Vancouver exhibit showcases Canadian and American artists with Filipino roots

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      A Vancouver exhibit brings together Canadian and American artists of Filipino ancestry in a five-day show called Pagtitipon.

      Translated as "a gathering" in English, pagtitipon is a Tagalog word evoking a communion of kindred souls.

      According to Vancouver artist Esmie Gayo McLaren, sharing is a key element in pagtitipon.

      “Even if we’re separated from motherland or from each other because we’re in America, Canada or the Philippines, we are getting together to share our ideas, our works, our individualities and commonalities,” McLaren told the Straight in a phone interview.

      The August 10-14, 2015, exhibit at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews) is presented by Filipino Music and Art Foundation in B.C.

      Lenore Racquel Santos Lim and her husband founded the Filipino art foundation in the 1980s.

      Lim, a printmaker based in Vancouver, has assembled 10 artists, including herself and McLaren, for the show. The Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver, and the nonprofit Global Pinoy Diaspora Canada are supporting the exhibit.

      “Holding Pagtitipon in Vancouver will provide a rare opportunity for art lovers to view significant artworks that reflect a wealth of life experiences,” states a media release about the show.

      Also showcasing their works are Danvic Briones, Tessie Dichupa, Imelda Cajipe Endaya, Carlos Esguerra, Edgardo Lantin, Bert Monterona, Jose Trinidad, and Art Zamora.

      “Each artist's individuality and the group's unique insight and perspective as Filipino-Canadians and Filipino-Americans, strongly suggests an extraordinary and exciting show,” the media release also states. “It will be an exhibition abundant in talent, exceptional in originality and creativity.”

      An artists’ reception will be held on August 11 with Philippine Ambassador to Canada Petronila P. Garcia as guest of honour.