Salvador: Art, on a plate and on canvas

Of apples and lemons

COINCIDENCE. I don’t believe in them because everything happens for a reason. Let me tell you why.

Two final events on a busy Thursday and I was looking to connect the stories of two launching events—a new burger place and a visual art show.

Lo and behold the opening remarks of the officiating priest on the blessing of the restaurant was: “Cooking is an art form...” My prayer was answered.

Photographer Rhonson Ng, along with his family, recently opened Halftime Burgers, a burger joint with basketball as its concept. We all know Rhonson artfully captures passing images and freezes the moment, and the result — art that can be admired for a lifetime.

Perhaps he can apply his artistry in cooking—and he was on the opening day of a new business venture. After saying hello to all his guests he made his way to the kitchen to whip up some “bigger, better, and juicier burgers.”

Juicy with every bite. That’s what my Halftime Burger was. Go visit the place in Matina, MacArthur Highway, fronting Isuzu.

After the art on my palate, I went to the next event that involved art from the palette.

Among Marco Polo Davao’s line of Kadayawan events is an art exhibit. “Tres Sur’s Treasures” gathers three Mindanao artists: Joel Geolamen, Saudi Ahmad, and Rameer Tawasil.

Each artist displays his unique style. Geolamen presented a Kablin Series and interprets the different ancestral domains of the indigenous peoples of Mindanao using the distinctive tapestry of the different tribes. The results- the Pis Syabit, Sulu’s handwoven fabric, and the Yakan, Zamboanga’s hand-loomed textile, take the forms of mountains with undulating terrain set before a blue sky.

Tawasil’s Tau Sug roots and heritage pop out of his canvases. His graphic art series presents block printing on canvas using ornate patterns in striking colors that allow the regal image of a Tau Sug man in black and white to pop out. It’s very graphic art.

Due to logistical problems, Ahmad’s artworks didn’t make it to the opening. Soon, the public will be able to view the intricate paintings of this artist. His artworks will always showcase his Muslim heritage executed with fine strokes to display very detailed subjects.

Catch Tres Sur’s Treasures at the lobby of Marco Polo Davao. Exhibit runs until end of August.

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