Pinoy artists emphasize relevance of Jose Rizal

By Shielo Mendoza, Yahoo! Southeast Asia

An arts organization demonstrated through paintings Jose Rizal's continuing relevance today in commemoration of his sesquicentennial or 150th birth anniversary on June 19.

The Center for Art, New Ventures and Sustainable Development (CANVAS) organized its third annual "Looking for Juan Project" wherein they invite artists to reflect and express their thoughts on the question of what it means to be a Filipino, focusing this year on the relevance of the life, words and sacrifice of the national hero.

The original works are exhibited at the University of the Philippines Vargas Museum in Diliman, Quezon City from June 3 to 10, and will then be transported to the Bencab Museum in Baguio for an extended show.

Meanwhile, the outdoor banners of the artworks are also displayed around the UP Academic Oval, the Bencab Museum gardens and selected Ayala Underpasses.

"The most important part is when the pieces are turned into public art, the outdoor banners, because it is when people can look at them and reflect on them. And probably, if the artworks move them, the better," said Gigo Alampay, executive director of CANVAS.

At the end of the public exhibition, the banners will be recycled into tote bags that will serve as one-of-a-kind pieces of functional art which will then be sold to benefit selected charities, as well as other CANVAS efforts to promote greater awareness and appreciation for Philippine art, culture and the environment.

To view some of the works, visit

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