NorMin artists join exhibition in Czech Republic

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

THE Philippine Embassy in Prague inaugurated the exhibition of traditional Philippine garments on June 22 at the "Blumentritt-Rizal Bastion," Velka Dominikánská Street in Litomerice, Czech Republic.

The exhibit was co-curated by Dennis N. Almazan of Cagayan de Oro City, Mercibelle Barroso-Abejuela of Malaybalay City and Dr. Sainuddin Moti of Marawi City.

The exhibition features traditional garments including samples of the popular Barong Tagalog, Maria Clara-inspired gowns and a number of authentic Muslim and Bukidnon Tribes costumes.


Fashion accessories, a book on Philippine weaving entitled Habi, as well as Darangen fashion dolls by Dr. Sainuddin Moti from the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) are also on display.

Also on exhibit are items that were loaned or donated by Ambassador Garcia, former Philippine ambassadors to the Czech Republic Carmelita R. Salas and Regina Irene P. Sarmiento, Embassy officers and staff, the City Government of Calamba, the DFA Ladies Foundation, Mercibelle Barroso-Abejuela, Choir Director of Bukidnon State University Chorale, and Dr. Moti.

The Bukidnon State University Chorale, which is also in Prague for the PQ11, touched the hearts of the audience with their renditions of Filipino ballad Sampaguita and Farewell to You by Dr. Jose Rizal, the ASEAN theme song and one Czech folk song during the program.

The exhibition is the initiative of the City Government of Litomerice headed by Mayor Ladislav Chlupac in collaboration with the Philippine Embassy in Czech Republic.

CAGAYAN DE ORO. Dr. Sainuddin Moti of Marawi City, Dennis Almazan of Cagayan de Oro City and Mercibelle Barroso Abejuela of Malaybalay City. (Rick Benigno)

The Ambassadors of Indonesia and Malaysia, diplomats from other ASEAN embassies in Prague, Litomerice officials, Embassy officers, members of the Filipino community and members of the Knights of Rizal attended the opening ceremony.

The idea of an exhibition of traditional Philippine garments was conceived by the office of Mayor Chlupac in early 2009 with the opening of the "Blumentritt-Rizal Bastion."

The bastion was established in the same year to house a memorabilia on the friendship between Dr. Jose Rizal and Professor Ferdinand Blumentritt, a collection of pictures and documents about Philippine-Czech relations and a number of Philippine cultural items.

"The Philippine Embassy in Prague is proud to be a partner in this exhibition. We consider this as another milestone in our relationship with the City of Litomerice. Litomerice is the place where the seeds of bilateral ties between the Philippines and the Czech Republic were sown more than a century ago when Philippine national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, came here to visit his good friend, Professor Ferdinand Blumentritt," Ambassador Austria-Garcia said.

After the program, Mayor Chlupac graciously hosted all the guests who attended the opening ceremony to a late afternoon buffet at the historic Salva Guarda Hotel, the place where Dr. Jose Rizal stayed when he visited Professor Blumentritt in 1887.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 31, 2011.


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