Bicol's Salingoy Art Group presents “pintaFRANCIA sa Pandemya” online | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

If you aren’t in the know, we’re telling you. Bicol is a hotspot for art. Look at how Salingoy Art Group is taking its annual September fiesta exhibit online with pintaFRANCIA sa Pandemya.

At the height of the feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, patroness of the Bicol region, the exhibit shows off Salingoy’s recent efforts. Twenty-one artists have put up their respective artworks that collectively present their rumination on how art helps with healing during the ongoing global health crisis.

Grace De Luna, one of the artists featured, describes how her works like “Same Parts” and “Aabutin” directly reflect her process and experience in the past few months. “I created these four pieces during the ECQ period when I locked myself in my room and binge-watched American Horror Story.  I was in a mental health slump at that time, and creating them helped me deal with that.”

“Same Parts” by Grace De Luna

Other artworks play with landscapes associated with Naga. Spot them in the works of Roderick Imperio featuring bucolic scenes and the different landmarks of the area.

“Harvest” by Roderick Imperio

Some are perfect snapshots of today’s reality with characters in face masks, going about pre-COVID-19 activities.

“Pandemic Series 1” by Brian Oliver Ramos

Salingoy Art Group’s founding member Pancho Piano focuses on the image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia for this exhibit.

“Burak Para Ki Ina” by Pancho Piano

Other artists participating in pintaFRANCIA sa Pandemya are Marcial Abay, Jr., Hermel Alejandre, Geraldvic Badong, Jr., Warren Balane, Melissa Basmayor, Maria Nessa Buena, Dario Buan Encinas, Marizeal Joy Cata, Jao Deauna, Junie Linsoco, Gemmalyn Vela Padilla, Nitoy Peñera, Rommel Perez,  Jerome Sta. Maria, Rey Regalario, Alma Satur Tadle, and Lea Uvas.

The exhibit will run until Sept. 30 on Salingoy Art Group’s website.


Formed on March 2, 2011, by its president, Pancho Piano, Salingoy Art Group is an independent non-profit organization of individuals who believe in the power of art and expression in contributing to community growth, development, and wellbeing.

It is named after the Bicol word that translates to “looking back” – a nod to how the members use their Bikolnon roots as impetus for realizing their creative potentials to the fullest. For inquires, you can email

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Featured image: “Bunay” by Geraldvic Badong Jr. 



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