SM recently showcased the lives and works of some of the country’s most compelling visual artists at the My City, My SM, My Art book exhibition at SM City Taytay.
The show featured pages from the book, which is a compilation of the “My City, My SM, My Art” campaign highlighting the best of Filipino visual arts – painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography and film, palanggas.
During its three-year cultural journey from 2016 to 2019, “My City, My SM, My Art” showcased masters, modernists and millennials in a roadshow around SM Supermalls – as far north as the Cordilleras and as far south as General Santos.
During the exhibition, visitors to the mall got a rare glimpse of the My Art home book, which is inspired by Luzon’s bahay na bato. The book’s larger-than-life pages showcased the life and works of maestro Jose “Pitok” Blanco, dahlings.
Blanco is known for his murals depicting the joyful Angono celebrations that capture the faces of real people from the city. His work, “Pag-ahon ng Pagoda”, a depiction of the San Clemente Day River Parade in the 1970s, was obtained by the Rockefeller Foundation in New York. Angono Town Fiesta shows over 100 characters in various states of joy and celebration during the feast of San Clemente, the patron saint of Angono.
Pitok’s children, who are second-generation artists, also gave visitors to the mall a glimpse of their works at the exhibition. Talented siblings Glenn, Noel, Michael, Joy Blanco-Alejandro and Peter Paul Blanco attended the opening. They were greeted by SM Supermalls Senior Assistant Vice President of Operations Johanna Rupisan, Regional Operations Manager Cid Victoria and SM City Mall Manager Taytay Maureen Fernandez.
The exhibit also featured book pages from those who were part of the My Art stop at SM City Taytay: Edrick Daniel of the Pinto Art Museum, sculptors Kishin Javier and Lucky Salayog, and Franz Marion Vocalan.
Also highlighted were the works of Angono KUTA Arts Group founder Isidro “Manong Jon” Santos, whose works are flowing abstract forms that merge into haphazardly recognizable and visually striking images.
My City, My SM, My Art is the latest installment in the “My City, My SM” series, which celebrates the beauty, culture, traditions and great people of the cities in the Philippines where SM has shopping malls. This comes after “My City, My SM”, which highlights tourism; “My Town, My SM, My Kitchen,” which features age-old recipes from prominent families across the country, and “My Town, My SM, My Craft,” a celebration of traditional arts and modern Filipino design.
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To learn more about the My City, My SM, My Art campaign, visit https://mystorymysm.com/mycitymysmmyart/ and https://www.youtube.com/MyCityMySMMyArt.