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fostering a renaissance

Posted in artifacts, culture, events, lifestyle, locales, people, tradition with tags , , , , , , , , on February 5, 2009 by mijodo

dance and romance at the ccp main lobby, kalilayan folkloric group fo catanauan, quezon

Many may not be aware but it should be highly noted that the Cultural Center of the Philippines has reached its 40th year in housing, promoting and nurturing Filipino artistic excellence. And last Sunday CCP has started its yearlong celebration with an open house festival, titled “Pasinaya”.

In this rare occasion, all theater doors were opened to the public which was asked to give some token donation in order to get a glimpse of what CCP has offered and fostered through the years.  Dance guilds from around the Philippines and  resident companies performed with gusto to an appreciative audience whether at the main theater or at its main lobby. From the young students of the Philippines High School of the Arts (https://letsgopinas.wordpress.com/2008/08/28/into-the-woods-of-raptors-and-raptures/)  to the venerable Ramon Obusan troupe, dance artists graced the occasion and donned colorful Filipino and ASEAN costumes. Needless to say, CCP’s very own Philippine Ballet Theater performed – an excerpt from “Darangan ni Bantugen”  based on an Philippine epic poem.  The variety of dances was just a small part of what the people got to see. There was so much more from that particular day – music, film, theater and visual arts.

One interesting point to this experience is the enthusiasm of the audience, most particularly the students who most likely had been obliged to go by their teachers. Students, whether from public or private schools, were all agog and so much impressed of CCP’s offerings. This is  a welcome reaction for those wanting to seek new audience, specifically a young audience. CCP proves to be an alternative to the malls on a Sunday afternoon.

With all the moves from the great dancers inside the CCP grounds on that particular day then it can be certainly said that art is alive and kicking.

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all in the family, all in the community

Posted in artifacts, culture, events, locales, people with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 17, 2009 by mijodo

jose blanco's portraiture of his family members praying

Picture this: a maestro for a father tutoring his seven kids on sunday afternoons on the skill of drawing using simple plywood as canvass and oil pastel as medium. Imagine this: the mother who had initially attended to  aficionados as probable buyers for her husband and children’s artwork started to create her own art at a mature age.

At first, I thought the Blanco family‘s reputation may have been caused by the peculiarity of having the whole brood making artistic expression altogether as Filipinos may find the whole idea fascinating and endearing.  But upon touring the Blanco museum, and passing through circuitous passageways full of murals and detailed portrayals of life whether in pastoral Angono or in Communist China where the whole family had been invited in the 80s, then I get to realize that their art is truly legitimate not just brought about by a heartwarming oddity.

It  just so happened that Jose Blanco was able to instill to his whole family his passion, discipline and academic knowledge of fine arts. And it was no surpise that his son Michael, recalled how his father had also been given pointers  by Angono’s own –  National Artist, Carlos “Botong” Francisco (https://letsgopinas.wordpress.com/2009/01/07/land-of-the-other-giants/). In due time Jose Blanco’s tutelage of his family  was expanded in putting up an art academy for the people in the municipality to discover artistic talent.

Now the  Blanco kids are manning the school and passing the art baton on. Truly, in this community, it takes giants to create even more giants.