CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Nov. 6 - The Panit Bukog Exhibit returns to Cagayan de Oro City this November after 16 years.
This collective and collaborative endeavor, by the National Committee on Visual Arts of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the National Union for the Restoration of the Environment, Inc. (NATURE, Inc.), showcases Mindanaoan realities through the artists' craft.
On its fourth installment, this year's exhibit will display a variety of works, from wall-bound pieces, sculpture, installation, performance to video, animation, digital image and multi-media art forms.
Taking its name from the Visayan term for skin, panit, and bone, bukog, the exhibit will center on essential and unique Mindanaoan realities lived and immersed in by participating artists.
Through curatorial visits and conversations with artists right in their milieus, the curators selected artworks that reflect the initiatives to pursue peace and preserve the environment in Mindanao.
The exhibit, on view until Nov. 30, highlights the transformative power of art and the critical role of artists in Mindanao's vibrant cultural landscape.
With these themes at its core, the exhibit will define Mindanao's concept of peace, underscore the intimate relationship between peace and the environment, and convey issues of ownership, control and use of the regions' natural resources. Further, it will underscore art and the artists' crucial responsibility in addressing these issues.
The curatorial team includes the University of the Philippines assistant professor of Art Studies Tessa Maria Guazon, visual artist Errol Balcos, and UN-Habitat Country Programme Manager Cris Rollo.
Guazon is the curator of the Philippine Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. Balcos is the current Northern Mindanao coordinator of NCCA's National Committee on Visual Arts, while Rollo is former Head of the National Committee for Visual Arts and co-founder of the Panit Bukog art exhibit. Owen Jaen of 9000 events provides logistical support as Project Manager.
Besides the exhibit, Panit Bukog 4 will conduct art talks where artists share their passion and process, and workshops for opportunities to hone artistic talents among participants.
Exhibits will open at Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan's Museo de Oro (Nov. 7), Capitol University's Museum of Three Cultures (Nov. 8), and SM Downtown Premier (Nov. 9).
Panit Bukog is designed as a traveling exhibit since it began in 2000, moving from Cagayan de Oro to Iligan in 2001 then Davao in 2002. The fourth installment looks forward to advancing the artistic advocacy for Mindanao's peace and environment.
This year's artists come from the cities of Cagayan de Oro , Davao , Iligan, Dipolog, General Santos, Pagadian and Zamboanga while some of them are from the provinces of Bukidnon, Cotabato and Bukidnon.
The 48 participating artists are:
Davao City-- Mariano Catague, Errol Saldana, and Raymond Tangiday
Cagayan de Oro City-- Nick Aca, Michael Bacol, Patricia Borja, Oscar Floirendo, Christian Loui Gamolo, Christopher Gomez, Jayson Labtan, Michelle Lua, Kelly Ramos, Ryan Roa, and Jericho Vamenta
Iligan City-- Reynold Cielo, Enrico Cocos, Jeffrey Ouano, Donnie Obina, Maila Secuban, Ninianne Emrys Sojor, and Jeanne Claire Vega
Dipolog City-- Francis Ramir Acevedo, Leo Jesus Marquiala, Ruby Sabanal, and Meinardo Velasco
Zamboanga del Norte-- Rollie de Leon, Markleen Guimbao, and Roy Leo Lorono
Zamboanga City-- Ibn Saud Salipyasin Ahmad, Jana Alano, John Gualbert Cases, Ionee Garcia, Edwin Jumalon, Is Jumalon, Rameer Tawasil, and Cedrick Zabala
Cotabato - Adjani Arumpac
General Santos City-- Al-Nezzar Ali, Adjani Arumpac, Paula Mari Cia, Zyra Docdosil, Jerome Icao, Lorenzo Calindas, and Sarsalem Melekysu
Pagadian City-- Dominic Escobar, Gieward Jadman Hulagno, Chester Mato, and Rowin Obrero
Bukidnon-- Nino Dave Tecson (Panit Bukog PR)