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Ugnayan sa Sining creates wave in LA art scene

Participating artists pose for posterity (L-R):  Rafael Maniago, Mat Relox, Bienvenido Sibug, Celina Taganas-Duffy, Julia Kim, Luz Balbin-Spanks, Ed Gumamit, Faustino Caigoy, Vics Magsaysay, Rey Zipagan and Rodolfo Samonte.
Photo © Genevieve Magsaysay Medina

THE recent opening of an art exhibit in the Historic Filipinotown has created a notable wave in the Filipino American art scene in Los Angeles.

Select guests were treated to on-the-spot portraiture by distinguished participating artists Rafael “Raffy” Maniago and Bienvenido Sibug at the lobby of the Filipino American Service Group, Inc. (FASGI) Bayanihan Center at 135 N. Park View St., Los Angeles.

Mat Relox, one of the participating artists, crooned guests with Filipino love songs during the reception of the exhibit dubbed as Ugnayan sa Sining.

Another participating artist, Luz Balbin-Spanks, expressed gratitude over the inclusion of her art with masterworks.

The exhibit, which will run until July 28, is certain to delight people regardless of their levels of art appreciation as the artworks are mostly plain and simple, yet masterful, in their renditions of shapes, colors, space and movements. The exhibit also exudes very strong Filipino spirit and sensibilities.

The frames are categorized as mixed media, mixed media assemblage, pen and ink on paper, acrylic, oil on canvass, oil on board, pastel, watercolor, mixed media on canvass, acrylic on canvass and oil/pencil drawing.

The list of participating artists include: Faustino Caigoy, Champoy, Mila dela Fuente, Cesar Devera, Ed Gumamit, Julia Kim, Vics Magsaysay, Rafael Maniago, Mat Relox, Rodolfo Samonte, Bienvenido Sibug, Luz Balbin-Spanks, Celina Taganas-Duffy, Magoo Valencia and Rey Zipagan.

Vics Magsaysay, one of the artists, thanked guests who graced the affair, most notable of them is LA.-based singer Becca Godinez and her husband Benito Miranda.

Others mentioned by Magsaysay were Fr. Marte, Ruby De Vera and daughter Theresa De Vera, Rodel Lumanog, Alex Ocampo, Sonnie del Rosario, Art Garcia, Angeli Aragon and daughter Asia Aragon, Jaime Corpus Reyes, Christine Gonong and Arlene de los Santos-Aquino.

Supporters from the media include: Lydia Solis of Philippine news, Steve Angeles of ABS-CBN, Joy Marivic Macainan of UNTV, Art Ramos, Romy Borje, Mar G. De Vera and Abner Galino of Weekend Balita, US Asian Post and Beyond Deadlines, an e-news site.

Abner Galino
The author is a poet and a writer. He was a cultural worker before he became a reporter for Tinig ng Masa and Malaya Midday Edition during the Marcos regime. He later became a reporter of People's Tonight shortly after 1986 EDSA Revolution. He went on to become its Chief of Reporters, City Editor and News Editor. He retired after 15 years in the Journal Group of Publications. He now writes for Weekend Balita and the US Asian Post (USAP), weekly Filipino-American newspapers based in Los Angeles, California.

One Reply to “Ugnayan sa Sining creates wave in LA art scene

  1. Well written, Mr. Abner Galino! Thanks for your unrelenting support to us artists and the community. Now, more and more Filipino Americans want to join with us for another of this artistic endeavor. Maraming salamat to all of you media supporters–you stir the lethargic artistic landscape in the community.

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