Roy Lichtenstein was one of leading figures of pop art in America in the 1960’s. Pop art became the new art movement and Lichtenstein used his influence though parody pop art. Styled and inspired by comic strips, his works managed to expand its influence to advertising.
Pop art is commonly defined as a movement that copies methods, styles, and themes of popular culture and media like comics. The emergence of pop art that started during Lichtenstein’s time used bright colors which themes and subjects are about modern life and trends.
With different media to use and the avenues to portray, the local pop art in Cebu is surely something that grows gradually every day. Here, there are two local artists who use digital and street art that fully outgrew the traditional style of the movement.
Gilby Clarke Aventurado is an experienced graphic artist and illustrator. With a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree, he used his skill in design to bring enthusiasm and inspiration.
One of Gilby’s inspirations is Roy Lichtenstein. “My style started back in 2016 when I was also inspired by James Jean, Shepard Fairey, and Andy Warhol,” he shares. He is also a member of the local bands Trial by Ordeal and Underground.
Unlike the traditional pop art that used bright colors, Gilby is more focused on black and gray portraits textured by modern style pop art illustration.
“I think what makes my style different is that I focus more on portraits,” Gilby adds.
On the other hand, Kano, a local graphic and street artist used pop art on the streets. “Back in 2016, I was doing pop art on the streets and my subject was always this female, painted a comic strip on the walls. Later on, I decided to change my style so I experimented on my characters and made them more colorful,” Kano adds.
After few tries in his experimentations, he used his own character. “What I can say is that my style is more cartoon-ish,” he says.
Just like Gilby, Kano admits being influenced by famous pop art artists as well. His medium, the streets, is what makes him different.
“Seeing my own work in public places, it makes me happy. It’s like an addiction,” Kano shares.
The local art scene explores more on characters and realism. According to Kano, there are also a lot of street artists that use characters. But he adds, “My style is more of a cartoon, cute characters on a trippy colors but everything is still on the process”.
Gilby adds that the future of local pop art has a long way to go. He envisions it to be minimal. As someone who focuses more on the digital movement, he sees the local pop art culture to be growing still.
The combination of street art and pop art movement carries more avenue of self expression. As a street artist, Kano believes that this movement will showcase that the local street of Cebu is varied and equally good as the other art style.
The local pop art culture is a movement that experiments and thrives. The art that relies on trends and what’s new is good enough, but the movement that continues to combine with an enough amount of curiosity and support will strive to be the best.
22 Tango Records Celebrates 9 Years with Roll-Out
The music label celebrates 9 years of homegrown music.
22 Tango Records celebrates its 9th year of producing and releasing quality local
music by hosting an anniversary event on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Draft Punk, Mango Square. “Roll-Out” will feature live acts from a carefully curated list of artists signed under the label.
Performing on stage will be Wonggoys, Bethany, Vincent Eco, Lourdes Maglinte, The Labrats, and Mother Folker (aka Cattski).
Along with this grand celebration will be the unveiling of 22 Tango Records’ new website, with updated features, music articles, events calendar, lots of music and valuable content not just about the label but also about the local music scene.
“As much as I feel like there’s reasons to celebrate, I feel like there’s still so much work to do.” Cattski expressed, when asked about their anniversary celebration. “We still have a long way to go. But, looking back, I’m proud of what we’ve done. We’ve explored the different aspects in the music business – from music creation, promotion, education, distribution, publishing and production – all in the hopes that we’ll ultimately co-create a sustainable local music industry.”
22 Tango Records has given opportunities for artistic growth and development for all their artists in the span of 9 years, training and guiding them to become better at their craft. The label plans to keep giving its support by continuously creating events designed to cater to different genres and music listeners, giving each a unique brand and working hard to keep it consistent.
“I believe in our potential.” Cattski says, “I think to have our own hyper local music industry is something that we strive for. We want the future to have thriving musicians capable and empowered to work for their music using the latest technology, communication means and with a supportive community”.
Chief Finance Officer and Co-founder Anne Muntuerto also shares her thoughts about 22 Tango Records advancing into bigger, more eventful years.
“I’m so proud of how 22 Tango Records has made a mark in the Cebu music scene no matter how small it may seem in the last 9 years,” she says. “We have been extremely lucky to be supported and surrounded by people who believe in our advocacy— our dedicated street team members, artists, brands and companies who have supported us, and 22T’s loyal listeners and followers. It takes a village. And it’s this tribe that inspires us to keep going.”
Catch Roll-Out on March 30th, Saturday, in Draft Punk, Mango Square. Music starts at 8PM with a door fee of P150, inclusive of one free drink.
For more updates and information, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@22tangorecords).
You Can’t Miss The Final Performances of M. BUTTERFLY in Cebu
For its final performances, the M. BUTTERFLY National Tour 2019 will spread its wings at SM SEASIDE CEBU from March 14 – 17. Presented by Tony and Grammy award winning producer Jhett Tolentino and FRONTROW Entertainment (producer of highly-acclaimed independent films Bhoy Intsik and Bwaya), this world-class masterpiece is brought closer to those who did not have the opportunity to catch its 2018 Manila run. After all, location should not limit one’s exposure to the arts and culture.
Due to many challenges and technical details that come with productions, most theatre companies in the Philippines are often hindered from bringing their projects to other key cities. Because of this, Jhett Tolentino and FRONTROW Entertainment are taking this bolder step to carry on their mission and advocacy in the performing arts and to further enhance audience development throughout the Philippine archipelago.
A revival production of David Henry Hwang’s M. BUTTERFLY, this is the winner of the 2018 ALIW AWARDS for Best Play, Best Actor and Best Director and nominations for The Best Featured Actress in a Play.
Targeting audiences between ages 18 and beyond, the producers are
hoping that this classic drama, inspired by Giaccomo Puccini’s opera ‘Madame Butterfly’, will likewise resonate to theater audiences from Luzon, Vizayas and
Mindanao that “ love, power and deception holds no boundaries – whether this be
in a rural or urban setting.”
The M. BUTTERFLY NATIONAL TOUR 2019 will benefit the following charitable institutions namely: Iloilo Prima Galaw, Philippine National Red Cross Iloilo Chapter, The Children of Cebu Foundation, Silliman University Culture and Arts Council and the Arts Council of Cebu Foundation.
The schedule of performances of M. BUTTERFLY in Cebu are as follows:
Mar. 14 – Thursday – Opening Night – 7pm
Mar. 15 – Friday – 7pm
Mar. 16 – Saturday – 2pm / 7pm
Mar. 17 – Sunday – 2pm / 7pm
VENUE : SM Seaside City Centerstage
For tickets, you can get them at SM Tickets through any SM Mall or SMTickets.com.
You Can’t Miss the Benefit Performance of The Vagina Monologues for V-Day Cebu’s 17th Year Anniversary
This year, join the Vagina Warriors as they celebrate V-Day yet again with a benefit performance of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play, The Vagina Monologues on March 7 & 8, 2019 at 8PM at Asmara Urban Resort & Lifestyle Village.
V-Day Cebu and its current campaign ONE BILLION RISING: REVOLUTION is just one of the thousands of benefits held around the globe to raise funds and awareness toward the empowerment of women. Through the performances of The Vagina Monologues , these events help spread the message of equality, dignity, and freedom for all.
Marking the seventeenth year of V-Day Cebu, this special benefit of The Vagina Monologues will be performed by influential and affluent ladies. Featuring Alem Garcia, Andrea Pateña-Matheu, Anya Lim, Bea Algar Evardone, Brazzy Valdez, Charlene Virlouvet, Christine Tan, Gembelyne Icamen, Jo-ann Abesames Zalumbide, Kim Covert, Liana San Diego, Lourdes May Maglinte, Shiella Pestaño-Gemperoa, Shifrah Bouchikhi-Enclona, Stephanie Sitoy, and Tiffany Neri, and directed by Sarah Mae Enclona-Henderson, this two-night performance will surely touch the hearts of those privileged to see them on stage.
The Vagina Monologues will be performed at the Asmara Urban Resort & Lifestyle Village on March 7 & 8, 2019. Tickets are at priced at ₱500, which also offers all ticket buyers 50% off on all hair-related services at Mira Beauty by Design, located at Basement 1, Robinson’s Galleria Cebu. For tickets and reservations, please call 2TinCans at +63 917 896 2181. You can also email email@example.com or visit V-Day Cebu and 2TinCans Philippines Inc. on Facebook.
This event is produced by 2TinCans Philippines Inc. and co-presented by Asmara Urban Resort and Lifestyle Village, Atelier-a, Mira Beauty by Design, and Your House Doctors.
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