WANDERLUST | An ‘art’-ful welcome to 2018

DAVAO’S vibrant art community is ready to face 2018 with a barrage of events within and outside of the city and the country. This was revealed by various personalities from the different fields of art during the opening New Year salvo of Art Talk, the monthly forum on arts and culture, last Tuesday, January 9, at the RBG of Park Inn by Raddison Davao.

PASALIDAHAY’S Jay Rosas and Mindanao Film Festival’s Rudolph Alama

PASALIDAHAY’S Jay Rosas and Mindanao Film Festival’s Rudolph Alama

Museo Dabawenyo Curator and Cultural Promotions and External Relations head Richard Vilar revealed that their changing exhibitions for 2018 is almost fully booked. “We will be having exhibits by renowned artists, such as Elenita Dumlao, Bro. Karl Gaspar and Bong Espinosa, as well as return of ‘The Battle of Ising’ exhibit and another to be initiated by the Deanna Sipaco Foundation,” he said.

Vilar will also represent the country for the Thailand International Folklore Festival on January 15-25 in Samutprakarn province, Thailand where he will be sharing Philippine folklores to an ASEAN audience.

ARTISTS Daryl Descallar and Ega Carreon

ARTISTS Daryl Descallar and Ega Carreon

Meanwhile, in the visual art scene, Davao-born international artist Ega Carreon will be having a unique kind of art exhibit on February 9 at the SM Lanang Premier and Hotel Tropika. “For the first time, my paintings will play backdrop to a concerto to be participated by classical musicians from Korea. It will be a show of two artforms,” he said.

Carreon, who is set to have his next solo exhibit on October at the Ayala Museum, will be holding an art workshop to be participated by communities affected by the Marawi siege in Iligan sometime in March.

Artists Daryl Descallar and Dinky Munda of Tabula Rasa have also ensured their group’s support for the upcoming Visit Davao Summer Festival, which will run from April 15 to May 31. “We will continue to hold art exhibit in malls, hotels and other venues. This time, we will involve elementary, high school and college students as well as hobbyists so that they will have an early appreciation of local art,” Descalllar said.

The Davao Artists group, represented by Perry Lequigan, is currently working with members of local communities for a series of art workshops and mural paintings. “We have a lot of abandoned spaces, such as deserted parks and buildings. We want to involve the barangays in making use of these spaces for art,” he said.

MUSEO Dabawenyo’s Richard Vilar

MUSEO Dabawenyo’s Richard Vilar

Lequigan is also seeking the support of private companies to sponsor paints to be used in the said endeavor. So far, he has the commitment of 5 barangays in the city proper in this project. His group will also be doing an exhibit at the Park Inn by Raddison Davao in February in time for Art Month.

The local film scene continues to flourish as Mindanao Film Festival director Rudolph Alama reported that last December’s festival was able to screen around 100 films, its biggest turnout so far. “Last year, in spite of having an austere festival, we were able to screen films from Mati, Ozamis, Northern and Central Mindanao, and Zamboanga, in addition to films from Davao and other regions. We promise to screen more local films this year and involve other cinemas as well,” Alama said.

Jay Rosas of Pasalidahay, an active group of filmmakers and enthusiasts advocating film appreciation and education of regional cinemas, shared his participation in the upcoming “Kaleido Asia: Collaborative Film Programming of Southeast Asian and Japan Film Curators” on January 26-28 at theThai FIlm Archive and Museum in Salaya, Thailand.

ART Talk guests for January 2018

ART Talk guests for January 2018

“Some of the films that I have programmed for the Philippines will include shorts from Mindanawon filmmakers Teng Mangansakan, Sheron Dayon, Sherad Anthony Sanchez, Jean Claire Dy, Bagane Fiola and Keith Bacongco that mainly focus on regionality, migration, and identity,” bared Rosas.

Rosas hopes that through the works of the said filmmakers, the international audience will get to see another side of the Philippines since most of them are used to watching the works of Manila filmmakers.

Artist Angeli Chi of Balud Art Network will also be one of the participants of the Artists for Better World, which will wind-up on February 9 in Malaysia. The program, which started in November 2017 in Singapore, aims to build capacity and teach key skills in Arts for Good program design and impact measurement and stakeholder management to its participants,and connect them with professionals from a regional ecosystem that are keen in harnessing the arts for social change. Thirty-two countries are participating tin the program.

Meanwhile, Ivy Fernandez, operations manager of Holiday Gym, is inviting enthusiasts and professionals in another form of dance art, which is Zumba, for their Basic 1 Instructor Training with ZES Daniel Napoleon Bacus on February 4 at Holiday Gym and Spa.

“Meeting our local artists open opportunities to me in the fitness sector to work with them in future endeavors,” she quipped.

PASSPORTS RELEASED TO INDONESIAN DESCENDANTS IN MINDANAO. Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno LP Marsudi together with Consul General of Indonesia to the Philippines Berlian Napitupulu personally presented passports to 300 Persons of Indonesian Descent (PID) last January 3, 2017 at the Indonesian Convention Center (House of Indonesia) in Davao City

The PIDs, who were officially declared as Indonesian nationals, have mostly spent their entire lives residing in Balut Island, part of the municipality of Sarangani in Davao Occidental. Balut Island is just approximately 358 kilometers to Marore Island on the northernmost point of Sangihe Islands in the province of North Sulawesi, Indonesia.

“From the registration that we held, 2,425 persons are confirmed Indonesians. The issuance of passports to PIDs, which has been pending for quite a long time, is just the first phase of the program. We appreciate the cooperation of the Philippine government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for assisting us in the entire process,” Marsudi said.

INDONESIAN Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi and Consul General of Indonesia to the Philippines Berlian Napitupulu led the release of passports to 300 PIDs

INDONESIAN Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi and Consul General of Indonesia to the Philippines Berlian Napitupulu led the release of passports to 300 PIDs

According to the foreign affairs minister, the office of the Consul General has reported a total of 8,745 persons who have registered from 2014 to 2016. They will continue to issue passports for as long as they have been able to confirm their status.

“The issuance of passport is very important as it is a right of every person to know the status of his nationality. That’s is why the protection of Indonesians living abroad is one of the priorities of the Indonesian government,” she added.

After having been issue passports, the PIDs will now be able to acquire residence permits to make their stay in the Philippines legal. It will also give them access to their basic rights as Indonesians.

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