PGMA to open Filipino art show in Singapore

November 13, 2009 4:31 pm 

SINGAPORE, Nov. 13 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will grace the opening Friday night of two Filipino art exhibits at the Singapore Arts Museum in this thriving island-state.

Minister Lui Tuck Yew of the Singapore Information, Culture and the Arts and chairman Tommy Kho of the Singapore National Heritage Board will be on hand to welcome her.

The first of the exhibits – Thrice Upon A Time: A Century of Story in the Art of the Philippines – features the early works of Vicente Manasala, H.R. Ocampo, Cesar Legaspi, Arturo Luz, Ang Kiukok, Fernando Zobel, David Cortez Medalla, Galo Ocampo, Alfonso Ossorio, and J. Elizalde Navarro, among others.

In the Eye of Modernity, the second of the exhibits, will show rarely seen masterpieces from the Ateneo Art Gallery.

The two exhibits are being held to commemorate the establishment of diplomatic relations between Singapore and the Philippines 40 years ago.

After opening the exhibit, the President will meet with representatives of the Filipino community at the Fullerton Hotel.

There are 144,312 Filipinos living and working in Singapore, mostly computer programmers and analysts, engineers, nurses, architects/draftsmen, bank executives, aircraft technicians and mechanics.

Last year, their remittances amounted to 524 million dollars.

Mrs. Arroyo will proceed to the museum from the Changi International Airport. She is here to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the historic 1st ASEAN-US Summit on November 14 and 15.

Her official delegation includes Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo and Press Secretary Cerge Remonde. (PNA) LDV/OPS/ssc

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