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Romy Gutierrez’s Paintings that Caught Our Eyes

May 20, 2019
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Titled “A MOTHER’s EMBRACE,” (2013) this is very much off Romy Gutierrez’s cup. Seems an experiment of sort since he is known for using pastel color shades. This is one of the few works he had that stood out for being different, at least in the color choices used because the subject is still one of his favorite: Mother and Child. But much the same as the others, this particular work, had textures made out of overlapping paper until some form of relief shaped up.

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“SOFT, GLOWING LIGHT” quite gripped my senses, having been an admirer of Juvenal Sanso’s paintings. This immediately reminded me of the man’s work.  Gutierrez did not deny that Sanso had an influence on him. Of course,  they were no more evident in the rest of his works after this phase I would assume. Made in 2009, or five years after the one above was made, he continuously experimented on techniques and style to at least probably deviate from his usual creations. Here he created another textural form which need not use the familiar textured lines or layered paper as base. I see here more of brush textures and spattered colors that on its own richly formed new dimensions..

“SEATED MODEL” (1992) – Probably, one of those phases in Romy Gutierrez’s life when he first let flowing white paint texture his canvas. There is something classic in the expression of the subject; at the same time the lines reminds me of Picasso’s

“GRATEFUL HEART” (2009) — Here the flowing and fluid lines, circular forms, luminous patches of colors that give layers of dimensions to an other wise plain, flat form continues. This has become the more known style of Gutierrez. As he loves textures, he creates each time something new. I just suppose that the underlying textures he creates at times leads him to something he himself may not have seen or thought of before, and proceed from there. This is creativity at work.

“CONVERSATION” (2014) – A beautifully composed and rendered lines and forms over the usual textured base, he departed for a while from the light hues, by adding purple shades and orange colors.

The works above were not included in the 39th Solo Exhibition of Romy Gutierrez held last month at the Impressions Gallery, SM Megamall.

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Figurative Abstraction Landscape Paintings of ROMEO E. GUTIERREZ

March 20, 2019

After many decades, I’ll finally meet an old friend, award-winning and former art professor Romeo Gutierrez. We very fondly called him “Romy.” Exhibition will be held at the 4th level, Artwalk, SM Megamall Bldg. A, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong in Metro-Manila.

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Angels Walk for Autism 2019

February 28, 2019

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For your tickets, click the following link:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/asp-angels-walk-for-autism-2019-tickets-52352092518

This is an annual event initiated by Autism Society Philippines. Below is a docu that traces the history of Angels Walk.

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Cine Malolos

February 6, 2019

Last Saturday, we (buddy sign language interpreter Febe Sevilla and I) met Mr. Lloyd Crisostomo, owner’s descendant and currently in charge of Plaridel Printing Press, the oldest printing press in Malolos, Bulacan. I took a shot of an interesting old photo of Cine Malolos from his collection. Their printing press started operating during the early years of the American Period. Still in operation, it is located in Calle Estrella. For my collection, I got a movie ticket measuring 2 3/4″ x 1 3/8″ that they printed in 1955 featuring an American film starring Errol Flynn and Michellene Praille doubled with “ESKANDALOSA”, a Filipino movie starred in by then very popular stars Leopoldo Salcedo and Alicia Vergel.

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I did not expect to see those memorabilia. We went there to research on his father, a Deaf entrepreneur, and for a time, a student of Delight Rice, Founder of the Philippine School for the Deaf. Old newspapers featured his father, Mr. Guillermo Crisostomo as a printer and collector. He collected not only clippings about him, the materials he printed; he also had stamp collections, bottles, even cigarette wrappers!

Anyway,I got aside from the Cine Malolos ticket, Cine Estrella and Cine Irmen’s movie tickets. They are all dated 1955, birthyear of Donatella Versace! (Coincidence that just this morning, I read about her, said to be the muse of her brother, Gianni. I got interested to read about all the real people involved dramatized in the story, and filmed as a series in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”. Thanks to Netflix. Got to know more about Andrew Cunanan, the Fil-Am serial killer in the series. Great performance by another Fil-Am, Darren Criss.

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An Exhibition on the Life and Works of BROCKA and BERNAL

January 22, 2019

In celebration of the 100th Year of Philippine Cinema, De La Salle-College of St. Benilde in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Cultural Center of the Philippines present

an Exhibition on the Life and Works of National Artists in Film Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal.

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Open to the public from January 25-April 27, 2019.

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Home for Individuals with Special Needs (ISNs)_First in the Philippines Opens Its Doors on December 15

December 2, 2018

A unique residential community to address the growing needs of Individuals with Special-Needs (ISNs) as they grow old and their elderly parents as they further advance into their senior years, HAPPY HOMES envisions a community with two major house types for its members: one small house and one big house called “MY BIG HOUSE”. As the living room for the community, MY BIG HOUSE sets the initial impression for visitors about what HAPPY HOMES is – as well as, our community values. “MY BIG HOUSE” is a house, a school and a mini-hotel where the community programs and services are held. It is our community’s treasure which all members enjoy and maintain. It is our social center, our place for dining, celebrations, educational fora and entertainment. It has a large social hall, a big teaching kitchen, a children’s room, a teens’ room, guest rooms, library, art studio, a hydrotherapy room and a training room. More importantly, MY BIG HOUSE forms part of the families’ estate plan for the ISN as it is 100% owned by families and advocates of ISNs. MY BIG HOUSE and its allied services like travel and tours, staycation packages, transportation service, housekeeping services, among others, shall generate income, dividends and patronage refunds which shall go directly into the ISNs savings, to assure the ISN of a secure supported living. MY BIG HOUSE will also provide them opportunities to become productive members of the society through the sheltered employment program by working as service crew. By creating MY BIG HOUSE, the HAPPY HOMES Community is ensured that each need is addressed, and the persons with disabilities enjoy a meaningful and productive life.

On December 15, Happy Homes will open the doors to MY BIG HOUSE. Gift-giving to the students of its adopted schools, including the showing of my documentaries: PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon and ALYANA — A Study of Autism in the Philippines are scheduled during the event. See the program below:

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It is the first in the Philippines and will not be the only one as HAPPY HOMES is currently working on its expansion/replication in Antipolo City. Acceptance of members is based on queuing so it is important that a family consider becoming a member as early as the planning stage for the next community.

Envisioned are business and employment opportunities for ISNs within the community, while financial savings schemes and income-generating projects will be available to every resident for needs sustenance. Moreover, it will surely benefit each member as the mission is to provide continuous care and support to create a fulfilling community life, administered by Resident Service-Providers (RSP): teachers, therapists, caregivers, and service paraprofessionals who live in the same community. This is a self-help project whose funding comes from membership fees, grants and donations.

For inquiries, contact Mrs. Glecilda Rances at (0943) 129. 1846 or email docbenj@happyhomeshousingcoop.org.

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Filipino Autism Advocate Awarded First ASEAN Prize

November 15, 2018

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 14) — A Filipina was awarded the first ever ASEAN Prize Tuesday for her work in improving the lives of people with autism.

Erlinda Uy Koe received the award from Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Singapore during the opening ceremonies of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

Koe is the former chairperson of the ASEAN Autism Network and Chair Emeritus of the Autism Society Philippines (ASP).

She received a trophy as well as a $20,000 cash prize.

A statement from Koe posted on APS’s Facebook page said, “This is a welcome blessing. For the inaugural ASEAN Prize to be awarded to a family autism advocacy shows how far the ASEAN Community has embraced inclusion for persons with autism and other special needs. I pray that this recognition will help organizations like the ASP and other members of ASEAN Autism Network to connect with policy makers and push for institutional mechanisms that will help improve the lives of those living in the autism spectrum.”

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ASEAN lauded Koe for her “leadership and tireless efforts in contributing to an inclusive and people-oriented, people-centred ASEAN Community.”

Malacañang also extended its congratulations.

“The Palace wishes to congratulate Ms. Erlinda Uy Koe of the ASEAN Society Philippines and the ASEAN Autism Network (AAN) for winning the ASEAN Prize 2018 and bringing tremendous pride and great honor to the country,” said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

The ASEAN Prize “is to recognise inspiring achievements and inspiring contributions of an individual or organization, inter alia, to the building of a rules-based, people-oriented, people-centred ASEAN Community, and intra ASEAN collaborative efforts”according to the ASEAN website.

Source: http://cnnphilippines.com/news