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CCP pays tribute to the 2022 National Artists
A TRIBUTE will be given to eight exemplary personalities who were proclaimed National Artists, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ (CCP) Main Theater today, June 29, at 5 p.m. Tickets for the public will be given starting 3 p.m. at the CCP Ramp. The newly declared National Artists are choreographer, director, and teacher Agnes Locsin (Dance); the late terno innovator Salvacion “Slim” Lim-Higgins (Fashion Design); the late film and television director and screenwriter Marilou Diaz-Abaya (Film and Broadcast Arts); screenwriter, journalist, playwright, teacher, and fictionist Ricardo “Ricky” Lee (Film and Broadcast Arts); actress and singer Nora Cabaltera Villamayor aka Nora Aunor (Film); poet, writer, critic, scholar, literary historian, and anthologist Gemino Abad (Literature); opera singer and teacher Fides Cuyugan-Asensio (Music); and theater director, actor, and teacher Antonio “Tony” Mabesa (Theater). President Rodrigo R. Duterte conferred the Order of National Artist on them in a ceremony on June 16 at Malacañang. They were declared the new National Artists by virtue of Presidential Proclamation no. 1390 signed on June 10.
Ortigas Library exhibits vintage photos of Cordilleras
THE ORTIGAS Library will be holding an exhibition of vintage photographs called “People and Places: A Cordillera Legacy — Photographs from 1900-1925,” at the Baguio Convention & Cultural Center, Baguio City, from July 13 to Aug. 28. Admission is free. Many of these photos, from the Ortigas Library collection and its Library consultant Jonathan Best as well as several other collectors, are rarely seen images of the Cordillera people, their surroundings, architecture, from Abra in the north to Benguet province in the south.
Exhibit marks Saturday Group’s 54th year
“THE SATURDAY GROUP AT 54” is a group exhibition marking the 54th year of The Saturday Group of Artists. It will be on view from July 2 to 15 at the ArtistSpace, Ayala Museum Annex, Makati Ave. corner De La Rosa St., Greenbelt Park, Makati City. The gallery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free. The exhibit features works by the present generation of The Saturday Group of Artists. The Saturday Group, founded in 1968, has been home to over 100 artists over the years with many illustrious names being part of its rich history.
Punk Zappa drops Eraserheads NFT Collection
ERASERHEADS guitarist Marcus Adoro launched the “Punk Zappa NFT Gallery — The Art of Marcus Adoro” on June 23 at Tago Jazz Bar in Quezon City. Mr. Adoro, who also goes by the name Punk Zappa, ventured into the analog-meets-digital realm by transforming his paintings into one-of-a-kind digital collectible NFTs (non-fungible tokens). His artworks were showcased at the NFT launch, such as that of the Abbey Road-inspired Eheads paintings. The first 20 pieces that were dropped are digitized versions of the Eheads calendar sets that Mr. Adoro released earlier this year. Buyers earn exclusive access to limited-edition perks and merchandise. To see Punk Zappa’s NFT collection, go to punkzappa.com. The Punk Zappa NFT Art Gallery is a project of GIGILx, the metaverse affiliate of GIGIL, an independent ad agency.
ARTipolo holds benefit show for PARC Foundation
ROBINSONS Land’s ARTablado recently signed an agreement with PARC Foundation and ARTipolo to mount “ARTiPARC: Shades, Shapes, and Stories,” on view from July 1 to 15 at ARTablado in Level 3 of Robinsons Galleria. The show features the works of 75 artists, with each artist having his or her own distinctive style and artistic strategy. Using art as its platform, ARTipolo has been able to raise funds for various charitable and professional organizations such as Soroptimist International (Antipolo Chapter), Kiwanis Club of Antipolo, Hemophilia Association of the Philippines for Love and Service (Haplos), Philippine Bar Association (PBA) and partnered with local businesses such as Loreland Farm and Resort, Café Lupe, Luljehetas Hanging Garden, Casa Nieves, and Hotel LeBlanc, to name a few. The beneficiaries of these exhibits and auctions are mostly youth and children. ARTiPARC also benefits the PARC Foundation which transforms the lives of underprivileged youths through its flagship program billed as PARCaralan, a free artistic, life skills training program with character-building workshops, cultural immersion, and assistance in seeking career opportunities. Meanwhile, on view at ARTablado Antipolo until June 30 is “Kalinangan,” a group show celebrating the 40th year of Bigkis Sining Binangonan. “Kalinangan” features the works of the group which was formed in the summer of 1982 at the heart of Rizal Province, with each member given the freedom to define and express his or her identity in the subjective world of color “for art must record (the soul of) our time — for this generation (and the generations to come) to draw inspiration from.” Among the participating artists are Bong Anore, Jhune Bernardo, Marlon Constantino, Claudio Aramil, Jr., and Reynaldo Punelas.
Deadline for entries to art criticism tilt
THE DEADLINE for submission of entries for the Ateneo Art Awards — Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes in Art Criticism is June. 30. The Ateneo Art Gallery and the Kalaw-Ledesma Foundation, Inc. are now in their final week of accepting entries for the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes in Art Criticism category. With the theme “Fresh Winds and New Light: Forecasting Change,” the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes are open to essays that reflect on artworks, exhibitions, programs, projects, other creative expressions, and efforts that aim to imagine a better world. Read the complete mechanics in English and Filipino at the Vital Points website. Entries may be submitted at bit.ly/PKL2022Entry. For any inquiries, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.