• Chinese lanterns lit up the north

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     Artist Chan Lim (third from left) and his friends and family members Lee Tiak Him, Lau Lai Wing, Antonio Sy, William Gosiaco, Sy Suy Heong, William Ng, and Henry Shi at the opening of the Chan Lim Exhibit at The Block

    Artist Chan Lim (third from left) and his friends and family members Lee Tiak Him, Lau Lai Wing, Antonio Sy, William Gosiaco, Sy Suy Heong, William Ng, and Henry Shi at the opening of the Chan Lim Exhibit at The Block

    One hundred beautifully designed and hand-painted Chinese lanterns from the Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students will brighten north of Metro Manila this Chinese New Year as SM City North EDSA stages an exhibit of the artworks at The Block Atrium.

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    Interestingly, none of the Chan Lim Family members have degrees related to the arts. The Chan Lim siblings Alex, Felix, Rolex and Jolex are licensed engineers and connected with multinational companies representing various industries. Innovation is an important focus area for the family. Coming from different fields and industries, the family was able to create artworks with fans, lanterns and porcelain plates as their canvas.

    The Chan Lim Family’s first exhibit in 1995 was held in SM Megamall, and their first interaction painting in oil was done in 1998. It was a Chinese style painting given as a gift to the family patriarch’s, Chan Lim.

    Together with their students, they have traveled nationwide to have exhibits and conduct free Chinese paintings. Chan Lim is the name used by the family patriarch in signing all his artworks. The name is formed by combining the last names of the sibling’s parents. His real name is Jose.

    Dr. Alex Chan Lim doing an on-the-spot painting demonstration

    Dr. Alex Chan Lim doing an on-the-spot painting demonstration

    More festivities will ensue at the mall during Chinese New Year led by a Year of the Monkey forecast by international feng shui expert Maritess Allen on February 7. Allen is has mastered the art after years of training and mentorship from various masters in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, and China. She is the President and CEO of World of Feng Shui (WOFS) Philippines, a merchandising shop of lucky charms, feng shui products, talismans and amulets located at The Block, SM City North EDSA.

    There will also be a bazaar filled with Yin Yang charms; bead, crystal, & fortune bracelets; Buddhas, spiritual icons, bells and wind chimes, moneybags, golden monkeys and other feng shui items for good luck, blessings and protection.

    Other exciting Chinese New Year events include the Chinese Arts in Letters Calligraphy Workshop today; and a Chinese Court and Folk Dance presentation and the Fiery Lion and Dragon Dance on February 8.

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