BAGUIO CITY, June 5(PIA) – The wonderful man-made architectural structures in the Cordillera region and the other provinces in the country are the main feature of the 8th edition of the Tam-awan International Arts Festival here recently.
In collaboration with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Chanum Foundation again gathered more than a hundred artists from all over the country and even from abroad to the annual art festival series at the Tam-awan Village on May 17 – 21.
Chanum Foundation President Jordan Mangosan said that the staging of the 8th TIAF reaches out to the whole country making way for presentations from the far northern Ivatan houses of Batanes to the southern Balanghai boathouses of Mindanao.
“Artists from all over the country gathered in the small village to learn and share their knowledge on the different architectural designs and structures nationwide highlighting the Cordillera structures such as the native huts of the various tribes and provinces,” Mangosan said.
Saint Louis University Museum curator Ike Picpican kicked of the talks during the TIAF with the presentation and discussion on the Cordillera homes while Architect Mico Manalo discussed the infrastructure guidelines for UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Cordilleras.
Ruth Elyn Dino, Historical coordinator of Tublay, Benguet talked about the Bangkilay or the traditional ceremonial structure of the Ibaloys.
Mountain Province and Kalinga Peace Pact Holder Floro Wageyen talked on the ‘Dap-ay’ which functions as a political, economic and religious unit in the community. It is used to refer to an open meeting place made of stone slabs where a bonfire is usually set at its center, it also refers to the group of elders who serve as the governing body in the community, pre-existing any modern-day form of government.
Other speakers included Butuanon Visual Artist Renante Dublois on the Balanghai Boat History with the Balangays invaluable contribution in the realm of navigation and Filipino craftsmanship while cultural heritage promotions, research and development art manager and professor, Dr. Oliver Rabara, discussed Local Indigenousness of Vigan architecture.
Roland Cruz, Volkswagen Collectibles Museum director and Ayala Museum assistant manager for exhibition design tackled Science of Exhibition Design, and NCCA Visual Artist Committee head Egai Talusan Fernandez shared about Art Into the Mainstream.
Workshops by artists from other regions also were showcased including the Bahay Buhay… Buhay Bahay by the Philippine Arts Educators Association, the Wire Sculpture by Don Reich De Dios, Kapampangan based cultural worker who focuses his visual expression with the use of contemporary media, and the Ivatan House by the Batanes Cultural Workers, a group of local artists, art educators and musicians that promote the culture and heritage of Batanes.
Aside from the various talks of artists and experts, the Tam-awan artists also hosted the art workshop for students and other artists particularly on oil pastel by Alfonso Dato and Jayson Duclan; mono print by Art Lozano Mark Tandoyog and Alfred Dato; acrylic painting on stones by Herwin Buccat and Lester Rodriguez; Dream catcher and God’s eye making by Lily Villanueva, Jen Lorenzo and Luisa Galang; Kusudama Lantern Making by Tara Natividad; Sand Art by Edwin Macadaeg and Solar drawing by Jordan Mangosan assisted by Gretta Apolinar and Marilyn Bulayo.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan commended the Chanum Foundation and the Tam-awan artists for sustaining the Arts Festival which gathers various artists from all over the country to let them see the rich culture, arts and tradition of the Cordillera region.
He also assured support to the artists’ group and their endeavors as they are partners for development particularly on culture, arts and even tourism in the city.
For eight years now, Tam-awan Village hosted art festivals with different themes, promoted arts and culture, welcomed local and international artists and created a big network of friends-galleries, educators, art enthusiasts and more. (JDP/RMC-PIA CAR & UC Interns)