The KasiKasi Art Association of Tacloban went back to the Adamson University Art Gallery for the second installment of their groundbreaking Hang-Aw art exhibit.
Hang-Aw 2 opened with a simple ceremony at the Art Gallery grounds last November 9 with administrators, staff and faculty, and students present. Fr. Francisco Nicolas Magnaye Jr., C.M., Vice President for Academic Affairs, gave the welcome remarks and led the ribbon cutting, where he was assisted by Ms. Juliet Horfilla Villegas, Executive Director of the Department of Tourism’s National Parks Development Committee; Ms. Frances Alincastre, Project Development Officer III from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts; and Mr. Lito Beltran, Project Director of the Federation of Philippine
Photographers Foundation, Inc. University Museum and Archives director Raul Agner, one of the artists featured, introduced KasiKasi and the exhibit to the audience.
Mr. Agner was joined by fellow Leyteños Rico Palacios, Dante Enage, Jasmine Diaz, Crispin Asensi, Bebot Flandez, Archimedes Prisno, Jun Olimbero, Ernie Ybañez, and Billy Pomida. Hang-Aw 2 showcases the Tacloban- and Leyte-based artists’ varied styles, supreme mastery of their media and their take on the scenes, images, and issues in their culture and community. The exhibit once again provides a fresh escape for the patron insulated by the urban landscape and shows how vibrant and animated art is in the world outside imperial Manila.
Prior to the opening of Hang-Aw 2 the group also inaugurated their other group exhibit, Hulag, at the lobby of the Philamlife Building in UN Avenue, Manila. Hulag, a Waray word describing the splashing action made by a fish as it rises to the water’s surface for air, is the group’s effort to make known the prolific talent of artists from the provinces like the members of KasiKasi. With their second foray into
the big city with the two exhibits, KasiKasi is slowly but definitely surely making inroads to prominence in the metropolitan art scene.
The KasiKasi Art Association of Tacloban regularly exhibits in the said city and is considered the most active art group in that part of the Visayas. The group and its individual members have also joined
exhibits in other parts of Leyte and Visayas as well as in Malaysia and Japan. Hulag was on exhibit from November 4 to 18 while Hang-Aw will stay until December 10. Yael Esperat