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PHL Embassy organizes first PHL-Laos art exhibit

Philippine officials in Laos organized the first art exhibit there in late July to boost ties between the two countries, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said over the weekend.

The DFA said the project was undertaken by the Philippine Embassy in Vientiane, in cooperation with the Philippine National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

"Lao Vice Minister of Education and Sports Sengduane Lachanthaboun and Philippine Ambassador to Laos Maria Lumen Isleta officially opened the two-man art exhibit entitled, 'Philippines-Laos Perspectives: Motives and Movements,' featuring  young and emergent visual artists from the Philippines and Laos on July 26, at the M Gallery in Vientiane," the DFA said in a news release.

The DFA said the exhibit featured the works of Filipino artist John Paul Antido and Lao artist Sivilay Souvannasing.

"Paintings of both emerging artists depict the lives and movements of Filipinos and Lao people as they go about in search of livelihood, daily sustenance and other motivations," the DFA added.

Antido's works depict the chaos of urban and cosmopolitan life about the Filipino as commuter, traveling merchant or passenger.

He used impasto technique, textured with layers of pain, thick brushstrokes and vividly colored hues.

For his part, Sivilay chose Hmong people as his subject, depicting them walking, dancing and marching using bright and strong colors.

"His paintings with bold and confident brushstrokes bring out the beauty in the daily lives of the Hmong people," the DFA said.

Attending the opening of the exhibit were officials of the Lao Government, members of the diplomatic community, including officials of international and regional organizations based in Laos, members of the Lao business sector and Filipino community members.

"Vientiane 6Art enthusiasts and exhibit guests expressed the hope for more shows in the future especially as these create a greater awareness of each country’s culture and its people," the DFA said.

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