CLARK FREEPORT— The biggest gathering of Kapampangan artists in an exhibit dubbed as ‘Salangian’, which will feature various pieces of arts, will be staged at the Clark Museum here starting on April 27.
Noemi Julian, manager of Tourism and Promotions Division of Clark Development Corporation said that about 80 Kapampangan artists will join the event and more than 100 of their artworks will be exhibited at the Gallery 2 of Clark Museum.
'Salangian’ which means to light or to ignite, will have a gala on April 26 and will be open to the public the following day, Julian said.
Andy Alviz, one of the featured artists and lead organizer, said the activity will serve as a platform to celebrate the creativity and artistry of Kapampangan painters, sculptors and other artists. He also cited the suitability of Clark as the location for the event.
“It’s high time we celebrate the artistry and creativity of the artists. Clark is booming and there will be a lot of demands for art pieces for hotels, condos, offices and restaurants. Now is the time for artists to come to Clark, “ Alviz said.
Alviz also furthered that the “openness and support to the Kapampangan art and culture” are factors which make Clark their ideal spot for the exhibit as he also cited the support of managers of this Freeport.
“Clark was chosen for the exhibit because of its openness and support to the Kapampangan art and culture. Bases Conversion Development Authority President-CEO Vivencio B. Dizon and Clark Development Corporation President-CEO Noel F. Manankil are both excited and gave an all out support for the biggest gathering of Kapampangan artists,” he said.
Last year, various Kapampangan artworks and craftsmanship were featured during the 31st Association of South East Asian Nation (ASEAN) Summit. They were showcased at the ASEAN Villas, Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) VIP lounge and ASEAN Convention Center.
They included the Pidayit by Philip Torres. Pidayit from “pidayit-dayit,” a Kapampangan word that means putting together to form a new one and combining with creative traditions and techniques of embroidery, beadwork, and crochet with diverse style and intricate expressions, all made by hand.
Part of the exhibit are works of to be displayed inside the museum are the artworks of sculptor Willy Layug, painter Rafael Maniago, among others. Both Layug and Maniago are recipient of Most Outstanding Kapampangan Awards (MOKA) for the contribution in the world of arts and culture.
The exhibit is also part of the 25th Anniversary of CDC and the creation of this Freeport.