Pangasinan welcomes art exhibit of late nat’l artist

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan - The provincial government honored the late National Artist for Theater Design Salvador Bernal when it welcomed his exhibits brought here by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

Bernal,from Dagupan City, revolutionized theater designs in the Philippines and was the first to use local materials essential to the whole staging of plays.

Incidentally, he was the fourth national artists from Pangasinan after F. Sionil Jose from Rosales town, Victor Edades from Dagupan City and Fernando Poe Jr., from San Carlos City.

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The sisters and relatives of Bernal from Dagupan City and the United States came during the opening of the exhibition on Wednesday at the Sison Auditorium which Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim dubbed the Cultural Center of Pangasinan, the smaller version of the CCP in Manila.,

Cris Millano, CCP vice president and artistic director, said the first stop of Bernal's exhibit is Lingayen as Pangasinan was the home province of the late national artist.

Bernal spent his childhood in Salisay, Dagupan City before he went to Baguio for his education and after that went to the United States as a Fulbright scholar and when he came back he used his knowledge to improve theater production in the Philippines.

Millago said Bernal was the first to use native materials like bamboo, abaca, sacks and others in order to create different artistic designs for theater production.

He said hopefully, the Bernal exhibit which will run until mid-March this year could be the start of a vigorous and stimulating cooperation between Pangasinan and CCP.

It is the hope of CPP that the works of Bernal could inspire, contribute and produce the next generation of Filipino artists, he said.

Provincial Administrator Rafael Howard Baraan, who represented Gov. Amado Espino Jr., said the province is proud when you (referring CCP) brought to Pangasinan the works of one of its famous sons".

Bernal is one of the ASNA awardees of Pangasinan, the award being given by the province to its sons and daughters that distinguished themselves in different lines of endeavor.

He said Pangasinan has given importance to history and culture and proof of this was when Gov. Espino created the Pangasinan Historical and Cultural Commission headed by Dr. Gonzalo Duque. (PNA)

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