National Artist from Pangasinan honored through CCP exhibit

March 3, 2014 at 8:27 am Leave a comment


LINGAYEN – “We feel very proud to be part of this historic moment in Pangasinan when the (Cultural Center of the Philippines) brought back to his home province the works of national artist Salvador ‘Badong’ Bernal.

This was declared by Provincial Administrator Rafael Howard Baraan who represented Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. during the ribbon-cutting rites of CCP’s Badong Bernal exhibit held in partnership with the provincial government on February 26. The exhibit at the Sison Auditorium runs until May 3.

“It was almost too late for us when we realized that we have to acknowledge Badong as an outstanding son of Pangasinan (Months after he received the ASNA Balitok award given by the provincial government, he passed away)” the provincial administrator said.

“This, however, was not to say that he is gone. He remains with us forever through his works and legacy as a national artist; and we are proud that he is a native of Pangasinan,” Baraan added.

The exhibit themed “Badong: Salvador Bernal Designs the Stage,” featuring miniature stage designs as well as some life-size costumes crafted by Bernal for stage actors and actresses in his stage production designs, is a component activity of the forthcoming Agew na Pangasinan celebration on April 5 and of the month-long Pistay Dayat merriment.
The province, under Espino, gives importance to local history and culture, the provincial administrator said, citing that a functional Pangasinan Historical and Cultural Commission (PHCC), a group of volunteers from the private sector, helps the provincial government in promoting history, culture and heritage.

“We do not only welcome art, we embrace it because it is our soul,” Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim Jr. said in support to PA Baraan, even as he asked the CCP to work closely with the provincial government and bring more art exhibitions to Pangasinan.

CCP Vice President and Artistic Director Chris Millado said “Pangasinan is a very special place for Badong.”
He likewise cited four Pangasinense national artists namely F. Sionil Jose (Literature), Victorio Edades (Visual Arts), Salvador Bernal (Theater Design) and Fernando Poe Jr. – FPJ (Film) as four important reasons why the exhibit of CCP’s lakbay sining program was first launched in Pangasinan.
“Si Badong ang gumawa ng paraan kung saan nilagay niya ang disenyo sa puso ng buong pagtatanggal ng teatro – this brings him apart from other theater designers,” Millado said, adding that Bernal made use of Philippine materials which include rattan, bamboo and even indigenous sacks in his stage designs.
Millado noted that Bernal’s ability to move a mere stage background into something that was organic and essential to the whole staging was his singular contribution to stage design. He also researched on the visual history of the Philippine and reintroduced it to theater stagings, he added.
Bernal was born in a small town called Salisay in Dagupan City where he spent his natal years before leaving to Baguio City for education. Years after, he pursued higher studies in the USA under a full-bright program, and then came back in the Philippines and made a significant contribution to Philippine theater.

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