Art exhibit calls for meaningful elections

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By Edzelle Peña

QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA — In its commitment to promote broader appreciation of Filipino art and culture, the  Center for Art, New Ventures and Sustainable Development (CANVAS) once again launches a month-long exhibition, this time, using art as medium to advocate critical thinking and responsible voting among Filipinos in the coming May 2010 elections.

The event, made in partnerships with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Jose B. Vargas Museum, will showcase two major exhibitions, Everyday Filipino Heroes and Dekalogo, and will run from May 1 to May 30 at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

In Everyday Filipino Heroes, art pieces of both upcoming and professional artists will be shown to convey a message that the elections should not be about finding heroes, for heroes are already around us; those ordinary citizens doing unselfish acts for their families and for the nation.

The images will be displayed as banners around UP Diliman’s Academic Oval for the whole month of May. Staying true to its commitment to promote better appreciation of art, culture and environment, CANVAS will transform these banners into tote bags after they are taken down and will sell them to the public. Proceeds will go to selected charities and activities.

Meanwhile, Dekalogo which opens simultaneously with Everyday Filipino Heroes, will showcase the interpretations of ten Salingpusa artists of Apolinario Mabini’s decalogue – the hero’s version of “ten commandments” which called for Filipinos’ patriotism at the time.

Participating artists include Neil Manalo, Anthony Palomo, Tammy Tan, Manny Garibay, Ferdie Montemayor, Cris Villanueva Jr., Karen Flores, Jim Orencio, Jose John Santos III, and Elmer Borlongan. Each artist was assigned to interpret  one commandment. In every poster, the words of the commandment are written and capped by a message for Filipinos to “Vote Wisely”.

CANVAS has made these high-resolution posters available for download and free of charge intentionally to encourage people to print them as brochures, flyers and hand them to the public so that more Filipinos may well be aware of their message.

For more inquiries, email CANVAS at info@canvas.ph or follow them on Facebook. Both exhibits open at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 1, 2010.


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