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“Bukangliwayway”, a Tagalog word for dawn is a collection of paintings inspired by the images and impressions of Aurora. Through the medium of painting Jeho Bitancor depicted facets of life familiar only to us Aurorans, who share and inhabit a particular space and time. Unique as it is, our “existence” demanded careful re-presentation and interpretation as the artist tries to weave through visual narrative a beautiful tapestry we call “Aurora.” Materials had to be recollected from the past, observed in the present and hoped for the future. The artist believes that each strand from the fibers of our socio-cultural and politico-economic life as expressed in art will serve as a document, a relic of the present that the future generations will hold on to, as they seek to understand their “being”, a window to their “becoming”. It is in this context that art, as an expression of culture and history is of significance. To locate and connect us to our roots, to establish that sense of identification and belonging, to instill a sense of PRIDE. For indeed, in a world of rapid technological advancement, where ethnic origins are diminished by the influx of western cultures, and where the world is increasingly becoming homogenous, one’s assertion of selfhood and nationhood is informed by a clear concept of IDENTITY.

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The artist beating the deadline. Donna Calderon (long hair) helping, and Kidlat (sitting) providing moral support.

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Retouching "pahangin". And i thought only ladies do retouch.

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The opening ceremony started at 6 pm. Gov. Castillo talking about art to eager Bitancor fans.

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The ribbon cutting thing. Baler Mayor Arthur Angara and Gov. Bella Castillo doing the favor. With them are Jeho Bitancor (in black), Baler Central School principal Flor Gonzales (in red) and Museo de Baler curator Mrs. Ilovita Mesina (in gold).

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Viewing the landscapes

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The painting is titled Dapithapon at Hapunan sa Kubo ni Tata Ando (circa 1985) Dimadimalangat, Baler, Aurora. The real Tata Ando is standing on the right of the painting.

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On the piece titled "pamana".

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With the ANSHS usherettes

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The cocktail

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Sen. Edgardo Angara and his wife graced the exhibit on August 19. He eventually reserved half of the works on exhibit for himself.

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Mrs. Mesina, Sen. and Mrs. Ed Angara, Mrs. Rose Querijero of ANSHS, Jeho Bitancor and Olin Duaso.

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ABS-CBN Foundation chair Gina Lopez with Gov. Castillo. On the background is the painting titled "subasko".

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Related Links:

Jeho Bitancor: Exegesis
9th SOLO SHOW BY JEHO BITANCOR

April 17 - May 19, 2004
Boston Gallery, Cubao, Quezon City

Jeho Bitancor: New Works

Big & Small Art Co.
SM Megamall


Click here to see other works of Jeho Bitancor

The Heart of Banana: A Journey Through Aurora
by: Jeho Bitancor

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All photos by: Olin Duaso

BUKANGLIWAYWAY
Impressions/Images
of Aurora
A one-man exhibit by
Jeho Bitancor

August 15-20, 2004
Museo De Baler

October 4 - 15, 2004
Philippine Center
Office of the Consulate General
556 Fifth Avenue
New York, USA



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