‘Kababaihan sa Sentro’ Celebrates Women’s Month

ARTABLADO presents “Boundless” starting March 16 that will feature the works of the seven women artists of Kontemporaryo, educators with different advocacies for women and young artists, to mark International Women’s Day, which was observed on March 8. 

This year’s Women’s Day theme was  “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”. 

The exhibit that will run until March 31 at Robinsons Land’s ARTablado, Level 3 Robinsons Galleria in Ortigas, Quezon City, focuses on the theme “Kababaihan sa Sentro” or putting  women at the center. It will be on women, by women, for women and will also celebrate March as Women’s Month. 

Roseann C. Villegas, Robinsons Land Corporation’s (RLC) public relations director, says each artist featured in the show has a compelling story told through her painting. Each story, she says, is as unique as the representations. It is hoped viewers will learn something from the artists’ works and perspectives. 

Architect/professor Mary Rajelyn Busmente paints as a change from designing projects. She is trying to balance career and motherhood. Painting, she says, renews her as a mother and an artist. 

Artist De Castro-Añonuevo has discovered that “life and art is a continuing process of learning.” She is now more focused on substance in her painting that she feels is like a visual diary. 

Artist Wolf has learned to value the country’s waste products, like coconut shells. Her husband encouraged her to use coconut shell as canvas for her painting. She has explored many possibilities in painting on coconut shells. 

The women artists have struggled in different stages in their lives as daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend. Challenges were faced and overcome. Inequality was fought, paving the way for remarkable achievements in their chosen fields and advocacies. 

The seven artists, Arlene de Castro- Añonuevo, Mary Rajelyn Busmente, Cynthia Leyson, Dara Solevilla, Sandra Torrijos, Bernadette Solina-Wolf and Riza Zuñiga, are also art exhibit organizers. 

RLC is one of four Philippine companies included in Bloomberg’s 2022 Gender-Equality Index. It has been listed on the distinguished Bloomberg’s Gender-Equality Index (GEI) in 2020 and 2022. GEI rates over-all performance across five pillars: (i) Female Leadership and Talent Pipeline; (ii) Equal Pay and Gender Pay Parity; (iii) Inclusive Culture; (iv) Sexual Harassment Polices; and (v) Pro-Women Brand.  

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