AS A WAY to promote its local artists, the Mandaue City Government opened its first-ever arts and cultural exhibit at the City Sports and Cultural Complex on Friday, May 20, 2022.

Mandaue City officials led by Mayor Jonas Cortes formally launched the exhibit in lieu of the culmination of the city’s Mid-year Cultural Summit and also to celebrate National Heritage Month.

Marie Immaline Cabahug Cortes-Zafra, Mandaue City councilor and chairperson of its committee on tourism, said their main goal for opening the exhibit was was showcase the works of some of the city’s local artists.

It featured some of the artworks done by the Mandaue City Council for Culture and Arts, including the artworks of Mandaue City’s First Lady Sarah Walker-Cortes, who was also present at the event.

Though the exhibit only ran for a day, the artwork showcased will be transferred to the Mandaue City Hall on the following days as a way for the public to see it, Zafra added.

Interested buyers for the paintings can also coordinate with the local artist directly, she added.

Aside from the works of Mandaue’s artists, local performers were also present during the exhibit.

Appreciation night for frontliners

The event also served as an appreciation night for the frontliners specifically, the Vaccination Operation Centers and the local government unit department heads, who they said, had an important contribution to the city’s high vaccination performance during the Covid-19 pandemic.

As of April 23, Mandaue City had a 92.2 percent vaccination rate of fully vaccinated individuals and is continuously one of the leading cities with a high vaccination rate in Central Visayas.

In his speech, Cortes thanked all the hard work of the Mandaue frontliners and so as all the frontliners who continuously battled the pandemic.