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Friday, July 29, 2011


GIRL power dominates!

The Women’s Artistic Production and Action Kickstarter (Wapaak) gathered women of the region for an exhibit next month.

In focus are three of Tam awan Village lady house artists included in the all-female cast: Tara Lalaine Natividad, Lilly Villanueva and Jenny Lorenzo.

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Wapaak! Art Exhibit aims to bring together the work of different women artists based or previously based in Baguio. An onomatopoeia signifying swift, whip-like action, Wapaak! hopes to become a venue to kickstart a more active participation in terms of artistic production from women. It is a wake-up call for women artists from their artistic slumbers and reignite the presence of women artists as meaning-makers in the dynamic definition and redefinition art and femininity.

Lily Villanueva has always been a painter, her childlike charm in her work begun during her elementary school days when she started doing her current style of outlined colors, a style she does with her colorful passion and childlike appeal.

Her favorite painters who influenced her greatly are Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, and pop up artist Romero Britto.

Jen Lorenzo inherited her love of art from her parents. Her uncle Philip Mayoya is also an artist who taught her the basics of drawing. She then joined several groups like Tahong Bundok, Silayan and she is now a member of Tam-awan Village Artists, joining exhibits with them in and out of Baguio.

For Natividad, her talent surfaced in high school art works, which often won in poster-making contests. Later, while taking up a degree in nursing she joined Tropang Paltok, a performing and visual arts group, further encouraging and honing her artistic expressions.

Her art path continued to another group “Silayan” which she and several of her creative friends formed. It was this group’s first show, which initially linked her to Tam-awan, where they held their exhibit. After constant visits to the place and reinforced interaction with the artists, she became a member, one of three women amongst Tam-awan artists.

Other artists featured in the exhibit include Alyssa Abagan, Laydeh Alberto, Marlyn Bulayo, Mica Cabildo, Czarina Calinawagan, Ceres Canilao, Luningning Camporedondo, Malaya Camporedeondo, Janine Dimaranan, Gawani Domogo, Florenda Pedro, Luisa Galang, Marianne Imotan, Mariel Liwanag, Mado Obusan, Issay Rodriguez, Katti Sta. Anna and Vallerie Vallejo.

The exhibit opening will be held on August 7, 4 pm at the Victory Oteyza Community Art Space (Vocas), 5th floor La Azotea Building along Session Road.

Some of the activities during the opening program include poetry reading, performance art from the artists involved, an exhibit walkthrough, and jamming sessions. The exhibit will run from August 7-30.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 29, 2011.

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