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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Multi-media Poetry Exhibit at the Cultural Center of the Philippines

One of the variations of written art that I appreciate is when it speaks with other disciplines--multimedia, visual, auditory arts. The spoken word against the background of beats of the bongos. The strum of guitars against an installation of sculpture, film and pulsing lights.

Yeah baby:) A feast for the senses--assaults from every which direction--at the CCP Main Gallery:)


Chromatext Reloaded at the CCP Main Gallery

Some sixty Filipino poets and writers from here and abroad, representing several generations, get together for a rare visual cum textual art exhibit billed as “Chromatext Reloaded” from January 25 to February 28 at the CCP Main Gallery. The show turns a page from the Chromatext I & II shows in the 1980s that assembled visual artworks by poet-members of the Philippine Literary Arts Council (PLAC).

This time curated by Sid Gomez Hildawa, Jean-Marie Syjuco and Krip Yuson, "Chromatext Reloaded" by PLAC & Friends celebrates the 25th anniversary of PLAC, with its founders Jimmy Abad, Cirilo Bautista, Ricky de Ungria and Krip Yuson leading the poet-exhibitors.

Their works — from holographs to photographs, illustrations with poems to oil paintings, sculptural installations and video — will be joined by those of other distinguished writers, among them National Artists Edith L. Tiempo and Virgilio Almario, Raul Ingles, Gilda Cordero Fernando, Tita Lacambra-Ayala, Sylvia Mendez-Ventura, the late Lilia Amansec, Ophelia Dimalanta, Merlie Alunan, Marjorie Evasco, Butch Dalisay, Pete Lacaba, Cesare A.X. Syjuco, Jun Cruz Reyes, Juaniyo Arcellana, RayVi Sunico, Danton Remoto, Frank Rivera, Margot Marfori and Sid Gomez Hildawa.

From abroad, PLAC members and friends have sent in their contributions, such as from David Cortes Medalla in London and Eric Gamalinda, Nick Carbo, Luisa Igloria, Eileen Tabios, Zack Linmark and Melissa Nolledo-Christoffel s in the U.S.A. From Baguio City, the participating poet-artists include Butch Macansantos, Babeth Lolarga, Del Tolentino and Frank Cimatu.

Special guest artists who happen to be close friends to writers, if not writers themselves, include National Artists Napoleon Abueva and Benedicto Cabrera (Bencab), Danny Dalena, Pandy Aviado, Manny Baldemor, Rock Drilon, Fil Dela Cruz, Jean-Marie Syjuco, Judy Sibayan, Heber Bartolome, Beaulah Taguiwalo, Erlinda Panlilio, Bheng Dalisay, Marivic Rufino, Lorena Javier, Raul Funilla, Boy Yuchengco, Gerry Cornejo, Pancho Villanueva and Igan D'Bayan.

Among the younger generation of poets and writers joining the exhibit are Jovi Miroy, Vim Nadera, Fran Ng, Lourd de Veyra, Jessica Zafra, Sarge Lacuesta, Joel Toledo, Ana Escalante Neri, Ginny Mata, Carlomar Daoana, Mookie Katigbak and Angelo Suarez.

Performance art, readings and musical works will highlight the exhibit opening at 6pm on Thursday, January 25, to which the public is invited, as well as the closing ceremonies at 7pm on February 27.

Copies of the revived poetry journal Caracoa and special commemorative editions of CD albums featuring the recorded readings of PLAC poets will also be on sale for the duration of the exhibit. Gallery hours are from 10am to 6pm daily, except Mondays and holidays. Admission is free. For particulars, call 8323702.

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Gemino H. Abad Napoleon AbuevaVirgilio S. AlmarioMerlie Alunan Lilia AmansecAgnes ArellanoVirgilio AviadoManuel Baldemor Heber BartolomeCirilo F. Bautista Benedicto CabreraNick CarboGilda Cordero-FernandoGerry CornejoFrank CimatuDanny DalenaJose Y. Dalisay Jr.Igan D'Bayan Carlomar Daoana Fil Dela Cruz Rock DrilonOphelia A. DimalantaMarjorie EvascoHilario M. FranciaEric GamalindaNona GarciaSid Gomez Hildawa Luisa A. IgloriaRaul Ingles Lorina JavierRaul FunilasBarbara GonzalezJose F. Lacaba Tita Lacambra-AyalaAngelo LacuestaR. Zamora Linmark Babeth Lolarga Francis MacansantosAntonio ManuudGinny MataDavid Cortes MedallaSylvia Mendez-VenturaJovi MiroyVim Carmelo NaderaFran NgMelissa Nolledo-Christoffel sErlinda PanlilioPiolo PascualBeaulah Pedregosa-TaguiwaloDanton RemotoFrank RiveraThelma RiveraAlfredo Roces Marivic RufinoJudy Freya SibayanDanny SilladaAngelo SuarezRamon C. SunicoCesare A.X. Syjuco Jean-Marie SyjucoMaxine SyjucoEileen Tabios Joel ToledoDelfin TolentinoEmmanuel TorresRicardo M. de UngriaLourd de VeyraPancho VillanuevaBoy Yuchengco Alfred A. YusonJessica Zafra

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