Filibata Art Walk 2011
curated by Jason Moss 

Sitio Damayan, Baranggay 105, Manila

Children from impoverished areas have often been portrayed in media and by well-meaning organisations in a negative light. Seldom do we see them depicted in a manner that uplifts their dignity and shows them as normal, resilient children.

This exhibit sponsored by NGO Filibata and Sining Kamalig art gallery attempts to break preconceived notions about those children who hail from one of the poorest areas in Metro Manila by mustering a volunteer group of amateur and professional photographers to document these children at play.

All of these artists, photographers and illustrators, further endeavoured to present that despite the dire and destitute environment that these children are exposed to every day, the look on their faces and actions reveal a different story.

This is their story….

In keeping with Juliette Kwee’s continued efforts in helping Manila’s Urban Poor, Juliette launched the FILIBATA Photowalk in early 2011 in collaboration with Netherlands-based NGO Filibata, and Bahay at Yaman ni San Martin de Porres, a Philippine-based charity organization. 21 photographers were invited and assigned the pleasant task of capturing children at play in Tondo, Manila. Afterwards, the INK artist group – through the leadership of celebrated local artist Jason Moss – was invited to interepret the selected photos through their own artwork. Artbeat Manila in collaboration with California-based graphic designer Anderson Gin graciously contributed to the project by designing a beautiful set of postcards – to not only raise funds but to serve as keepsakes of the project.

The 2011 FILIBATA ARTWALK EXHIBIT scheduled for December 8 6pm at Sining Kamalig art gallery, Araneta Center Cubao, Quezon City showcases the entire collection of photos and works of art, curated by Jason Moss. The postcards will be available all throughout.

Opening night. With fellow Ang I.N.K. members.

I was surprised to see this. These two onlookers are actually my seniors from an old company.

Bawal na po rin silang tawagin  Sir & Miss sabi nila, promise ang hirap nun tanggalin sa systema.

They have been participating also in exhibitions too. On the right, Mariel has been with Ang I.N.K. for the longest time & has been involved with several exhibits under  our group. On the left, Joel on the other hand used to participate too in group exhibits. Hope he gets to paint again soon so we can see his awesome paintings someday.

And the artwork that they’re looking at is the illustration that I’ve worked on for Filibata which dawned to my attention a lot later. 🙂


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