History starts when man invents a system of writing. Through this system of writing, the human past is recorded and passed on to the present generation. In the Philippines, the earliest evidence of writing is found in the petroglyps of Angono. Consisting of line incisions, drawings of human figures and figures of triangles, rectangles and circles, the petroglyps, though still undecipherable, prove the human presence of the Filipino.
The event was attended by the painters themselves whom we had the pleasure of talking to and more than just pieces of art and the Philippine History, these painters said this generation needed to see traditional works of art not manipulated by the technology of today.
#SiningSaysay took no less than five years to inception so all the 30 artist who participated in this exhibit poured their heart and soul on each of paintings in here. Artist who commissioned paintings in this exhibit were Armand Bacaltos, Adi Baen-Santos, Benjie Cabangis, Adonai Artificio, Ben Cabrera, Angel Cacnio, Romeo Carlos, Chris Cruz, Ben Infante, Denes Dasco, Gig de Pio, Vincent de Pio, Grandier Bella, Neil Doloricon, Aileen Lanuza, Romeo Mananquil, Norlie Meimban, Norman Dreo, Armando Hidalgo, Gigi Javier Alfonso, Jonahmar Salvosa, Rando Solon, Julius Samson, Michael Velasco, Adul Asia Mari Imao, Jun Yee and Janice Young. I had the pleasure of meeting some of the country’s best traditional artists who said they were the “last of the Mojicans” who does traditional painting.
“It is my belief that we have put up a sweeping spectacle of the rich, glorious fabric of Philippines history, society and culture that our countrymen, young and old alike, as well as foreigners, will be able to appreciate and learn from,” said UPAA President Ponciano E. Rivera Jr.
Take a look at this video to get a feel of the exhibit if you can’t come:
What I wore:
Off shoulder top: FOR ME
Shoes: Gold Dot
The #SiningSaysay exhibit was put together by the University of the Philippines, UP Alumni Association, and Araneta Center and is open from 11am to 7pm entrance is FREE! To get there just go to Gateway Mall take the elevator to the 5th floor and walk past the sky garden to cross to the next building. That is where the gallery is.
Incidentally, I also went to the Makeup Magazine launch held at the Early Breakfast Club at Century City Mall in Makati wearing the same outfit.
Stay gorgeous everyone!