Art shorts: Komikon, Cebu gallery, orchestras


Posted at Apr 10 2013 01:46 PM | Updated as of Apr 11 2013 06:00 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Here are some events which may be of interest to art and culture enthusiasts.

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Licad teams up with ABS-CBN Philharmonic

Renowned classical pianist Cecile Licad and The ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, led by its music director Gerard Salonga, will come together to perform in a concert. Dubbed “The Pianist's Pianist” after the name given to Licad by The New Yorker magazine, the concert will be held on June 29, 8 p.m., at the Main Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

This will be the third time Licad and Salonga will be teaming up. Their previous concert earned rave reviews and was even recognized at the Aliw Awards as Best Concert Collaboration.

Tickets are available at select National Book Store branches in Metro Manila, select Robinsons Department Stores in Metro Manila, Greenbelt 1, Trinoma Cinema Box, Office, and Resorts World Manila Box Office.

For inquiries and reservations, visit

Cebu opens first fine art gallery

Since its grand opening last February 12, The Contemporary Art Gallery, considered Cebu's first premium art gallery, has already managed two successful exhibitions. Their first exhibition showcased the abstracted commentaries of Dennis “Sio” Montera, in his solo exhibition entitled “definiSIOn.” In mid-March the art gallery displayed the masterpieces of Cebu’s very own Father of Abstract Expressionism, Tito Cuevas.

Located on the second floor of the Design Center of Cebu, the 60-sq.m. area has been transformed into an industrial space; simple and modern. Upon entering the tinted glass doors, visitors are greeted with the highlighted piece of artwork that hangs in the middle of the room.

The owners decided to open this gallery to slowly introduce the art scene in Cebu, seeing as art is a booming business all around the world.

Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

2013 Young Pianist Competition winner in PPO concert

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) culminates its concert season under the baton of Maestro Olivier Ochanine on April 19, 8 p.m. at the CCP Main Theater. The concert, billed as “Mahler’s Fifth” also features Gabriel Allan F. Paguirigan, a winner of the PPO’s 2013 Young Pianist Competition.

Paguirigan will perform Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.2.

Paguirigan is a graduate of the Philippine High School for the Arts and a recipient of the Makiling Academic Research Institute for the Arts Scholarship given by CCP. He is a student at the University of the Philippines, taking up a Diploma in Creative and Performing Musical Arts.

Tickets are P1,000, P800, P500, P350, and P200, with discounts available to students, senior citizens and groups. Subscription packages are also available.

Summer Komikon unveils this weekend

Now on its fifth year, Summer Komikon 2013 will be held this Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bayanihan Center in Pasig City.

This year’s event highlights kid-friendly comic creators with special guests Jomike Tejido, creator of Foldabots published in K-Zone and Mikrokosmos comic strips; Robert Magnuson, artist of Shirley's Pets in Junior Inquirer and OMF's The Great Duck And Crocodile Race; and Elbert Or, creator of Bakemono High in K-Zone and artist for Lola: A Ghost Story by J. Torres.

Local comics creators from the independent comics scene will gather at Komiks Tiangge or while the best of the Filipino artists working for the international scene will have a meet and greet session at Komiks Kalye. This year's artists include Carlo Pagulayan, Stephen Segovia, Roy Allan Martinez, Harvey Tolibao, Lui Antonio, Heubert Khan Michael, Dennis Crisostomo and Jomar Bulda.

There will also be a book signing by Tintin Pantoja, illustrator of the manga Who is AC, written by Eisner Award Winner Hope Larson at the National Book Store booth from 4-5 p.m. Singapore artists Otto Fong and C.T. Lim will talk about "Successful Comic Self Publishing in Singapore" and "Current Trends in Southeast Asian Comics."

Winners for Comic Creation Contest, Character Making Contest, Create Your Own Foldabots Contest and the Titus Pens Create Your Own Seven Notes Cover Contest will also be announced, while the winners of the HBO Game of Thrones: Join The Realm, Create Your Own Family Arms Contest will also be awarded.

Entrance fee is P100 but children under the age of 12 can enter for free until 12 noon.

CCP celebrates Earth Day

The Cultural Center of the Philippines celebrates Earth Day in various venues of the CCP complex and Manila Bay area with the theme “Save Manila Bay” on April 21.

The event starts with a Fun Run at the CCP Complex at 6 a.m. followed by a program at the CCP Ramp hosted by Mae Paner a.k.a. Juana Change at 7 a.m. featuring a Dance Ritual for Mother Earth performed by the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, an excerpt of the stage production of “Ibalong” by Tanghalang Pilipino, special message from the 2012 International Children’s Peace Prize Awardee Cris “Kesz” Valdez, and the opening of Sunset Block - Installation Art by 98B at the Front Lawn.

At 8 a.m., a Save Manila Bay advocacy chain will be formed by artists, cultural workers, youth and the general public at the Baywalk area as well as a bay clean-up activity by the Philippine Coast Guard, among other activities.

From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. exhibits and fair by Haribon Foundation, GreenPeace, Siklo Pilipinas, Gifts & Graces, Kilus Foundation, Philippine BioChar Association will be on display at the CCP Liwasang Kalikasan area. At the same time, kids and family activities such as art making, story-telling and film screenings by Haribon will be held as well as cooking demonstrations by the LJC Restaurant Group.

From 10 a.m. to 12 noon, concerts will be staged by RockEd featuring Gab Cabangon, Vin Dancel, Ebe Dancel and Noel Cabangon; and musical performances by the PCG Band, Bagitos Drummers and the Metro Manila Development Authority Band at the Liwasang Kalikasan from 12:30-4:30 p.m.

‘Mona Lisas’ and sculptures on view at the CCP

 “Mona Lisa” by Lynyrd Paras

Major sculptural works from the CCP Visual Arts Collection are on view at the CCP while variations of the iconic Mona Lisa by 30 artists will go on exhibit on April 24.

“Site and Space: Modernist Directions in Sculpture,” now ongoing at the CCP Main Gallery and Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino, includes works by National Artists Napoleon Abueva, Arturo Luz, and J. Elizalde Navarro, the first CCP director Roberto Chabet, as well as by Eduardo Castrillo, Rey Paz Contreras, Alan Cosio, Edgar Doctor, Lao Lianben, Julie Lluch, Pablo Mahinay, Nelfa Querubin, Paz Abad-Santos, Solomon Saprid, Francisco Verano and Roberto Villanueva.

Sculptures in the CCP collection are relatively few in number, compared to the paintings, drawings and prints. Nevertheless, the collection includes works by artists who have marked important junctures in modern and contemporary Philippine art, particularly in the last four decades of the 20th century.

Also included is a set of scale models of sculptures created for the Liwasang ASEAN at the South Side of the CCP Main Theater Building. Featured artists include Ramon Orlina (Philippines), Bro. Joseph McNally (Singapore), RedzaPiyadasa (Malaysia), GregoriusSidhartaSoegijo (Indonesia) and Awang bin Sitai (Brunei Darusslam) during the last ASEAN Sculpture Symposium held at the CCP in 1989.

Meanwhile, in “The Mona Lisa Project,” opening on April 24 at the CCP Bulwagang Fernando Amorsolo and Pasilyo Victorio Edades, 30 contemporary artists present their personal “take” on one of the most recognized images in the world: Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Among the participating artists are Roberto Chabet, Nilo Ilarde, Stevesantos, Lyle Buencamino, Louie Cordero, Bjorn Calleja, Froilan Calayag, Raymond Halili and Lynard Paras.

“Site and Space” ends on May 19, while “The Mona Lisa Project” ends on June 16. Admission to the exhibits is free. Viewing hours are from Tuesdays to Sundays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.