Silip Paete: Sculpture and Painting Exhibition features 49 artworks by Angelito and Lell Baldemor, Joseph and Jayson Bañez, Danilo Cads, Bayani Rey Acala, Glenn Cagandahan, Phaern Afurong, Edgar Driodoco, Ernesto Cagayat, Oddette Monfero, Christine Aquilo, Melecio Baysauli, Ronnel Cainto, and Edward Dave.
The beautifully hand carved and painted Koi
by Paete artist Jai Bañez. (Photo by Christopher Gapuz, IRRI)
The event is organized by UPOU’s Cultural Committee, headed by Dr. Prime Garcia, and the Banhay Kulay Paete Artist Guild, led by Mr. Joseph Bañez. UPOU has been hosting competitions and exhibits, wood carving workshops and forums for local wood carvers since 2013.
Banhay Kulay Paete Artist Guild has been a UPOU partner since 2015 and nurtures established and upcoming talents of Paete. Paete in Laguna is widely hailed as an artistic hotspot, particularly for its excellent woodcarvings. In fact, the town's name is derived from the Tagalog word for chisel.
"Some of our members left their high-paying jobs abroad,” said Jayson Bañez, who leads the guild. “They chose to return to Paete to practice their art."
Silip Paete: Sculpture and Painting Exhibition is open to the public until 21 March.
IRRI Communication intern Christopher Gapuz (left) and Paul Hilario,
curator of the IRRI Riceworld Museum.
(Photo by A. Santiaguel, IRRI)
Nestor Cagayat found his inspiration in a crowd of rowdy inebriated menfolk for this complex and
intricately carved Mabo-boteng usapan.(Photo by Christopher Gapuz, IRRI)
Members of the Banhay Kulay Paete Artist Guild at the opening of Silip Paete exhibit. (Photo: UPOU)