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Baguio SketchTour exhibit opens on last day of Charter Month

INGRESS. Aurelio Castro III with his wife Jen is completing the ingress of his work before curtain call on September 30 at the Baguio Convention Center. Some 40 on location sketches done on pen and watercolor were done early this month for the September 30 exhibit with local Ged Alangui. Pigeon Lobien

The Baguio SketchTour featuring landmarks, landscapes and people of the city is set to open to the public tomorrow, September 30, during the last day of what is the former Kafagway’s charter month celebration.

Aurelio Castro III will be joined by local artist Ged Alangui in the two-man exhibit for their on location sketches all around Baguio done on pen and watercolor.

Despite the gloomy and rainy weather after the city’s 113th Charter Day celebration, the two artists were still able to make their rounds and come out with their artistic creations.

Session: SketchTour of Baguio did not only take the two artists at the center of the city and the famous thoroughfare as the main subject but also to other parts of the city.

Castro actually came her on August 31 and stayed overnight at Camdas Subdivision where he did a sketch of Carabao Mountain or better known as Quirino Hill, one of the most densely populated areas in the city.

In his four day stay here, he did also Magsaysay Flyover and at Session Road, he did the former Session Theater, inside the Volante Pizzeria, the stairway of the Cathedral with the archangels statue at its entrance and the lowest part of the road with La Brea Inn as the most prominent structure.

“No blue, but only gray,” he bemoaned with the sky cast.

At Podium Botique Hotel, where he was holed out for three nights, he did a sketch of the Bengao and Bakakeng Central barangay. Inside, he did a sketch of the Hoka Brew where he grabbed a couple of beers later.

A rainy September 3 saw him at the Victory Liner where he got a package from manila and while walking down Session Road, he dropped by the Court of Appeals and did a sketch despite the downpour.

Alangui, on the other hand, was at McDonalds Insular Life, where he was doing a sketch of Baguio Central School.

Later at Luisa’s Café, he sketched two more, one of people eating inside the Fil-Chinese and two editors of local weeklies who were enjoying a bottle or two of beer.

On his last day, he walked up Session Road, did Casa Vallejo, and then walked down the stairway of the former Barrio Fiesta down the waiting shed to do a sketch of the Valenzuela Street view.

Before getting the bus, he dropped by the University of the Cordilleras to do an image of the school.

Ingress of the works was done Thursday in time for the opening September 30.

“If weather permits, I will still do some sketching in time for tomorrow’s opening,” said Castro, who just finished the image of the Baguio Convention Center and it left to dry while he completed his ingress. Pigeon Lobien

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