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A light on Filipino life

Bea Micaller



“DalagangT’nalak na sa bintana ng bahay kubo” (T’nalak maiden at the window of a hut). MARIA MURGA

Art, in any form, can beam light on how life’s complexities work.

This is what the Liwanag art exhibit was all about when it recently opened to the residents of New York.

The solo art exhibit by the award-winning Filipino-Spanish artist Maria Mari Murga was held at the Philippine Center Lobby Gallery in New York.

The multi-awarded artist hoped to portray the daily lives of Filipino farmers, fishermen and indigenous people, as well as their hardships to survive.

She said she uses her skills as an avenue to showcase the scenes and daily lives of the people and put them in the spotlight for the world to fathom.

The Filipino-Spanish artist has high hopes that her art will serve as a reminder of how beautiful and blessed is the Philippines.

Her artworks featured a beautiful selection of hand-carved frames from the proud city of Zamboanga.

The opening night was attended by Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy Enrique Manalo and Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Civilian Security and Consular Concerns Brigido Dulay.

Likewise, US-Philippines Society Director Henry Howard, Pinto Museum’s Luca Parolari, other art enthusiasts and members of the Filipino-American community in the tri-state area were also part of the exhibit’s opening ceremony.

Murga is currently based in London whose roots can be traced to Zamboanga City. She is the granddaughter of a World War II Bataan Death March survivor.

Her world-class artworks have been awarded by prestigious art institutions such as Royal Society of British Artists, De Laszlo Foundation, London Festival of Architecture, Derwent Art Prize and Pastel Society UK.

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