LA UNION CUL­TURE & ARTS GALLERY

The La Union art scene is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a re­vival of sorts, and at the heart of it all is this unique gallery

Real Living (Philippines) - - La Union - —Bub­bles Sal­vador

La Union is fast gain­ing ground as a hub for artists. Thanks to a provincial gov­ern­ment project that started a few years ago, there is now a venue to show­case the lo­cals’ flair for the arts.

The Cul­ture and Art Gallery of La Union (known in the Ilo­cano di­alect as Silid ti Adal

ken Laing ti La Union) is open to artists re­sid­ing or has roots in the prov­ince. Most of them are mem­bers of the decades-old AGLaUN, or Artists Guild of La Union, but there are also those who are part of other groups like Karat­ula La Union and Guhit Pi­nas (La Union chap­ter).

Ac­cord­ing to AGLaUN vice pres­i­dent John Parmisano, “Umaan­gat na ngayon ang arts sa La Union. A few months ago, we were ask­ing our­selves ano ang da­pat mag­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tion ng LU artists. We should level up with our neigh­bors, Pan­gasi­nan and Baguio. We thought, what if we start with ab­strac­tion? Pri­mary goal is to have a dis­tinct balat.” Its cu­ra­tor, Rodel Rillera, who is also the pres­i­dent of AGLaUN, says that the goal is to push local artists to be at par with artists in Manila and Baguio.

And to make sure that La Union’s love for the arts is passed on to the next generation, the gallery holds sum­mer work­shops that cater mainly to chil­dren.

“Ayaw nam­ing mawala ang arts sa La Union. Part of our ob­jec­tive is to make La Union the art hub of the Ilo­cos area, and maybe one day hold an ex­hibit in Manila,” adds John. Aside from ex­hibits, the gallery also hosts spo­ken word ses­sions. Cul­ture and art Gallery of la union (Silid ti adal ken lainG ti la union), 3/l luPaC BldG., San fer­nando, la union; oPen Mon­dayS to fri­dayS, 9 a.M. to 5 P.M.; Satur­dayS, 9 a.M. to 3 P.M.; tel. (072) 888-2797, (072) 242-5550 loC, 218; faCe­Book: www.faCe­Book.CoM/ Silid­lau­nion

The com­plex wood works of Rodel Rillera al­most seem like me­chan­i­cal cre­ations com­plete with cogs; Rodel also cre­ated the ab­stract paint­ing be­side it (top right). Mean­while, paint­ings by Rene Ma­san­cay (bot­tom) and Juan Elani Toles (bot­tom right) come in bright splashes of col­ors and in­tri­cate de­tails.

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