Sketcherellio in SketchTour exhibit showcases Baguio landmarks

Pasig City based artist who made a name for himself during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic by featuring health care workers who succumbed to the virus through his sketching will have 40 of his sketches done during the first three days of the month on exhibit at the Baguio Convention Center on September 30.

Aurelio Castro III, who also made a name by doing sketches of Leni Robredo supporters during the last election, will highlight the Session: SketchTour of Baguio exhibit at the former venue of the world chess championship.

Castro did the pen and watercolor on paper measuring nine inch by 12 inch, during his on location urban sketching efforts last September 1 to 3.

Actually he arrived on August 31 and stayed at his cousin’s house, noted Baguio creative Karlo Altomonte, and did initial works like the Carabao Mountain or Quirino Hill.

He later stayed at the Podium Botique Hotel where he sketched the back – overlooking Bengao and Bakakeng – then the inside of Hoka Brew and much later the hotel itself.

On a gloomy September 2, Castro sketched the former Session Theater at the middle of the city’s most famous thoroughfare after getting the nod of cops stationed at the former cinema.

Inside Volante (which is inside Session Theater), he sketched the people and the detail of the cinema lobby turned resto.

The rainy weather actually prevented Castro to do his sketches. “Masyadong gray and background (The background is too grey),” said the artist of his sketches and when the skies cleared a bit on his last day, he did the Podium Hotel.

“Luckilly, I was able to do some works, some 24 sketches. But I will do more when I come back,” said the music major visual artist.

Castro hopes to come back to Baguio on September 28, two days before the exhibit and do some more works.

On the other hand, Ged Alangui failed to do much work during the stormy weekend during the first days of the month. Alangui has done his alma mater Baguio Central School as he attempt to finish the older public schools and the three biggest universities before the end of the month.

“Ugggh the rains,” said Alangui, who just finished the Heroes: Wall of Fame murals at the Baguio athletic bowl.

“I just do hope to finish it before the start of the exhibit due to the rains and my work as barangay official and of course as father to my younger kids who I wall to and from school, as well as provide lunch,” said Alangui.

Castro said that he is hoping that a Baguio chapter of the urban sketching will be started here and with Alangui to spearhead it.

Castro will also highlight his skills in guitar playing during the exhibit date.

The event, a project of e-Pub which is behind the Heroes projects, is backed by the city and is under the Breathe Baguio project. Pigeon Lobien




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