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24/05/2010: Embassy Announces Full Slate of Exhibits in June Commemorating 112th Anniversary of Philippine Independence

24 MAY 2010, WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Philippine Embassy today announced a full slate of art exhibits – from paintings to pottery - in the month of June to commemorate the 112th anniversary of Philippine independence.

Showcasing Filipino artistry, craftsmanship and heritage, June month begins with the launch on June 1st of “Brown Strokes on a White Canvas,” which features paintings by more than 20 Filipino and Filipino-American artists from the community.

Now on its seventh year, “Brown Strokes on a White Canvas,” is presented in partnership with the Philippine American Foundation for Charities, Inc.

To be launched on June 10th, during the week of the 112th anniversary of Philippine Independence, is the exhibit “Lupang Hinirang” by Chicago-based visual artist Paul C. Balan.

Lupang Hinirang Series 1 through 10 is a visual representation of the lyrics of the Philippine National Anthem.  Consisting of ten 24” x 18” pen and ink compositions, the works highlight the virtues of courage, pride, honor, duty and love of motherland that inspired Filipinos in their quest for independence and greater peace, progress and prosperity.

According to Paul Balan, his striking images drew inspiration from Philippine folklore.

Balan is from the town of Paete, a town known for its sculptors, painters, musicians and poets.  Balan is a descendant of Pablo Bague, one of Paete’s master sculptors.

Chicago-based Balan is an Associate Designer for the United States Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program.

Capping the month will be the exhibit of stoneware potter Hadrian Mendoza entitled, “Carabao” which will be launched on June 18th.

Named after the Philippines’ water buffalo, the exhibit shows three dimensional works evoking Philippine symbols and icons, including the carabao.

Mendoza is a graduate of Mary Washington College in Virginia and was a former student of Washington, D.C.’s Corcoran School of Art where he was awarded the prestigious Anne And Arnold Abramson Award for Excellence in Ceramics.  Mendoza recently received and completed the 2007-2009 Toyota Foundation Grant: “Asian Neighbors Network Program: Unlocking Southeast Asia’s Potential.

The exhibits will all be held at the Embassy’s Carlos P. Romulo Hall. END.

 

“Brown Strokes on a White Canvas” Kicks Off Embassy Exhibits in June


24 MAY 2010 WASHINGTON, DC - “Brown Strokes on a White Canvas” will kick off a month-long series of exhibits at the Philippine Embassy in June commemorating the 112th anniversary of Philippine Independence.  Now on its seventh year, “Brown Strokes” will feature the works of more than 20 Filipino and Filipino-American artists, including Red Mansueto whose work is shown here.  “Brown Strokes” will  be launched on June 1st and will run through June 8th.  “Brown Strokes” is presented by the Philippine Embassy in partnership with the Philippine American Foundation for Charities, Inc. END


Filipino Imagery, Democratic Values Highlighted in Exhibit Inspired by National Anthem Lyrics

24 MAY 2010 WASHINGTON, DC – An exhibit inspired by the lyrics of the Philippines’ national anthem will be launched at the Embassy of the Philippines in commemoration of the 112th anniversary of Philippine Independence.  Chicago-based visual artist Paul C. Balan’s “Lupang Hinirang” Series 1-10 features ten 24” by 18” striking images of pen and ink compositions that depict the lyrics of the Philippine National Anthem and draw richly from Philippine folklore.  Balan’s works highlight the virtues of courage, pride, honor, duty and love of motherland that inspired Filipinos in their quest for independence and greater peace, progress and prosperity.  Balan is from the town of Paete, a town known for its sculptors, painters, musicians and poets.  Balan is a descendant of Pablo Bague, one of Paete’s master sculptors.  Balan is an Associate Designer for the United States Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program. The exhibit will be open to the public at the Embassy of the Philippines’ Carlos P. Romulo Hall from June 11th through 17th. END


Embassy Features Award-Winning Ceramic Potter’s Works in June Exhibit

24 MAY 2010 WASHINGTON, DC Award-winning ceramic stoneware potter Hadrian Mendoza will cap June’s lineup of Embassy exhibits in June commemorating the 112th Anniversary of Philippine Independence.  Mendoza’s “Carabao,” named after the Philippines’ water buffalo  features three dimensional works evoking Philippine symbols and icons, including the carabao as seen in the photo.  Mendoza is a graduate of Mary Washington College in Virginia and was a former student of Washington, D.C.’s Corcoran School of Art where he was awarded the prestigious Anne And Arnold Abramson Award for Excellence in Ceramics.  Mendoza recently received and completed the 2007-2009 Toyota Foundation Grant: “Asian Neighbors Network Program: Unlocking Southeast Asia’s Potential.  “Carabao” will be launched on June 18th and will run through June 30th at the Embassy of the Philippines’ Carlos P. Romulo Hall. END