Batanes artists featured in Baguio

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

BATANES artists were featured in the highlands.

Batanes artists like Yaru nu Artes Ivatan, Xavier Abelador, Arsy Evangelista, Gerald Gonzales, Virgilio Gordo, Victoria Abad-Kerblat, Leslie Joy Merina, Marrel Pajanil, Javier Ponce, Jaypee Portez and Mary Grace Santos came together at the Tam-Awan Village Gallery in a group show dubbed as "U Viyay di Vatan (The Ivatan Way of life)."

The artists of Yaru nu Artes Ivatan were challenged to capture the ways of Ivatan in their daily life to canvas. Ten artists rendered different versions of the theme in their own distinctive style, colors and composition.


Chanum Foudation president Jordan Mang-osan opened the doors of the Tam-Awan Village Gallery for the Batanes artists in their first exhibition in Baguio City.

"We want to give a chance for the Batanes artists to have their works exhibited in Tam -Awan Village that is why we have given them the first slot of the year," Mang-osan said.

The exhibit opened Saturday, January 11, and will run until February 7.

Chanum Foundation aimed to make the Tam-Awan Village Gallery a venue for fellow artists all over the country to display their works as well as to promote the Cordilleran culture.

Yaru nu Artes Ivatan is an association of artists from Batanes whose mission is to help make the arts an eco-friendly industry for sustainable livelihood that supports the indigenous culture and heritage of the islands.

The native dwellers of Batanes call themselves Ivatan. Located at the extreme northern part of the Philippines, Batanes is isolated from the mainland. Composed of 10 islands, Batan, Itbayat and Sabtang are the only islands inhabited. This province boasts its unique landscapes and seascapes.

The majestic mountains, the green hills, the clear waters that surrounds the island, these are the traits of a virgin place, far from other islands that are over industrialized and inhabited.

Aside from the beauty of Batanes, what makes the island unique is the culture and heritage that is pristine to this day. The Ivatans basically lead a simple way of life.

The Ivatan vernacular house made of limestone, hatch and cogon roofs is the common home for their family. Fishing and farming are the main foundations of livelihood.

In Batanes the Yaru Gallery and Art Shop is located along National Road of Basco, the first and sole Art gallery in Batanes, established last February 2011 by Yaru nu Artes Ivatan in partnership with Pacita Abad Center for the Arts, an art program under Jorge, Aurora and Pacita Abad Foundation through Victoria Abad - Kerblat.

This cooperative gallery is managed and owned by the local artist.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 13, 2014.

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