy plate based on Department of Health’s campaign or healthy plate campaign of the US. Participating schools include Saint Paul College-Pasig , Lourdes School of Mandaluyong , La Salle Greenhills and Immaculate Concepcion Academy .

A total of 25 posters was entered into the competition , The winners received plaques, gift certificates, gift packs and umbrella from sponsors.

The winners were awarded in a simple ceremony that was held at the auditorium of The Medical City in Pasig.

Aside from poster making contest, there were mini-lecture on topics such as proper nutrition , food options and picky eating . The entries will be displayed at the lobby of the Medical City for at least two weeks and will also be uploaded on the FB page and website.

Website: http://www.themedicalcity.com/

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/TheMedicalCity/

 

Winners of the On the Spot Painting Contest at the Philippine Orchid Society’s 69th Mid-Year Orchid Show

Hardin ng mga Bulaklak, Quezon Memorial Circle , Quezon City -Philippines

on-the spot painting participants

An on- the- spot painting contest was held last September 1, 2015 at the Hardin ng mga Bulaklak ( Flower Garden ) at the ongoing 69th Mid-Year Orchid and Garden Show .

It was one of the special events feature of garden show that the Philippine Orchid Society is hosting.

Most of the participants were students and even professional fine arts instructor from the University of the Philippines – Diliman, There were also some participants by the members of the society.

There was an on the spot painting contest held last Flora Filipina 2015 at the same venue using Chinese calligraphy style .

Architect Andrew Patrick Gozon

There were 22 participants of the on the spot contest

Special Prize -4th Place – Ms. Nichole Fernandez

Special Prize -4th Place -Ms. Gelli Anne Nonato

Third Place- Ms. Arriane Fresno

Second Place – Ms. Christelle Tolentino

First Place: Mr. Rujeno Soringa

The Winners were awarded Cash Prize of Php 3,000 ( First Place ) Php 2,000 ( Second Place ) and Php 1,000 ( Third )

Note: The photos were from Mr. Art Serbio- Philippine Orchid Society and the author

Filipino-Chinese Friendship Week at SM Manila

SM Manila Activity Area, A. Villegas Street, Manila-Philippines

Master Chua Hu Hua together with students of La Consolacion ( Caloocan) admiring his calligraphy

SM Manila Department Store , SM Manila , Bahay Tsinoy , Saint Stephen High School Alumni Association, Philippine Cultural High School presented to the public a week long event starting on June 22 until June 26, 2015 .

Eng Bee Tin a popular Chinese deli is among the participants of the FOOD Festival

The week long event started with an exhibition of old photos of the district of Binondo, Santa Cruz and San Nicolas which comprises most of Manila ‘s Chinatown.

Binondo church 18th cenutry

Manila’s Chinatown is the oldest and the largest Chinese enclave is located. The centerpiece is the old Basilica Minore del San Lorenzo Ruiz .

Chef Rene- deboned- pork lechon

There is also a food fest , where some of the best Filipino -Chinese food outlets were an added treat to the visitors of the event.

visitors to the photo exhibit

Some of the programs , like Chinese  music orchestra  June 22 , Chinese cultural dance held last June 23 , Wushu Performance June 25 and Chinese Calligraphy Session June 26 were attended by Chinese association members, student organizations among others.

Master Chua Hu Hua conducted a FREE Chinese calligraphy session at around past 2:00PM , It was attended by different Filipino- Chinese association led by the principal of Saint Stephen High School, Philippine Cultural High School , Saint Stephen High School, Yuklin Caloocan High School ,La Consolacion College , Adamson University .

for SM Advantage , SM Prestige , BDO privilage card holders, there is an ongoing SM Manila Department store promo of minimum single -receipt purchase of Php 3,000 to avail of a special voyager travel luggage worth Php 888 Only.

The promo is until June 28, 2015 at SM Manila Department Store. So hurry to get the great deal !

Note : I would like to ” Thank” Ms. Marian Dy Tan , Ms. Larisa S. Bacarro
Branch Marketing Manager  and  SM Manila management for the invitation