By Elizabeth Esguerra Castillo

The creation of a masterpiece in art is a journey itself. “Art is who we are and what we do and what we need. Art isn’t a result; it’s a journey and the challenge of our time is to find a journey worth of our heart and soul.”

    ARTipolo staged a successful opening ceremony of “Isang Dekada Makulay na Paglalakbay sa Sining” A Fundraising Visual Arts Exhibit for the benefit of The PARC Foundation last February 17, 2024, at ARTablado in Robinsons Antipolo, City of Antipolo.

In celebration of its 10th Year Anniversary this February, the group exhibit showcases the finest Filipino artistry of today.  A symphony of vibrant hues, the exhibit is a collective gathering of art pieces by ARTipolo Visual Artists with varying signature art styles, who have come up together to display an eclectic array of intricate and titillating artworks creating a harmonious fusion of their masterpieces. Every brushstroke and hue tell us a story and how the artist perceives the world around him/her.

The group art exhibit displays an eye-catching collection of contemporary art pieces which reflect the modern world as the artists seek to bring awareness and challenge their viewers to another perspective or view of issues from our modern world. Interesting and head-turning artworks adorned the four corners of ARTablado leaving visitors amazed and in awe.

Guests of Honor who graced the event were: Dr. Corazon Lacerna, representative of Gov. Nina Ricci Ynares, Mar Bacani, OIC of the Department of Tourism-Antipolo, Councilor Agnes Oldan of the 2nd District of Antipolo, and former Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Roldan Gorgonio.

Each one expressed full support of the local government to the different art and cultural activities of ARTipolo which helps in the promotion of the local tourism of Antipolo City. They also congratulated the artists who are considered as stalwarts of change in society as they express their sentiments through their masterpieces.

Pol Mesina, Jr. Founder and President of ARTipolo gave his speech stating his gratitude to the City Government of Antipolo’s support and of their other supporters through the years and reiterated the mission of ARTipolo which is not just an art group but an advocacy. Lorie Grace “Cookie” Marquez, Corporate Public Relations Manager of Robinsons Land gave an inspiring message for the artists and expressed the continuous support of ARTablado to ARTipolo. Atty. Yam Tamayo led the invocation and her daughter, Danielle Simone “Dani” T. Arceo served as the Host of the event.

Participating ARTipolo Artists include: Amado Ongtauco, Ariel Purca, Bernardo Matias, Cha Mapaje Baladjay, Dolores van Duijvenbode, Edward Sato, Elizabeth Esguerra Castillo, Feng Eustaquio Villanueva, Fernando Regencia, Gem Yonzon Blanco, Genevieve V. Guevarra, Grace Gerona Evangelista, Isagani Cruz, Jayson Tejada, Jojo Figueroa Javier, Mac Baladjay, Mae Dy De Veyra, Maiya Balboa, Mark Anthony Navida, Maxi Cajayon Tungol, Nelson Francisco, Ninskidoodles, Rod Talde, Romel M. Reyes, Roland Tulay, Sonny Perida, and Vivian Nocum Limpin.

Get a glimpse of their captivating masterpieces as you visit “Isang Dekada Makulay na Paglalakbay sa Sining a Fundraising Visual Arts Exhibit for the Benefit of The PARC Foundation at ARTablado, Upper Ground Floor, Main Mall of Robinsons Antipolo, City of Antipolo.

Exhibit runs until February 29, 2024.