By NORWIN GONZALES
BAGUIO CITY — Artists and cultural workers coming from all over the country, and even around the globe – that is the idea of the Tam-awan @ 20 Exhibit currently showing at three venues in the country – the Ayala Museum, SM City in Baguio and in Tam-awan Village itself.
Tam-awan’s roots dates back to 1998 when Chanum Foundation, Inc. began to reconstruct Ifugao houses in Baguio. The goal was to create a model village for the people who could not make it to the Cordillera interior. It aimed to show through heritage and culture the heart of Cordillera living.
Tam-awan, meaning ‘vantage point’ seeks to bring the Cordillera village life from olden times to tourists and to younger generations.
In an exhibit opening last May 3, 2018, Tam-awan and Chanum Foundation unveiled an exhibit containing 30 artworks in The Gallery of SM City Baguio, one of the exhibit venues. 64 are in the Ayala Museum and another 30 are in the Tam-awan Village.
The artworks in the SM City Baguio leg include themes of nature, village life, Cordillera, Cordillera icons such as Apo Whang-od, the traditional tattoo artist among others. The participating artists actually come from various provinces from Batanes down to Sarangani in Mindanao.
Art curator Olan Cruz touted this exhibit as the “biggest simultaneous art exhibition in the country.”
Philippine Arts Educators Association (PAEA) president Orlando Abon celebrated the years that PAEA and Tam-awan had been hand-to-hand partners in forwarding Philippine culture and heritage for the people.
The Easter College Cultural Performers performed a traditional dance as part of the program.
The exhibition will run from May 4-27, 2018. # nordis.net