At long last, I made it to the Andres Art Gallery in “The Balikbayan Town of the Philippines,” Bacarra, Ilocos Norte. The museum used to be the living room of the Andres residence. Like a lost child in a candy store, I didn’t know where to lay my eyes upon. The fabulous artworks were made by Mandell Andres, a Bacarreño, who has moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, back in the mid-70’s after graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Santo Tomas. The “creative and persevering” Mandell, according to sister Norma Castro (the museum administrator), has loved the arts since childhood and has enhanced his skills through a Studio Arts Program at the prestigious Honolulu Academy of Arts which houses priceless art pieces reflecting the unique multicultural heritage of Hawaii.
The artist has since won numerous awards, had his own solo exhibits, been presented in various exhibits all over Hawaii and also in other states.
To appreciate more of Mandell’s fine artwork, visit the Andres Art Gallery, Rizal Blvd., Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.
*With special thanks to Ms. Norma A. Castro
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