A school to learn how to break rules and take risks

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Lucky are the kids who are able to develop their innate creativity. It is the whole idea behind the Special Program in the Arts (SPA) of the Ilocos Norte National High School. At this time, the only middle school program in the province designed to nurture imagination, artistry and confidence as well as impart technical skills. The program turns 10 this year, and it has produced world-class talents such as the multi-awarded Samiweng Singers.

I have so much respect for the institution. And the refreshing freedom of artistic expression if we were to talk about last night’s recital and exhibit.

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Visual Artist Mike Kairuz Is So Back

Mike Kairuz

When I featured Ilocano visual artist Mike Kairuz in 2010 (here), it was after a random visit at his home. At the launch of his own exhibit at the Samtoy Books in the La Tabacalera Ilocano Lifestyle Center last night, I was finally able to take photos of him and his art. I didn’t know he left his tools only to come back after four years of absence in the art scene. Once an artist, always an artist. But Mike’s got new verve.

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If you look closely into the painting, Begin The Journey, you’d notice a woman with an umbrella, kind of resembling Imelda, and a Pablo Picasso-like figure on the other side. There’s also a calesa which could fit into the entrance of the legendary Laoag Sinking Bell Tower.

Mike has added a child to his tres Marias. He wishes to do an all black and white series next.

“Four Years After” Multiple Perspectives runs until the 12th of December.

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My blogger bestie, Marianne Gaces Pasion. We tend to meet  unexpectedly. She took some of the photos.

Thought Journals

Thought Journals!

Samtoy BooksPhoto by Marianne Pasion

It was nice to have met another artist, Nicole Rudio. I chanced upon her beautiful work at Samtoy Books in August.  I’m looking forward to meet with her again for a feature in the blog.

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I also got to meet the bookstore’s gracious manager, Gee Foronda Diaros.

Red and Blue

Complementing each other, Eric Cayetano is a musician/videographer. Aren’t they a lovely couple?

With Stella Gaspar

I’ve known Stella Gaspar since about 8 years ago, here in the net:) She’s all grown up.

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Photographed by Eugene, Gee, Marianne and Blauearth
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Revisiting Nature and Art in Baguio’s Tam-awan Village

Village Gallery

Alexa couldn’t be happier getting her dose of art and culture in a green setting. Chanum Foundation’s Tam-awan Village was set up by national artist BenCab in 1998. It has been bolstered up over the years. We failed to catch solar painter Jordan Mang-osan, who guided us when the Cordillera village garden was in its infancy stage. The colors of the environs are more saturated, fetching happy spiritedness.

From time to time, art exhibits, workshops and cultural events are facilitated by Benguet local artists. The Ifugao and Kalinga huts are adorned with contemporary artwork, reflecting the dynamic culture of the Cordilleran peoples. There are small fees to be paid to help sustain this estimable project of preserving culture as a fresher means for the enjoyment of younger generations.

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The cafe and crafts shop has grown bigger and better. They have an interesting, very current menu of crisp upland salads, crepes, sandwiches and native meals such as pinikpikan. Still the same excellent brewed local coffee that Reny loves. I don’t know how many times his cup was refilled with coffee and great memories of mountain biking under Benguet’s killer road conditions back in the 90s. Brandon was absorbing the advetures in the cantilever brake era, while Alexa seized the chance to sit for portraits by artists Jenny and Alfred for the price of one.

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The huts are up for lodging.

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Tam-awan Village 366-C Pinsao Proper, Baguio City Tel. No: (074) 446 2949/442-5553

Photographed by Alexa, Brandon and Blauearth
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