FILIPINAS exhibit finds home at Nat’l Museum Ilocos Region Complex (Part 1)

VIGAN CITY – The grace of the Filipino woman can be seen through the 30 photographs of Filipino women featured in the FILIPINAS exhibition of Isa Lorenzo, curated by Deanna Ongpin-Recto, now showing at the North Galleries of the old provincial jail of Ilocos Sur turned into the National Museum Ilocos Region Complex in this city.

The National Museum said that the black and white photographs first seen in this city on July 22, 2017 have been donated to the country by Lorenzo and Rachel Rillo. Isa Loreno is the co-founder of Silverlens Galleries in Manila, and her art and photography were shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the UNESCO House in Paris. Rachel Rillo is her co-director of Silverlens.

The Filipinas

“These are the mothers, teachers, writers, artists, jurists, doctors, diplomats, civic workers, and public servants who have shaped their professions and communities, and who have helped create the cultural fabric of their times.  These are the patrons and advocates, the spokespersons and activists, as well as the silent nurturers and unrecognized culture-bearers who have left their imprint on our collective memory as a people,” Ongpin-Recto explains to spectators through a marker at the exhibit area.

She added: “Much has been said and written about the Filipino woman: her beauty and grace, her courage and commitment, her fortitude and strength.  FILIPINAS presents thirty Filipino women: all of them are remarkable and extraordinary, each in her chosen field.  Most of the women are well known personalities and cultural icons of national stature, a few are less known, even anonymous and recognizable only to the limited groups of people whose lives they have directly touched.  But each of them has, in some pivotal manner held power within our society and has helped mold the minds and hearts of our people.”

“FILIPINAS presents these strong, timeless Filipinas as they are at present, midway or well along on their individual journeys.  The character portraits in black and white, with no elaborate backdrops or costumes, show them in their truest selves, baring their true humanity, a humanity that is their legacy to the present and future generations.”