Opening of the Ortigas Art Festival 2022 in Pasig City

ByJames I. Robertson

Jul 12, 2022

“Art has the power to connect people and lift spirits, especially in difficult times”

Text and photos by Dexter R. Matilla

Filipino artistry was on full display at the launch of the Ortigas Arts Festival 2022 recently at the East Wing of Estancia in Pasig City. On three floors, paintings, sculptures, photographs and even dresses showcase the overflowing creativity of Filipinos, young and old.

Now in its fifth year, Ortigas Arts Festival remains true to its goal of making art accessible to everyone.

Present at the opening of Ortigas Art Festival are (from left) Atty. Michael David Abundo 3rd, Vice President of Ortigas Land; Maritas Ortigas; Francie Castañeda-Lacanilao, director and founder of The Learning Tree; Liza Diño, President of the Film Development Council of the Philippines; Renato Habulan, Principal Curator of the Ortigas Art Festival; architect Renee Bacani, vice president of Ortigas Malls; Atti. Jeronimo Manzanero, administrator of the city of Pasig; Angelu De Leon-Rivera, Pasig City Councilman and Chairman of the Culture, Arts and Tourism Committee; Helen Mirasol, consultant to the Ortigas Art Festival; Gil Granado, President of the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines; Ramon Santos, national artist for music; Dindin Araneta, President of the Visual Arts Committee of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts; and Davee Zuñiga, CFO of Ortigas Land

“We believe art has the power to connect people and uplift their spirits, especially in difficult times,” Arch said. Renee Bacani, Vice President of Ortigas Malls. “We have proven that when we have run the festival for the two years under a pandemic… and now that we are slowly recovering and embracing the new normal, we believe there is no better time to show that the Filipino art is alive and well and is for everyone to enjoy. »

Ortigas Arts Festival will run until August 7, with the month-long event showcasing the many mediums of art, including painting, sculpture, film, photography, performing arts and the fashion. Local galleries include Agos Studios, Bastedor Art Project, Vmeme Contemporary Art Gallery, Linangan Art Residency, Red Lab Gallery, Thombayan Art Space and Makiling Art Studio, as well as renowned visual artists Rita Bustamante and Rico Lascano.

A special exhibit on National Music Artist Ramon Santos, a pride of the city of Pasig and the most prominent name in contemporary Filipino music, is also featured on the second floor.

The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and Born in Film will present retrospectives and nightly screenings of restored Filipino films and national artists. The public is also invited to participate in the 2nd vertical cinema competition during the festival.

Ballet Works Manila performed at the opening and will have another performance on July 31, while the Association of Fashion Designers of the Philippines will present some of its best designs and creations.

Artwork by Learning Tree Child Growth Center alumni, teachers, and students from preschool, elementary, and high school will also be on display through the ArtisTree. There will also be painting, 3D art, paper cutting, paper sculpture, pottery and oil pastel workshops.

Ortigas Community Card members can also enjoy a special pottery session led by Big Mac. Signing up for a membership card can be done by downloading the Ortigas Malls mobile app.

“What we want in this year’s iteration is to introduce Filipinos to the works of some of the country’s best while sparking their interest and appreciation for Filipino art,” said Helen Mirasol, Patron and Co-Founder of Ortigas Art Festival.

“This year’s festival paints a broader picture of Filipino art where we encompass more art forms,” ​​adds Renato “Mang Ato” Habulan, chief curator of the festival. “We want to showcase the diversity of talent in many disciplines that Filipino artists have and we are honored to showcase all of that and more through this year’s exhibition.”

Admission to the Ortigas Art Festival is free. For the full festival schedule, follow Ortigas Art Festival on Facebook and visit its website for the latest information on upcoming events and activities.

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