The Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Philippine High School for the Arts
Exhibit duration: 11 May to 8 July 2018
Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco (Little Theater Lobby) 
Opening reception: 11 May, Friday, 6pm

Two years ago, the exhibit Balangay came to land on this same wall of the Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco as the first student exhibit ushered by the partnership between the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA).


The same class of Visual Arts majors (Batch Felipe De Leon-Lazaro Francisco) returns to this space, representing the first Senior High School (SHS) graduates of PHSA in what would seem to be the aftermath of the balangay’s ruin. Its detritus, scattered by wind and current, find new shores with its passengers’ dispersal.


Detritus Ashore is imagined by the five artists as the inevitable disruption of a shared journey, recognizing too that each has embarked on ways of coming home to a locus of identity and transcendence.  


Jude Raymond R. Macasinag wields the golden abaca into haute couture garment as a narrative of civilization’s triumph over the forces of nature, parallel to the Bicolano mythology of the IbalongAsia Simone Kyi E. Entico recontextualizes the function of the Maitum Jars of Sarangani to honor and reintegrate the victims of extrajudicial killings and their bereaved families into our social consciousness. Salve Riyza Z. Dagñalan translates the rituals and symbols about Kalinga tattoos into an Ibarang communal and environmental art interaction through the participation of resident students of PHSA.  Maria Payb D. Biglete’s collaborative project addresses the blight of urbanization in San Pablo City, Laguna through the recollection of folk narratives around the Seven Lakes, as painted with locals and visitors on the boardwalk at the edge of Sampaloc Lake. Eouia Aum G. Dueñas’ web video installation presents foremost her autobiographical narratives to pay homage to the spiritual teachings on art by the Ananda Marga; with this, she initiates a dialogue of visual introspections with fellow young artists from other parts of the globe.


The Visual Arts program of PHSA culminates towards research-based art productions that delve into codes and agencies via culture and society. The student is guided to develop a thesis leading to contexts that invite critical, collaborative and integrative engagements.


This exhibit is co-curated by Noel Soler Cuizon, fellow Visiting Faculty for SHS Visual Arts.


-Karen Ocampo Flores