By Mike U. Crismundo
Butuan City – A local artist here has issued an apology to The Manila Bulletin (MB) for painting an exact replica of a photo, taken by photographer Rio Deluvio that came out on the front page of MB last January 10.
In a letter to Deluvio, Allen Beronio said he did not know that he needed to seek the permission of MB or Deluvio when he reproduced the photo on canvas.
In his Facebook post recently, Beronio posed with his work that was an exact replica of a photo taken by Deluvio at the height of the Traslacion of the Black Nazarene last January 9.
Deluvio had captured the dramatic scramble up the statue of the Black Nazarene among devotees while the image was being transported from the Quirino Grandstand to the Quiapo Church.
The reproduction was included among the featured works in “The Big Juan, Fourth Butuanon Art Festival 2018,” organized by the Butuan Visual Artist Group that was exhibited at the Robinson’s Place Butuan from February 17 to 24.
In her own FB post, Deluvio called out to Beronio, while alerting her followers that the artist had used her “photograph for his artwork without asking for my, or my employer’s, in this instance Manila Bulletin, permission.”
While Beronio did not initially respond to this shout out from Deluvio, he nevertheless responded Monday afternoon and apologized, saying that he didn’t know that he had to get Deluvio or MB’s consent before he could reproduce the photo in another medium.
“Una, gusto ko pong humingi ng paumanhin sa inyo (Deluvio) at sa Manila Bulletin kasi hindi ko po kasi alam ang proseso, unang beses ko pa pong sumali sa exhibit (First of all, I would like to ask for apology with you and the Manila Bulletin, because I didn’t know that there should be a process. It was the first time that I joined an exhibit),” Beronio wrote Deluvio.
Beronio also thanked Deluvio for calling his attention to the infraction, saying that it will serve as a good lesson, not only for him, but for other artists not to infringe on the intellectual work of others.
Meanwhile, Robinson’s Place Butuan Marketing Manager Denver E. Bandalian told MB that “the company/mall is not part of the decision-making body as to what art, image, photos, sculpture or any art forms” that were showcased in the exhibit.