MANILA -- A collection of bear images has arrived in Manila fresh from Beijing’s prestigious 798 Art Zone.
The exhibit, organized by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), aims to draw attention to the plight of bears used for entertainment.
Top celebrities and artists from China -- which include the designer of the 2008 Beijing Olympic medals Xiao Yong, and Barbie Hsu of "Meteor Garden" fame -- came together to create over 80 pieces for the exhibition.
The traveling exhibit is a response to PETA's investigation into China's Suzhou circuses, which revealed that bears are denied the opportunity to hibernate, and are subjected to constant threat of violence just so they would hula hoop, box, and play trumpets.
It was also exposed that in order to train them to stand on their hind legs, bear cubs are strung up by their necks for hours.
The circus bears are also held in dog kennel-size cages when not performing, leading to psychological distress, arthritis, pressure sores, and other debilitating health conditions.
“This evocative exhibition celebrates the spirit of the bear and will send viewers in the Philippines a strong message: Don't support circuses or other attractions that exploit animals, either here or abroad,” says PETA vice president Jason Baker.
The images will be on display at Local Edition Café in Legaspi Village, Makati until Friday, May 31, before continuing its world tour to Los Angeles.
Here are some images from the exhibit.
Wall of Bears: The exhibit features over 80 pieces made by top Chinese celebrities and artists. Celine Murillo
The exhibit aims to draw attention to the plight of bears. Celine Murillo
'Meteor Garden' star Barbie Hsu's artwork is titled 'I Want To Go Home.' Celine Murillo
Blood and Tear 2008 Olympic Medal designer Xia Yong's piece. Celine Murillo
Another artist Song Zhou depicts combines bear and the earth. Celine Murillo
Each artist personalized a template bear image. Celine Murillo
Some of the pieces are displayed on the cafe's counter. Celine Murillo
Local Edition Cafe will host the exhibition until May 31. Celine Murillo