Friday, June 26, 2009

Fifty: 50 Years of News, 50 Artists

If you have time, please visit the first-ever department-wide exhibit of the GMA News and Public Affairs Department. I have 2 digital artworks on display, inspired by Hina, the Hawaiian goddess of butterflies, love, and communication.

The exhibit runs two weeks beginning Monday, June 29, until Friday, July 10.

Art Behind the Camera

In 1959, a team put out a nightly newscast called Newscoop. That team became the forerunner of what is now known as the GMA Network News and Public Affairs Group.

Since then, GMA’s News and Public Affairs Department has been at the forefront of the country’s history, producing award-winning newscasts and programs that tell our people’s story. Over the years, it has bagged numerous awards, including the first and only Peabody Award for the Philippines and numerous medals from the New York Festivals and the US International Film and Video Awards.

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Department gathers 50 of its members and mounts its first-ever department-wide exhibit billed, Fifty: 50 Years of News, 50 Artists.

The exhibit will showcase works of the people that power the News and Public Affairs Department – from its directors, program managers, reporters, hosts, and producers, to its video and computer graphics editors, researchers, and staff. Fifty will feature works as diverse as the artists themselves – from photographs and paintings, to sculptures.

Participating artists include: Issa Aguas, Dodgie Aguinaldo, Glenn Ala, Jay Amor, Love Anover, Randy Arrojo, Alyx Arumpac, Samuel Austria, Lundle Bolano, She Bruan, Deo Bugaoisan, Jack Cabanayan, Portia Carbonell, Ada Canas, Nelson Canlas, Arlene Carnay, Pye Cruz, Rovie dela Cruz, Carol Eguaras, Eva Ercilla, Marj Espejo, Redge Estrada, Marissa Flores, Tonipet Gaba, Ever Lawrence Gutierrez, Marie Abigail Lara, Charie Lagonoy , Joy Madrigal, Erwin Mata, Joseph Morong, Jay Orense, Tin Agustin-Padilla, Aileen Padua, Sheila Paras, Tina Perez, Jeco Placio, Kikoy Rapadas, Ferds Recio, Benedict Rellema, Sixto del Rosario, Kiko Rustia, Marie Saballegue, CJ Salas, Joel San Luis, Jessica Soho, Howie Severino, May delos Santos, Raffy Tima, Jay Taruc, and Jayjay Villamarin.

Part of the proceeds from the sale of the photos, paintings, sketches, and sculptures will go to the GMA Kapuso Foundation.

The exhibit opens with music, poetry, and art on June 29, 2009, 4:00 PM at the Mezzanine and Lobby of the GMA Network Center, located at EDSA corner Timog Avenue, Quezon City, and will run until July 10.

For more details, you may call Kelly Vergel de Dios at 0917-5379512, Pye Cruz at 0922-8807126, Randy Arrojo at 0905-2843465, or Joseph Morong at 0918-9172676.

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Y fue a esa edad... Llegó la poesía
a buscarme. No sé, no sé de dónde
salió, de invierno o río.
No sé cómo ni cuándo,
no, no eran voces, no eran
palabras, ni silencio,
pero desde una calle me llamaba,
desde las ramas de la noche,
de pronto entre los otros,
entre fuegos violentos
o regresando solo,
allí estaba sin rostro
y me tocaba.

And it was at that age... Poetry arrived
in search of me. I do not know, I do not know where
it came from, from winter or a river.
I do not know how or when,
no, they were not voices, they were not
words, nor silence,
but from a street I was summoned,
from the branches of night,
abruptly from the others,
among violent fires
or returning alone,
there I was without a face
and it touched me.

- An excerpt from LA POESÍA (Poetry) by Pablo Neruda