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The Certificate Program on Design Competency: Championing Local Artists

If you follow this column and my blog, you should know by now that one of my advocacies is giving the spotlight to local artists. This is actually one of the reasons why I agreed to become part of the UrbanLife family – to add one more venue for my campaign for championing local artists.

This year, I’ve been fortunate enough to have joined several events that celebrated Kagay-anon and Mindanao artists and art. Our 2019 installment of The Vagina Monologues had several first times. We went to Balingasag and performed to the audience there, and we were finally able to stage our show at the University of Science and Technology (USTP). And then we had Tanghalan sa Kampo Juan in May. All of these opportunities we owe to people who not only believe in our cause but also have great faith and admiration in Kagay-anons.

So when I heard that the second installment of Chris Gomez’s Certificate Program on Design Competency was about to wrap up, I got excited. I have heard only good (awesome!) things about the program. Gomez is a respected and well-known multi-disciplinary artist and sustainable design advocate. I was fortunate to have seen some of his works in a special exhibit at Kampo Juan. His works are unique, thought-provoking, and awe-inspiring. So, you can just imagine what kind of creative surprises his students can come up with!

Chris Gomez

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to visit the design program student’s first exhibit last year, but I am determined to do so this time – and I think the BIG GUY above heard me because I won’t have to wait long for my wish to come true.

On Tuesday, July 23, the 2nd batch of the Certificate Program on Design Competency students will open their exhibit, aptly titled HIMO, at Capitol University’s CU Art Gallery of the Museum of Three Cultures. The event will serve as the graduation and “baptism of fire” of the students and will start with a special opening program at 4pm.

The 2nd batch of student designers for the program are:

* Nicolas P. Aca
*Michael Roy Louis C. Atienza
*Michael E. Bacol
*Marlon A. Doong
*Donie M. Galigao
*Ramon R. Gumapon
*Ina Margarita C. Paderanga
*Aileen A. Parojinog

Their works of art will be on display at the gallery from July 23 until August 06, 2019.

The Certificate Program on Design Competency was conceptualized and brought to life last year, with the course running from April to July. Its first batch of graduates, all 19 of them, showcased their masterpieces in an exhibit dubbed “bulawOne”. They are now part of the Cagayan de Oro Design Council.

Nicolas P. Aca

HIMO is organized by Chris Gomez Creative Design, Capitol University, CU Business Incubation and Support Center, and the Department of Trade & Industry.

If you’re not doing anything on Tuesday, July 23, head over to the CU Gallery at Capitol University and spend an inspiring and creative afternoon with some of the best artists of Cagayan de Oro. Be there and support the Certificate Program on Design Competency as it continues to champion local artists!

See you at CU!


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