Friday, May 13, 2016

The Cultural Center of the Philippines, with support from Orange Gallery, presents the venue grant exhibition “Lawig” by Moreen Austria and Peter James Fantinalgo. The exhibit will run from May 19 to July 3, 2016 at the CCP’s Bulwagang Fernando Amorsolo (Small Gallery). It will open on May 19, Thursday, with an Artist Talk by Austria and Fantinalgo, which will be followed by the lecture “Negros and Panay: The Tie that Binds” by historian Ma. Cecilia Locsin-Nava, Ph.D at 4:00 pm. The exhibit reception will follow at 6:00 pm.

Lawig, a Hiligaynon word which means umbilical cord, is an exhibition of sculptures and installations by Bacolod-based artists Moreen Austria and Peter James Fantinalgo. It probes into the umbilical connection between the neighboring islands of Negros and Panay in the Visayas region of the Philippines. The provinces’ tightly tangled history, shared language and unique culture has undergone significant transformations that produced two distinct mental mode of realities — one elitist, another populist, that resulted in the incessant “sibling rivalry” that has existed for decades.

Lawig envisions a contemporary exhibition that stages the uniqueness of the Negros and Panay relationship as shaped by its past and reflected by the vitality of its shared and separate present. It aspires to create a venue for Hiligaynon historical and socio-cultural re-evaluation. The exhibit is curated by Noel El Farrol.

Lawig may be viewed by the public from May 19 to July 3, 2016 at the CCP’s Bulwagang Fernando Amorsolo (Small Gallery). Viewing hours are from Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

For more information, contact the Visual Arts and Museum Division, Production and Exhibition Department, at (632) 832-1125 loc. 1504 / 1505 and (632) 832-3702, mobile (0917) 603-3809 or email

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