Binhi Creatives celebrates 10 years of art collaboration

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

BINHI Creatives celebrated its 10th anniversary with an art exhibition, music and theatre performances last May 31 at Imbiss Restobar in Bacolod.

Binhi is a cultural initiative geared towards holistic human development though the different media and disciplines of art. It started in 2004 as a Saturday Visual Art workshop for the under-privileged youth in Barangay Banago, Bacolod.

The project has evolved to integrating different art disciplines in the program. Artists from different genres came to share through workshops, seminars, discussions, and forums. Many children came to learn drawing, painting, sculpting, molding, writing, reading, acting, and singing.


Being given the opportunity to express themselves, the outputs of these interactions are showcased through exhibitions, readings, and performances in different venues like museums, malls, gallery, schools, and hotels.

With no template to follow, and not enough resources for sustenance, the project continued— sustained by the different forms of support from friends and fellow artists who believed in the project’s vision.

Binhi Creatives is an artists' project utilizing the different functions of the arts for human growth, for creative transformation, as a vehicle of human expression and communication, and as a channel towards human growth and excellence.

For the past 10 years, Binhi Creatives is very privileged to have done collaborations with fellow artists from different disciplines, cultural and civic organizations in different worthwhile causes and endeavors.

It also hosted several cultural exchange activities with foreign students, artists and tourists through interactive and collaborative art-making workshops, and got invitation for workshops, seminars, collaborations, performances and travels—for free.

And the children have grown. And those who stayed are now part of the creative cycle in the spirit of volunteerism and sharing that have nurtured their creative potentials ever since. They paint, they write lays and songs, and they act as mentors of the younger Binhi Creatives kids.

During the program at Imbiss, youth members performed their original plays, songs, read poems, and supported the children with their special number. Various organizations and individuals were given recognition for the continued support and collaborations they have done together which consequently helped Binhi Creatives for the last 10 years, holding on to a positive vision of the future through art.

The event was graced by fellow artists, volunteers, friends, parents, and development and cultural workers who believe in the project’s guiding philosophy.

Terence Dacles, co-owner of Imbiss, gave the welcome address; Negros Museum executive director Tanya Lopez gave an inspirational message; musician and actor Eero Martinez was the master of ceremonies; Nicole of Mucovado Group, Ton, Kent Cepeda, Harry Pineda, and Kinenkoy, along with several friends performed during the “open mike.”

The art exhibition at Imbiss will run until June 25. It is just one of the several events in line for Binhi Creatives year-long celebration.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on June 05, 2014.


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