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The sense of wonder

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As a university professor teaching fine arts, I normally read art books to prepare for my lessons; philosophy to challenge myself intellectually, especially when I took it up for my master’s degree and, now that I’m back again in graduate school enrolled in cinema studies, books on film history and aesthetics. Whenever I have time [...]

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Middleman in the art market

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Artists can be too trusting and they hate doing paperwork and dealing with money. They try to avoid these hassles by leaving money matters to other people whom they trust. These people can be gallerists and art dealers. In other words, middlemen. The business of art thrives because of middlemen. But some of them are [...]

Posted: December 22nd, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Surge of sympathy

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First, it was about the magnitude 7.2 earthquake and its series of aftershocks. Then it was the twisters. But when finally we started posting on Facebook about the supertyphoon Yolanda, our friends abroad couldn’t believe it anymore. The string of disasters happening to a place within less than a month’s interval was just too much. [...]

Posted: November 24th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Support ‘Art Quake’

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In 2011, we joined a group of volunteers from the University of San Carlos sent to Cagayan de Oro City to conduct stress debriefing for survivors of the flashfloods during typhoon Sendong. The team went around the evacuation camps to talk to the victims, many of whom were still obviously coping with trauma. We conducted [...]

Posted: November 17th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Old cemeteries

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For some reason, I have always been attracted to old cemeteries. There’s something in the little necropolis that arouses a mix of curiosity, aesthetic delight, nostalgia and dread. Desolate, quiet and far away from social constraints that condemn the living, the old public cemeteries provide refuge to the homeless, illicit lovers, junkies, criminals and other [...]

Posted: November 3rd, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Unbearable darkness

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If there’s anything positive about the recent earthquake, it is how its combined effect of great shock and awe has induced in us a strong scientific curiosity. Suddenly, we are jolted into the realization of how little we know about the world we live in. Everything seems shrouded in mystery and we grope for some [...]

Posted: October 27th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

The hazards of smiling

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The first thing that Remy Rault and Julien Harmel, our French friends here in Cebu, warned us before we left for our exhibit and residency in France, was not to smile too much at people there. Unlike Pinoys who never fail to smile even when they are in the middle of a calamity, the French [...]

Posted: October 20th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Bisdak art in France

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Since we arrived here in Paris, France, last September 9, our group of nine Cebuano artists has not wasted a minute of our month-long stay here to try to learn as much as we can about French art and culture and likewise use our works to give Parisians a glimpse of Cebu. The first few [...]

Posted: October 6th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Mugna Paris

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A group of Cebuano artists has been invited by the mayor of Paris, Michele Blumenthal, and Frederic de Beauvoir of the Parisian gallery Le 100 Etablissement Culturel Solidaire, for exhibitions and residency there in September this year. The artists will be joining the “12×12”, a yearly art festival held in Paris, which is participated in [...]

Posted: August 11th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

A hundred flowers bloom

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Last weekend found me coming back to Nanning City in Guangxi, China for the fourth time as I joined artists from China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in the first China-ASEAN Expo Art Exchange Program. The CAEXPO is a yearly summit hosted by China in Nanning City for the member nations of the [...]

Posted: August 4th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

The great wave

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As they worked to widen a road in the campus, backhoes have carved a portion of the hill near our college building in the University of San Carlos – Talamban so neatly that it left a wall of exposed limestone, so white it looked like a wall of a gallery. The idea of an accidental [...]

Posted: July 14th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Before I die

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As she comes home to Cebu after 13 years of living in the United States to take care of her ailing mother, my former teacher Ploi Pagdalian dreads the fact that she has very little time left to be with her mom who is now over 80 years old. She thus uses the few remaining [...]

Posted: February 17th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Doomsday ride

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Exactly eight days since the day the world was supposed to end, we went biking early morning here in Surigao City to the safest place if Armageddon did happen.

Posted: December 30th, 2012 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

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