Monday, March 22, 2010

Salit Sining

Bisita po kayo!

Salit Sining: Wordsmiths Turned Visual Artists

TaUmbayan Restaurant
40 T. Gener cor. K-1 Streets (near Kamuning Road), Quezon City
Exhibit lasts until 8 April 2010

Featuring the works of:

Gian Abrahan
Mariane A.R.T. Abuan
Rommel Chester Boquiren
Jeremiah Faustino
Mikael Gallego
Phillip Kimpo Jr.
Vivian N. Limpin
Pamela Maranca
Carla Payongayong
Beverly W. Siy

Poets paint scenes, capture snapshots, and weave worlds with words—most of the time, that is. When they rest their pens for actual brushes and cameras, some of them can cross over from the art of letters to the visual arts.

In Salit Sining, several of these poets demonstrate their talent (or at least, their passion) for their “other arts.” They are all members of the Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo (LIRA), the premier organization of poets in Filipino celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. These young men and women have proven their mettle in taming the salita in one way or another; in Salit Sining, they humbly present their capabilities as painters and photographers.

To adapt what we wrote in a previous exhibit of two poet-painters, the works at Salit Sining might be art for some and fart for others. Outsider art, untrained craft, mere daubs and splashes and wayward camera clicks, or whatever you call it—drop by anyway. Visual art will be the main course and poetry readings the appetizers.


Some of the LIRA poets featured in Salit Sining are:

GIAN ABRAHAN was born on 25 August 1989 in Sampaloc, Manila. He is taking up BA Film at the University of the Philippines Film Institute. He is an alumnus of Dulaang Sibol of Ateneo High School and is a member of Cinema Arts Society.

MARIANE A.R.T. ABUAN ("Ynna" to friends and family) is the Public Relations Officer of LIRA. She has been painting since 2003 but kept her works a secret except to those close to her until 2009, when her paintings were included in two exhibits. Admittedly, she has never thought of exhibiting a photograph until today...because she ran out of new paintings to display.

ROMMEL CHESTER "Mel" BOQUIREN takes pride in his ‘geek’-ness, as he constantly practices his psycho-motor skills be it with the keyboard and mouse or the joystick and buttons. Besides the eventful life as a geek and a literature teacher in PAREF-Northfield, he also finds time to create things his hands could muster, may it be writing, painting, or even crocheting. Currently, he is trying to improve his HoN skills online, where he is known as “mapagkalinga.”

JEREMIAH FAUSTINO graduated from FEU-FERN College in 2006 with a degree in Computer Science. He is the illustrator and cover designer of the book "The Freedom Fighters of Northern Luzon: An Untold Story" by the Department of National Defense. His comics collaboration with his brother won the People’s Choice Grand Prize in the 3rd Philippine Graphic Fiction Awards.

As a young artist, MIKAEL GALLEGO was first inspired by nude painting. He is working as a freelance graphic-artist- web-designer- layout-artist. He practices voodoo with his shinigami in Netsite.

PHILLIP KIMPO JR. is the President of LIRA and co-author of the book "The Freedom Fighters of Northern Luzon: An Untold Story" by the Department of National Defense. He bought his second-hand DSLR to document literary events in late 2008; his laziness prevents him from delving into his Nikon D80's intricacies. Visit him at

VIVIAN N. LIMPIN is an artist that goes by many labels: writer, poet, photographer, painter, filmmaker... and we’re not actually sure that it ends there. Her films, photos, and paintings have been shown locally and internationally, as well as having snagged their share of awards. Currently, she is the Secretary of LIRA and is a member of the Board of Directors of Tudla Productions, a progressive student video documentary organization of UP Diliman.

CARLA PAYONGAYONG does not own a DSLR Camera yet, she only borrows from her brother or settles on her good old digital point-and-shoot. Her love for photography started during her grandfather's funeral when her father lent her a Canon EF camera. She is currently working as a Promo Producer in ABS-CBN where she gets to do the things she loves most: writing, photography, and video production.

BABE ANG teaches Filipino at the College of Commerce of UST and is the immediate former president of LIRA. She likes to take photos (when there's an available camera) to document her thoughts and observations of a certain place at a certain time. Her son EJ takes better photos than she does.


From Kamuning turn at T. Gener Street; first corner on your left (K-1st Street) is TaUmbayan. For more info, you can reach us through our exhibit curators, namely Vivian Limpin (09158107898) and Ynna Abuan (09179017090).

Ang larawan sa entry na ito ay kinunan ko at isa sa aking tatlong larawan na naka-exhibit sa Taumbayan. Ang pamagat nito ay Digma.

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