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16/07/2010: Philippine Embassy Promotes Philippine Orchids through Art Works of Professor Edwin Cuenco, MFA

Philippine Embassy Promotes Philippine Orchids through Art Works of Professor Edwin Cuenco, MFA

WASHINGTON, DC JULY 16, 2010 – Arkansas-based Professor Edwin Cuenco, MFA shows a photo of Walingwaling, dubbed the “Queen of Philippine Orchids” to Philippine Ambassador to the United States Willy C. Gaa during the opening reception for “Orkidyas: In Celebration of Philippine Flora” held at the Embassy of the Philippines on July 16, 2010. Walingwaling or Vanda Sanderiana was originally found only in Davao, Cotabato and Zamboanga del Sur in Southern Philippines. It is also said to be the single most important parent in breeding among the vandaceous species.

Orkidyas is a digital print and photo exhibition of Professor Edwin Cuenco, a Fine Arts graduate of the Philippine Women’s University in Manila. Professor Cuenco completed his Master of Fine Arts at the George Washington University and is now teaching Art at Arkansas Tech University.

His graphic designs and digital illustrations have received ADDY Gold, Silver and Bronze juried recognitions from the American Advertising Federation in Texas, Virginia and Arkansas including Best of Show at the 12th National Computer Arts Juried Exhibition that was included in the U.S. Department of State’s traveling exhibition.

Recipient of the University of Texas Outstanding Faculty Award in Teaching and Service, he was awarded the 2010 Educator of the Year Award from the Arkansas Advertising Federation in Little Rock, Arkansas. His works are found in public and private collections including the World Bank, George Washington University and University of Texas.

In his remarks, Ambassador Gaa expressed his gratitude to Professor Cuenco, “for using his art to inspire us all to appreciate the earth’s natural wonders and to remind us of our responsibility to its care.” George Washington University Chief Curator Lenore Miller and art and orchid enthusiasts in Washington, DC attended the opening reception.   The exhibit, presented in collaboration with the Philippine Women’s University Alumni Charities, Inc. and the Philippine Orchid Society, will run until July 30, 2010 at the Carlos P. Romulo Hall of the Embassy of the Philippines. -- END