The past two weeks have been incredibly eventful in Baguio’s art scene. In total, we’ve gone to four different art exhibit openings, which just goes to show that our beloved city is continuously teeming with artistic life and is showing no signs of slowing down. Jumpstarting our little artventure this October was Pamana, an art exhibit in celebration of Indigenous People’s Month.
Here’s a little background on Indigenous People’s Month, since we don’t recall being taught this in school (though it is now a realization to us that we should have been). The Malacañang Palace ordained October as Indigenous People’s Month on 2009. This was in addition to the recognition of the Indigenous People’s Rights Act, which had been in effect since 1997. Proclamation 1906 states:
WHEREAS,.. the month of October should be declared in the context of Philippine Indigenous Peoples’ Rights as the month of people’s participation in the celebration and preservation of Indigenous Cultural Communities as part of the Life of the Nation.
Definitely a cause for celebration. And one of the ways we can celebrate this is through art, and what better place to do that than in V.O.C.A.S., La Azotea Building, complete with a ceremonious opening reception filled with dancing, music, chanting, and a few other Cordilleran rituals.
An overwhelming number of artists, both in and out of the Cordileras, both young and umm…gracefully aged, participated in the Pamana art exhibit, which is now on its third year.
Each of the artists who joined the exhibit brought to the table their own special take on the topic of indigenous culture through their unique combinations of portraits, patterns, symbolism, colors, icons, and overall craftsmanship. Which just goes to show that the indigenous cultures and societies in the Cordilleras, and even the Philippines are rich and vibrant, and should be not just celebrated but also protected and preserved.
Let art move you. If you haven’t yet, check out the Pamana exhibit at V.O.C.A.S., Oh My Gulay, La Azotea Building, Session Road. The exhibit will run until November 4, 2016.