Philippine Visual Arts Festival - The Rizal Experience

Thunderbird Resorts and Casinos
Eastridge Ave., , Binangonan
Rizal, Philippines
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About the Event

It is a festival organized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts month programme.

For the first time, it will be held in key spots of Rizal considered by pundits as the country’s “Art Province” with Angono leading the way as the nation’s art capital. The festival’s objective is to promote tourism in the province of Rizal through time-honored traditions. Painting, sculpture, cultural entertainment, new inventions, local cuisine, tour of scenic spots and a vast array of various merchandise and goods.

This February, the town of Angono, Rizal which is regarded as the Art Capital of the country, will host the Philippine Visual Arts Festival: The Rizal Experience (PIVAF: TRE).

Happening on Feb 17-21 in various Rizal towns, PIVAF: TRE is the visual arts component of the Philippine Arts Festival (PAF) 2012. It aims to educate, entertain, and inform the public about the continuing importance of aesthetics in life and the practical aspects of art.

During the five-day festival, artistic spaces and locations in Angono, Antipolo, Binangonan, Tanay, Taytay, and other towns in Rizal will host various artistic events. SM City Taytay will host the grand opening event, which is a Rizal Experience Exhibition. The Art Camp and SM Taytay will host arts and crafts making workshops; whereas, the Nemiranda Arthouse, Blanco Museum, Ang Nuno Gallery, 2nd Gallery, Atelier Gallery, Pinto Art Gallery, and Petroglyphs Museum will host a gallery and/or museum tour and other satellite exhibits.

A kite-flying festival will likewise be held at the Angono Lakeside. There will also be a photo exhibit of Philippine Churches, titled ‘Heritage,’ at St. Clement Parish in Angono.

Other Rizal towns will serve as venue for a national arts conference (Thunderbird Resort in Binangonan); a Cultural Night (Club Manila East); an On-the-Spot Landscape Painting (Daranak Falls, Tanay); an On-the-Spot Still Life Painting at a well known Antipolo shrine with food delicacies of suman, kasoy and mangga; Nature Painting (Talim Island); and a Culinary Arts Festival (Las Brisas, Antipolo).

PVAF is a grand celebration of visual arts that shows the development of arts as time goes by, how the artistry has been passed on to the current generation and the way they have transformed it. It also shows how the province of Rizal and the Rizaleños adapted to changes and how change influenced their art.

Spearheaded by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts Committee on Visual Arts in partnership with the Neo-Angono Arts Collective, an organization composed of young artists of Rizal, this year’s celebration is anchored on the theme “Tradition and Innovation.”

Angono is the home of petroglyphs, of visual arts masters such as Carlos “Botong” Francisco and Maestro Lucio San Pedro, and contemporary artists who imprinted their name in the Philippine art scene, like Nemiranda, Bobit Andres, Lito Balagtas, Salvador Juban, Keiye Miranda, Mike Tuazon, Weng Unidad, Pepito Villaluz, Perdigon Vocalan, and the Blanco Family. From generations to generations the artistry has been taught and passed on. The province is likewise the home of art collectives such as the Angono Ateliers and the Neo-Angono Arts Collective.

PAF is held every February in celebration of the National Arts Month in pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 683 signed in 1991. The month-long festival is spearheaded by the NCCA, led by its chairman Felipe de Leon Jr. and OIC-executive director Adelina Suemith, with Marichu Tellano as head of the Planning, Policy Formulation, and Programming Division.

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