• A celebration of life at Museo Orlina

    Becky Garcia

    Becky Garcia

    Multi-awarded sculptor Ramon Orlina recently celebrated his birthday at his newly opened Museo Orlina
    in Tagaytay City.

    No less than National Artist for Literature F. Sionil Jose and his lovely wife Tessie, National Artist for Visual Arts Ben Cabrera with Annie Sarthou, and Sonia Garcia of the famous Sonia’s Garden came to show love and support for the artist.


    Atty. Sigfrid Fortun, renowned sculptor Ramon Orlina, Oscar and Marilou Hilado with National Artist F. Sionil Jose

    At the celebration, Museo Orlina together with Reflections Gallery and Paseo Gallery also presented a three-man exhibition called Promdi: Three Talents of Provincial Ancestry. It was opened by guests of honor Oscar and Mary Lou Hilado, Atty. Sigfrid and Dolly Fortun, and the Jose couple.

    The title “Promdi” adverts to a colloquial term that is a nativistic contraction of the phrase “from the province.” From its previous condescending context, the word has evolved to gain currency as a self-announced identity, now tinged with humor and pride.

    The persons of Ben Cruz from Laguna, Leopoldo Aguilar from Cebu and Orlina from Batangas, and their individual artistic talents intersect and converge in Tagaytay City where the Museo Orlina is ideally situated.

    Cruz is a multi-awarded visual artist in the Philippines and Singapore. He completed a Fine Arts Degree, major in Advertising from the University of Santo Tomas. He pursued a professional graphic design career at the International Rice Research Institute in Los Baños, Laguna, as well as companies in Saudi Arabia and Singapore.

    He won the 1st Prize in the Batangas City National Painting Competition last January 11, 2014.

    Aguilar received a Certificate of Fine Arts from University of the Philippiens Cebu, where he was a Jose Joya awardee. He founded the group known as Neo-Tribolism.

    Actively participating in numerous group shows, he held a successful show at Nakonnai Gallery in Phuket, Thailand.

    Orlina is the renowned pioneering glass sculptor in the country. He is internationally awarded and recognized by the global masters of glass sculptors. His latest monumental project was the Quadrocentennial Monument at the grounds of the University of Santo Tomas.

    Family members, art lovers and friends of the artist all the way to Tagaytay where they not only appreciated art, but also enjoyed a musical performance by distinguished chamber performers, Gina Medina on the violin and Ariel Perez on the bassoon.

    The evening ended with the blast of fireworks display that could be seen and enjoyed throughout Tagaytay City.

    To dear Ramon, more celebrations to come!



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