AFTER more than a year of silence, the University of San Carlos (USC) Senior High School Art and Design students in the South Campus will finally open its annual art exhibit dubbed “Hulagway ‘21” at SM Seaside City Cebu on Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

The exhibit showcases the students’ best works—a rich harvest of artworks despite the pandemic and limitations of online instruction. Last year’s batch was unable to display its artworks due to strict safety protocols being at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hulagway, which means “picture” or “image” in Cebuano, is a fitting title for this year’s exhibit because art begins with an image or picture in the minds of the artist, and it becomes a reality through creation.

This year, however, the students decided to display not just for art’s sake, but also to create art for worthy causes and advocacies.

Last March, the students were able to exhibit digital artworks celebrating Women’s Month. The event was held in partnership with Legal Alternatives for Women (LAW) Center Inc., and the weeklong exhibit was dubbed “Halad sa Kababayen-an (Tribute to Women)” at SM Seaside City Cebu.

This month, Hulagway ’21 will join the celebration of the Animal Rights Awareness Week with a selection of posters on animal rights and welfare. This is in partnership with Mayari Animal Rescue Organization Inc. (Maro)—a charity organization doing rescues and sheltering stray dogs and cats in Cebu City.

The students, who are animal lovers, are strong advocates of rescuing stray dogs and cats. Their artworks include realistic and abstract works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, as well as digital and poster art. A section on art history will also be featured.

The exhibit opens on Wednesday, June 23, and it will start at 3 p.m. and end at 5 p.m. at the upper ground floor, City Wing Bridgeway of SM Seaside City Cebu.

The exhibit will run for a week from June 23 to 30.

The ribbon-cutting on Wednesday will be officiated by USC administrators and Maro representatives, and a blessing will follow. Admission to the exhibit is free of charge. (PR)