Multi-awarded Filipino-Australian artist Mon Coloma was praised for his works during his recent solo art exhibition in the Philippines.
The exhibition, dubbed “Wisdom of Art” and part of the series of celebration of the 70th Philippine Australian Diplomatic Relations, was displayed on 13 – 28 July at Yuchengco Museum in Makati, Metro Manila with the support of the Australian Embassy, International Artists League and Magnanimity Inc.
At the opening of the exhibition, the program started with Dean Pax Lapid reading a poem he wrote about Coloma and his art. Dean Lapid is an entrepreneur, educator from AIM, business guru and consultant, and book author.
This was followed by a talk by Deputy Australian Ambassador Mat Kimberley who also praised the artist for his works.
Mr Kimberley said: “Mon, as an artist, is a cultural ambassador and I echo the statement of Ambassador Amanda Gorely that his solo art exhibition is a fantastic celebration of friendship between Philippines and Australia”.
The deputy ambassador was referring to the posting by Australian Ambassador to the Philippines on social media on July 13.
In his response, the Filipino-Australian artist commented: “I express my gratitude for all the support I received from Yuchengco Museum, the Australian Embassy, fellow artists, friends and relatives. I reiterate my advocacy to promote life-giving art. I believe that art is an expression of feeling, belief and life’s experiences. I share my art which expresses wisdom from great people and God Himself. I exhort other artists to join me in this advocacy.”
Mr Kimberley and Dean Lapid led the ceremonial ribbon cutting after which the exhibition was declared open for viewing.
Among the guests in attendance were Australian Embassy’s officials including Ms. Clare Duffield, Councellor (Political and Public Affairs); Ms. Willa Santiago, Public Affairs Officer; Ms. Kris Diaz, Exec. Assistant to the Deputy Head of Mission.
Business executive Tom Banguis, Dr. Mon Badillo and wife, Dr. Pinkie Badillo, Mr. Robert Lane of Las Islas Gallery, art consultant Mark Shellshear, Yuchengco Museum Programs Officer Elma Abrina, and Filipino artists Ross Capili and Al Perez were also in attendance.
Following is Dean Pax Lapid’s poem:
Mon’s Life – A Work of Art
GOD HAS UNIQUELY GIVEN EACH ONE OF US GIFTS TO USE
IT’S OUR CHOICE ON WHAT MEDIUM TO POLISH & TO PUSH
YOU CAN HAVE A PAINT BRUSH, A PEN, A BOOK OR COMPANY TO CREATE
BLENDING WITH PASSION WE RUN OUR JOURNEY & CHARACTER TRAIT
WE WERE ALL BORN SPECIAL TO LIVE LIFE AND MAXIMIZE ITS USE
CIRCUMSTANCES OR FAMILY BACKGROUNDS SHOULD NEVER BECOME AN EXCUSE
THE HANDS OF TIME WILL BRING US OPPORTUNITIES & INSPIRATION
THEREFORE, WE NEED TO USE GOD’S GIFTS WITHOUT PAUSE OR HESITATION
LIFE INDEED IS A WONDERFUL WORK OF ART
A VIVID REFLECTION ON HOW WE CRAFTED OUR PART
AS THE SEASONS PASSED THRU THE YEARS BETWEEN YOU & ME
IT IS ALL SET ON WHAT GOD HAD PLANNED BEST & MEANT TO BE
MON’S LIFE& JOURNEY IS INDEED A WORK OF ART
SOMETHING HE PAINTS WITH WISDOM & A GENEROUS HEART
MON TAKES THE CANVASS CAREFULLY WITH EVERY PART
A MASTERFUL STROKE & SYMPHONY OF COLORS FROM THE START
AS YOU & ME WOULD PASS THIS LIFE FULL & DONE
LEAVING OUR LEGACIES OF ART, CAREER, LOVE & FAMILY FUN
TODAY WE SEE THE AMAZING CRAFT GOD GAVE TO MON
OUR LORD& HIS ANGELS ALL – SMILING BECAUSE HIS LEGACY LIVES ON
AS WE WAKE UP EVERY MORNING, THANK GOD& PRAY TO BEOUR VERY BEST
ASKING TO HIM TO CONTINUE OUR LIFE LIVED IN LOVE AND FATHERLY CARESS.