Pangilinan: Snapshots and Snippets

Ching Pangilinan

FEBRUARY in the Philippines ushers in not only the month of hearts, but more importantly the month of and for the arts. By virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 683 issued in 1991, February of each year is celebrated as the National Arts Month.

Local commemorations in Pampanga, whether by art groups and collectives or government agencies, or collaborations by both, are proliferating. This is a good symptom that our levels of appreciation and awareness for and of the arts are on the rise.

Earlier this week, the web-based group of photography and travel enthusiasts, We Are Funtastic Philippines, opened the San Fernando leg of their “Silip Pinas” exhibit of destination photos at the SM San Fernando Downtown after its successful run at SM Pampanga. The group partnered with our City Tourism Office and the Kaganapan 2016 Executive Committee for the exhibit which forms part of the celebration of San Fernando’s cityhood anniversary too.

Present at the opening ceremonies were Department of Tourism’s regional director for Central Luzon Ronnie Tiotuico, Kaganapan 2016 Chairperson Alexander Magsino, and WAFP President Amelia Samano who leads more than a hundred thousand members worldwide. Included in the exhibit are amazing photographs by San Fernando-based photographers Em Gueco Cuyugan and Nelson Gonzales who are avidly pursuing their artistic passion through photography.

Kalye Lakandula Art Gallery in Angeles City is hosting once more the group exhibit entitled “Leguan Kapampangan” which brings together more than thirty Kapampangan artists. The Leguan exhibit will run from February 3 to 29, 2016, and will feature works from up and coming visual artists and Most Outstanding Kapampangan awardees in the field of arts and culture as well. Any celebration of Kapampangan beauty is sure to be most interesting.

The Museum of Philippine Social History in Angeles City will be hosting an art exhibit entitled “Sindak: The Feared and the Fearless” which will open on February 6, 2016 and will run until the end of this month. Sindak will feature different regional mythological creatures from all over the archipelago, as interpreted by Kapampangan artists, most of whom are members of Unarthodox which has been actively organizing lectures and exhibits in our province.

Toward the end of this month, a contemporary Kapampangan arts festival “Sibul ning Dekada” will be mounted at Robinsons Starmills, City of San Fernando, Pampanga on February 26 and 27, 2016. This will bring together local bands, merchandise, graphic arts and visual arts as a fitting end to Arts Month in our province.

Art forms part of our collective soul. May we all find meaning in whatever way we celebrate the arts month this February.