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Friday, May 29, 2009

Hidden Treasures at Ortigas Foundation Library

The Ortigas Foundation Library launched last May 21, 2009 a photo exhibit entitled “Hidden Treasures” featuring rarely documented Spanish era churches, which received overwhelming positive reviews.

Many fine books and countless photographs have been published in the last ten years extolling the charms of the major Spanish Era churches of the Philippines. Over this same period Atty. Rafael Ortigas, Jr. President of the Ortigas Foundation, started an ambitious project to document all Spanish Era churches in the Philippines from the Manila Cathedral to the most remote provincial parish. He assigned photographers Betty Lalana and Boy Arboleda to photograph as many as they could locate using the Catholic directory, old maps and other sources. With his encouragement and unfailing assistance they have found many “hidden treasures” - churches and other structures not commonly featured and hardly ever visited by tourists either local or foreign. This exhibition is only a small selection from their ongoing work to date, which has located and photographed over 300 churches, in addition to bell towers, elegant cemetery gates and ancient ruins of foundries, fortifications and watch towers.

Traveling by every conceivable mode of transportation including by foot, they have managed to reach the most obscure parishes and photograph picturesque facades, architectural details and timeless Filipino landscapes. Hopefully this glimpse of the unspoiled Philippines will inspire more laymen and religious leaders to value and respect their ancient places of worship and preserve their spiritual integrity for generations to come.

The Ortigas Foundation Library has a large permanent collection of Philippine research material and vintage photographs and is dedicated to both the study and preservation of Philippine historical material. The Ortigas Foundation Library assisted in mounting this traveling exhibition which will start visiting selected schools during the school year. The Ortigas Foundation Library is located at the 2nd Floor, Ortigas Building, Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City. The library is open from 9:00a.m. to 6:00pm daily. Entrance is free.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Kagyat: A Photo Exhibit (HK)

Kagyat: A Photo Exhibit
(Part of the 4th Philippine Arts Festival - HK 2009)
Opening Reception: June 6, 2009 - 3:00 pm
The Peak Galleria, The Peak, Hongkong

Participating photographers:

Edwin Bacasmas
Bien Bautista
George Cabig, Jr.
Neil Daza
Angelo De Silva
Francis Galbones
Alberto Garcia
Luis Liwanag
Aldrin Monsod
Dante Peralta
Dennis Rito
Mario Rivera
Edgar Tapan
Donald Tapan
George Tapan
Harvey Tapan
Edwin Tuyay
Chito Vecina
Veejay Villafranca

Exhibit will be shown until June 30, 2009. For more info about the exhibit, please contact The Philippine Arts and Cultural Society at 85297039970 or email

Monday, May 18, 2009

Documentary Photographer Rick Rocamora to launch a book on Filipino World War II Soldiers

Book Launch
Filipino World War II Soldiers: America's Second-Class Veterans
by Rick Rocamora

Thursday, May 21, 2009- 6-9pm
San Francisco Exposure Gallery,
801 Howard Street near Moscone Center

Sunday, May 24, 2009- 2-5pm
San Francisco Main Public Library
Grove and Larkin near San Francisco City Hall
(Civic Center Bart Station)

Rick Rocamora took pictures of Filipino WWII veterans for 18 years as they wait to be recognized as equal to US veterans.

Rocamora has documented the lives of the Filipino veterans, still clinging to hard-won medals, military commendations and scraps of uniforms as they make their way in San Francisco’s toughest neighborhoods. Rocamora’s deep connection to the veterans allows a rare view into their difficult but always dignified lives, and creates a poignant story of pain, persistence and hope.

Rocamora’s images have been part of investigative stories on the abuse of veterans in North Richmond, California, Medicare scam in San Francisco that used them, exhibitions in the US Congress and other venues and countless presentations and photo essays about their plight. His images have been part of their struggle and have been credited in inspiring others to advocate for equity for the veterans.

His photo-documentary work, including words of supporters, historical anecdotes and chronology is now part of the book “AMERICA’S SECOND-CLASS VETERANS”.

Eli Reed, a member of Magnum said, “The book should be viewed as an important element in the failed promise of delivering the promise of America. Rocamora admirably performs this difficult task by photographing the lives of these men in a sensitive, straightforward, and respectable manner. He doesn’t add unnecessary flourishes that might take you away from their story. He leaves you to understand that these images are about these men and not about him. When you look into the eyes of these men, you will truly feel their pain. You will also feel the shame of knowing how they were left to drift by our country after helping us in our time of need. They went through hell and were then abandoned. Rick Rocamora has not abandoned these men and through his photographs of their lives, he insures that we will not forget them either”.

Sandra Phillips, Senior Curator of Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art said, “Like Dorothea Lange, Rocamora focuses his attention on the people he wants us to look at and think about. These are ordinary people. They fought alongside American soldiers in World War II in the Pacific, often at great personal cost. They are Filipinos, living here in the United States, promised benefits by the United States government that many still expect. Most of these men are also very poor, though it is not their poverty that we remember most, but their gentleness and bravery. Rocamora reminds us, in these quiet and dignified pictures, of the value and integrity of these people, and of their strong sense of community-which sustains them, even as they suffer from careless neglect”.

Rocamora will sign books and talk about his varied experiences as a documentary photographer and an advocate for the struggle of Filipino WW II veterans.


Final Call for Nominations for the 2009 Ateneo Art Awards

The Ateneo Art Gallery would like to announce the final call for nominations for the 2009 Ateneo Art Awards. Nominations are on-going, and will close on 1 June 2009 at 5pm. Nomination forms are available at the Ateneo Art Gallery (apparently the Ateneo Art Gallery website, where the forms can also be downloaded, is not up). All entries must be accompanied by the necessary visual documentation and received at the following address:

Ateneo Art Gallery
Ground Floor, Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights , Quezon City Philippines 1108

For more information, please contact, Amanda Legasto, 2009 Ateneo Art Awards Project Coordinator at 4266488 or alegasto@ateneo. edu

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Seeing You, Seeing Me: Contemporary Portraiture

Seeing You, Seeing Me
Contemporary Portraiture
Manila Contemporary Gallery
May 16 - June 7, 2009
Whitespace, 2314 Pasong Tamo Extension

Featuring works of Ambie Abano, Nikki Abaya, Catalina Africa, Ringo Bunoan, Bea Camacho, Valeria Cavestany, Francis Commeyne, Noli Coronado, RM De Leon, Kiko Escora, Jed Escueta, Brendan Goco, Joey Ibay, Jon Jaylo, Maria Jeona, Kow Leong Kiang, Budi Agus Kuswara, Kim Landicho, At Maculangan, Wawi Navarroza, Elaine Navas, Renan Ortiz, Jaco Payawal, Alan Po, Jucar Raquepo, Alwin Reamillo, Kaloy Sanchez, Judy Freya Sibayan, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Angelo Suarez, JA Tan, Gerry Tan, Steve Tirona, Tatong Torres, MM Yu, Costantino Zicarelli.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Curators Talk on Innovations and Developments in Contemporary Art Abroad

Lopez Memorial Museum, in cooperation with Art Cabinet Philippines, features Melbourne-based curator Jeff Khan in a talk on his role as Artistic Director of Next Wave, a multidisciplinary festival with 400 Australian and international artists. 2008 Singapore Biennale curator Joselina Cruz participates as reactor sharing innovations and developments in the recent biennale themed Wonder and the current Philippine art scene.

The talk is scheduled on Friday, May 22 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Lopez Memorial Museum. As slots are limited, reservations are required. The Lopez Memorial Museum is at the ground floor, Benpres Building, Exchange Road corner Meralco Avenue, Pasig City. Museum days and hours are Mondays to Saturdays, 8am-5pm, except Sundays and holidays. For info, call 631-2417 or email

Via: Museum Foundation of the Philippines

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Call for Participants: 5th PCP Professional Photojournalism Seminar-Workshop

5th Professional Photojournalism Seminar-Workshop
27 – 31 August June 2009
FSC Forest Complex, Subic Bay Freeport Zone

The Philippine Center for Photojournalism, an organization established in 1997 by noted Filipino photojournalists working in various local and international newspapers and publications, is now accepting participants to the 5th Professional Photojournalism Seminar-Workshop to be held on 27-31 August 2009 at the FSC Forest Complex, Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

The live-in workshop aims to raise the level of understanding of the roots and current photography and photojournalism trends, enhance artistic and aesthetic practice of the profession as well as promote ethical values. Practical exercises include guided coverage of Subic environs and nearby communities.

The workshop, to be facilitated by some of the country’s top photojournalists and educators including Alex Baluyut, Ernie Sarmiento, Jimmy Domingo, Joan Bondoc, Luis Liwanag, VJ Villafranca, Paolo Picones, Jake Verzosa and Jose Torres, is designed for freelancers, newspaper staff photographers, government and corporate photographers and information officers.

Interested participants, with digital SLR or point and shoot cameras, will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please email to for registration forms and procedures.

The subsidized workshop fee is P6,000 inclusive of food and accommodation, materials, complementary PCP limited edition t-shirt and certificate of completion. Transportation to venue and back is not covered by the workshop fee.

The workshop is supported by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).

For more information, send via text your email address to +639189212878 and materials will be sent by email.

Briccio Santos' Inner Spaces

Inner Spaces
Briccio Santos
May 20-June 20, 2009
Opening Reception: May 20, Wednesday, 6pm

Silverlens Gallery presents Inner Spaces, Briccio Santos' one-man show of recent photographs, from May 20 to June 20, 2009. A photographer, painter, and film-maker, Briccio Santos will be exhibiting around 50 black and white photographs taken during his forays around Makati City, a place that has served as habitat and home, setting and subject. Santos approaches photography as sculpture and abstraction, emphasizing the perception and construction of form, texture, and structure. Deliberately ambiguous, his images defamiliarize the urban landscape and strive to capture the essential beneath. Inner Spaces by Briccio Santos opens at 6 pm on May 20, 2009 and runs until the 20th of June 2009. Santos will be giving a talk on June 6 from 3-5 pm, “Inner Space: Isolating Spatial Contexts”. Inner Spaces will be shown alongside The American Sweet by Hanna Pettyjohn at Slab (Silverlens Lab) and Maude Marie and Other Curiosities at 20Square Gallery.

For inquiries, contact Silverlens Gallery at 2/F YMC Bldg. II, 2320 Pasong Tamo Ext., Makati, 816-0044, 0905-2650873, or Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 10am–7pm and Saturdays 1–6pm.

Collage, images from Inner Spaces show, 2009

Thursday, May 7, 2009

The 5th PopDev Media Awards

The Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD) announces the Call for Entries to the 5th PopDev Media Awards.

The contest is open to all print, broadcast, online, photo, and citizen journalists nationwide. Entries must deal with population and human development issues such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), public health (especially reproductive health), reproductive health policy and governance, economic growth and poverty, climate change, housing and urban development, sustainable development, environment, education, gender, maternal health, adolescent reproductive health, family planning, food security, reproductive rights, migration, and population ageing.

5th PopDev Media Awards will also include Citations for Blog (text) and Photo Blogs (Single Photo and Photo Essay) in recognition of the significant contribution of bloggers, or citizen journalists, in enriching the public discussion of population and human development concerns vis-à-vis socio-economic issues

See details here.
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