ALL memorable festivals in the region end with rituals, same with the Tam-awan International Arts Festival (TIAF), which ended with traditional rituals for thanksgiving.
A canao was held at Tam-awan village thanking the gods of the rich cultural and art exchange during the festival.
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Jordan Mango-san, president of Chanum Foundation thanked the community for the overwhelming support for the event which was deemed a success by local officials, the National Commission on Culture and the Arts and artists around the globe.
Over 1,000 participants converged in the city for a week long sojourn with arts and its components, a mix of artists from the Philippines as well as all over the globe proved the city is still the hub for arts and culture.
TIAF has embraced all forms of arts highlighting "Arts Passion Show" showcasing unique and ingenious passions from local to international names of fashion designers.
Local artist Lady Alberto's collection of garments made from election material defined function.
Homegrown artist Eros Goze featured a playful collection of flowing prints straight from Dubai, where the designer is now based.
The climax of the show featured the fashion art of Josephine Turalba, where a 16-kilo gown made of bullet shells paraded the catwalk.
Dubbed as "Body Armor" Turalba's creations will soon be shipped to the Belgian museum.
Turalba lives and works in Manila as she is engaged in interdisciplinary practice of jewelry design, video, painting, installation, performance and sculpture.
Turalba has received international recognition in jewelry design and exhibited in the Philippines, New York and Berlin. (Maria Elena Catajan)