Category Archives: Independence Day Events

Bangkok Art Experience at the Phil. Embassy in Thailand

The Philippine Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand in partnership with MASA (Malalayang Alagad ng Sining at Adhikain) held the “SINING PINOY Sariling atin, Pagyamanin natin”, a Filipino artists visual art exhibition  last June 10 to 14,  2012. The art event coincided with the Filipino Community Barrio Fiesta celebration of the 114th Philippine Independence day at the Philippine Embassy in Bangkok Thailand.

 The exhibit featured excellent paintings of oil, acrylic, watercolor, pen and ink from  Arao Salamat,  Joel Vedad, Juan Elani Tulas, , Manorainjan Luna,   Raquel Mogado, Ibunsod Querijero, Dr. Sainuddin Moti, Sherwin Paul and Vincent Christopher Gonzales, Antonio Pelobello Jr.,  Ma. Theresa Karla Bugayong, Melanie Lou Del Villar.

The Philippine Embassy website in Bangkok reported that the exhibit also included exposition of the Maranao inspired Darangen dolls of Dr. Sainuddin Moti of Marawi City which first appeared in the Prague Quadrennial 2011 celebration in Czech Republic. Other activities  of the art project were the joint “En pleine art” session with Thai artists at Suan Luang Rama IX park and Art safari in museums and art galleries around Bangkok  The exhibit aimed to promote the Philippine art and culture, appreciate Thailand art and culture, and to develope camaraderie between Filipino and Thai artists by the means of collaboration and interaction (Source:

ARAO SALAMAT, a 30 year old Filipino visual artist/art educator/Philippine art and culture advocate is the founder of MASA and the organizer of the said art project. Congratulations to all the exhibitors, the Philippine Embassy in Thailand, partners and enthusiasts.

Photos credits to Manoranjain Luna and Juan Tulas.

Manoranjain Luna

Juan Tulas and his styro-art works

Arao Salamat and the MASA group at the Phil. Embassy in Thailand

Mano Luna

Juan Tulas Art

Philippine Embassy in Bangkok Thailand


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Araw ng Kasarinlan Special Feature by Unlimited Ilocos Prod

The blogger would like to thank Unlimited Ilocos! It was a night to remember! The special feature is a masterpiece! So sincere!  To all who came and made the AK-PID Celebration possible! Cheers!


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To Rise Above, Create!

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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