Buklod Sining Celebrates National Arts Month at NCCA

Published · Tuesday, February 12, 2019 09:17 AM

For the third time, the oldest art organization of the University of the East, College of Fine Arts, Architecture and Design (UE-CFAD) once again hailed as one of the selected art groups all over the Philippines to receive the 2019 NCCA Gallery, Exhibition Grant.

Vincent Santos' com·mute k??mo?te 1. mainit at mausok. (photo credit: Robert Dela Cruz)

Buklod is always true to its core about arts for social change initiatives since 1989, their first exhibition grant under NCCA gave homage to Philippine Cinema as part of their 20th anniversary in 2009 and it traveled to two more relevant exhibition spaces like PhilAm Life in Manila and Ishmael Bernal Gallery in UP Diliman. The second exhibition grant is for Buklod’s 25th Anniversary was also a success, entitled Pinaeba: Filipina sa lahat ng Panahon, an art exhibition dedicated to the Filipino woman through the century and how they triumphantly surpassed the challenges of times through their huge global contributions in diverse fields.

A piece from Bayani Galera's Installation Art entitled Komunidad. (photo credit: Robert Dela Cruz)

“FROM ABOVE AND FROM BELOW: Narratives that deserve to be uncovered and made known”, is the 30th Founding Anniversary theme of Buklod Sining. It will give reverence to narratives coming from above and from below, through this the participating artists will be able to understand and contemplate about their immense responsibilities in creating relevant art projects outside the confinement of art studio and salon walls.

Jay Condeno's Supervisor. (photo credit: Robert Dela Cruz)

The event aims to inspire a community of young creative people capable of identifying powerful visual contributions as well as recognizing the prevailing impact of art in our socio-emotional, cultural and moral development. This reunion exhibition will also connect the works of selected and award-winning alumni artists of UE-CFAD and invited artists in the contemporary art scene today.

The exhibit will showcase works of selected Buklod Sining student members, namely Rolandson Operio, Jesse Camacho, Shane Delfin, Kiko Moran, Jerome Daguplo, Tatel, Nathaniel Sunga, Angela Nicole Alarilla, Maica Borlagdan, Allan Soriano, Reyster Delos Reyes, Jayrol Bonito, Melo Adriano and Vincent Santos.

Kiko Moran's Hugas-kamay. (photo credit: Robert Dela Cruz)

Participating Buklod Sining alumni artists are Jay Ragma, Lei Manto, Olan Ventura, Loren Dayrit, John Rey Aquino, Ace Aquino, Angeline Tabilog, Bernadette Banigoos, John Lanbert Rafols, Trish Dijamco, Elvin Jay Macanlalay, Bryan Marticio, Mars Sanchez, Ayan Padilla, Nico Nunag, Kimi Teves, Richard Soriano Legaspi, Bayani Galera, Ronwell Jason Bacani, and Jay Condeno.

Invited Artists includes Fitz Hererra, Michael Villagante, Wipo, Nikko Pelaez, JM De Olazo, JP Duray and RC Camarines.

Elvin Macanlalay's  Game Over. (photo credit: Robert Dela Cruz)

This milestone is not only a commemoration of years of being relevant but also the start of another 30 years of our continuous commitment in helping the University of the East in honing young artists in diverse artistic disciplines. The opening of the exhibition is on February 14, 2019, at 6:00 PM at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts Gallery, Intramuros Manila. Exhibit runs until March 6, 2019. “From Above and From Below” is made possible by the NCCA, Buklod Sining and its Alumni Society, Universal Robina Corporation, Agimat, Astig.PH, CFAD Academic Guild, Greenspace Artists Village, Quingua Builders, Tech Kuya, Wazzup Pilipinas, WhatsHappening.PH and Zambales Tourism.

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