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Monday, July 21, 2014


WITHOUT music, the world sits in the curse of silence. Without art, it suffers from the absence of colors. Both situations translate to a monotonous existence. Music and art therefore co-exist with a special kind of relationship to keep this world alive.

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything,” according to the philosopher Plato.

“Painting is the silence of thought and the music of sight,” said Orhan Pamuk, a Turkish novelist.

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In cooperation with Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu Artists Incorporated (CAI) opened last July 4 “Larawang Musikanhon,” a collaborative exhibit to elaborate the rationale betwixt music and art.

The interaction of the cousin fields is displayed at the month-long fare of 53 pieces played by Darby Vincent Alcoseba, Karby Beloy, Arnel Belda, Cesar Castillo, Pronnie de la Cerna, Joel Cristobal, Reynan Dingal, Jess Dinglasa, John Dinglasa, Efren Enolva and Rodsteven Espinoza.

Rounding out the list are Jun Impas, Ann Lubanga, Guido Lubanga, Joseph Ong, Renulo Pautan, Celso Duazo Pepito, Darryl Madrid Pepito, Fe Madrid Pepito, Lucillo Sagayno, Ruel Rosello, Antonio Vidal, Garry Allen Watin, Jose “Kimsoy” Yap Jr., Marlone Ylanan and Sonia Yrastorza.

A string of composition, elements and attacks exhales from the output of Celso Duazo Pepito—“Handurawan Luyo sa Musika,” “Tay, Salamat sa Imung Musika” and “Tay, Kantahi Ko Bi.”

In Ruel Rosello’s “Singgit Ug Kusug,” music is glorified as an inspiration via the meaning, animation and colors of the entry.

Meanwhile, a fresher angle on music as an art focus is depicted in Darryl Madrid Pepito’s abstract, contemporary series, “The Music and Me.”

“In as much as art inspires the composition of songs, a painting may also be produced as a visual manifestation of music,” Pepito underlined.

“Larawang Musikanhon” is pitched as an invitation to the public to understand music deeply; a vehicle to stir a sense of awareness for art in the society; and also, a stepping stone for future related art activities.

Art collectors Dr. Vicente Jo Verallo and wife Dr. Susan attended the exhibit last Friday to patronize a theme that is close to their hearts—music.

“It’s the first time for us to visit an art show portraying music as a concept. I find it rather intriguing that regardless the topic, there’s a growing interest for art in the community; a current perspective from the audience especially from the younger generation. Consistent gatherings like this are necessary to pump up the scene,” Dr. Vicente observed.

“Larawang Musikanhon” runs until July 31 at the third level expansion building of Ayala Center Cebu, the space beside JB Center Music. The idea is to embrace the message that art stimulates music and vice versa.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 22, 2014.

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