Pagtitipon 2019

By on June 25, 2019

Pagtitipon 2019 (Supplied Photo)

Pagtitipon 2019

July 16 – 21, 2019, 9 am – 8 pm.

Gerry Thorne Exhibition Hall, the Roundhouse, Vancouver

Reception:  July 17, 6:30 – 8:30 pm,  RSVP

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Music and art foundation presents art exhibit
Filipino artists from Canada, US, and the Philippines gather for a Vancouver show

It’s happening again!  This time, 12 artists conversing in one room, exhibiting their individual brushstrokes, forms of expression, and catalystic bursts of reality, imaginings, and colour.

Following a very successful exhibition in 2015, the Filipino Music and Art Foundation in BC (FMAAFBC) has once again invited Filipino global artists to express their innermost explorations in a “gathering” or “Pagtitipon” art exhibit in beautiful Vancouver.

Pagtitipon 2019 is a convergence of 12 carefully vetted and selected artists whose works span various styles and sensitivities.  “These exhibits expose the creative and artistic talents of Filipinos while promoting appreciation and understanding of fine arts in the community at large”, explains FMAABC founder, Lenore RS Lim.

To curator Imelda Cajipe Endaya, this collection is a panorama of visual styles.  She has grouped the artists into 4 inclinations, noting that the grouping is fluid, as artists freely straddle tendencies.

1)  Landscape and floral painting: Edgardo Lantin is undeniably a master painter of realism, deftly suggesting atmosphere and sense of weather in his landscapes; Tessie Dichupa, engrossed with nature’s forms, shapes, light, and shadows, uses a sombre palette and remarkably confident brushstrokes to imbue mood and emotion; Danvic Briones’ naturalist style shows a penchant for symbolism and capturing a moment; Ileta Buenaventura’s works are cheerful, linear designs in pen, acrylic and glazing medium; Jo Galang’s impressionistic oil paintings exude quiet joy and idealism.

2) Figurative Art:  Lorina Capitulo’s pen-and-ink drawings reveal a proficiency in capturing the essence of feeling, even as she utilizes elements of distortion;  Bert Monterona’s advocacy art transcends the figurative category in his canvas tapestries of Filipino heritage, culture and community;  Esmie Gayo McLaren’s figuration is a  vibrant interpretation of figures in movement, depicting the energy of people in a multicultural milieu.

3)  Abstract art:  Rico Lascano’s series are minimalist, serene rendition of forms contrasting void, that elevate the viewer’s spirit into a higher, meditative ground; Lenore RS Lim’s series are highly sensual arrangements of nature forms and textures created from sensitive handling of printmaking technology.

4) Peculiar genre (for lack of a better term):  Aze Ong calls her work immersive installations and are of colourful fiber and threads fashioned into sculptural forms; Mayo Landicho’s contemporary tattoo art uses tribal motifs inspired by “batok” technique of the Kalinga in Northern Philippines.

“Pagtitipon 2019 exhibit”, says Endaya, “is indeed a rich gathering of vistas, expressions and outlook from the global community of Filipino artists.”


Presented by the Filipino Music and Art Foundation in B.C., in cooperation with the Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver and Global Pinoy Diaspora Canada, the show will be held at the Gerry Thorne Exhibition Hall at the Roundhouse in Vancouver, from July 16 to 21, 2019, 9 am – 8 pm.


Artists Reception to be held on July 17 from 6:30 – 8:30pm.  Dr. Fuyubi Nakamura, curator at Museum of Anthropology UBC, will be the guest speaker. To attend this free event, please RSVP to media contacts Lenore at or Esmie at

Join the conversation; be at the gathering!