Event: Manila Art 2011 media launch

Art appreciation should be well-thought in schools to further promote Filipino artists worldwide. I've just attended the launch of the biggest government initiative for visual arts - Manila Art 2011 of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Bonafide Art Galleries Organization (Bago) at the Ronac Arts Gallery in Ortigas last Thursday with fellow bloggers.
Manila Art 2011- the 3rd Philippine International Art Fair will exhibit more than 300 works of Filipino artists set at the NBC Tent, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig on August 25-27, 2011.
NCCA and BAGO will unveil the biggest art exhibit far from what an art enthusiast can chew. “Viewers shall witness a groundbreaking launch—the simultaneous opening of various art exhibitions during gala night,” said Delan Lopez Robillos, ManilArt 2011 director. “Exhibitors will not simply be showcasing the works of artists they represent but each gallery shall be presenting a conceptualized art exhibit,” he added.
Now on its third year, ManilArt 2011 promises a more diverse and vibrant art expositionThe maiden run of ManilArt in 2009 had a painting of a jeepney by Onib Olmedo as its banner piece, while 2010 bared Andres Barrioquinto’s “Crystal Gazer.” This year, ManilArt is privileged to have the artistry of highly sought painter Elmer Borlongan with his obra “Batang Edsa.”
ManilArt 2011 seeks to merge the visual arts with other disciplines. Programs will include a modern-dance interpretation of Borlongan’s art by premier contemporary-dance maven and Dance Forum founder, Myra Beltran during the gala.
Participants during the media launch of Manila Art 2011 were given a short lecture on art appreciation and hands-on experience creating their own interpretation of their faces using crayons.
I've learned a bit about how I was not too sensitive with colors and shapes but further improved my appreciation of artworks I simply ignore. The Manila Art Lecture series this year will be led by famous artists like Oscar V. Campomanes to talk about "Semiotics in Visual Art" and "How to Turn Paintings into Bicycles: Lessons in Art, Law and the Internet" by Gigo Alampay. Award-winning poet, fictionis, playwright and essayist Vim Nadera will also discuss, "Visuals on Rizal Today" in commemoration of National Hero Jose Rizal's 150th birth anniversary. 
Kids joining their parents will also have a special treat at ManilaArt 2011. They will be enjoying the storybook reading hour at the lecture room like "The Rocking House" featuring paintings by Elmer Borlongan to be read aloud by Carisse Escueta, a former preschool teacher now working as an executive director of RepubLikha. Radio and TV personalities, Gang Badoy of Rock Ed Philippines and Ramon Bautista were also invited to read. Artists in Residence (AIR) who taught us basics in drawing and art interpretation will also give lectures at ManilArt 2011
These and more of the ManilArt 2011, I've learned to appreciate that experiences greatly contribute to the passion for the arts. Every artwork no matter how small and simple has to have a memorable story to go beyond it. We all love a great story and we would like to support the Filipino artists. Believe in the Filipino ingenuity and art. Visit ManilArt 2011 on August 25-27, 2011 at the NBC Tent in BGC, Taguig!
ManilArt 2011 is presented by the Bonafide Art Galleries Organization (Bago) and the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA). For details, call 5316231 or 0917-8511333, or e-mail info@manilart.com. Visit www.manilart.com.