Talented Syjucos: Michelline and Beatrix

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Rosalinda L. Orosa

Rosalinda L. Orosa

Michelline Syjuco, the Philippine’s representative to the International Fashion Show Case London Fashion Week 2015, has her jewelry designs, hand-sculpted and torched beaten metal cuffs, sculptural handbags and other exquisite creations on display at the Art Lab.

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Daughter of Cesare Syjuco, highly admired multi-faceted artist and the similarly talented Jeanne Marie Syjuco, Michelline is a critically acclaimed, multi-awarded sculptor and avant-garde fashion accessories designer.

Elite collectors worldwide have acquired her bold and daring innovations of hand-carved wood, torched and blistered metal, and unique, witty juxtapositions of objects.

Early last month, another highly talented daughter of the Syjucos, Beatrix, held a solo exhibition of her paintings entitled As Unfair Vanity. The event was with the special participation of The Electric Underground Collective (EUC). The show drew a large crowd of visual art lovers at Galerie Astra, Garcia St., Makati City.

Chino’s amazing progress
Former violin prodigy Joaquin Maria “Chino” Gutierrez was only nine when he already amazed his mentor, virtuoso Oscar Yatco, with his inherent and unusual gifts.

Michelline Syjuco

Michelline Syjuco

On brief vacations from his studies at the Munich Conservatory, he also amazes both cognoscenti and music aficionados with his prodigious talent whenever he plays as guest artist at social gatherings.

Off stage, Chino is an engaging youngster devoid of airs and mannerisms. Because his musicianship is combined with academic and non-academic intelligence, he is an engaging and interesting conversationalist who can speak on widely-ranging subjects.

When Chino spent last Christmas at home with his family, he received the greatest surprise of his life, namely, a letter notifying him that he was among the scholars selected to attend the master classes of the Russian Zakhar Bron, one of the world’s leading violinist, pedagogue and mentor.

Chino was the only Filipino among the Chinese students who were given the privilege of attending the master class in January under Bron at the Cultural Conservatory in Beijing, China. Each master class was for 45 minutes, and as it happened, Chino was granted two master classes instead of the usual one. The lessons were on violin technique and interpretation, with the student learning how and when to project a vibrato.

As Chino’s musical journey continues to progress, and as circumstances continue to favor him, he is destined to land on the international stage in the future.

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