TAGUM CITY—Tagumenyo visual artists made sense of Dr. Jose Rizal through the eighteen artworks currently exhibited in the 1st Rizalian Values Art Competition and Exhibition, the first-ever art exhibition mounted at the Tagum City Historical and Cultural Center.
Themes on Rizalian values dominate the art pieces of mostly-millennial Tagumenyo artists, tackling the wide spectrum of the virtues the country’s foremost national hero that he wanted to instill in the Philippine nation.
The exhibition, originally scheduled last month in time for the 160th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal, was hybrid as the artworks are physically exhibited at the Center’s lobby, while also exploiting the magic of technology for a virtual exhibition.
Grabbing the top plum in the competition was budding artist Reden Paa, whose intricate details in his artwork entitled “Tapang ng Pangarap” made his piece a solid standout in the competition. Elvis Goloran’s “Kuya Rizalito Jr.,” and Roger Gamoro’s “Gawa, Gabay, Pagmamahal” were declared runners-up.
“Glancing at the artworks physically displayed at the lobby of the TCHCC, I feel happy that finally we were able to have this kind of activity as we push for the strengthening of the art scene in the city,” Mayor Allan Rellon said, who also serves as the Supreme Chancellor of the Order of the Knights of Rizal.
Sir Mark Roy Boado, Supreme Pursuivant of the Order, graced the exhibition’s virtual opening.
Organized by the City Government of Tagum and the Tagumpay Chapter of the Order, the said exhibition is the first to be mounted in the Center as a product of the vision of the local government to advance its agenda on fortifying the arts as a pre-cursor to ignite the city’s creative economy.
As of this writing, 11 out of 18 artworks in the exhibition are already sold to local art collectors, thereby giving a boost to a starting art community that participated in the competition.
Those wanting to browse the artworks can download the official catalog by accessing this link: bit.ly/RizalArt
The exhibition will end on July 25. Louie Lapat/CHCO