Monday, February 20, 2012

FILCOLS @ the Folktaglyphs 2012

FILCOLS' Beverly Siy, Executive Officer for Membership and Documentation attended the Folktaglyphs 2012 Philippine Visual Arts Fest held at the Angono Municipal Gymnasium last 17 February 2012. The theme was Tracing Resonant Cartographies through Contemporary Eyes. It was a visual feast where characters and creatures from Angono's mythologies and folklore were featured.

The event was graced by hundreds of visual artists and tattoo artists from all over the country. Most were contestants for the tattoo art competition held last Feb. 18. Local historian Ligaya Tiamson-Rubin and guest anthropologist Dyani Lao served as speakers.

Ramon "Chitoy" Zapata, the president of Neo Angono Arts Collective, gave the welcome remarks as the program started. He mentioned that NAAC has always been in the forefront when it comes to public art festivals. The venue of the event was very conducive for public viewing where everyone can come in and take a look at the art events, a municipal gym right in the heart of the town.

Zapata also signed the FILCOLS Memorandum of Agreement for automatic membership. According to the group's website, NEO-ANGONO's members are visual artists, writers and poets, musicians, theater people, filmmakers, cultural workers, and art critic and researchers. The members of the core group were Wire Rommel Tuazon, Keiye Miranda-Tuazon, Carlos “Totong” Francisco II, Aaron Bautista, Ian Lomongo, Rem Vocalan, Ramon “Chitoy” Zapata, Claire Zapata, Mideo Cruz, Raoul “Iggy” Rodriguez, and Richard Gappi.

Still according to their website, most members are residents of Angono while others come from Manila, Mindanao and as far as Japan and USA. The group welcomes non-Angono artists because their ideas – once applied and contextualized in Angono milieu – are potent ways of infusing Angono art scene with new life and blood.

The group’s advisers include artists Nemi Miranda Jr., Jose Tence Ruiz, Mideo Cruz, Iggy Rodriguez, respected art critic and UP professor Alice Guillermo and poet-musician Jesus Manuel “Jess” Santiago.

Folktaglyphs 2012 was organized by Neo Angono Arts Collective, Municipality of Angono ang the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

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