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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Psychedelic dreams

Multi-awarded multimedia artist, Roedil “Joe” Geraldo, of Talisay City in Negros Occidental, is exhibiting 30 artworks that delve into a world, descriptive of a dreamer’s vision, “caught in exchange between experience and the experience”.

His recent take on figures, space, and perception are showcased in his series, titled “Psychedelic Dream in a Wild World”, that opened January 11 at The Negros Museum in Bacolod City, and will run until Jan. 30.

The artist is known mostly for his powerful terracotta sentinels and his mastery in multi-dimension arts that are made evident in his pseudo-surreal paintings and drawings.

“In a state of consciousness, the images we see trigger how we feel in a dream state, how we feel triggers the images our minds create. In a particular sense, what we see around us and how we see them initiate recollection more than familiarity. So that our manner of perceiving where we are has a lot more to do with our memories than it does with the actual visual plane” Geraldo said.*

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Himamaylan to celebrate
Himaya Festival March 25-31

Himamaylan will celebrate the first-ever “Himaya Festival”, from March 25-31, following the passage of an ordinance restoring and renaming the city’s official fiesta celebration, its press release said.

City Ordinance 2020-01, sponsored by Councilor Janet Villafranca, restored March 31st as the fiesta date, in commemoration of the charter anniversary of the city. The measure was passed unanimously by the Sangguniang Panlungsod yesterday and approved by Mayor Rogelio Raymund Tongson Jr. on the same day.

“Himaya Festival is celebrated in thanksgiving for the gift of Cityhood and the prosperity and progress that comes with it,” Tongson said.

Himaya Festival will integrate, for the first time, the rich history of Himamaylan and the strategic reef-to-ridge geography of one of the oldest settlements in Negros Island, the press release said.

Among the featured events will be a Mardi Gras-inspired float parade, the lively beats of Patik Kawayan or percussion instruments made out of local bamboo varieties, and the first-ever Shellfish Festival to highlight the bounty of coastal resources and the thrust for sustainable development.

The Municipality of Himamaylan was converted into a City on March 31, 2001 following the signing of Republic Act 9028, by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, that was ratified through a plebiscite supported by 98 percent of voters, the press release added.*

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Himamaylan to celebrate Himaya Festival March 25-31
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