BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO
A group art exhibit titled “Handuraw: Reminiscing the Past” opened at the Negros Museum in Bacolod City Tuesday to mark the 25th anniversary of the museum.
The exhibit, that reflects on the rich history, culture, customs and traditions of the Philippines on canvass, showcases the works of members of the Art Association of Bacolod-Negros led by its president Leah Divino-Samson.
The show that will run until June also displays the works of Fred Orig, Dennis Valenciano, Edbon and SvetSevilleno, RevoYanson, Alexis Monfort, Rodney Martinez Ryn Paul Gonzales, TiboDeocades, Gigi Villamor, Mike Borromeo, JM Valenciano and Charlaine Amour Barrido.
Tanya Lopez, executive director of the museum, said the show is also part of their celebration of the Philippine Quincentennial activity. So it is very timely that March 16 marks the arrival of the Spaniards to the Philippines.
Samson, meanwhile, said their works depict the lifestyle of Filipinos in the early days – how they went about their daily lives. “It is said that history is our greatest teacher. If we don’t learn from our history we might be repeating the same mistakes committed by our ancestors all over again. So we should adopt good practices by learning from their experience,” she said.*