Jeho Bitancor’s unBOUNDed exhibit @ Blanc Makati Until September 18

Jeho Bitancor’s “unBOUNDed” Will be on view until September 18, 2009 at blanc Makati. blanc is located at Crown Tower, 107 H.V. dela Costa St., Salcedo Village, Makati City. For more information, please call or sms 752-0032 / 0920-9276436, email info@blanc.ph or visit www.blanc.ph, www.blancartspace.multiply.com

Jeho Bitancor
Jeho Bitancor

unBOUNDed
by Jeho Bitancor

How does space as a phenomenon translate to embodied articulations of personal and social significance?

Referencing my condition as a migrant, I had to grapple with this problematic and contemplate on other questions whether the space to locate our bodies constricting or liberating or both? If so, how does it manifest? Is it of our own choosing and creation, or is it imposed and inherited?

My inquiry was triggered by the tension I had to negotiate as a transient body constantly relocating itself, from the “periphery” to the “center”, and from the west coast to Midwest to east coast in barely two years. This would mean adapting to new circumstances and unfamiliar grounds. Or better yet, enduring/enjoying shifting working conditions; from a huge garage space in California, to a freezing open patio in Memphis, to a claustrophobic basement apartment in Jersey City, and finally to a decent studio space in the suburbs of Central New Jersey.

It is while working in a spare space in Jersey City measuring less than 7 X 5 ft in floor area that I have come to question the nature of my existence. Does the space I occupy define me or is it in defining myself that I inhabited it? Similarly, is the decision to be “in” the space and adhere to the condition it entails a result of my own volition alone or a product of inherited values historically ingrained within my psyche? It can be both in my case for there are a number of reasons that may be politically in/correct or even romantic. It can be the notion of growing artistically/ intellectually and recognizing my battle as a post-colonial subject, while at the same time grazing at my enemy’s pasture for which I am not yet guilty of.

For this exhibition, I have focused on subjects that are apparently social in context and navigating through issues that affect me. For me, there is no dividing line clearly delineating the personal to societal. I believe that personal experiences transcend to if not a direct result of the workings of society.

Age-old issues of vulnerability, conformity, dislocation, bondage, greed, identity and struggle are presented in various reconfigurations and re-contextualization. Utilizing as a device objects that contain figures or figures that resemble objects, the works allude to feelings of entrapment, enclosure and imprisonment. Others served as shelter and recluse, echoing the duality and manifold definition of inhabiting and identifying with a space.

info taken from blanc art space multiply page

Gov. Castillo, Oustanding Governor Award Hall of Famer

Gov. Castillo, Oustanding Governor Award Hall of Famer
Gov. Castillo, Oustanding Governor Award Hall of Famer

the news from manila bulletin online:

The country’s biggest social welfare development organization has conferred the coveted Hall of Fame award on Aurora Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo for being an outstanding governor and for advocating pro-poor programs and providing social services to the marginalized sectors in this province.

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Gov. Castillo, Oustanding Governor Award Hall of Famer
Gov. Castillo, Oustanding Governor Award Hall of Famer

Photos by Ferdie Delos Reyes

inquirer.net: Doña Aurora Quezon’s Baler home rebuilt

Aurora Quezon House
Aurora Quezon House

from inquirer.net:

The original owner of Doña Aurora’s house was Zeneida Molina, who married Pedro Aragon. No records exist for the birth date of Maria, their oldest daughter, but documents exist showing that their second daughter, Emilia, was born in the house in April 1877, verifying the existence of the house at least to that date.

Aurora, their youngest daughter, was born in the same house on Feb. 19, 1888.

When the Spaniards burned the town in the twilight of the Philippine Revolution, Aurora was forced to take refuge in the church during the Siege of Baler. She was about 9 years old then.

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Aurora Quezon House
Aurora Quezon House

The Latest from our Fave Balerian Musician -Jonathan Urbano

Here’s the latest update from our favorite Akaw musician Jonathan Urbano.

Jonathan is with Aiza Seguerra’s Pogi Band, so wherever Aiza plays, he’s also there. He’s the one who plays the violin. The video above shows them performing in one of their Singapore gigs. Aiza’s past album Open Arms topped the jazz charts in Singapore so they’re famous there. Read the news here.

Recently, Aiza released a new album titled Aiza Live. It was launched last August 10 and is now available on your favorite music stores. Don’t buy pirated. Read the news from pep.ph:

Here’s another news from abs-cbn news

Another one – Aiza says she’s staying put

Another video from ASAP, where Jonathan was a specially mentioned.

Another ASAP video

Here are their skeds:

August 28 – Araneta (ASAP Sessionistas)
Sa August 29 – SM Fairview po.

Baler sa Puso Ko: Videos and Pictures

Baler sa Puso Ko is an original modern zarzuela with libretto written by Dr. Isagani Cruz and original compositions by Lutgardo Labad. It was staged by The NCCA at the Baler Sports Complex from August 12 to 15, 2009 as part of the Baler 400 celebration. It stars Montet Acoymo, Liesl Batucan, Lara Maigue, Al Gatmaitan, Cercado Sisters, UST Liturgikon Choir, and the Aurora Performing Arts Group.

Here are two selected scenes from the play, taken during the gala night on August 15.

The Baler Fiesta scene:

This is another scene:

Emilio and the young Maria were played by Patrick Angara and Kristine Sindac from Baler.

These are the pictures taken on August 14 (please click)