Memories of an ‘iskolar ng bayan’ recalled in ‘Buhay U.P.’ | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

“At Quezon Hall,” by Dominic Rubio
“At Quezon Hall,” by Dominic Rubio

Noted artists hailing from the University of the Philippines such as Manix Abrera, Michael Cacnio, Aileen Lanuza, Vince de Pio, Toym Imao, Jerry Morada, Juanito Torres and guest artists Dominic Rubio and Benjie Mallari have come together to render works around the theme of “Buhay UP,” as they refer to their own fond memories as University of the Philippines students.

These works of art are intended to appeal and resonate with, primarily, the UP alumni who spent their formative years as an “Iskolar ng Bayan.”

Works represent each of the artists’ feelings and sentiments, memories and experiences, even symbolical representations about the State University.

The exhibit runs until May 5 at the Luxury Lane Event Area, East Wing of Shangri-La Mall, Mandaluyong City.

“Fishball,” by Michael Cacnio

In his years as a Fine Arts student at UP, Abrera became an illustrator for the Philippine Collegian. Sculptor Cacnio showcases his distinct signature style of tableaux a joyful student who is passionate about learning.

Lanuza and her mystique femmes are garbed in Filipiniana, surrounded by maroon flowers or the sampaguita. De Pio recalls memories of aspiring musicians of the university. Imao’s sculptures depict the fire and passion of the youth. Morada concentrates on making marble sculptures titled “Fighting Maroons” and “Oblation Run” featuring the carabao, the national animal and symbol of hard work and resiliency. Torres’ massive paintings of surreal scenes about obtained knowledge and wisdom are also on display at the event. Guest artist Mallari depicts the commonplace scene of UP students as they finish a day in their life inside the campus. And guest artist Rubio narrates lives of students in the campus beyond academics. –CONTRIBUTED

The artist’s Reception night of “Buhay U.P.” will be on May 3 , 6:30 p.m. Call 0915-6074682, 0998-5698801