A cross-cultural exhibit from Manila to Dumaguete

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At the exhibit opening are Bernan Corpuz, head of the Heritage Section of the NCCA Secretariat; John Delan Robillos, vice head of the National Committee on Art Galleries; Marichu Tellano, chief of the Plan, Policy Formulation and Programming Division of the NCCA; Egyptian artist Ibrahim Ghazala; and Egai Talusan Fernandez, vice head of the National Committee on Visual Arts

At the exhibit opening are Bernan Corpuz, head of the Heritage Section of the NCCA Secretariat; John Delan Robillos, vice head of the National Committee on Art Galleries; Marichu Tellano, chief of the Plan, Policy Formulation and Programming Division of the NCCA; Egyptian artist Ibrahim Ghazala; and Egai Talusan Fernandez, vice head of the National Committee on Visual Arts

With the aim to establish and promote inter-regional and international art linkages, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Gallery staged an exhibit called Salpung from September 3 to 5.

Also a cultural immersion endeavor, It sought to develop a model working partnership program between local and international galleries and artists. A Visayan word, salpung means “to go over” or “cross over.”

Artistry in cross-cultural interaction is also explored by Salpung as it welcomed Egyptian artist Ibrahim Ghazala, who is also the editor of Alkhaya Art Magazine, director of Luxor International Art Studios, and the general commissar of Luxor International Symposium for Painting.

Two Salpung exhibitions ran concurrently at the Mariyah Gallery in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, besides the one at NCCA Gallery in Manila. And despite their differing styles, the artists has been brought together by their individual artistic compasses.


Ghazala was joined in Salpung’s Manila leg by London-based Filipino artist Yveese Belen, Dumaguete based-artist Kitty Taniguchi, Bacolod-based artist Anthony Fermin, Baguio-based artists Jordan Mang osan, Art Lozano and Agang Maganda, Zambales-based artist Farley del Rosario, Quezon based-artist Tres Roman, Rizal based-artist Felix Amoncio, Bulacan based-artists Wilfredo Offemaria, Jr. and Gonzalo Uy, and Manila-based artists Anton Balao, Jomike Tejido, Cathy Lasam, Janelle Tang, and Jojo Ballo.

‘Upland Harvest’ by Jordan Mang-osan, acrylic and solar drawing

‘Upland Harvest’ by Jordan Mang-osan, acrylic and solar drawing

NCCA Gallery is located at ground floor of the NCCA Building, 633 Gen. Luna St., Intramuros, Manila. Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. It is closed on holidays. For group visit and other details contact Bryan Llapitan at 527-2192 local 512 or Mimi Santos at 0908-1782987. E-mail nccagallery09@gmail.com.

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