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To Rise Above, Create!

06 Aug

We had a KKK + K in 2011.

Kasaysayan (history). Kamalayan (awareness). Kalayaan (independence/freedom). KaARTehan.

Using visual arts and music as a medium, we converged to underline arts in social change and national transformation. The role of arts is essential to social engagement, volunteerism and community.

The  celebration of the 113th Philippine Independence Day obliged us to organized the Araw ng Kasarinlan: An Arts, Poetry and OPM Rock Exhibit last June 11.  Organized by the Maharlika Artists and Writers Ilocos in cooperation with Giannis and the Office of Hon. Portia Salenda, Board member and Chairman of the Committee on Tourism of the Province of Ilocos Norte, the AK project succeeded in facilitating the arts and music independence day project.

Alaric Yanos photography. 2011

The AK event featured the works of promising artists in the visual arts and local rock Ylocos. Held at Giannis Resto, about 30 art works were exhibited and 7 local bands performed. The Shotpoof production also launched its Twigs and Stones short film project and  a local  environment advocacy group, the Green Ilocos Norte Network and Advocacy Inc had a ‘powerful’ point presentation.  The bands  Proyekto, Afterfive, Dominant, Bonamanok, Bear and Bones played a a lot of OPM rock and orig songs. Vigan based bands also came to strut the evening.

The art works of Juan Tulas, John Louie Rivera, Wilhelmina Impat, Rionell Victor Rivera, Jelhelmina Real, Basilio Rea, Arao Salamat, Jasper Andres, Richard Quebral, Emil Querobin, Mark Tandayog Darwin Yadao, Joriel Guerrero and Jefferson Baclig were featured in the evening.

The Ballasiw Unlimited Production, an Ilocos based video production group, featured the event in a special video documentary project of Unlimited Ilocos. The special feature was aired for a week in a local cable TV. The proceeds of the AK event will also benefit selected disadvantaged schools in the province of Ilocos Norte.

The local organizers is currently coordinating with a school in the Municapality of Vintar as beneficiary of the AK’s Arts for Children Empowerment project.

The organizers would like to thank Bokal Portia Salenda, Alaric Yanos of iclick photography, Jonathan Lafradez, Humanities students of Northwestern University, Green Ilocos Norte Network and Advocacy Inc., Proyekto, Hymnus, Judelyn Cruz, Sherry jane De Lira, Juan Tulas and John Rivera, MAWF National, Terry Flores, facebook friends, Unlimited Ilocos, etc. To all, Dios ti Agngina! See you again next year!

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