Celebrating love and arts in February

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014


THIS February, the City of Smiles is celebrating not only the month of love, but also the Arts Month.

In support of the artists' community, the City Council passed a resolution declaring February 1 to 28, 2014 as the "Bacolod City Arts Month," adopting the national theme, "Art on the Edge."

The purpose of the declaration is to enjoin all individuals, art lovers, and organizations to actively support the events and programs that highlight the importance of artists in our culture.

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With the support and cooperation of the arts and culture community, the resolution states, the city government is passionate to undertake the different activities and projects that will serve to advance and promote the cultural and artistic development in Bacolod.

The Arts Month celebration is a joint project of the city government and the Art Association of Bacolod-Negros (AAB-N).

At the opening ceremonies of Bacolod Arts Month last Feb. 2, Mayor Monico Puentevella said he plans to beautify the public plaza and make it a dynamic venue for music and the arts.

"The plaza is open to all artists," he said.

"A city without art and culture will not survive, and our community will be dull without [them]," the mayor added.

He said he is holding a "Musician's Corner" at the plaza every Sunday, providing a stage for musicians, so even churchgoers from the San Sebastian Cathedral will have a chance to hear a concert at the plaza after the Mass.

He also plans to make it a venue for exhibits and performances every Sunday, where even Negrense artists outside Bacolod can promote their talents and artwork.

Puentevella said the city is converting the welcome marker at the plaza into an "art haven to provide artists with an art gallery.

It will be a place where artists can display their artworks and musicians can play music to entertain the public, he added.

The mayor said the city government is very supportive of local artists and will promote its thriving arts and culture scene.

He also believes that the city's artists should complement the already established sports champions hailing from Bacolod and nearby cities.

He said he plans to put up a boxing ring and a basketball court around the plaza, and a center stage for the artists' performances, practices and exhibitions.

Bacolod's month-long celebration of arts is in line with the National Arts Month of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

After the opening ceremonies, organizers trooped to the Arte Kalye Festival, located in front of the Pope John Paul II Tower at the reclamation area for a series of art events.

Other activities include workshops on "public art vs. vandalism" at the Bacolod Arts, Youth, and Sports (BAYS) Center.

A free Valentine's Day show titled "Love and Arts in the Park" was held last Feb. 14 the fountain area of the newly named People's House.

A talk was held for art writers last Feb 15 at the MassKara Hall of the People's House.

The Bacolod Arts Month will close on Feb. 28 with a program dubbed, "A Toast to Artists" at the lobby of the People's House from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Art exhibits

Meanwhile, in line with the Arts Month, two exhibits are ongoing in Bacolod.

"Happy Trip," a fund-raising exhibition of 18 Negrense contemporary artists, opened on Feb. 15 and will run until Feb. 28 at the Gallery Orange.

The group will join the "Art in the Park" in Makati City on March 23. Along with Dennis Ascalon, Charlie Co and Raymund Legaspi, the participating artists include Moreen Austria, Cindy Ballesteros, Hilario Campos III, Totc Co, Guen Decena, Jay-R Delleva, Peter James Fantinalgo, Joe Geraldo,Karina Broce Gonzaga, FrelanGonzaga, Jovito Hecita, Darel Javier, Holtz Javier, Tristram Miravalles, Junjun Montelibano, Mikiboy Pama, Roderick Tijing, Susanito Sarnate and Matt Yrad.

Another exhibit, an all-women show aptly titled, "Babayi," opened last night at the Negros Showroom, and will also run until Feb. 28.

The show features the works of 28 female artists, namely, Marisol Alquizar, Janick Barthelemy, Jasper Bayles, May Jean Bayles, Mirriam Bayles, Councilor Jocelle Batapa Sigue, Nilda Claveraz, Ma. Fe Cuesta, Tina De Jose, Mache De la Torre, Jo Anne Gancita; Dolly Gatuslao, Sony Golez, Chin Guanzon, Joan Honoridez, Cristina Iral, Ellen Kochoa, Verlyn Lastierre, Nunistell Fulo-Lee, Eleanor Leyble; Jane Lizares, Carol Salvatierra, Chrysee Samillano, Leah Samson, Karen Soberano, Tex Romero, Jing Torrecampo, and Michelle Tupaz. (Danny B. Dangcalan)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 18, 2014.

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