By Mielmia Marie T. Baquiran
The Kalinawa Art Foundation, Inc., an institution committed in promoting the talents of indigenous groups in the country, in partnership with the Provincial Government of Cagayan, through the Cagayan Provincial Museum and Historical Research Center officially opened to the public the 5th Annual Indigenous Peoples’ Visual Art Exhibition on September 9, 2013 at the Tuguegarao Pastoral Council Center, Tuguegarao City.
The exhibit showcased various artworks of 101 featured artists coming from the different indigenous groups of the province and the region, including Ibanags, Ilocanos, Itawes, Gaddangs, Kalinga, Igorot and Isneg.
Various artworks that fall in different categories (traditional, two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and youth) were mounted in an exhibit entitled “Katagayan 5: Identity, challenges, hopes.”
Before the gallery was opened to the public, the show’s curator, Nestor T. Horfilla, a respectable anthropologist, artist, theatre director and scriptwriter presented the concept of the exhibit.
According to Horfilla the exhibit focuses on the treasure of the province and the region- the Cagayan River. He said that the artworks are inspired by the life that the Cagayan brought and continues to bring to Cagayanos. “Cagayan River is a river of life. It is a river that divides, destroys, connects and heals. This is the caption of the exhibit. There are three things that mark this exhibit. These are identity, challenges, hope of the people of this province,” Horfilla said.
Horfilla also emphasized that the exhibit is a collaborative work of the various indigenous artists. “It shows how active the artists are and it is amazing to note that the partnership of Kalinawa Art Foundation and the local government has nurtured and artistically grown over the years,” he added.
Meanwhile, the gallery was officially opened by Jefferson Soriano, Mayor of Tuguegarao City; Edna T. Junio, Provincial Administrator; Raquel Palma Gil, Executive Director of Kalinawa Foundation, Inc.; and Primitiva C. Talla, Curator of the Cagayan Provincial Museum and Historical Research Center.
The public toured the gallery and enjoyed the different pieces of art before the conduct of the opening program. Talla also presented the participating artists of the exhibit.
Mayor Soriano lauded the staging of the event and said that it is important for us to cultivate and preserve the arts and culture of our communities. He also said that the City of Tuguegarao will find ways to support activities such as the indigenous peoples’ visual art exhibition.
On the other hand, PA Junio said that the art exhibit is a forum to continuously discover fresh and new talents. She said that the activity was also a good venue to harness and enhance the skills of our local artists. She expressed her gratitude to the Kalinawa Art Foundation for supporting indigenous arts and culture.
The opening ceremony was ended by an interaction of the participating artists through on-the-spot painting activities on the stones of the mounted installation art. A lecture on “How to achieve winning pieces for an art exhibition/competition” by Nestor Horfilla was also conducted. Various workshops such as painting and figure drawing will be also given to students during the duration of the three-day exhibition.
The awarding ceremony was conducted last September 13, 2013. Four winners were announced in each category. The following were the winners of the 5th Annual Indigenous Peoples’ Visual Art Exhibition:
Open Two-dimensional Category
1st Place – John Benito D.Bartolome
2nd Place – Lucio P.Taguiam, Jr.
3rd Place – Gert Calina
4th Place – John Claudee B. Sicam
Open Three-dimensional Category
1st Place – Danie Francinilla
2nd Place – Lucio P. Taguiam, Jr.
3rd Place – Saul D. Bawer
4th Place – Vincent P. Ruiz
1st Place – Christian M. Francinilla
2nd Place – Maria Luisa Q. Kanapi
3rd Place – Arjay C. Allag
4th Place – Lorenzo Gabriel C. Tan
1st Place – Amparo Mabanag
2nd Place – Amparo Mabanag
3rd Place – Carol B. Caronan
4th Place – Delia P. Bungan