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The Center for Art, New Ventures and Sustainable Development (CANVAS), in cooperation with the Vargas Museum, and with support from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) presents Everyday Filipino Heroes art exhibit and outdoor banner project. Paintings of Jeho and Johann Bitancor will be included in the exhibit.
In Everyday Filipino Heroes, artworks from dozens of artists send a collective message that elections are not about looking for saviors or heroes, because they are already all around – and within – us. Images of their original works will also be used for outdoor banners that will line the Universityâ€™s famed acacia-sheltered Academic Oval, and create a parallel public art exhibit that engages in a relaxed and non-intimidating environment.
The exhibit will open on May 1, Saturday at 4:00 am at the Vargas Museum of the University of the Philippines in Diliman. It will run until May 31, 2010.
Jeho Bitancor’s painting – Pedicab (2′ x 4′)
“Ordinary Filipinos like the pedicab driver and regular commuter endure as much tragedy from Bad Government as from natural disasters. Their deprived but honest existence reaffirms our faith in goodness and the need to struggle against the existing social order.”
Jose Johann Bitancor’s painting – Magtitinda (2′ x 4′)
“My work depicts a typical street vendor engaged in a day to day survival in the daily grind. They are bereft with the luxuries in life but are nevertheless blessed with undying hope, perseverance and honest intent.” – Johann
(AIOA-USA’s officers.Standing from left to right: Andy Leander, Atty. Terry Herrera, Roland Protesta, Ezer Teh, Primo Teh, Efren Padua, Dante Rubio. Seating from left to right: Jennifer Duaso-Faustino, Doris Pena-Herrera, Alegria Querijero-Wong, Dr. Belen G. Guerrero, Violeta Morada-Ferraren, Lucy Gonzales-Entac, Merle Francisco-Manalac and Cely Ruidera-Antonis)
I got acquainted with Mr. Dante Rubio via Facebook. Mr. Rubio is a former Board Member of Aurora Province and is now based in the USA. He is the President of an umbrella organization of Auroranians in the USA, the Aurora Inter-Organizational Alliance – USA. I asked him for some info about AIOA-USA. Here’s his message:
The Aurora Inter-Organizational Alliance-USA was brought about by a clamor to put up an umbrella organization for Auroranians in the US- which will serve as a venue- where we can vent out our longings and yearnings, and consequently, bring meaning to our exilic life here in the US. The association was preceded by a series of frustrations aimed at putting up a similar organization for Auroranians, but fizzled out to oblivion for unclear reason.
On its third year now, the AIOA-USA is bent on making an impact on the lives of, not only our members here, but to the people of Aurora. We realize we have to take advantage of the blessings of this great country and share it with the less fortunate of our kababayans. We dream to contribute to the development of our beloved province specially in the area of education, environment, tourism and hopefully, with God’s grace contribute to the living standards of the poor, by embarking on something that will provide economic impact on the province poor population. Last year we started to make our advocacy a reality by distributing used computers to the different schools located in the outskirts, like Cemento, Pingit, Obligacion in Baler, Dimanayat, Dikapinisan, Ditumabo in San Luis; Diome, Dikildit, Ditailen in Maria to name a few, and the rest of the towns getting their equitable share. We have distributed used clothings and other second hand stuffs, so that those who have practically nothing can have something to cover their body during those cold nights in the outback. These are continuing projects which we hope to continue for as long as we can sustain. The organizationis doing its fair share here in promoting tourism-by way of our press releases that saw print in Fil-Am newspapers- in the equally majestic Aurora known also for its pristine beaches, ctystal clear rivers, awesome waterfalls, breattaking mountain view and the giant waves that mesmerize many. Continue reading The Aurora Inter-Organizational Alliance – USA
The Good Friday procession in Baler. Click here for the rest of the pictures.
Good Friday in Ditumabo (from Brgy. Ditumabo Facebook Page)
Good Friday in Real, San Luis, Aurora [requires a Facebook account] (photos by Mike Berja)
and here’s what they do in Dingalan on Good Friday (2009 pictures from Alexies Racca)
Penitensya photos by Alexies Racca