By RJS and Bryan Edulzura
Since the Poetry Society of Butuan is composed of professionals with various interests in the arts, it’s inevitable it comes up with an art exhibition from active artist-members.
Though an informal hobbyist group organized five years ago, they meet every second saturday of the month, mostly outdoors.
“We started in a farm, under the Rambutan trees, up a hill,” says Vangie Pena-Dominise, the festival coordinator and one of the pioneers who is a literature graduate with long experience on local tourism.
“From the farm to gardens to an art studio atop a building and back, we remain loyal to the creative expression which is also our means of relaxation,” she adds.
Members include Joy R. Bungabung of Cooperative Development Authority-Caraga , Dr. King Esmero of Social Security System, Rhodora O. Lim of ANECO, artists-couple Jonathan and Eva Honculada and daughter Bebs, an architecture student, sculptor Ernz Benolirao, visual artists Bobby Cielo and Anna Marie Llorente, Andre Pena, Ireneo Siwa Jr., Atty. Nerio Rosales, and the late Casiana Torralba of FSUU. ( These two writers included.)
“Everybody’s welcome. People actually come and go. Just have an ear to poetry either yours or by your favorite poets. There’s good conversations and laughter too,” Pena-Dominise quips.
Painters Jon and Anna Marie initiated and inspired the making of the festival officially named “Higad: an art festival in the garden.”
“Higad” in Butuanon means by the river bank, and fittingly so, as the venue, the Anita Consing-Llorente Art Centre is located along F. Durano Street.
Other artists exhibiting their works are Bobby, Ernz and Eva, plus invited performing artists in the field of dance, theatre and music.
An Australian classical musician, Claudio Pompili and his work will also be featured.
But more than arts, there will be added activities on Oriental fitness like Yoga, Body Wind Exploration (inspired from Tai chi and Qigong), Fountain of youth Stretch, Walking meditation, poetry-reading, etc.
“So who says you can’t possibly mix arts and fitness? This is our way of release and want to share it to the community,” Vangie elaborates.
Guests will be pleasantly surprised to see the beautiful garden of the Llorente family, which the art center is part of. The event will be a first in Butuan.
Imagine paintings, sculptures, installations and stones merge with natural, green surroundings. The festival will run on April 30 to May 6. There is a package entrance fee.
“Higad:an art festival in the garden” is in association with BAI Magazine and the Butuan City Tourism Office.
(More details in the next two weeks)
Photos Vangie Pena-Dominise