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article imagePhilippine artists honored Special

By Ron de Vera     Oct 25, 2010 in Entertainment
Cubao - The Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP) pays homage to a group of progressive artists and launches its 2011 calendar.
On the evening of Sunday, October 24, CAP members and supporters gathered at The Sining Kamalig Gallery at the Gateway Mall in Cubao to open the exhibit aptly called "Artista ng Bayan" (Artist of the People) which pays tribute to 12 progressive artists. According to a CAP statement, these 12 artists "have constantly used art as a weapon to resist oppressive culture, to promote a nationalist and people-oriented art, and to become a crucial part of the people's struggle for freedom, in the hope that we may be inspired do the same." The exhibit opening coincided with the launch of CAP's 2011 calendar.
National Artist Bien Lumbera opens the program
National Artist Bien Lumbera opens the program
National Artist Bien Lumbera opened the program. Lumbera was elected into CAP's board of directors earlier that day along with Joel Lamangan, Neil Doloricon, Walkie MiraƱa, Joel Garduce, Soc Jose, Nanding Josef, Jun Cadiz and Norma Respicio.
Adul De Leon (by Nikki Luna)
Adul De Leon (by Nikki Luna)
A(r)mado V Hernandez (by Jef Carnay)
A(r)mado V Hernandez (by Jef Carnay)
Alex Remollino (by Rustum Casia & Pol Torrente)
Alex Remollino (by Rustum Casia & Pol Torrente)
Ishmael Bernal (by Beth Parocha)
Ishmael Bernal (by Beth Parocha)
Artists paid tribute to Amado V. Hernandez, Carlos Bulosan, Lorena Barros, Mulong Sandoval, Eman Lacaba, Adul De Leon, Monico Atienza, Leo Rimando, Papo De Asis, Ishmael Bernal, Alex Remollino and Racquel Aumentado through a mix of traditional visual art as well as digital art. Participating artists include Jef Carnay, Mark Justiniani, England Hidalgo, Renan Ortiz, Brenda Fajardo, Carla Cubero, Nikki Luna, Mervin Malonzo, Don Salubayba, Benjamin Torrado Cabrera, Beth Parocha-Doctolero, Stum Casia, and ARMAS (Artists and Writers for the People).
Roselle Pineda of Concerned Artists of the Philippines
Roselle Pineda of Concerned Artists of the Philippines
Roselle Pineda of CAP explained that CAP considers this group of 12 icons as its own list of national artists in response to last year's national artist awards fiasco.
QCPADFI Guitar Ensemble
QCPADFI Guitar Ensemble
Aside from visual artists, musicians also gave their own post-humus tribute by dedicating musical performances. Some of the performers were Los Indios Bravos, QCPADFI Guitar Ensemble, and Plagpul Pilipinas, among others.
According to its site, The Concerned Artists of the Philippines is "an org(anization) of artists, writers, & cultural workers committed to the vision of a free, egalitarian, democratic & progressive society & a nationalist, people-oriented, non-sexist, liberating & progressive culture." The group was co-founded by filmmaker Lino Brocka in 1983.
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