By Niño Manaog
Capiz State University
Pilar, Capiz—In celebration of the 149th foundation day of the Municipality of Pilar, the visual artworks and photos of the students and alumni of the Capiz State University (CapSU) Pilar campus were featured in “Manggad: an Art and Photo Exhibit” recently here.
The exhibit ran from May 26–29, 2014 at the lobby of Pilar Municipal Hall in
Poblacion, Pilar, Capiz.
Presented by the Municipality of Pilar through the Tagbuan Pilar, Inc. (TPI), Manggad featured the paintings and artworks of the members of TPI, Guban Handuraw (GH) and other local artists.
Among the works featured were Reden Aguadera’s mixed media piece (first and second from left in the collage). Aguadera is GH’s vice-president and a 2012 graduate of CapSU Pilar. In college, he won the title of Mr. Capsu and Mr. PASUC VI first-runner-up. He was also an active Red Cross Youth of CapSU Pilar.
According to its Art Statement penned by Ianthe Marie Benliro and Julian Almirol, Manggad sought to showcase pieces of contemporary art “conceived in a dream, nurtured through time and nourished with patience and love.” Guban Handuraw (GH) is a newly formed group of visual artists who seek to empower the community about “who we really are and what’s within us.” With membership mostly coming from the alumni and students of CapSU Pilar Campus, GH was also formed “to take part in the healing of the world.”
The exhibit was also supported by other GH members based in Baguio and Palawan and the Skills Development, Advocacy, Volunteerism and Empowerment (S.A.V.E.) Program on Health of CapSU Pilar Campus led by Ms. Jennifer Perez-Benliro, the campus’s extension chair.
Pieces exhibited included some 40 paintings, sculptures, photographs and art installations that “reflect social realities, nature, heritage and stories of life” sought to inspire the viewer.
|Nelson Balberona, "Kinaugali"|
|Reggie Joy Benliro, |
"Tay, Upod Ko Kay Nanay"