‘From My Roots’ shines spotlight on Quezon province

Girl With Fruit Basket by Jake Alano and The Summit by REDALA, on view until February 28 at Level 3 of Robinsons Galleria.

The beauty and allure of Quezon Province is showcased  in Robinsons Land ARTablado group show, “From My Roots,” on view until Feb. 28 at Level 3 of Robinsons Galleria.  

Participating artists have expressed through their art works their personal thoughts and feelings about their home province. 

Robinsons Land director for corporate public relations Roseann Villegas says, “Filipino artists are truly gifted and have the ability to show their passion in their art.” The different facets of Quezon, with its fresh air, lush greenery, and people of traditional virtues and values, is interpreted in different artistic ways  by its homegrown talents. 

Featured artists in “From My Roots” are Avie Abadilla, Frank Hari, Glenmore Lawig, Jake Alano, Joel Reglos, Melo Valencia, Nelle Amador, Raffa Dala, Tres Roman and Tristan Bamba.   

The artists share with viewers their unique history, culture and heritage. The pieces offer a glimpse of the past and a peek into the future. 

Joel Reglos from Calauag uses acrylics to come up with unique hues, textures, and almost abstract shapes. Sculptor Glenmore Lawig from Macalelon specializes in brass, glass and clear-cast resin. A muralist for 10 years, Tristan Bamba of Mauban explores other media such as oil, acrylic, watercolor, pen and ink, ballpoint scribble, as well as coffee, for group shows. 

Jake Alano, a “transplant” in Lucban, creates landscapes, still life and portraits, his forte. Born in Lucban, Frank T. Hari’s original realism has recently given way to modern Fauvism and Cubism, his colors  becoming bolder and brighter and his shapes more geometric. Tres Roman’s vivid, coloristic narrative shows women as “beautiful creatures compassionate to nature and willing to share their knowledge to promote peace, love and freedom.” 

Marmelo Valencia, a painter and martial artist from Lopez, specializes in monochromatic cubism and realism while Nelle Amador from Atimonan and Plaridel, paints mostly birds and flowers, which she associates with the qualities of women. Born and raised in Lucena City, Rafaella Elizah Bragais-Dala creates textured paintings using acrylic, gold leaf, spray paint and resin. Arvin “Avie” Abadilla Lafuente from the historical town of Tayabas, creates theatrical portraits of idealized women. 

Established in 2020, Robinsons Land ARTablado, a combination of “art” and “entablado”, is Robinsons Land’s platform for showcasing Filipino ingenuity and creativity, allowing emerging artists to freely express themselves.  

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