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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, June 28, 2019

‘Amore’ at Charlie’s Gallery
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

Manila-based visual artist Roel Obemio opened his 12 th solo exhibit, titled “Amore”, at Charlie’s Art Gallery at Italia Restaurant in Brgy. Mandalagan, Bacolod City Wednesday, and it will run until July 26.

With “Amore”, the romantic Obemio, 52, focuses on the magic of love in its many forms – the love between lovers, friends, family, the love between mothers and their children, the innocent love of a child for his/her pet, even the love for great landscapes or nature, and that of the artist for the works of great artists before him whom he admires.

Before breaking into the art scene with his highly successful solo exhibition in 2006, Obemio worked as an animator in the now defunct studio of Hanna-Barbera.

Known for his rotund figures, Obemio’s works resonate with Filipinos, who enjoy his inspiring, humorous, witty, and romantic works. The “Amore” exhibit features these qualities and presents them in different contexts.

Obemio recalled that since his parents could not send him money always when he was yet taking up Fine Arts at the University of the East, he did commercial portraits and caricatures, as well as animation. He started to paint full time in 2002, and his inspiration was Columbian artist Fernando Botero.

He wants a peaceful and happy life and wants to be in the beach and lie on a hammock because he does not want chaos or trouble. So these fantasies are part of his persona, he said.

Being an introvert, he does not want “barkadas”, and only wants to paint or help his mother water the plants, Obemio said.

Because his parents were strict, he believes that he has developed some fears and it is only in painting where he feels free because he can do whatever he wants. It is a kind of escape for him, he said.

“You will know the character of an artist by studying the color he uses and the mood of his subjects even when you do not see him or her physically,” he added.

Obemio’s artworks on exhibit were all sold out at the opening.*

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Bago mayor bares
state of the city

Bago City Mayor Nicholas Yulo delivered his State of the City Address during the 1,982 nd regular session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod Wednesday, a press release from the city said.

Yulo bared the gains of his administration on agricultural productivity and tourism promotions and development, his two important agenda.

He said that through the rice development program, Bago increased its annual average yield, from 3.92 metric tons in 2016 to 4.43 metric tons in 2018. The city was also 263.8 percent rice sufficient in 2018. This was validated with the National Rice Achievers Award, given by the Department of Agriculture, in 2017 and 2018.

On tourism promotions and development, Yulo boasts of the ongoing development of Bantayan Park into a premier tourist destination. The Department of Budget and Management will fund the riverfront park, in the amount of P19 million, through its Green, Green, Green program, the press release said.

The mayor also cited the best areas of administrative, economic, social, and environmental governance in Bago under his administration. He highlighted the steady increase in revenue collections of Bago, particularly in income and tax.

On human resource management, the Civil Service Commission will award the City Government of Bago with the Prime HRM Maturity Level 2 on July 24. Bago is one of the three local government units in Negros Occidental to be awarded with such recognition, Yulo said.

He also reported the influx of investments in Bago that would mean jobs for the locals, and increased economic activity in the locality. He also mentioned the environmental initiatives of the City which are among the best in the region, and cited the city disaster risk reduction and management program that continues to harvest recognitions in Gawad Kalasag in the provincial, regional, and national levels.

Yulo also mentioned in his one-hour speech all the Bagonhons, who excelled in the national and international sports arena, particularly boxer Rogen Ladon, who finished silver in the 2018 Asian Games, the press release said.

He said that in the next three years of his administration, he will focus on improving the operations and services of the city-owned Bago City Hospital and Bago City College.

He asked the people of Bago “to be one with me as we continue to journey towards public service.”

He also challenged the department heads of the city and national government agencies to develop interventions and initiatives while promoting the core values of the LGU to the Bagonhons.

The speech was interrupted several times by the applause from the audience, who gave Yulo a standing ovation at the end of his report, the press release added.*

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