Artworks of 37 Kapampangan artists take center stage during the city government of Angeles’ National Arts Month kick-off exhibit.
Said visual arts exhibit, dubbed as ‘KAPANÁYAN’, primarily aims to pursue the promotion of Kapampangan cultural advancement.
During the opening of the exhibit, Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. said this is in fulfillment of the city government’s desire to devote a spotlight for many local artists who deserve recognition for dedicating their talents to further the Kapampangan arts and language in the city.
“Our [National] Arts Month celebration will revolve around the theme of ‘hope.’ We are continuously hoping that the Angeles City’s brand of art will acquire its own identity. A ‘hope’ that we will not cease to show the entire country that Angeleño craft is created with heart, with love,” he said.
Among the featured Kapampangan artists are Curator Norman Tiotuico, Badet Tiotuico, Iwag Palattao, Chelssie Avensis Caldina, Kalila de Pio, Sim de Pio, Marylou Lilibeth Millan Dumas, Edwin Dizon Catli, May Ann Reyes, Jojo La Madrid, Orlando Tolentino, Arnold Salunga, Dallas Harvison, Maricar Yabut-Sangalang, and Ailyn Gonzales.
Also joining the roster of featured local artists are Ann Lumba-Vitug, Cyril Quizon, Andy Ramos, Aurelio De Guzman, Billy Corcuerra, Arnel David Garcia, Alvin Dungca, Enrie Nicdao, Ronald Buenacifra Jr., Lyndon Joseph Susi, Jascha Tolentino, Ramil Tumampos, Jeffrey Querido Gabatin, Vittorio Pantig, Banjing Torno, Joel Pábústan Mallári, Elizabeth Sison, Camille Joy Pingul, Joel G. Tubera, Jessica Julia Jose – Cariño, Heidy Macabenta, and Jonathan Pili.
The exhibit will run from February 1 to 12 at the Marquee Mall Exhibit Area.
It can be recalled that one of the flagship programs of the Lazatin administration is to assist local artists by providing exhibits in malls, and soon, in hotels.
Aside from the exhibit, other activities lined up for the city’s celebration of the National Arts Month include the unveiling of four markers of cultural properties on February 7; and on-the-spot painting and exhibit by Gamat Kapampangan on February 9 at Santungan Ning Kalalangan, Abacan Loop, Barangay Balibago.
There will also be an art workshop of demo mixed media by Aurelio De Guzman on February 11 at the Museo Ning Angeles; the Journey into Art, an artist talk and fine printmaking demonstration by Elmer Borlongan on February 18 at Museo Ning Angeles; Basic Kulitan Workshop by Aguman Kalalangan Sulat Kapampangan on February 24 at Caca Art Gallery, 2nd Floor, Angeles City Library and Information Center; and a musical concert on February 28 at Museo Ning Angeles. (CLJD/MJSC-PIA 3)