By Marivir R. Montebon
New York City – The opening of the exhibit “Reflections of Filipino Arts” on July 17 at the Philippine Center was festive and reminiscent of the Philippines: abundant in food like the village fiestas and hot. The works of art of Fe Madrid Pepito, Angelico Jik Villanueva, Art Linda Rufo, Julbert Maranon and special guest Reynaldo Cardenas were profuse and bursting, which according to lead artist Celso Pepito “as having evolved from being an elitist expression in the Spanish era into being an expression of real life.”
Fe Pepito’s works are mostly in oil depicting land and seascapes, flowers and still life. Julbert Maranon prefers to use oil and acrylic and is known for his vivid images and bursting colors. Angelico Villanueva, meanwhile, is distinctively making waves in iron and bronze moldings.
Aside from the artistic treat which our eyes had feasted on, there was also a big banquet on the table by the Five Chris Catering, courtesy of Ms. Luchie Vivas. As the aircon broke down at the Philippine Center that day, it truly felt like the Philippines due to the sweltering heat in the midst of delicious food in front of us.
The well-attended event was graced by friends and art advocates led by special guests who cut the ribbon: NYC fashion queen Ms. Luchie Vivas, art patroness Melissa Alviar, humanitarian philanthropist Aurora Aquino, Alize Lavie publisher Alize Utteryn, and real estate businesswoman Ms. Corazon Rivera.
Consul Arman R. Talbo welcomed the artists, who just flew in from the Philippines just for the exhibit, and assured them that the Philippine Center is a welcoming place for artists to show their masterpieces. Msgr. Oscar Aquino led the prayer for the event, which will culminate on July 28, 2017. OSM! online magazine publisher Marivir Montebon hosted the program.
On August 24, Cebuano painter Celso Pepito will make his 41st one-man show at the Philippine Center. (Featured photo is New York-based artist Linda Rufo and her Self Portrait)