01 August 2017

Art Event in Lipa City Showcased Best of Batangas Visual Talents

The recent My City, My SM, My Art at SM City Lipa.
As My City, My SM, My Art continues its cultural journey around the Philippines, its stop at SM City Lipa last 13-20 July was very special because it highlighted the importance of mentorship and the next generation artists. Two of the featured artists were Jonathan Olazo and Paulina Luz Sotto. Jonathan is the son of Master Artist Romulo Olazo while Paulina Luz-Sotto is the granddaughter of National Artist Arturo Luz.

Seven videos representing different stories of artists were shown emphasizing the importance of mentorship.

The first video was dedicated to Fine Arts students and faculty members of Batangas State University in Alangilan, Batangas City. The second video honored Marichu Liwag Carstensen in her advocacy and philanthropy as the founder of the Lipeño Youth Art Club; while the third video recognized former Lipa City Tourism Council president Chito Segismundo.

The fourth and fifth videos recognized the mentors and mentees of Grupo Sining Batangueño, respectively. The mentors Joseph Albao, Rex Tatlonghari and Randy Macalindong shared their insights on challenges experienced when starting up as an artist. The mentees of the group include 18-year old Zhyra Nedia, glow in the dark artist Ryan De Roxas, hyper realist Robert Tiaño, cake maker Donna Gay Villegas and tattoo artist Migs Deniola. The video of father and son Jun and Bo Cumagun of Lipa City established how genes can influence creativity and artistry.

Part of the My City My SM My Art campaign is a community based workshop and contest in which young student artists are taught new skills and techniques. At the end of the workshop, the output of the participants serve as their entries to the contest.

This time, Marichu Liwag Carstensen was hired by SM to do a four-day training workshop in tile mosaic for ten art students. The announced winner was 17 year old Jonas Palma. Judging the art works were Joseph Albao, Luchie Resurreccion and Atty. Sylvia Marasigan.

Also present during the launching of the art campaign were Lipa City councilor Gwendolyn Wong, Lipa City Administrator Atty. Leo Latido, Provincial Tourism Council Officer Atty. Sylvia Marasigan, Lipa Tourism Council President Minnie Atienza, SM’s Senior VP for Marketing Communications Millie Dizon and SM’s Senior Assistant Vice President for Operations Jason Terrenal.

A celebration of Philippine visual arts – painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography and filmmaking – My City, My SM, My Art is a joint project of SM, the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, the Shell Companies of the Philippines, and the Philippine Star with support from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and Centerstage Production.

My City, My SM, My Art brings art and people together showcasing the works of masters, modernists, and millennials around the SM Supermalls. Advocating art for all, the team works with communities to mount exhibits, workshops, and contests in key cities around the Philippines.

The ceremonial slicing of the Kapeng Barako Cake from Donapetit Cakes and Pastries. From left, SM City Lipa’s Assistant Mall Manager John Mauhay, Batangas Provincial Tourism Officer Atty. Sylvia Marasigan, SM’s Sr. VP for Marketing Communications Millie Dizon and Lipa City Administrator Atty. Leo Latido.
Jed Bryan Manguera of Lipa City hosted the video presentations of the featured artists. 
Jonas Palma, the winner of the tile mosaic workshop and contest. 
Father and son Jun and Bo Cumagun of Lipa City were given recognition for their contribution as artists and mentors to children of Lipa City. 
Jonathan Olazo, son of master artist Romulo Olazo.
Paulina Luz- Sotto, granddaughter of National Artist Arturo Luz.
Zhyra Nedia beside her painting “Tatlong Larawan ni Eba.”
Tattoo artist Migs Deniola beside his self-portrait and mom Joy, sister Miracle and brother Pastor Matt. 
Ryan De Roxas in front of his Glow in the Dark paintings.
Pastry chef Donna Gay Villegas with her Mandala Cake painted with kapeng Barako. 
Robert Tiaño beside the hyper reality portrait of himself.
Joseph Albao together with his wife Josephine and son Dyjan Joseph. 
Department of Trade and Industry’s product packaging artist Randy Macalindong.
Rex Tatlonghari, a native of San Juan Batangas.
Regine Penid of Batangas State University.
Lawrence Munarriz of Batangas State University.
Jane Nicole Briones of Batangas State University.
Dr. Marichu Liwag Carstensen (far right) together with the members of Lipeño Youth Art Club. L-R: Sophie Carstensen, Christopher Noli Ludovice, Bon Arvee Pasajol, Jonathan Perez, Pamela Dimayuga, Camille Resma, Abigail Ormancido, Ian Matala and Sarrie Peña.  Seated: Riadoden Abdullah and John Lester Mahinay. 
Featured visual artist Chito Segismundo (3rd from the right) together with his family, from L to R is his son JR, JR’s wife Charibel and daughter Viel; Chito’s daughter Angel Grace Segismundo, Chito’s wife Helengrace, daughter Madonna Segismundo-Uson and daughter Joselle Segismundo. 

[Press release and photographs courtesy of Wendy Bautista of SM City Lipa.]

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