CSF hosts na­tional artist’s cen­te­nar­ian ex­hibit

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY PRINCESS CLEA ARCELLAZ Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO - The city govern­ment of San Fer­nando on Mon­day un­veiled to the pub­lic the ex­hibit about the works of Na­tional Artist for Paint­ing Ce­sar Le­gaspi in honor of his cen­te­nary birth­day which is now in­stalled at the Old Train Sta­tion here.

Chi­nese Am­bas­sador Zhao Jian­hua hands over a check amount­ing to P7.7 mil­lion to Gov. Lilia Nanay Pineda and Sec­ond Dis­trict Rep. Glo­ria Ma­ca­pa­gal Ar­royo as aid to the anti-bird flu cam­paign of the provin­cial govern­ment of Pam­panga.

Dubbed as “Milig­tas,” the ex­hibit fea­tures the prom­i­nent art­works of Le­gaspi such as the Sur­vivor and the Bayani­han, and will oc­ca­sion the in­fus­ing of new me­dia projects, such as 3D map­ping and an­i­ma­tion, along­side the per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion of lo­cal his­tory and mem­o­ra­bilia ob­jects from the Bataan Death March.

The ex­hibit also serves as the home­com­ing of the Pi­abeabeng Sikanan, an art­work de­vel­oped by Ka­pam­pan­gan lan­tern mak­ers Ar­nel and Mark Flores to pay homage to Le­gaspi’s Bayani­han mu­ral.

Ac­cord­ing to Le­gaspi’s son Den­nis, the ex­hibit is the last leg of the year-long com­mem­o­ra­tion of Le­gaspi’s cen­te­nary birth­day which kicked-off on April 2 at the Na­tional Mu­seum and had its main ex­hi­bi­tion at the Cul­tural Cen­ter of the Philip­pines.

Den­nis said that the City of San Fer­nando’s host­ing of “Milig­tas” is very special as it is the only cho­sen venue out­side Metro Manila and will serve as the com­mence­ment ex­hibit for the year-long ac­tiv­ity.

“It is very sig­nif­i­cant that the City of San Fer­nando be­came the last stop of Bataan Death March while my fa­ther, whose cen­te­nary ex­hibit ends here, is the one com­mis­sioned to do de­sign work for the Death March marker. For us, it just very fit­ting that we com­menced our year-long re­mem­brance of our fa­ther’s cen­te­nary birth­day here,” he said.

Mayor Edwin San­ti­ago, for his part, wel­comed the Le­gaspi fam­ily in the City of San Fer­nando and ex­pressed his grat­i­tude for shar­ing their pa­tri­arch’s art­work to Fer­nandi­nos and Ka­pam­pan­gans.

He stressed that Le­gaspi’s art­works will add up to the var­i­ous mem­o­ra­bilia and his­tor­i­cal ar­ti­facts that are presently dis­played in the Old Train Sta­tion.

“Maram­ing sala­mat po sa pag­pili sa San Fer­nando na mag­ing parte sa pag­pupu­gay sa at­ing na­tional artist Ce­sar Le­gaspi. Dito po sa San Fer­nando, ta­la­gang pina­ha­ha­la­ga­han namin ang kul­tura at kasaysayan kaya asa­han ninyo na maram­ing Fer­nandino, lalo na ka­bataan ang makakakita sa art­works ng at­ing na­tional artists,” he said.

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