Bohol Art Expo opens at National Museum Bohol

By PIMO | 09:23 PM July 11, 2023

The annual Bohol Art Expo officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) -Bohol on July 9, 2023, featuring a showcase of artworks created by 19 Boholano Artists.

Now in its 3rd year, the Bohol Art Expo is an annual exhibit highlighting talented Boholano visual artists. This year’s celebration features 18 original artworks from different art mediums, from painting to sculpting. 

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was led by Supervising Administrative Officer John Maraguinot, who represented Governor Aris Aumentado in the activity, NM-Bohol’s OIC Rachelle Lacea, the Provincial Government of Bohol’s Center for Culture and Arts Development OIC Emerson Pinos, and the Bohol Arts and Cultural Heritage Council’s Visual Arts Committee Vice Chair Guy Ido-Bernaldez, with the 19 artists featured in the exhibit. An opening ritual called Paudjong was performed in the event to bless the art work.

During his inspirational message, Maraguinot emphasized the significant role of art development and cultural-enriching activities in the Province as part of the current administration’s Strategic Change Agenda to empower Boholanos and give them a sense of pride with their heritage. Maraguinot added now that Bohol Island is a UNESCO-designated Global Geopark, the Provincial Government is shifting Bohol’s branding from a top tourist destination in the country to a smart and sustainable province that values its tangible and intangible cultural heritage.

Also in the event was the unveiling of Nene Uy’s Sandugo (1958), a painting depicting the blood compact between Datu Sikatuna and Spanish Conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi, loaned from the Bohol Provincial Library and Information Center.

The Bohol Art Expo is one of the events under the Bibo stream (festivals and pageantry) of the Sandugo sa Bohol 2023, which aims Boholanos to engage in fun activities that celebrates the Province’s culture and traditions. This exhibit is open to the public for viewing from July 9 to August 6, 2023. (PiMO/GMC)

Vincent Omar Dagdayan- My entry for this year’s Sandugo Bohol Art Expo titled “Halad” is an acrylic rendition of the interior image of St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral in Tagbilaran CIty. It’s evident Neo Roman Architecture is characterized by corbelled arches and streamlined windows. The interior ceiling paintings have undergone a major restoration leaving no trace of the original ceiling paintings and motiffs.This painting will someday become a testimony of the artistic past of the cathedral.

Rio Cabahug- Thank you for this wonderful event and such an honor to being part of this year’s Bohol Art Expo 2023. This is my 2nd time around of being part of the said event. Proud to say “Naka-exhibit na gyud ko sa museum! National Museum Bohol pagyud!”

Studio Anna- KARYAPA, 2023
Mixed Media on Canvas

Karyapa, the first recorded poetess-Babaylan in Philippine History is a Boholana. Accdg to researcher Dr. Jes Tiro, Karyapa prophesied about the end of Dapitan Kingdom in poetic verses and it did happen. There are also accounts saying that our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, himself found the name Karyapa in Antonio de Morga’s Sucesos de las Islas Filipinas.

The main subject is a personal interpretation of Karyapa, the background details are based on the research of Tutor and Luspo- Visual Motifs of Pre-Colonial Pottery in Bohol, the sketches on artifacts of the burial jars found in Mabini and Anda and some are currently displayed in the National Museum Bohol.

I chose this subject to bring awareness to the younger generations about the life and culture of Boholanos before Colonization, the rich culture of the lumad na Boholanos should be celebrated every Sandugo Festival.

Currently displayed at the National Museum Bohol for the Bohol Art Expo 2023

Bisita and support local Boholano Artists.

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