Ipinaskil ni: Raul Funilas | Hunyo 18, 2008

Isang Daang Katao, Isang Daang Taka

ISANG DAANG KATAO, ISANG DAANG TAKA

Project Background:

Paete, a town some 102 kms south of Manila, is home to at least two crafts-making traditions, namely: woodcarving and papier-mâché (locally called “taka”). These traditions date back to at least 100 years ago, as evidenced by the families who have engaged in these crafts practices for several generations now.

The taka-making tradition of Paete is well linked to the woodcarving practice. The takaan or mold used in making the taka is carved out of wood. Traditional forms of these takaan and the resulting taka are horses, country maiden, and other farm animals. In the heyday of international demand for papier-mâché in the 1980s, taka producers created various forms such as reindeers and Santa Claus, angels and cherubs, fishes and other marine life forms like starfishes and shells, fruits, and other animal forms. Ordinarily, taka-making families specialize in certain traditional forms. Of late, current taka makers have bought takaan from other taka makers who have dropped out of the trade.

The ISANG DAANG KATAO, ISANG DAANG TAKA fundraising project is a concrete expression of support for the traditional taka-making practice of Paete. For this reason, it had chosen two traditional taka forms: the country maiden and the horse, as base for the artworks to be submitted for exhibition.

The Participants:

Jess ABRERA

Napoleon ABUEVA

John-Pete AGCAOILI

Christine AMADOR

Ronald ANADING

Jojo AUSTRIA

Pandy AVIADO

Victor BALANON

Relly BAUTISTA

Joy BELMONTE

Coke BOLIPATA

Plet BOLIPATA

Elmer BORLONGAN

Ronald CARINGAL

Clint CATALAN

Carlos CELDRAN

Lena COBANGBANG

Leslie DE CHAVEZ

Ruel CAASI

Louie CORDERO

Marc COSICO

Jonathan CHING

Aba Lluch DALENA

Krista Lluch DALENA

Christina DY

Eduardo ENRIQUEZ

Marilen ESPIRITU

Joy FABE

Noell El FAROL

Brenda V. FAJARDO

Johanna Acab-FAUSTINO

Lanelle ABUEVA-FERNANDO

Karen FLORES

Carlo GABUCO

Nona GARCIA

Lyra ABUEG GARCELLANO

Gino GONZALEZ

Peter DE GUZMAN

Lasse & Maricar HOLOPAINEN

Abdulmari IMAO

Juan Sajid IMAO

Eugene JARQUE

Jose Mari DE JESUS

Edcel C. LAGMAN

Raymond LEE

Loren LEGARDA

Gerard LICO

Maria MANGAHAS

Ferdinand MONTEMAYOR

Michael Muñoz

Al NEPOMUCENO

Pura ORTEGA

Jonathan OLAZO

Jayson OLIVERIA

Gary-Ross PASTRANA

Bett ESPOSO-RAMIREZ

Claro RAMIREZ

Jose Tence RUIZ

Don SALUBAYBA

Kusina SALUD

Dots SALVACION

MCM SANTAMARIA

Ciara MARASIGAN-SERUMGARD

Josie SISON

Dinky SOLIMAN

Kate TORRALBA

Mac VALDEZCO

Ferdz VALENCIA

Alvin VILLARUEL

MM YU

Jessica ZAFRA

DAKILA:

Bayang BARRIOS

Noel CABANGON

Ronnie LAZARO

Vanessa LIWANAG

Buwi MENESES

Gabe MERCADO

Mich RAMA

Eghai ROXAS

Roence SANTOS

TADO

Steph TAN & Leni VELASCO

Lourd DE VEYRA

Karla & Karen VIZCARRA

KSKP:

Ed CASTOR

Noel RIVERA

Marivic RIVERA

Claire ZAPATA

NEO-ANGONO:

Alan ALCANTARA

Manny BACANI

Frances EUGENIO

Carlos ‘Totong’ FRANCISCO II

Tata Raul FUNILAS

Richard GAPPI

Bunch GARCIA

Abraham GONZALEZ

Michael de GUZMAN

Ian LOMONGO

Nunong OLINARES

Ebok PINPIÑO

Melvin QUITASOL

Jan Michael REYES

Arturo SANCHEZ

Jon SANTOS

Glenford TOLENTINO

Wire TUAZON

Keiye MIRANDA-TUAZON

Che VILLAFLORES

Dino VILLAFLORES

Kyo ZAPANTA

Chitoy ZAPATA

Project Description:

ISANG DAANG KATAO, ISANG DAANG TAKA is a multi-pronged project. Firstly, it hopes to celebrate the centenary of the University of the Philippines through a collaborative production by the Asian Center and the MANLILIKHA Artisans’ Support Network. Secondly, the fundraising campaign means to support the conservation and exhibition projects related to the Asian Center’s ethnographic collection. The preservation and exhibition of pieces from the ethnographic collection stand to benefit the UP community’s students, faculty, and personnel, who will gain primary viewing access to such collections both within the context of an exhibition and as research material. Eventually, these activities will serve as backbone to the revival of the Asian Center Museum. The fundraising exhibit will also support the outreach and heritage conservation projects of MANLILIKHA geared towards crafts-making communities. Thirdly, the exhibition project puts forward MANLILIKHA’s advocacy for the preservation of traditional crafts practice in the Philippines. By making use of traditional crafts as a medium for artistic expression and creativity of the personalities to be invited to participate in this fundraising exhibition, not only is the local craft promoted but so is its possibility for contemporary engagement.

Mechanics:

ISANG DAANG KATAO, ISANG DAANG TAKA invites 100 personalities from various fields such as arts and culture, education, public service, television and entertainment. A blank, undecorated taka is given to the participant to dress up, using the participant’s materials, and fueled by his/her creativity.

One month after the delivery of the papier-mâché figure, the decorated taka is collected and displayed in an exhibition, for viewing and bidding. The participant is given the option to price his/her own work or grant this right to the project organizer. The items will be auctioned off through a process of silent bidding. Proceeds of the sold artwork will go to the collection management and exhibition projects related to the Asian Center’s ethnographic collection and the outreach/heritage preservation activities of Manlilikha.

Publication:

The project will be documented by a publication. The publication will contain all 100 invited individuals, their photo, a photo of their taka version, and a biosketch and statement about their taka piece. If the participant is an artist, an image of his/her past artworks will also be included, especially if it is related to the technique used in designing the taka figure. Exhibition book will be launched on exhibit opening day.

The publication will be for sale.


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