ARTablado spotlights Baghid artists from Eastern Visayas

Young artists from the Baghid Eastern Visayas Young Visual Arts Association will take center stage with a group exhibit, “Nahigaraan,” at ARTablado Gallery in Robinsons Antipolo until March 31.

“Nahigaraan,” meaning familiar or commonplace, explores the traditions and customs that have shaped the lives and the identity of Samar youth.

Visual artist Aristotle “Aris” Ventures organized Baghid from his former students at Calbayog Arts and Design School of East Visayas (CADSEV). Other CADSEV graduates have also joined the group.

 “Baghid” is a Waray word for “stroke,” like the pen, pencil, or brush movement when drawing and painting.

Ventures formed the group to help his students continue pursuing their passion for art even after he left his post as their teacher.

The group aims to create a path for young and aspiring artists to explore, create, and gain exposure to the art industry.

“I find opportunities for them to showcase their art on the national level to give them hope as young artists,” Ventures said.

Baghid had exhibits in Eastern Visayas, Baguio, and Angono, Rizal. With Ventures’ guidance, Baghid artists have also won awards at various art competitions.

Since 2020, Robinsons Land has supported talented Filipino artists through ARTablado, giving them space and support to showcase their work.

ARTablado, a portmanteau of the words “art” and “entablado” (stage), can be found in Robinsons Galleria and Robinsons Antipolo.

Ventures said, “We chose to do this exhibit in ARTablado because we believe in the program and its quest to uplift artists and give them the chance to become known in the field of visual arts. Thank you, Robinsons. Thank you, ARTablado.”

Participating artists from Baghid include Angelica Bonguit, Cedric Capistrano, Jes Casalijay, Arvin delos Santos, John Paul Endiza, Yncar Jane Jubasan, Jan Anthony Judloman, Kurt Denver Bautista Lamparas, Jude Vincent Lapinid, Mea Lineth Mifania, Christina Mike Dublin Meno, Myles Sheldon Olano, Mary Jane Orquin, Ricky Orquin, Ariel George “Gio” Romana, Aris Ventures and Maris “Paint” Ventures.

In their artworks, the artists tread the past and reconcile it with the present, navigating the rich tapestry of traditions, practices, and cultural nuances through their artistic lens. From vibrant fiestas to quiet moments of introspection, each piece is a testament to the resilience and creativity of the young artists from Samar.

“Nahigaraan” is a nostalgic journey and a celebration of the dynamic interplay between tradition and modernity.

Jan Anthony Judloman, one of the artists featured in the exhibit, said, “Through our art, we give value to where we came from. We hope that our work will inspire, expand awareness, and bring joy to those who will see it in ARTablado.”

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