FROM ABOVE AND FROM BELOW: Narratives that deserve to be uncovered and made known [event]

For the third time, the oldest art organization of the University of the East, College of Fine Arts, Architecture and Design (UE-CFAD) once again hailed as one of the selected art groups all over the Philippines to receive the 2019 NCCA Gallery, Exhibition Grant.

Buklod is always true to its core about arts for social change initiatives since 1989, their first exhibition grant under NCCA gave homage to Philippine Cinema as part of their 20th anniversary in 2009 and it traveled to two more relevant exhibition spaces like PhilAm Life in Manila and Ishmael Bernal Gallery in UP Diliman. The second exhibition grant is for Buklod’s 25th Anniversary was also a success, entitled Pinaeba: Filipina sa lahat ng Panahon, an art exhibition dedicated to the Filipino woman through the century and how they triumphantly surpassed the challenges of times through their huge global contributions in diverse fields.

“FROM ABOVE AND FROM BELOW: Narratives that deserve to be uncovered and made known”, is the 30th Founding Anniversary theme of Buklod Sining. It will give reverence to narratives coming from above and from below, through this the participating artists will be able to understand and contemplate about their immense responsibilities in creating relevant art projects outside the confinement of art studio and salon walls.

The event aims to inspire a community of young creative people capable of identifying powerful visual contributions as well as recognizing the prevailing impact of art in our socio-emotional, cultural and moral development. This reunion exhibition will also connect the works of selected and award-winning alumni artists of UE-CFAD and invited artists in the contemporary art scene today.

The exhibit will showcase works of selected Buklod Sining student members, namely Allan Soriano, Angela Nicole Alarilla, Jayrol Bonito, Jerome Daguplo, Jesse Camacho, Kenneth Sunga, Kiko Moran, Maica Borlagdan, Melo Adriano, Reyster Delos Reyes, Rolandson Operio, Shane Delfin, Tatel, and Vincent Santos, Participating Buklod Sining alumni artists are Ace Aquino, Angeline Tabilog, Ayan Padilla, Bayani Galera, Bernadette Banigoos, Bryan Marticio, Elvin Jay Macanlalay, Jay Condeno, Jay Ragma, John Lanbert Rafols, John Rey Aquino, Kimi Teves, Lei Manto, Loren Dayrit, Mars Sanchez, Nico Nunag, Olan Ventura, Richard Soriano Legaspi, Ronwell Jason Bacani, and Trish Dijamco.

Invited Artists includes Fitz Hererra, JM De Olazo, JP Duray, Michael Villagante, Nikko Pelaez, RC Camarines, and Wipo. This exhibition is curated by Pam Santos Galera and Richard Soriano Legaspi.

This milestone is not only a commemoration of years of being relevant but also the start of another 30 years of our continuous commitment in helping the University of the East in honing young artists in diverse artistic disciplines. The opening of the exhibition is on February 14, 2019, at 6:00 PM at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts Gallery, Intramuros Manila. Exhibit runs until March 6, 2019. “From Above and From Below” is made possible by the NCCA, Buklod Sining and its Alumni Society, Universal Robina Corporation, Agimat, Astig.PH, CFAD Academic Guild, Greenspace Artists Village, Quingua Builders, Tech Kuya, Wazzup Pilipinas, What’s Happening PH and Zambales Tourism.