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Solo art exhibit delves into mother-child bond

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Brenda Tenk, Fred Orig, Isabel Vill Abrille and Edbon Sevilleno (l-r) at the opening of Orig’s show “Pasiplat sa Iloy” at the Gallery G, Villa Geronca Bldg, Bacolod City Saturday; at right, Brenda Tenk, Edbon Sevilleno and Isabel Vill Abrilee (l-r)*

“There is no word in this world that can describe the love between mother and child.”

The mother and child bond is the subject being explored by Visayan artist Fred Orig in his ongoing solo art exhibit, having been inspired by the “Madonna and Child” of Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo.

Titled “Pasiplat sa Iloy”, the month-long show opened Saturday at the Gallery G, Villa Geronca Building, Rosario-Amapola streets, Bacolod City, with Brenda Tenk and Isabel Vill Abrille as guests of honor.

Orig discovered his talent in drawing while he was yet a grade school student and even made his own toys out of empty milk boxes and scraps of plywood at a young age. He also sculpts and has been painting women or mothers and children as subjects for almost 32 years.

Mike Borromeo, Rachel Gonzales, Revo Yanson, Maria Jimenez, Ryn Paul Gonzales, Maymay Camarines, Edbon Sevilleno, Gigi Villamor, Brenda Tenk, Isabel Vill Abrille, Zach Guanzon and Fred Orig (l-r)*
Revo Yanson, Ernie and Jean Claud, and Edbon Sevilleno (l-r)*
Gigi Villamor, Jay Tabligan, Maymay Camarines, Mike Borromeo, Ryn Paul Gonzales, Zechariah Guanzon Jr., and Leny Yanson (l-r)*

He started working at an Art and Sign painting shop which honed his artistic skills, particularly in painting, and after having developed confidence in his craft, he pursued working as a cinema “karatula” painter for 18 years, where he learned more techniques creating large scale paintings.

Samples of his murals can be found at the Art District in Brgy. Mandalagan, Bacolod City.

In 1980, he was invited to join Iloilo-based art groups like the “Iloilo Hugpong Art Association” and “Hubon Madiaas: The Panay Art Association.”

“Mother and Child Series 1, 2 and 3”*

He later became a full-time freelance artist and because of hard work, passion and dedication to his art, he started gaining awards and recognitions from local and international art competitions he participated in.

Orig is also an active member of the Art Association of Bacolod-Negros.*


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March 2024

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