IT WAS my first time to attend Art Talk, a Davao media forum on arts and culture, last Tuesday, December 6. Attending the event just immersed me to the flourishing art industry in Davao City.
Every first Tuesday of the month, Davao-based artists and members of the media meet at the Park Inn by Radisson for Art Talk session.
For most of these artists who had known each other for a long time now and had previously worked together to collaborate for a film, a film festival, or an art conference, this forum seemed more like a catching up and brain storming for further projects to be installed in the different corners of the city for intensive influence of arts reaching to the masses.
Guests during last Tuesday’s forum include BaganeFiola, Raphael Meting, and Mark Limbaga, creators of the indie film Baboy Halas came as well as Jay Rosas of Pasalidahay, an esteemed Davao-based film critic. Also present in the forum were Marvin Consuegra and Paolo Ramirez of the Davao Graphic Designers Community (DGDC).
Film-making in Davao City
There is so much to be excited about for local film-makers and enthusiast as the 12th Mindanao Film Festival, the longest-running regional film festival, is running until December 13 after it kicked off on December 7 with the movie Baboy Halas as the opening film. The film shows the life of the Matigsalug tribe in Bukidnon. Fiola, the director of the film, invited everyone to watch Baboy Halas at Gaisano Mall of Davao, Cinema 6.
There was also a screening schedule on December 8 evening where the actual Matigsalug actors and actresses of the film came to watch the movie. Fiola was also grateful for the sponsors who helped with the transportation and accommodation needed by the Matigsalug people who travelled from Bukidnon to Davao City just to watch the movie. There will also be another screening schedule on December 12 at 3 p.m.
The Mindanao Film Festival, with the theme “Cinema of Hope” showcases 61 films including two full-length movies. The films included in the festival vary with different themes from student blues, family ties and relationship problems to criminal-involved stories.
For this year, the festival is supported by three different government agencies: National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Film Development Council of the Philippines, and the Philippine Information Agency XI.
The DGDC also invited everyone for their 5th Graphicon – Graphic Design Conferences Saturday, December 10, to be held at CAP Auditorium, Anda Street, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Every year, Graphicon follows a different theme. For this year, the design conference’s theme is Okir, a geometric design of swirling and flowing patterns inspired by leaves and vines such as the ferns. Okir is a Maranao and Muslim-influenced artwork not just from the Philippines but also from some parts of Southeast Asia.
The guests for the event will be Abbey Sy who will talk about typography, Daryl Feril for Illustration, Janine Pring for Creative Entrepreneurship, Megan Palero for Motion Design, and Paolo Ramirez for Digital Portraits. Also coming in the design conference is Rocketship Studio, the makers of Saving Sally, an entry for this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival.
DGDC has some 4,000 members on their Facebook community and is also open to everyone.
BLTX Small Press Expo 2016
Better Living through Xeroxography (BLTX) is a nationwide project celebrating its 11th anniversary in the Philippines. It is the third time that it is held here in the city.
BLTX is a showcase of different printed merchandise of independent artists in the city. For the past years, comics, hand-drawn bookmarks, zines, and books were displayed and sold in the expo.
It started in Cubao, Manila, and gradually reached the different parts of the Philippines such as Baguio, Naga, Cagayan de Oro, and Davao. Even Silliman University students from Dumaguete City send their zines to the organizers of BLTX to have them displayed in the expo as well.
Xerox, being the cheapest form of print reproduction, is what artists usually use to reproduce their artworks, explaining the origin of the expo name. Most of the artworks are hand-made by the artists. Artists will be present during the expo so it will be easier to ask them about their artworks.
This year, BLTX will be held at Mangga Toshokan on December 12 to 14 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
These artists believe that through these film festivals, art conferences and expos, they are promoting awareness and propagating appreciation to hopefully reach out to the masses.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 10, 2016.
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