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‘Fiesta ng Angono’ by Hernani ‘Nani’ Reyes.

In the time of physical distancing and restricted movement due to the coronavirus pandemic, the local art scene strives to be vibrant and even thrives despite the challenges.

Following health safety protocols, three artists from the province of Rizal is holding the second staging of the “Kulay,” an exhibit which was first held in Cebu City, Cebu, early this year.

“Kulay 2” will be on view from 15 January to 15 February at the newly opened One San Ildefonso Mall in the town of San Ildefonso in Bulacan. It will be a fund-raising endeavor for the benefit of the Immaculate Concepcion Alumni Association, Dominican Sisters of St. Joseph, and the San Ildefonso Church, all in Bulacan.

Featured in the exhibition are works of Ferdinand “Bong” Anore of Binangonan, Angelito “Jo” Florendo of Tanay, and Hernani “Nani” Reyes of Angono.

The neo-Impressionist Anore’s favorite subjects are flying objects such as kites, interpreting these in various forms and colors. He also paints the children flying the kites as well as the kites themselves in bold colors, “creating a brilliant and bright effect in an effort to boost and awaken one’s mood and sense to a joyous and ecstatic jubilation.”

‘Himig ng Pag-ibig’ by Hernani ‘Nani’ Reyes.

According to him, his works are “meant to cure the lonely and inspire us to a positive and optimistic look in life and in its pursuit to obtain” what seems to be unobtainable, urging one to go beyond the comfort zone to achieve what has to be achieved.

His oeuvres have been featured a number of times as covers of Hallmark Christmas cards and were also included in the 2019 Dohle Seafront Philippines Christmas Card cover and souvenir.

Some works are part of the collection of the San Agustin Museum in Manila, and also included in the worldwide selection of the SeeMe Exhibitions in New York City, and the travelling exhibitions for San Pedro Calungsod in 2011.

In 2009, the current president of Bigkis Sining Binangonan held his first solo show at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Antipolo campus, which was followed by another one at the EDSA Shangri-la Manila Hotel in Mandaluyong City in 2017. His Flight series of 11 works are featured in the exhibit.

On the other hand, Florendo has been in the local and international art scene since 1991. Born in Naga City but now residing in Tanay, he once served as a member of the board of the Art Association of the Philippines and co-founded the art group Unang Letra.

Florendo has held more than a dozen solo shows including “Flowers in a Box” at the Heritage Art Center in Mandaluyong in 2008; “The Creative Art of Jo Florendo” at the Philippine Heart Center in 2015; and “As Lovely as Trees” at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong in 2016.

His works were also exhibited in other parts of the world such as in Caracas, Venezuela, in 2003; the United States (New York, Washington, San Francisco) in 2008; and in South Korea in 2010 and 2011.

A number of his works also became part of a number of publications including Manuel Duldulao’s Collector’s Guide Book and Philippine Art Book and in Philippine Art magazine, volumes one and two.

The idyllic scenes of Tanay are his favorite subjects, transferring the life, vibrance, and lush environment into canvasses, creating works of “rustic elegance.” In the exhibit will be more than 10 of his works, all about kois and landscapes, his favorite subjects.

Completing the triumvirate of artists in this exhibition is one of Angono’s pride, Nani Reyes. In recent years, he has established himself as a notable artist who reinvented a form of cubism, characterized by a vibrant choice of colors. His works revolve around Filipino culture, particularly the traditions and practices that bring back memories of the good old days.

Some of his works are now part of the collection of the San Agustin Museum and the Antipolo Cathedral as well as the Manila Cathedral for which he was commissioned to design stained glass windows.

Reyes’s works included in the exhibit are Himig ng Pag-ibig, Flyboys, Fiesta ng Angono, and others that revolve around Pinoy themes.

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