Happy Anniversary Sarimanok Design Team!!!
May 27, 2010 is the official founding of Sarimanok Design Team. And in true celebratory form, we were in the mood to spend the anniversary day just relaxing and chilling. Skysenshi and I have been working together long before 2010, and I am glad that our friendship and partnership has lasted this long, and I am sure it will last even longer.
2011 had been a really busy year for Team Sarimanok. We were so tired that by the beginning of 2012, we took some much needed time to relax, regroup and recharge; not too mention get back to our regular jobs.
So as an anniversary update, I opted to look back at the highlights of sarimanok.ph for the year 2011 and maybe give you a peek of what we, Skysenshi and I, have in store for the remaining months of this year 2012.
So here we go…
We started the year by going to our very first Sinulog Festival in Cebu. You can read more about in Skysenshi’s personal blog (http://www.skysenshi.com/2011/01/cebu-2010-day-3-arts-culture-and.html & http://www.skysenshi.com/2011/01/cebu-2010-day-4-celebrity-filled.html) and see more pictures here at sarimanok.ph (http://www.sarimanok.ph/2011/01/cebu-arts-and-history-sinulog-festival-2011/).
This citywide festival is truly amazing. No wonder it attracts both local and foreign visitors. We were lucky enough to book plane tickets and hotel accommodations just a few weeks before the main parade, and we were not disappointed. The grand costumes, the performances by the different groups, school, barangays…all in celebration of the blessed Sto. Niño. We also got a chance to see the re-enactment of Ferdinand Magellan giving of the statue of the Santo Niño or Holy Child to the wife of the Rajah of Cebu or once called Sugbo, at the Basilica of Sto. Niño, which also right beside the location of the historic Magellan’s Cross. And since it was the wife of the Rajah who accepted the blessed figure, it also seems fitting that only women can celebrate the real Sinulog, which is a prayer dance, a tradition of faith that the Cebuano people still practice today. Team Sarimanok also didn’t miss this opportunity to see the sights of the city itself, after all Cebu is one of the oldest cities in the country, rich with history and culture.
Right outside the Basilica of Sto. Niño church, a glimpse of the Cebuano people’s devotion, not only to festive side of this celebration, but the religious side as well.
Such pride in the city’s history.
Trivia: Did you know that the Sinulog Festival is the only non-saint based religious celebration that the Vatican recognizes? Most of the Feast Days of the Roman-Catholic Church are centered on the church’s saints, and the Santo Niño is not a saint but a mere statue interpretation of the Child Jesus.
Inside one of the oldest landmarks of Cebu (aside from the Basilica of Sto. Niño), Fort San Pedro is now a park haven for the locals. And yes, that is a real canon Skysenshi is taking a picture of.
One of my most favorite shots of the parade. Her smile says it all, despite the rain, the chaos of the crowd, and I’m pretty sure her aching feet, she is truly devoted to the Sto. Niño and is honored to be part of the parade.
Transitions, Sarimanok Design Team’s first art exhibit. This exhibit was also a collaboration with fellow artist, Rebie Ramoso. Much like the title suggests, each artist tries to convey a change, whether it be human emotions, personal loss or growth, and even just a change in your element. I have been used to joining group exhibits before, unlike Skysenshi and Rebie; but I think they did brilliantly. Seen in the works is the honesty of each of the artist, and the passion expressed in the visuals and medium is a sign that they are not afraid to be vulnerable to change and to life.
You can see more pictures here: http://www.sarimanok.ph/2011/02/transitions-exhibit-opening-night/.
I would also like to share some thoughts on my work, “Set of Seasons”:
A series consisting of “Summer Crumbs”, “Fall Pebbles”, “Winter in the Witch’s House”, and “Spring Home”. Digitally manipulated and mounted on wood, they are photos of transportation tickets I have collected in my one year stay in Canada. Each chapter or journey in one’s life means change, leaving behind your imprint and a mark in your being. The crumb-like execution of the visuals of the work was inspired by the story of Hansel and Gretel. “Summer Crumbs” is the start of the journey. “Fall Pebbles” mean addition to knowledge and beginning of growth. “Winter in the Witch’s House” signifies a down slope, an obstacle or challenge faced in every journey. And lastly, “Spring Home” is a return to one’s origin to complete the journey; the colors signify overwhelming knowledge, emotion, despair or hope.
For some universities or colleges, March means final exams, culminating projects and all that last minute appeals by students for an extension on their submission. For the senior students of the AB Multimedia Arts course in Asia Pacific College, March (sometimes starting in February as well) is Portfolio season *cue scary music*. What I would consider THE hardest subject I have ever taken when I was still in the program, students who take this subject go through a lot of struggles. They fight inner demons, insecurities when it comes to their skills and works, and sometimes just plain confused on what to do with their portfolios. Our job (Skysenshi and I) was not only to act as critical and sometimes harsh Art Directors, we also acted as Mentors, guiding each of the students through and making sure their portfolio showcased their strengths and find their place in the industry of producing art…and maybe even to make sure they come out alive and in one piece.
I personally would like to thank my mentor then Skysenshi for the guidance and support through those three months of stressful days and sleepless nights.
The following are from my students, and my personal favorites as contenders for that year’s Best Portfolio Award:
Left – Portfolio of Ansherina Banzon. What I consider the most organized and finely put together concept and execution, not mention her works are excellent as well.
Right – Inner Packaging by Joce Ramos. Her forte is production design and prop work. Her hands can create beautiful pieces of art, much like this one.
Left – Portfolio by Ethan Zoreta. The most professional looking and high quality portfolio ever made.
Right – Portfolio Concept by Jepren Solis. All the works in his portfolio were tailor fit for the concept of his portfolio. Well executed, Jepren.
Left – Works by Kristian Tandog. The last to present during the panel defense, Kristian impressed his critics with his professional and industry standard made works.
Right – Kristian seriously defending, an intense panel, and two supporting (and worried) advisers.
April – May 2011
Following the Portfolio subject, same Multimedia Arts students were tasked to put up a group exhibit. The exhibit is a way for them to prove that they really are “multimedia artists”.
Student Exhibit Eureka – http://www.sarimanok.ph/2011/05/student-exhibits-eureka-untoguntag/
Student Exhibit Untog/Untag – http://www.sarimanok.ph/2011/05/student-exhibits-eureka-untoguntag/
Student Exhibit Delictum – http://www.sarimanok.ph/2011/05/student-exhibit-delictum/
Student Exhibit Binhi – http://www.sarimanok.ph/2011/04/student-exhibit-binhi/
April was also a celebratory month for Skysenshi, as her blog www.otakufrdge.com won Best Web Site Blogs Category at the 12th Phillipine Web Awards national competition.
Read more about it here: http://www.skysenshi.com/2011/04/on-winning-in-12th-philippine-web.html
Congratulations again Skysenshi! Papavik is proud of you!
School has started again, and while Skysenshi was working hard as a Game Producer and Ph.D student in UP (talk about being a superwoman), I was accepted into the Master in Art Studies major in Art Theory and Criticism Program in UP as well. UP has always been very dear and mother alma mother to Team Sarimanok, so it really felt good to be studying again in the same school.
The start of the school year also meant the start of the Dulaang UP theater season. Team Sarimanok got an invite to watch Rizal X (http://www.sarimanok.ph/2011/07/rizal-x-a-multimedia-play/). A contemporary musical play about Jose Rizal, and what he means to this generation. We loved the songs, wishing there was a soundtrack available for purchase. We really enjoyed this presentation by Dulaan UP, I hope they produce more plays like this in the future.
The year before, Manila Art was held at SMX Convention Center. I remember Skysenshi telling how grand it was, and how overwhelming and how overflowing with artworks the venue was. I must admit, I was a bit inggit because I really wanted to see it in person as well, but I was in Canada at the time.
This year I was excited to go, but they moved to a smaller venue at the NBC Tent in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. But nevertheless, the works were inspiring and I was excited to see works of my former blockmates from UP College of Fine Arts. It was also nice to see former students helping out with some of the installations of the works. It feels good to see them have passion and live out that passion of art.
Read more here: http://www.sarimanok.ph/2011/08/manila-art-2011/
Team Sarimanok was invited to be the judges for art competitions of the PSE Academe Week 2011 held at the Philippine Stock Exchange Plaza in Makati.
With the theme “Integrated Learning on Stock Market Investing,” the PSE Academe Week 2011 aims to educate high school, college and post – graduate students and educators about stock market investing and to encourage them to be active participants in the Philippine capital markets through various activities that will stir their intellectual and creative abilities.
Exhibiting the entries for Poster Making Contest – High school Division, Photo Contest, and Commercial Contest – College Division
A closer look at some of the entries.
Team Sarimanok are passionate about arts, design and culture, but we also have one thing in common, we both love anime. And that year we both got to participate at the annual UP AME (University of the Philippines Anime Manga Enthusiasts) Fair, AME MONOGATARI. Read more here: http://www.otakufridge.com/2011/12/up-ame-monogatari-fair-2011.html
Here is where Skysenshi and I shone. I got to work for the organization (which I am a member of) as the Head for Program, Stage Management, Layout and Décor. Skysenshi shared her expertise and experience in a Career Talk that can help anime fans (and gaming fans as well) turn their hobby into a possible career.
I hope Sarimanok Design Team can work on similar projects or events like this.
Another thing Team Sarimanok likes is geeky technology stuff. So off we went to Singapore to the Sitex 2011 Expo. From desktop computers, to laptops, to gaming consoles, and anything that has to do with the latest in gadget technology was there…and at rock bottom prices too. Read more about this fun, fun, fun trip here: http://www.skysenshi.com/2011/12/singapore-and-sitex-expo-2011.html
2011 has come to an end and what perfect way to end it but with no less than a trip to Hong Kong to attend the Siggraph Asia. Read more here: http://www.skysenshi.com/2011/12/siggraph-hong-kong-2011.html
I have attended a Siggraph convention in Canada, but thanks to VFS’ (Vancouver Film School) hectic schedule, I was not able to attend all the events. And it didn’t help that the venues for the various talks were spread all across town. So it was a big relief for me to find out that the Asian Siggraph will be held in one venue, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center at Wanchai. That place was massive! Probably five times the size of SMX.
We loved the exhibits, the talks and the presentation by the various Animation, CGI, Visual Effects, Game Companies and Schools during the week-long convention. This was where art and technology truly met and Team Sarimanok loved it.
We hope to attend this year’s Siggraph event, to be held in Singapore.
The best year end gift for Sarimanok.PH:
We were the finalist for the 2011 Philippine Blog Awards for the Culture and Arts Category. Yeeeeeaaaaah!
Funny thing was, the organizers made a mistake during the presentation of the finalists, later formally apologized for the mix-up. http://www.philippineblogawards.com.ph/2011/12/05/our-apologies-to-culture-and-arts-finalists-national-level/
That concludes Sarimanok Design Team’s 2011 adventures to experience art, design and culture. We have more projects in store for this year and Team Sarimanok is ready and willing to share our stories with all you.