Pinoys in Saudi hit controversial CCP exhibit

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 20 2011 12:09 PM | Updated as of Aug 22 2011 07:18 PM

AL-KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia – The controversial exhibit of visual artist Mideo Cruz has earned the ire of Filipinos based in Saudi Arabia.

Moises Huerbana said Cruz's exhibit at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) was plain unacceptable because he insulted Christianity.
 
“Ang ginawa nila sa imahe pambabastos na yun. Yung freedom of expression nandyan lang yan. Kailangan huwag tayong tatawid sa borderline para hindi tayo makasakit sa damdamin ng ibang kapwa tao,” said Huerbana.
 
Huerbana is just one of the many Filipinos in Saudi who condemned the “Kulo” exhibit at CCP.
 
Roy Fabon and Al-khobar-based Filipino artist Larry Carumba also slammed Cruz's work.
 
“Ang sabi nila art daw yun. Kahit hindi man ako artist, alam ko naman kung ano yung art. Yung ginagawa nila pambabastos na yun,” said Fabon.
 
“Hindi na yan art kasi sumobra na sila sa tinatawag na artistic side ng isang art. Pwede ba yung matawag na art na pangaalipusta sa isang relihiyon o kaya pangiinsulto sa buong Christianity? I-desecrate mo ang relihiyon dito, sigurado 24 hours dito sa Saudi Arabia wala ka na. Pugot ulo ka na,” added Carumba.
 
Carumba, meanwhile, was happy to learn that the exhibit has been closed to the public.
 
“Natuwa ako kahit papaano dahil nawalan yun sa paningin ng public. Pero dapat totally ban na siya sa mga ganyang exhibits na yan,” he said. Florante Catanus, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau