By Mielmia Marie T. Baquiran
The Cagayan Provincial Museum and Historical Research Center in partnership with Kalinawa Art Foundation, Inc. showcased the 4th Annual Indigenous People’s Visual Art Exhibition at the Pastoral center, St. Peter and Paul’s Cathedral, Tuguegarao City on June 23-29, 2012. This event was among the highlights of the Aggao Nac Cagayan 2012 activities.
The yearly exhibit with the theme, “Katagayan: Traditions and Transformations” featured the creativity and artistry of Agtas, Ibanags, Itawes, llocano, Malaueg, Kalinga, Gaddang and other indigenous people of the province through various creative media. A total of 56 artists participated in the art showcase with a total of 133 art works in two-dimensional (45), three-dimensional (15), traditional (11) and youth (62) contested categories.
According to Raquel D. Palma Gil, the Executive Director of the Kalinawa Art Foundation, the exhibit is composed of different elements: a public exhibition, a judged competition, an internet sale to international audiences and a community sale to local patrons. The exhibit’s curator was Nestor Horfilla, an artist, theater director, and scriptwriter who had been involved in various cultural works in the country. He said that the various artworks depict not only the present emotions, culture, traditions and way of living of Cagayanos, but the exhibit also represents the feelings of the Cagayanos for the future, which shows positivity, strength and hope,” Horfilla added.
The event was graced by Raquel Palma Gil and Dhorie Santos of Kalinawa Art Foundation; Judithas Trinidad, Mayor of Iguig; Danilo Baccay, Vice Mayor of Tuguegarao City; Edna T. Junio, Aggao Nac Cagayan 2012 Steering Committee Chair; Primitiva Talla, Cagayan Museum Curator; Petra Binarao, Provincial Librarian; various artists, performers of the Calaoagan National High School, Gattaran; Cagayan Museum staff, volunteers and other guests.
After the opening program last June 24, 2012, a ribbon-cutting was held, which paved way for the start of public viewing of the art works. An interaction among the local artists was also conducted after the opening ceremonies. Horfilla facilitated the interaction. Awarding of winners was held last June 28, 2012 at the exhibit area.
The Kalinawa Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated in the promotion of indigenous people’s arts all over the Philippines. The foundation provides a facility to promote the talent of the artists and their art as a celebration of culture and heritage. They have been actively promoting indigenous people’s arts and culture since 2006 and they have also supported various local government units in putting up similar exhibits.
The following are the winners of the 4th Indigenous People’s Visual Art Exhibit:
Open Two-dimensional: 1st Price, Gert Calina; 2nd Price, Julious D. Buraga; 3rd Prize Felson A. Maralli; 4th Prize Lucio P. Taguiam, Jr.
Open Three-dimensional: 1st Price, Lucio P. Taguiam, Jr.; 2nd Prize, Danie D. Francinilla; 3rd Price, Rizal T. Ayuyang; 4th Prize, Joey F. Areola
Traditional Category: 1st Price, Antonio B. Cayyog; 2nd Prize, Amparo B. Mabanag; 3rd Prize Amparo B. Mabanag; 4th Prize, Antonio B. Cayyog
Youth Category: 1st Price, John Benito D. Bartolome; 2nd Prize, John Daniel Confessor; 3rd Prize, Vincent P. Ruiz; 4th Prize, Mark Anthony Tulio
Prizes were: P5,000 for the first price; P2,500 for the second; P1,000 for the third. A jury selection was awarded with P500.