By Kelly Ramos
PRESS RELEASE: The Panit-Bukog 5 (PB5) Mindanao contemporary art exhibition will open with three dates and venues this year. It will start with an exhibition on 8 September 2023 at the Fr Francisco Demetrio Gallery at the Museo de Oro, Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City. A second exhibition follows on 9 September 2023 at the Carmen Art District in # 20 A Fernandez corner Mahogany Sts, Carmen Cagayan de Oro City, and it will end with an exhibition on 10 November 2023 at Museo Dipolog, Rizal Avenue corner Herrera Sts, Dipolog City. The Cagayan de Oro leg is open to the public until 15th October while the Dipolog leg will be open until 15th December.
This year’s exhibition is a partnership project between the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and its National Committee on Visual Arts (NCVA), the Research Institute for Mindanao Culture (RIMCU), Infinite Lotus Productions, and Museo de Oro - Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts.
The exhibition collateral events include panel discussions and talks on 9th September at the XU Little Theater in Xavier University, Corrales Ave, Cagayan de Oro from 9:00AM to 3:30PM. The panel discussion will tackle curating methods and approaches with the four PB5 curators, followed by a presentation of art organizations and platforms in Mindanao by their group representatives. An open forum will follow, with a synthesis by Cris Rollo. In the Dipolog leg, the collateral event will be a roundtable discussion on Mindanao Contemporary Art on 11 November at 1:30PM, which will be facilitated by Cris Rollo and Abraham Ambo Garcia Jr.
The curatorial team members are the curator of the UP Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center and Associate Professor Tessa Maria Guazon; visual artist and coordinator Errol Balcos; Griffith University-educated art worker Abraham Garcia; and co-founder of the Panit Bukog series of exhibitions, Cris Rollo, who was previously national chairman of the NCCA-CVA (2000-2006).
This year, Panit Bukog 5 Mindanao Contemporary Art Exhibit features 36 artists namely, Aca, Acevedo, Amalla, Bacol, Bacus, Calio, Cayas, Dumlao, Dy, Esprela, Floirendo, Geronimo, Geolamen, Grapa, Guimbao, Gumanad, Icao, Labtan, Malicay, Mata, Mato, Marquiala, Narciso, Obina, Ouano, Pascubillo, Poncardas, Prima, Sabanal, Secuban, Sojor, Vamenta A, Vamenta J, Vega, Virata, and Yap.