Conversations on art and culture

Published November 20, 2020, 10:30 AM

by Manila Bulletin

Industry experts to discuss the PH arts and culture scene amid the pandemic 

Industry experts will answer one of the most crucial questions today in the Philippine arts and culture scene highly affected by the coronavirus pandemic: What becomes of the Filipino artists and the industry in a world without physical spaces of community? 

In the webinar entitled Now What? Conversations on Arts and Culture , esteemed speakers Geraldine Araneta, Sandra Palomar-Quan, and Bennet Dychangco will discuss the impact of the pandemic in museums, theaters, performance venues, and other cultural and creative hubs that have closed their doors since early this year. 

They will likewise tackle how the artists thrive despite the restrictions on public events and live theater productions through alternative and innovative creative platforms. They aim to equip the participants with the knowledge on marketing to boost their artistic careers in this time of crisis.

The talk is hosted by Benilde Arts Management (BeAM) of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts (SDA).

ART EDUCATOR Sandra Palomar

The lecture will be facilitated by Araneta, co-founder of Philippine Arts Events Inc. that hosts the annual Art Fair Philippines and Art in the Park. Her expertise is anchored on an MA in Individualized Study in Arts Administration from New York University ’03 and years of international training in arts management at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Smithsonian Institution and the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington DC.

She has presided over projects ranging from organizing visual arts exhibitions in public spaces to valuation and appraisal of works of art. She is currently the head of the visual arts committee of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) as well as the academic adviser and former chairperson of Benilde Arts Management Program.

Joining her is Palomar-Quan, an arts management instructor at the SDA and fine arts teacher at the Foundation University in Negros Oriental. She majored in Painting at the University of the Philippines Diliman and obtained her masters in Multimedia Arts in École Nationale Supérieure Des Beaux-Arts in Paris. A professional visual artist since 1992, she concurrently supports artists in exurban communities through her independent company. 

INTO ARTS Philippine Arts Events Inc., Co Founder Geraldine Araneta

Marketing expert Dychangco will likewise be part of the panel. Dychangco has worked in advertising with leading agencies both in the local and international scenes and became the regional strategic planning director at Publicis Dubai and brand planning director at Iris Worldwide – Jakarta. He has likewise earned several advertising recognitions, including a Gold Award at the 2006 London International Advertising Awards. One of his most recognizable works is the “Love ko ‘to” tagline of famous fastfood chain McDonald’s.

Currently, Dychangco shares his expertise and experience as a resource person for marketing, branding, and business pitching at the Philippine Trade Training Center, while sharing his power with words as contributing writer in the CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art.


The webinar will be moderated by Arts Management Program chairperson Alain Zedrick Camiling, whose vast experience in the industry included pioneering Bank of the Philippine Island’s Art Education Program through the BPI Foundation wherein he managed its collections and museums, as well as curated a series of public workshops in the cities of Cebu and Zamboanga. Camiling is likewise a lifetime member of the preeminent interdisciplinary social science honor society Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society and works with independent art collectives. 

Now What? Conversations on Arts and Culture will be conducted via Zoom on Saturday, Nov. 21, and Sunday, Nov. 22, from 2 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.

Admission is ₱50.

Interested participants may register through this link: Visit the Program’s official Facebook account @BenildeArtsManagement or email [email protected].