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31/05/2011: Art Exhibit Kicks Off 113th Anniversary of Philippine Independence Commemorative Events

Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. (second from right) leads the ribbon cutting to officially open the art exhibit, Brown Strokes on a White Canvas, at the Embassy of the Philippines on May 26, 2011. He is joined by, from left, Consul General Domingo Nolasco, Brown Strokes Chair Julian Oteyza, PAFC President Becky Pagsibigan and Mrs. Vicky Cuisia.

Ambassador of the Philippines to the US H.E. Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. (second from right), went around the exhibit hall accompanied by participating artists (from left), Nina Case, Presy Guevara, Julian Oteyza and Marvin Santos.

May 31, 2011, Washington, DC – In commemoration of the 113th anniversary of Philippine Independence, Brown Strokes on a White Canvas, an art exhibit featuring Filipino and Filipino-American artists in metropolitan Washington, DC opened at the Embassy of the Philippines on May 26, 2011.

In his opening remarks, Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States H.E. Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. congratulated Mr. Julian Oteyza and the Philippine American Foundation for Charities (PAFC) for organizing the exhibit. The Ambassador reminded the guests that Philippine national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, whose 150th birth anniversary we celebrate this year, is also a gifted artist.

A total of 27 artists participated in this year’s exhibit, which also observes the Asian American Heritage Month in the month of May. During the opening reception, the guests were treated to a violin performance by Ms. Korina Ysabel Baraceros who played Philippine classics Hatinggabi and Dalagang Pilipina. The exhibit runs until June 3. -- END