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Mighty Bhutens, Alangui to facilitate last two workshops of educational arfest

The youngest of the de Guia brothers and son of national artist for film Kidlat Tahimik who has sought residence deep down south is back in the city and will be one of the three artists – facilitators in the Baguio Educational Art Festival art mosaic workshop Saturday at the Baguio City National High School.

Kabunian de Guia will join Oliver Olivete and Guiller Lagac as they teach the art to high school wannabe artists in one of the last two workshops in the more than one month art festival in celebration of the arts month in February.

Known as the Mighty Bhutens, the trio of Luzon-Visayas-Mindanao based artists are scheduled at 9AM to give pointers on how to do mosaics.

In the afternoon, Ged Alangui will facilitate the workshop on urban sketching using pen and watercolor. Earlier scheduled last February 5, the workshop was postponed due to the lack of time in staging the lectures on painting using acrylic and watercolor. Alangui was part of a two man urban sketching show in September 30 at the Baguio Convention Center.

The artfest will conclude on March 25 with the competition for most of the workshops done. To be staged at the BCNHS, it will have contests on essay writing, mural painting and the performance arts of singing, dance and stage play with the last rolled into one in a Got Talent like event.

Meanwhile, De Guia is now based in Samal Island, just south of Davao City. He is in Baguio to attend the first death anniversary of his eldest brother, Kidlat, who died in Spain during an exhibit their last year.

Last Wednesday, he joined his family celebrate the life of his older brother even as the third of de Guia siblings, Kawayan, launched the book Tiw-tiwong.

Kawayan actually had his book launching earlier that day with his editors at the Mount Cloud Library along Yangco Street near Brent International School.

Along with editors Padmapami Perez, Rocky Cajigan, Allan Carino and Frank Cimatu, Kawayan narrated the event leading to the creation of the book that involved 140 people and took 10 years to make.

Tiw-tiwong: An Uncyclopedia to Life, Living and Arts in Baguio, the Cordilleras and Beyond in a release is described as a: “Multi-pronged , multi-layered collaborative art book,… (it) summons the potency of history as well as indigenous knowledge and practices, to open up the story of Baguio and the Cordilleras during a time of rapid change. Tiw-tiwong takes the form of an irreverent and defiant reference book: the “anti-textbook’ antidote to more than a century of colonial representations and institutional studies of Baguio and the Cordilleras. It is also one of the most wide-ranging pverviews of the Cordillera nd Baguioo-based art collated to date.” Pigeon Lobien

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