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12/03/2013: PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL OPENS THE 13TH GUAM FILIPINO ARTISTS' MONTHLY EXHIBIT

PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL OPENS THE 13TH GUAM FILIPINO ARTISTS' MONTHLY EXHIBIT

Consul General Bayani V. Mangibin  (extreme right) led the ribbon cutting ceremony.  Joining him are  (L-R)   Mr. Rolly Zepeda, President of the Guam Filipino Artists, featured artists Messrs. Francis Labrador and Jesse Cox, Chairperson Monica Guzman  and Program Coordinator Jacqueline Balbas of   Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities Agency and Dr. Lee Yudin, Dean of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences of the University of Guam

The Philippine Consulate General and the Guam Filipino Artists (GFA) opened the 13th Exhibit of the Guam Filipino Artists (GFA) at the Philippine Consulate General on Friday, 08 March 2013. The exhibit features the two budding artists and newest members of Guam Filipino Artists, Messrs3. Francis Labrador and Jesse Cox.

Photos  show (L - R) Consul General Mangibin delivering his Opening Remarks.  Messrs.  Francis Labrador  (Top L)  and Jesse Cox delivering their messages. Consul General Bayani V. Mangibin (middle) together with  Consul Edgar Tomas Q. Auxlian (extreme L) and  Consul Maria Paz G. Cortes  (2nd row, 2nd from R) with the featured artists and other special guests after the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Mr. Francis Labrador is an art teacher at John F. Kennedy High School, a free-lance graphic designer and film director. He is currently producing a local film on the island entitled “The LAN”. He has won many art local art competitions as well as represented Guam nationally as a local artist during his freshman year in high school.  Some of Francis’ notable art works can be seen at the 3rd and 4th floor parking area of the Underwater World located at the Plaza Shopping Center. Among his works also are a collaborative 400ft mural at Mangilao entitled, “Land, Sea, and Sky,” a triptych piece at the University of Guam School of Business and Public Administration, and a collaborative triptych piece found at the departure area of the Won Pat International Airport.

Aside from painting, Francis also finds time to contribute to the community by hosting talent competitions and singing in a church choir.  Francis hopes that his artworks allow the public to see things at another perspective and not be shrouded with just traditional facts and beliefs.

The art works exhibit of Mr. Labrador have a unique and playful approach similar to that of M.C. Escher’s work - a Dutch Surrealist and graphic artist known for his creative manipulation of negative and positive space, as well as his interpretation of transformation.  Francis enjoys the whimsical interpretation of words to unrelated concepts.

On the other hand, Mr. Jesse Cox is a U.S. Coast Guardsman stationed in Guam. He finds constant inspiration from the ocean and all the creatures that reside within. He aspires to have his own design business in the near future. His Filipina wife encourages him to share his work with the public.

Most of Jesse art works showcase a collection of colored pencil and acrylic.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was led by Consul General Bayani V. Mangibin, Dr. Lee Yudin, Dean of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences of the University of Guam, Chairperson Monica Guzman and Project Coordinator Jacqueline Balbas of the Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities and Mr. Rolly Zepeda, President of the Guam Filipino Artists. END