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Jose Johann Bitancor – 2nd Solo Exhibition

Jose Johann Bitancor

If you’re somewhere near Seattle, Washington, don’t miss this painting exhibit of Balereño Jose Johann Bitancor. Titled Timeline, this is his 2nd Solo Exhibit to be held from December 13, 2014 to January 23, 2015 at the Lynnwood Library Art Gallery, 19200 44th Ave. W. Lynnwood Washington, USA.

Jose Johann Bitancor

Before devoting himself full-time into painting, Jose Johann Bitancor has been a seasoned Visualizer/Graphic designer in the Philippines. As a designer, his practice ranged from exhibition designs to Advertising and Promotional materials for several Communications and Marketing Firms. Upon his migration to the U.S. in 2003, he sought to further increase his knowledge and enrolled at the University of Memphis, Memphis Tennessee in 2004, during which he was also granted a scholarship at the Memphis College of Art, Memphis Tennessee in 2006. Very recently, his longtime passion for sculpture produced several works in wood. Coupled with relentless experimentation with materials, his works now include textural abstractions based on everyday life’s experiences.

A graduate of Fine Arts from Far Eastern University, Manila Philippines in 1996. Bitancor has won several awards and distinctions in the Philippines and in United States. He also exhibited his works in various galleries and museums in the Philippines, Guam and the United States such as U.P. Vargas Museum-Diliman, Bencab Museum-Baguio, Rochester Contemporary Art Center-New York, Bliss on Bliss Art Projects-New York, Topaz Arts- New York, Seattle-Washington, Shoreline-Washington, Germantown Performing Art Centre-Tennessee, Tumon Guam among others.

Aurora NGP Week Photo Contest

National Greening Program Week

As a part of the National Greening Program Week – Aurora, the PENRO-REECS is having a photo contest open to all amateur and professional photographers of Aurora. The grand prize is a mountain bike plush cash. Here are the mechanics of the contest:


The photo contest is open to all interested amateur or professional photographers of the Province. Photos should best describe the NGP Week Theme (“National Greening Program: Ang Ating Kagubatan at Kalikasan ay Kayamanan at Buhay”). Participants should comply with all contest requirements. Registration is only one hundred pesos (PhP100) and shall be conducted at the Exhibit Area on December 1-4, 2014, 9am-4pm. A short briefing will be conducted by the PENRO/REECS during registration. Submit your best shots, maximum of five (5) photos per photographer.  Submissions are due by Thursday, December 4, 2014

Bring printed Entry Photos at Exhibit Area letter size (8.5”x11”) and for e-file send entry photos to [email protected] or send a message with the file to facebook account: NGP Aurora Week. Each photo should include (printed photos):

i. A title for the shot
ii. The photographer’s name, address and contact nos.
iii. Also include the date and place the photo was taken as well as any details of the photo
Photo must conform to the following specifications:
· JPEG / JPG format
· If your photos are shortlisted, you will be asked to re?submit them in high resolution (300 dpi on A3 size paper). If deemed necessary, an entrant may also be requested to submit the original source files.
· No blended exposure, HDR, Multiple exposures, noise reduction, blurring digital effects / filters addition and subtraction of elements
By submitting the photograph for consideration, the photographer attests that:
a. Entry is an original photograph (No Photoshop-ping / No Post-Processing or other digital manipulation)
b. S/he created the image and owns full copyright to pictures submitted.
c. Entrant is prepared to certify this attestation on request
d. Submitted image has not been published in the past nor presented in any past photo contests.

All photos submitted / entered will be initially evaluated by the PENRO/REECS for relevance, appropriateness and compliance with the rules. The team will simply select the photos that strike them most based on creativity composition, artistic merit, brilliance and richness of the colors and the adherence to the Theme.

Participants with successful entries will be notified through text and be invited on the programs. Chosen photos will be posted on the exhibits and will be use for the property of PENRO/REECS in IEC Campaign materials. Note that photographers will be recognized.

Grand Prize: Mountain Bike + Cash (worth PhP1, 000.00)
First Prize: PhP1, 500.00 + Gift Certificate (worth PhP1, 000.00)
Consolation Prizes: T-Shirts for those who will not be chosen.

For further queries on the mechanics, please contact Ms. Chea Pantua at 09165388277/09089964573 or you may send email thru: [email protected]

Facebook Page:  NGP AURORA WEEK

Art of Encountering

Art of Encountering - V
Art of Encountering – V

Baleriano performance artist Rommel “Mets” Espinosa is one of the 7 Pinoys who will participate in Art of Encountering – V a Performance Art event scheduled on September 28 to October 19 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. These seven artists are members of Tupada Action and Media Art (TAMA) collective. In 2009, the 6th Tupada International Visual Performance Festival was held in Baler.

Tupada started in 2002 with ambush performances by artists from diverse disciplines in various public spaces, exposing the masses to the artists’ creative expression where they themselves were on an overpass, in open parks, streets, cafes and alternative art spaces. It has since grown into an art collective holding international art events, establishing connections with local and foreign artists in the spirit of cultural and information exchange and getting together in creating an independent ground for art expressing concerns. TAMA aims to bring performance art in the Philippines further, involving new media and technology as currently available material and equipment to tackle issues, articulating them in today’s language. – See more at:

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Jeho Bitancor – Squalid Splendor

Squalid Splendor, Jeho Bitancor's One Man Exhibit At ArGelileia, BGC.
Squalid Splendor, Jeho Bitancor’s One Man Exhibit At ArtGelileia, BGC.

Our kababayan Jeho Bitancor is having a one man show titled Squalid Splendor at Art Galileia, 2nd Level, Fort Pointe Bldg, 28 St., Bonifacio Global City. The show will run until September 18.

From the Art Galileia FB Page:

Based in New York, his geographic location has not stopped distinguished artist Jeho Bitancor to mount a stunning collection that once again demonstrates not only his artistic and visual prowess, but his intellectual and philosophical nature as well. It is this combination of these two, the union of the tangible with the intangible, that embodies the marriage of form and substance.

“Squalid Splendor,” represents Jeho Bitancor’s visual exploration of the duality of our existence. He puts on canvas the contradiction between the reality which we strive for, in contrast with the reality which we actually live in.

For his latest collection Jeho Bitancor, wants to bring a message of hope and renewal, that comes with the realization that, “We all have the right to exist with dignity and not tolerate false values and venerations in the guise of ‘progress and development’.”

Jeho Bitancor is a Cultural Centre of the Philippines Thirteen Artists Awardee of 2006, who has exhibited extensively in the Philippines, Singapore, USA, Malaysia, Thailand and Hong Kong. Trained in the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts (1984-1992), and the New York City Art Student’s League (1997), Jeho has won several awards and distinctions, and is collected by the Singapore Art Museum, Ateneo Art Gallery, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Aurora Provincial Government, Museo de Baler, as well as several private collections.


Baler Artists Join European Art Exhibit

Filipinism, European Art Exhibit 2011
Filipinism, European Art Exhibit 2011

Vincent Christopher Gonzales and Rigor Esguerra from Baler, Aurora are two of the five Filipino artists whose works will be featured in a 6 county European art exhibit from May to July this year. Titled Filipinism, European Art Exhibit 2011 this series of exhibits is presented by Ver Cuison and Bill Perez of the Kunst Gallery and will feature works by Mark Balatbat, Erick Dator, Ronna Manansala and our two kababayans Vincent and Rigor. The art shows will be held in galleries in Germany, United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Austria, The Netherlands and Italy.

The artists will be joining the delegation so if you want to meet them personally, just add them to your Facebook friends list for updates. This is Vincent’s FB Page, and this is Rigor’s page.

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UP Filipiniana Dance Group to Hold Auditions at Baler

The University of the Philippines Filipiniana Varsity Dance Group in coordination to the Office of Sen. Edgardo J. Angara,Provincial Government of Aurora headed by Gov. Bellaflor J. Angara-Castillo thru the Office of Provincial Employment Sports,Culture and Arts for Youth Development (PESCAYDO) will once again hold its auditions on April 10, 2011 at SP Hall Capitol Building Brgy. Suklayin Baler,Aurora- from 9 am – 6 pm. Audition is open to all incoming first year college students from all over the province. Be there and grab this opportunity to become a varsity scholar in the premier state university. For more information please do not hesitate to ask PESCAYDO located at Provincial Capitol Compound Brgy. Suklayin Baler,Aurora.

Jeho and Johann Bitancor’s Paintings at the Everyday Filipino Heroes Exhibit

Everyday Filipino Heroes
Everyday Filipino Heroes

The Center for Art, New Ventures and Sustainable Development (CANVAS), in cooperation with the Vargas Museum, and with support from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) presents Everyday Filipino Heroes art exhibit and outdoor banner project. Paintings of Jeho and Johann Bitancor will be included in the exhibit.


In Everyday Filipino Heroes, artworks from dozens of artists send a collective message that elections are not about looking for saviors or heroes, because they are already all around – and within – us. Images of their original works will also be used for outdoor banners that will line the University’s famed acacia-sheltered Academic Oval, and create a parallel public art exhibit that engages in a relaxed and non-intimidating environment.

The exhibit will open on May 1, Saturday at 4:00 am at the Vargas Museum of the University of the Philippines in Diliman. It will run until May 31, 2010.

Jeho Bitancor - Pedicab
Jeho Bitancor - Pedicab

Jeho Bitancor’s painting – Pedicab (2′ x 4′)

“Ordinary Filipinos like the pedicab driver and regular commuter endure as much tragedy from Bad Government as from natural disasters. Their deprived but honest existence reaffirms our faith in goodness and the need to struggle against the existing social order.”

Jose Johann Bitancor - Magtitinda
Jose Johann Bitancor - Magtitinda

Jose Johann Bitancor’s painting – Magtitinda (2′ x 4′)

“My work depicts a typical street vendor engaged in a day to day survival in the daily grind. They are bereft with the luxuries in life but are nevertheless blessed with undying hope, perseverance and honest intent.” – Johann

Baler Artists Exhibit at UP Bulwagan ng Dangal

Baler Art Exhibit at UP Bulwagan ng Dangal
Baler Art Exhibit at UP Bulwagan ng Dangal

Complementing the still ongoing Baler, Aurora ethnographic art exhibit at Bulwagan ng Dangal, UP Diliman’s University Heritage Museum, is another showcase of artworks by Baler’s Dimalangat Arts Community. The exhibit will run from March 15 to April 30, 2010. Participating artists are Sherwin Paul Gonzales, Marvin Soriano, Ian Maigan, Roy Buen, Jazmin Pasion, Vincent Christopher Gonzales, Val Davidson De Leon, Rosanna Querijero, Ibunsod Querijero, John Blanco, Johann Bitancor, Amado Jimenez, Eufemno Amansec, Jaypee nidoy, and Erwin Preposo. The exhibit was made possible through the initiative of Sen. Edgardo J. Angara, with the guidance of Jeho Bitancor.

Bulwagan ng Dangal, the newest and largest exhibition hall of UP Diliman, is located at the basement of the Gonzalez Hall (University Library).

Photos from the opening of the exhibit can be viewed here. Courtesy of Mimin Pasion