Liongoren Gallery in cooperation with HABI Philippine Textile Council invites you to the opening of its annual show Walong Filipina: Alay sa Manghahabi (Tribute to the Weaver) at 4 PM, Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 111 New York Ave. Cor Stanford Sts., Cubao QC. Walong Filipina, an annual show of Liongoren Gallery since 1990, celebrates the lives and works of Filipinas through the exploration of various themes and issues close to the heart of the woman. This year’s show marks Liongoren Gallery’s first art exhibit which focuses on Philippine indigenous weaves. It is in line with its avowed objective to promote environmental concern and Filipino cultural heritage through the visual arts.

It involves a collaborative art project between four visual artists and four weavers. This is to pay homage to these four remarkable women weavers who have sustained the craft through generations. Featured works will be by UP Fine Arts faculty member and painter Ninel Constantino with Tingguian retired school teacher and weaver Norma Agaid Mina from Peñarubia, Abra, renowned visual artist Joy Mallari with Kalinga weaver-entrepreneur Irene Bawer Bimuyag from Kalinga, Apayao, graphic designer and needle crafter Gabie Osorio with Bangar, La Union master weaver Flordelita Guileb, and crochet wizard Aze Ong with co-founder of Rurungan sa Tubod Foundation and warrior-weaver Adelaida Lim of Baguio City.

The Art Studies class of University of the Philippines Professor Flaudette May Datuin consisting of Lex Abdon, Pau Bullanday, Catherine Esteban, Emmanuelle Ramos, Joyce Tagunicar, Frank Trazo, Bianca Urrutia, and Joanne Villanueva, are providing curatorial assistance for the whole exhibition. Nooks Manufacturing International Corporation, the first producer of Piña yarn which comes from hand scraped pineapple fiber and hand-picked cotton is also providing invaluable help to the project.

Moveover shows are being arranged in Makati, Baguio, La Union, Abra, and Kalinga hopefully in the coming months. Next March 2016 there will repeat the same activity with a different set of weavers from another locality. Hopefully this will generate interest and patronage, revitalize our dying textile industry which is one of our revered cultural heritage. This will also translate in good livelihood opportunities for women.

For inquiries, please contact 912-4319, 439-3962, and +639178874319 or e-mail liongorengallery@gmail.com.


Norma Crisologo Liongoren