07/05/2012: PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL IN AGANA OPENS THE GUAM FILIPINO ARTISTS' EXHIBIT FOR MAY 2012
Consul General Bayani V. Mangibin (4th, Left) leads the ribbon cutting ceremony to formally launch the 5th GFA Exhibit at the Consulate General. Joining him are (L-R) Sen. Dennis Rodriguez, Jr., Sen. Tony Ada, Sen. Frank Blas, Jr., University of Guam President Robert Underwood, featured artists Mila and Jun Moguel, and Vice Speaker Benjamin Cruz of the 31st Guam Legislature.
The Guam Filipino Artists (GFA) launched its fifth exhibit at the Philippine Consulate General in Agana, Guam on 02 May 2012. The GFA exhibit for the month of May features Mr. Herminigildo "Jun" Moguel, Jr. and Mrs. Milagros King Moguel.
The spouses Moguel's art works consist of metal embossing or estaño, pin stitching and quilting. Majority of their metal embossed works are depictions of religious symbols and images such as the crucifix, images of Jesus the Nazarene, the Lady of Manaoag and the Lady of Peñafrancia. Since they are featured in the month of May, one metal embossed piece depicts the Santacruzan or Flores de Mayo, a Philippine festivity during the month of May.
Mr. Moguel worked as the Chief Estimator/Chief Inspector for the Guam Housing and Urban Authority and the US Navy's Public Works Center. On the other hand, Mrs. Moguel is Professor Emerita at the University of Guam. She is also a former Pamana ng Pilipino Awardee (2000) and the 2010 Most Outstanding Alumni of the UST Alumni Organization of Guam. She is also currently the principal of the Eskwelahang Munti ng Guam, an informal school that teaches Filipino culture and values to Filipino-American children.
Considered as one of the pioneers and pillars of the Filipino Community in Guam, the spouses Moguel attribute their interest in metal embossing to former Philippine Consul General to Guam, Hon. Teresita Mendiola, who introduced them to the art form and taught them important techniques in perfecting it.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was led by Consul General Bayani V. Mangibin and several officials on Guam, including Vice Speaker Benjamin Cruz of the 31st Guam Legislature, together with Sen. Tony Ada, Sen. Frank Blas and Sen. Dennis Rodriguez, Jr., and University of Guam President Robert Underwood. Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio also attended the event, as well as the other members and officers of the GFA and former Filipino Community of Guam president Alex Gagaring.
The year-long series of exhibits features the various members of the GFA, with each exhibit lasting for an entire month