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Silaynon artists mark group’s silver anniversary

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• CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

EXHIBIT. National Historical Commission-Negros Occidental chairman Solomon Locsin, Art Association of Bacolod past president Beth Gaston-Puey, TLS host Leilani Salem-Alba, and Silay City Mayor Joedith Gallego (l-r, front row) with SUGA co-founder Sony Golez and Silay Vice Mayor Mynard Thomas Ledesma (2nd row) at the opening of “SUGA@Twenty Five” art exhibition in Silay City on Sunday*

The Silay United Group of Artists (SUGA) marked its 25th anniversary with a group art exhibition titled “SUGA@Twenty Five”, at the Silay Arts Space and Showroom, Puericulture Center, Silay City last Sunday.

Guests of honor at the opening were Silay Mayor Joedith Gallego, Vice Mayor Mynard Thomas Ledesma, National Historical Commission – Negros Occidental chairman Solomon Locsin, and former ABS-CBN Bacolod manager and TLS host Leilani Salem-Alba.

The exhibition is a collaboration of seasoned and emerging talents, resulting in a tapestry of beautiful art pieces.

“This is a commemorative event bridging the past and future, weaving together diverse perspectives to forge a path of artistic unity. As we reflect on a quarter-century of shared passion, the exhibition stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of the Silay United Group of Artists,” a statement from the group said.

Kiara Javines, Jehu Peria, Jason Belleza, Jade Clarence Susper, Rainer Cosas, Ian Valladarez, Sony Golez, Silay Vice Mayor Tom Ledesma, Mayor Joedith Gallego, Leilanie Salem-Alba, Lester Givera, Edsie Valladarez, Kyle Christian Britanico, Zildjian Bacnutan, and Judie Mariz Vega (l-r)*
Art Association of Bacolod-Negros artists Sandy Solinap, Sony Golez, Beth Puey, Princy Martir, Konica Faustino  Mei Lonasco, Rose Jemino, Sol Alejandrino, Ramon Delos Santos, Ryn Paul Gonzales, and Noby Juno (l-r)*
SUGA president Ian Valladarez with his wife Edsie Sazon-Valladarez, and daughter Princess Arya, 8, with her artwork in polymer clay behind them*
From left, “Manuglibud” by Rainer Cosas; metal sculptures of Noby Juno; clay sculptures of Ramon Delos Santos; and “Maayong Hapon” acrylic on banig by Zildjian Bacnutan*

SUGA was founded by Corazon “Sony” Golez, past president of the Art Association of Bacolod-Negros, and Jack Gamboa in 1991, under the umbrella of the Silay City Arts Council, Inc.

SUGA president Ian Valladarez recalled that their debut exhibition was held at Balay Negrense on February 21, 1999, entitled SUGA: The Beginning, followed by numerous group exhibitions throughout the years in Silay, Bacolod, Cebu and Manila.

The group will continue to be the bearers of light in the years to come, inspiring and supporting the younger generation of Silaynon artists, Valladarez added.*

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