12 Aug 2017 - 1:48
Unique Filipino culture on display
By Raynald C Rivera / The Peninsula
The Philippine Embassy marked ‘National Language Month’ by launching an art exhibition yesterday showcasing 29 artworks by Filipino artists and students.
The pieces, which are on display at the embassy until the end of this month, depict national symbols and famous objects, people, places and events reminiscent of unique Filipino culture.
The exhibition is a visual feast with an assortment of artworks from colourful Panagbenga Festival of Baguio to the portrait of Apo Whang-Od-the last Kalinga traditional tattoo artist to the breathtaking Manila Bay to a unique coffee painting of the Philippine eagle.
“In celebration of National Language Month with the theme “Filipino: Language of Change”, we gladly bring you an exhibition of artworks featuring creations by Filipinos in Qatar. They are here to share their remarkable talent in visual arts through pieces that symbolize our country,” said Philippine Ambassador Alan L Timbayan, following the opening ceremony of the show. “This exhibition is aimed at valuing our national language through activities that showcase deep appreciation of Filipino culture and identity.”
Speaking to local media, Vice Consul Kristine F Bautista, Head of Cultural, Community and Public Information Section, stressed the embassy’s desire to help promote Filipino artists in Qatar through the cultural cooperation agreement between the two countries. “Through this agreement, we hope that we will have the chance to showcase the talents of Filipino artists in the future in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Cultural Village Foundation-Katara,” said Bautista.
The exhibition features 11 stunning pieces by members of Alliance of Filipino Artists in Qatar (AFAQ) as and 18 artworks by students of Philippine School Doha and Philippine International School-Qatar.
“This exhibition was organized not only to promote awareness and instill patriotism among our students through their artworks but also provide an avenue for the artists to display their talents and be known. We hope that to put up another show in the future in a venue where more people can see them their works,” added Bautista. A highlight of the exhibition are works by recently established AFAQ which is composed of artists adept in various mediums such as photography, visual arts, sculpture, graphic design.
“Our aim is to develop the talent and skill of art enthusiasts in their respective mediums. There are many Filipinos here who have penchant for art and we want to encourage them to be better. We also want to conduct art trainings for young aspiring artists,” said AFAQ President Renante Lonzame. The exhibition runs until August 31 at the Philippine Embassy.