‘Art meets history’ in Dagupan’s Anakbanwa Exhibit

Published December 12, 2021, 9:25 AM

by Jerick James Pasiliao

DAGUPAN CITY – Following the two-year renovation of the building where General Douglas MacArthur used to stay during the liberation of the Luzon Island in 1945, modern and contemporary masterworks of various artists are now displayed at the historical site for the “Anakbanwa” Arts Exhibit, which officially opened on Friday, Dec. 10.

Pangasinan Fourth District Representative Christopher de Venecia launched in October 2021 the Anakbanwa Arts Residency Project wherein three Luzon artists, namely: Razel Mari, Corinne de San Jose, and Marco Ortega were allowed to immerse and interact with the local community, environment and create works inspired by their encounters.

House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda (left) and former Pangasinan Fourth District Congresswoman Gina de Venecia lead the ribbon cutting of Anakbanwa Arts Exhibit at the historical General Douglas MacArthur House in Dagupan City on Friday, Dec. 10. The exhibit will run until Jan. 31, 2022. (Photo courtesy of Alexander James Navarro/Manila Bulletin)

“Culture is our most strategic comparative advantage, and creativity is our supreme renewable resource and greatest value as Filipinos,” he said.

The Anakbanwa Art Exhibition will run until Jan. 31, 2022.

It also features the artwork of other Pangasinan-based artists and works made by K-12 learners who attended workshops at the renowned creative hub, The SPOT.

The exhibit is open for scheduled visits from Wednesdays to Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Walk-ins may be accommodated on Saturdays and Sundays from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Only visitors who are fully vaccinated are allowed to view the exhibit.

Entrance is free for K-12 learners, subject to the presentation of their valid student ID. Adults may view the exhibit for PHP 50 and PWDs and Senior Citizens for PHP 40.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the West Central Elementary School’s capital outlay and maintenance expenses.

To book a visit, log on to http://bit.ly/Anakbanwa.