A tribute to Oro street icon-A A +A
Yagubyob sa Bulkan
Sunday, October 20, 2013
THE “motorela,” an everyday street icon of Cagayan de Oro goes to Singapore as one of the main exhibits at Singapore Biennale 2013 with the theme “If the World Changed.” This is Singapore’s premiere contemporary art exhibit with selected 80 other artists from all over Southeast Asia.
The Siete Pesos team headed by Oscar Floirendo exhibits at the Singapore Art Museum that will open on 26 October 2013 to 16 February 2014.
The art and culture bearers of Cagayan de Oro City “Siete Pesos” reintroduces the local public utility vehicle, motorela into a healing object and icon of local living culture. Three out of seven “Siete Pesos” artists survived the horrendous devastation brought by Tropical Storm Sendong (International name: Washi), which is part of the core. The motorela as a local public utility vehicle is a symbol of resilience after the tragedy, a moving forward. Siete Pesos (seven pesos) is the name the collaborating group of artists from Cagayan de Oro City that comprise the team. Seven pesos signifies the cost of a ride in a motorela. The motorela takes in seven passengers including the driver. It also refers to the seven members that comprise the collaboration.
Rafael D. Floirendo, the father of Oca, created the motorela. It replaced the horse-drawn carriage (caretella) with a prime mover (motorcycle) concept pulled trailer that can accommodate up to seven passengers, including the motorela driver.
The project title “2243: Moving Forward” is anchored on the patent number of the invention which has evolved into a community art-making process and meaningful collaboration. According to the group, motorela is a vehicle of its collective expression, an icon that represents Cagayan de Oro City, and it represents us - a people and an individual artist. As a symbol of a moving object of transportation, it reflects our collective journey from a point of departure, a take-off point and a point of destination.
Cagayan de Oro based contemporary visual artists are mostly active and dynamic members and founders of Oro Art Guild. Several of them have been invited selected to participate in international and national events such as Sungdu-an 3, a major travelling art exhibition organized by the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA).
Meet the Siete Pesos artists
Oscar Floirendo, completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. He has exhibited in galleries and museums here and abroad. His works are often mixed media and process driven, revolving on social and contemporary commentaries. He was selected as one of the participants in the 2009 Sungduan 5, a national exhibition by the NCCA. He was awarded as one of the Top Ten Mindanao artists in 2007 and 2009; and he won the Juror’s Choice Award of Excellence of the Philippine Art Awards in 2008.
Nicolas Aca Jr. born in Davao City is a Cagayan de Oro based performance and visual artist. Nick received his Bachelors degree of Architecture at Cagayan de Oro College in 1995. Presently, he is a resident artist and gallery curator of the Museum of Three Cultures at Capitol University. Aside from a prolific mixed media artist, his performance art deals with issues in the environment, poverty and local politics. He has been participating in group shows in Manila and performances in the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). As one of the Top Ten Mindanao artists of the Philippine Art Awards 2009, he believes that the pursuit and production of true and good art require honesty of intention more than a truthfulness of perspective. If these are present, then all else will follow; the artist fulfills oneself.
Errol P. Balcos was born in Bukidnon. He has devoted his art as a socio-political commentary of Mindanao. Errol is a self-taught artist with formal education on Architectural Drafting at Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST). He has participated various group exhibitions in prestigious galleries and museums. Aside from being one of the finalists of the Top Ten Mindanao Philippine Art Awards 2007, he also won the Juror’s Choice Award of Merit in 2008 Philippine Art Awards. A painter and a sculptor, his works dwells on figurative subjects that tackle social realism and contemporary issues.
Michael E. Bacol was born in General Santos. He received his formal education from Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST) taking up Mechanical Engineering Technology. Mr. Bacol worked as a mechanical engineering technician before becoming a full-time visual artist and art teacher. Mr. Bacol is a self-taught artist and one of the most promising young artists to emerge from the community of Cagayan de Oro City. He is an active member of Oro Art Guild Inc. His works combine sensitivity and mastery in craft, resulting in works with very strong socio-political, socio-economic and socio-religious orientation. He has exhibited extensively in respected galleries and museums. For the past few years he has won national recognition as a finalist and semifinalist in Metrobank’s MADE art competition. In 2005, Mr. Bacol was a grant recipient on the six-month residency program at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California and International Studio and Curatorial Program in the New York City sponsored by the Asian Cultural Council in Philippines and New York. He was also a finalist in the Philippine Art Awards - Philip Morris Art Competition in the year 2008 and 2010. Mr. Bacol has dedicated his life in the field of arts with a passion that could never be extinguished.
Michelle Hollanes Lua born in Iligan City is a self-taught artist. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in English focusing on Philippine folklore at Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT). It has been her passion to film life. Exploring not only what is in the cities but submerging herself with the locals, in the streets and recently has been up in the mountains of Bukidnon to document folkloric materials. She is a sculptor, musician, a multi media artist, a “scavenger” artist much likely speaking about social issues and realms and women empowerment. As a self-taught artist, her works are trials and errors, experiments and more on art processes. She had joined group exhibitions in many parts of the Philippines and abroad.
Jericho Valjusto Vamenta was born in Metro Manila. He majored on visual communications from the College of Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. He had apprenticeship under sculptor Jose Mendoza. He has exhibited in top-of-the-line museums and participated on national art fairs namely: ManilArt 2012and Philippine Art fair 2013 and he was part of the Philippine Art Now featuring contemporary Philippine Art. His works are basically visual narratives that tackle issue pertaining to domestic and personal referential realities. He was awarded with a grand prize for oil painting in the 2011 Metrobank Art Design Excellence and won the Grand prize winner for the 2012 Philippine Art awards.
Ma. Rosalie Zerrudo was born in Negros Occidental. She bridges multi-characters as a poet, chanter, dancer, performance artist, recycling/functional and self-taught video/multi-media artist. A graduate of psychology, she combines her community work with creativity and spirituality. Her video work and performances where shown in countries such as South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Denmark, USA, Puerto Rico and Philippines. She earned her Masters Degree in Educational Theater for Communities at New York University with the sponsorship of Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program.
As part of the collaborative community-based project, Siete Pesos team conducted a Motorela pop-up workshop in two elementary schools as outreach community partners in Cagayan de Oro City.
The workshop started with creative warm-up games. Each student created their own imaginary motorela version as their own inventions using pencil and paper. The pop-up card was introduced with the map of CDO to familiarize the children about the motorela routes. It was a collective storytelling that gathered a list of everyday life activities of the children that relate to their interaction with the motorelas. Using a brush, cotton buds, sponges, water colors; the children redesigned the motorela pop-up cut-outs into their own personalized motorela design.
The workshop introduced the significance and the historical background of the public transport vehicle that was invented by Raphael Floirendo under Patent number 2243 in 1964. Hence, the working title is a tribute to local cultural icon of Cagayan de Oro, transformed into a post-Sendong rally point, a symbol of the Kagay-anon’s resilience, among others.
The workshop output of the children is a visual art piece which will be included in the 2243: Moving Forward exhibition in Singapore Biennale 2013.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 20, 2013.