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The Philippine Consulate General, represented by Deputy Consul General Jaime Ramon T. Ascalon and Consul Carlyn A. Monastrial, attended the opening of “Philippine Art: Collecting Art, Collecting Memories”, an exhibit of the Philippine collection of the Asian Art Museum in the City of San Francisco, which will be open to the public until 11 March 2018.

Dr. Jay Xu, the Museum’s Director, welcomed leaders of the Filipino-Community, as well as donors and sponsors who helped grow the Philippine collection through generous donations of art or funding to purchase artwork by Filipino artists. Dr. Xu said that the Asian Art Museum was proud to be at the forefront of Filipino culture in San Francisco, where there is a robust Filipino-American Community.  He added that each art piece that was acquired or donated had a story behind it that deserved to be heard by the Community.

Deputy Consul General Ascalon thanked the Museum for allowing the Filipino and larger Communities a glimpse of Philippine culture and heritage, sparking curiosity and pride within the Community and sustaining dialogue that fosters understanding among the different races that call San Francisco home.  He added that the Consulate’s thrusts to Spark*Connect*Empower* the Community involved interfacing with institutions, especially museums, which are repositories of art, and act as guardians that preserve cultures through decades and centuries.

Dr Jay Xu, Director of the Asian Art Museum, and Depty Consul General Jaime Ramon T. Ascalon gave remarks during the opening of “Philippine Art: Collecting Art, Collecting Stories” Exhibit.

Curator Natasha Reichle led the group through the collection, some of which were on display for the first time since their acquisition. Works of Fernando Amorsolo, BenCab, and Anita Magsaysya-Ho were on display, along with 17th century images of saints, and traditional Filipino textiles. An accompanying video narrated by members of the Filipino Community in the Bay Area, some of whom were in attendance at the opening, enriched the experience.

Silvia Chang, Educator for Public Programs of the Museum, ended the program with a vow to work even closer with the Filipino-American Community, adding that she looked forward to working with everyone in preparation for Filipino-American History Month in October. END

Featured painting of Fernando Amorsolo, textiles from the Philippine Islands, and installation by Norberto Roldan