Filipino Artists in France Highlight Good Pinoy Traits in Exhibit

Vice Consul Emmylou B. Felimer (center) and Michiko Ann N. Acaylar (second from left) from the Philippine Embassy in Paris attended the opening of the exhibit to show support for the event. They are flanked by Filipino artists Dela Paz, Salonga and Dimarucut. (Paris PE photo)

PARIS 31 October 2018 — Filipino artists Dhon Dela Paz, Francis Eric Dimarucut, and Nior Salonga highlighted Filipino traits—deep love for family, hard work, and an optimistic view of life—in their paintings exhibited during the 20th Portes Ouvertes Des Ateliers D’Artistes.

Held in Montreuil, France from 12-15 October 2018, this is the first time that Filipino artists took part in this annual event held since 1999.

Ambassador to France Ma. Theresa P. Lazaro expressed her support to the Filipino painters saying, “The Embassy is proud that the Philippines has entered the art scene in Montreuil. It is good, that through art, French people can be made aware of the positive values of the Filipinos.”

Filipino artist Dhon Dela Paz stands proudly beside his work entitled “A Sacrifice,” which shows the sacrifices of his parents to give their family a good life. (Paris PE photo)

Mr. Dela Paz’s work has the trademark trumpo (spinning top), a traditional toy played by Filipino kids. For him, the trumpo reflects the sacrifices of his parents and the continuity of life.

Francis Eric Dimarucut beams with pride as he shows his work “Stitched in My Memory.” (Paris PE photo)

Another artist, Mr. Dimarucut, include common Filipino scenes such as a breakfast table with newspaper and longganisa (Filipino breakfast sausages) in his works.

Nior Salonga explains that his close relationship with father and his Filipino values inspired him to create his work titled “Bato sa Buhangin.” (Paris PE photo)

For his part Mr. Salonga mentioned that his work reflects the close relationship he has with his father, and the need to maintain hopeful despite the chaos of life. END

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