Art exhibit by Georgian consulate on its last leg

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(From left) Consul Thelmo Cunanan Jr. of Georgia, staff of Management Center Innsbruck (MCI), exhibit artist Pancho Piano, Mel Dizon, MCI Dean Andreas Altmann, Consul Christian Traweger of the Philippines in Tirol, Philippine Cultural Community president Franz Klotz in Tirol, and a Filipino guest at the ‘Colors of Hope 2’ opening night in MCI, Austria

(From left) Consul Thelmo Cunanan Jr. of Georgia, staff of Management Center Innsbruck (MCI), exhibit artist Pancho Piano, Mel Dizon, MCI Dean Andreas Altmann, Consul Christian Traweger of the Philippines in Tirol, Philippine Cultural Community president Franz Klotz in Tirol, and a Filipino guest at the ‘Colors of Hope 2’ opening night in MCI, Austria

The Consulate of Georgia in the Philippines led by Consul Thelmo Cunanan Jr., in partnership with the Corps of Honorary Consuls of Georgia (CHCG) and the First Filipino International Movement, organized an art exhibit in three European cities—Innsbruck, Austria; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Paris, France.

Entitled Colors of Hope 2: The European Roadshow, it celebrates the 25th anniversary of Georgia’s Independence, Georgian and Philippine culture, international friendship, and environmental awareness.

It features the paintings and sketches of master Filipino painter and stained glass artist Pancho Piano, the first Filipino to formally exhibit in Tbilisi, Georgia and the entire Caucasus region.

It is currently on show its third and last leg at Paris in time for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. It is on show until December 8 at the Philippine Pavilion at the UNESCO, in cooperation with the Earthsavers Movement and UNESCO Dream Ensemble.


It will also be seen at the Gala of Filipino-French socio-cultural organization Paris Glamour, where Consul Cunanan and Piano will participate in a fashion show and promote Georgia and the Philippines.

Colors of Hope 2, with its themes of peace and understanding, is more meaningful given the tragic terror attacks that struck the city recently.

Before Paris, the exhibit was displayed at the ICT Gallery Bratislava, Slovakia. It was co-organized by His Excellency Ambassador Alexander Nalbandov of Georgia and Georgian Consul Franco Pigozzi, a member of the CHCG.

It opened at the Management Center Innsbruck’s open gallery in Austria through the Philippine Consul Christian Traweger and the Filipino community.

The European art road show is a continuation of Colors of Hope, which Consul Cunanan organized last December 2014 in Tbilisi and which showcased Piano’s paintings of Georgian landscapes and scenes at the Shalva Amarinashvili Museum of Fine Arts of the Georgian National Museum.

Besides the exhibit, Piano also conducted a live, poetry and painting mural painting demonstration with noted Georgian poet Barcel La Shinski, which was covered by the media.

CHCG, which Consul Cunanan heads as its first and founding Dean, was organized last May in Tbilisi, Georgia and seeks to promote Georgian culture all over the world, through its honorary consuls.

The First Filipino Movement, on the other hand, is a non-government organization that is dedicated to historical accomplishments by Filipinos globally.

For more information, contact Public Relations and Media Director Melissa Grace Dizon at 0917-3791738 or mel@dizon.ph.

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