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Bacolod City showcases local talent for Arts Month

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• CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

ARTS MONTH. Bacolod Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, with Danica Joy Lagansoa, Gian Javellana, and Gilbert Montebon, broker’s manager, junior executive sales director, and junior assistant vice president of sales Megaworld Bacolod, respectively; Bacolod Chief Tourism Operations Officer Ma. Teresa Manalili, Tey lhvonie Sevilleno and Patty Jane Ong, president and treasurer of Art Association of Bacolod Negros, respectively, and Bacolod Councilor Jason Villarosa (l-r) at the opening of the 2024 National Arts Month Celebration at The Upper East House in Bacolod City Tuesday*

The City Government of Bacolod, through the Tourism Operations Office, in partnership with Megaworld Bacolod, and the Art Association of Bacolod Negros (AABN), commemorated National Arts Month from February 27 to March 1 by showcasing the diverse talents of local artists of Bacolod City.

Themed “Ani ng Sining Bacolodnon Malikhain,” the four-day event opened with a group art exhibition at The Upper East House on Feb. 27 with Bacolod Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez and Councilor Jason Villarosa as guests of honor.

Benitez said, “Arts and culture is the heart and soul of Bacolod. This is where we find the being, the substance, the essence of the city and its people.”

The participants of the two day workshop conducted by Jenevieve Abeto of the Art Association of Bacolod Negros during the National Arts Month celebration in Bacolod City at McDonalds at  The Upper East on Feb. 28 to 29*
AABN director Revo Yanson and Ryn Paul Gonzles (l-r) doing the binalaybay (poetry)*
AABN director Ramon De los Santos (left) doing a live sketch of Mayor Albee Benitez as his model*

“It is very important that we nourish our artists. We should promote and support their endeavors because this is how we define the city and its people. Rest assured we have several programs that will support and encourage their creation and development,” the mayor said during the program.

He hopes that the history of Bacolod will be known through the arts that the artists produce. “So we would like to take care of that and nurture that and we would like to make sure that they are properly representing the city and its people,” Benitez said, adding that he also hopes Bacolod could produce a national artist among its ranks.

AABN president Tey Ihvonie Sevilleno said, “In Bacolod, we are surrounded by art – we have murals everywhere, we have plays, dances, beautiful architecture. We are naturally creative and artistic because it is nothing new to us and it is so natural for us to speak the language of art.”

“Our biggest celebration here is our MassKara Festival. It was created to uplift us in times of great sadness and gloom. It was started by artists of the Art Association of Bacolod-Negros along with the city government of Bacolod. So our language of celebration is through art. We thank the mayor for always supporting us and in this 50th year of AABN, we would like to serve the city more as artists in the best way we know how, through our art,” Sevilleno added.

AABN member Pablita Nava (5th from left) whose pen and ink artworks were presented as tokens to Councilor Jason Villarosa, Mayor Albee Benitez and Bacolod Tourism Operations Officer Ma. Teresa Manalili in the presence of Sandy Solinap, AABN president Tey Savilleno*
Megaworld Lifestyle Malls general manager Tin Yusingco-Torre, AABN treasurer Patty Ong, Bacolod Councilor Em Ang, Chief Tourism Operations Officer Ma. Teresa Manalili, and AABN president Tey Sevilleno (l-r) at the fashion show event which culminated the 4-day National Arts Month celebration in Bacolod City Friday*
The fashion designers with their models*
Chief Tourism Operations Officer of Bacolod Ma. Teresa Manalili (left) with Councilor Jason Villarosa and Mayor Albee Benitez (9th and 14th from left) with the participating artists* Megaworld photo

A live-sketching session by Ramon Delos Santos and Binalaybay (poetry) by Ryn Paul Gonzles and Revo Yanson followed the formal opening.

A two-day art workshop was conducted by AABN member Jenevieve Abeto on Feb. 28 and 29 at McDonald’s at The Upper East, attended by Arts and Design students of La Consolacion College on the first day, and city department heads and Megaworld officers and staff on the second day.

Capping the 2024 National Arts Month celebration was a fashion show on March 1 at The Upper East directed by Dwight Rosslyn Morana Jr., where local artists/designers Princy Martir, Chrysee Samillano, Doreen Dofitas, February Cheryl and Mari Zayco participated, as well as Patty Jane Ong, who conceptualized the show.

Cultural performers included hiphop group STI West Street Camp West Negros University, Johpong & Psyke, hiphop group Counterclockwise, during a  program hosted by Ericka and Joshua from the Bacolod PIO.

Present at the culminating activity were Bacolod Councilor Em Ang, Chief Bacolod Tourism Operations Officer Ma. Teresa Manalili and Tin Yusingco-Torre, Megaworld Lifestyle Malls general manager.

Ang said the City of Bacolod is in tune with the recent passing of Republic Act No. 11904, which recognizes the creative industry sector, and is in full support of all the artists in the city.*

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