Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto lauded the Pasig Arts Club, saying he appreciates their contributions in nurturing and promoting the city’s culture and arts sector.
In a speech during the launch of the “Flight of a Thousand Birds” arts exhibit at the Estancia Mall on Wednesday night, Nov. 23, Sotto cited the efforts of the arts club in supporting local governance.
“Ang Pasig Arts Club ay hindi lang basta nagkakaroon ng mga exhibit, at sumusuporta sa mga local artists sa ating lungsod kundi sila rin po ay aktibo sa ating paggogobyerno. Aktibo sila sa mga ginagawa natin sa lokal na pamahalaan (The Pasig Arts Club don’t just hold exhibits and support local artists, but they are also active in local government works),” he said.
Sotto highlighted the club’s membership in the city’s Committee on Culture and the Arts.
“Sila po ay agresibong nagbibigay ng mga panukala, suhestiyon, feedback. Marami silang mga pinapakilala rin na mga paraan kung paano palakasin ang kultura at sining sa ating lungsod (They are aggressive in giving their proposals, plans, suggestions, and feedback. They have introduced to us many ways on how we can further strengthen the culture and arts sector of our city),” he added.
The mayor also noted the club’s involvement in the city’s ongoing cultural mapping project that aims to identify, protect, preserve, and promote local history, art, and culture.
Sotto recalled how the local government launched the city’s first ever arts and design scholarship (ADS) in Rizal High School back in 2019.
Borne from Congressman Roman Romulo’s idea, Sotto pushed through with the program to provide an avenue for young artists to hone their skills and knowledge in the vein of established sports programs. It also served as the local government’s show of support for creatives to pursue their passions.
Presently, the city has around 50 senior high school students enrolled under the ADS, with many other talented artists to be found in all the 30 barangays in Pasig, Sotto said.
“Ngayong patapos na ang pandemya, tinitingnan po natin kung papaano pa natin mae-expand [ang ADS] (Now that the pandemic is hopefully nearing its end, we are looking at how we can expand [the ADS]),” he added.
Art exhibit, book launch
On Wednesday, Nov. 23, the city officials led the launch of the “Flight of a Thousand Birds” art exhibit and book launch, a collaboration between Pasigueña author Romualda Manalo-Guirriec and the Pasig Arts Club dedicated to the Pasig elderly community.
The exhibit featured paintings made and contributed by 21 artists from the Pasig Arts Club, and Manalo-Guirriec’s book of poems, all of which are showcasing the value and role of the elderly in our society.
Other attendees to the event were Vice Mayor Robert “Dodot” Jaworski Jr., Congressman Roman Romulo, City Councilors Angelu De Leon and Pao Santiago, representatives from the Committee on Culture and Arts, Pasig City Museum, the Office for Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA), and other civil society organizations (CSOs), among others.
The public may view the exhibit located at the third floor, east wing of the Estancia Mall until Dec. 1.