Saturday, November 17, 2007

VICS MAGSAYSAY Fine Art Photography Exhibit

World Heritage Sites in the Philippines
A Fine Art Photographic Exhibit of

VICS MAGSAYSAYCurated by Zen Lopez
October 9 - November 11, 2003
West Los Angeles College Art Gallery

VICS MAGSAYSAY'S photographs transport us to the sacred spaces and serene places designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites in the Philippines, while capturing the essence of its people and culture. The exhibit aims to heighten awareness of the beauty of the land, peoples and culture, hopefully to inspire the viewer to be an active participant and to protect these natural and cultural properties of outstanding universal value against the threat of damage in a rapidly developing world. One of the sites on the verge of extinction, the world-renowned Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, is now included in the List of World Heritage in Danger. The looting and destruction of cultural sites, treasures and peoples due to the world in conflict attest to the fact that the loss of one nation is the loss for all the nations in this planet.

Funded in part by:
West Los Angeles College
Foundation And the Durfee Foundation

West Los Angeles College Art
Gallery, 9000 Overland Ave., Culver
City, CA, USA.


  • Prof. Virginia Flor-Agbayani - Professor
    Emeritus, Department of Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines. She
    stands as a pioneering figure in the field of Philippine art education. Born May
    20, 1922, Pangasinan, Philippines; North Hills, Ca resident. Considered as a
    "living treasurer", her stature in the academe marked by unquestionable
    integrity and credibility, continues to be a source of inspiration and guidance
    for many. Throughout her teaching career, she vigorously emphasized the concern for humanity and the inter-relationship of the arts. Today she instills in the minds of her audience , acquaintances and friends the values inherent and the shared sentiments among various cultures, impressing on them the concern for the harmonious existence among those societies and their relation to the contemporary changes.

  • Nenita Pambid Domingo, PhD - Lecturer of the Filipino Language at the University of the California in Los Angeles. Born in Manila, Philippines, she is a mother, artist, and teacher. She graduated from the University of the Philippines with a degree in Philippine studies. For the past twenty-five years, she was a practicing theater artist in the Philippines essaying different roles until the academe beckoned to her to contribute to the preservation of Filipino culture that was included the 1954 and 1835 dictionaries entitled Vocabulario de la Lengua Tagala by Fathers Noceda and Sanlucar. Her study focused on the "personhood" of the Filipino based on the language used by the common people to describe the different types of personalities that until now is still being used by the people.

  • Pureza Gomeyac-Egmalis - born to the applai tribe of Sagada in the Northern Philippines where rich deposits of gold are massively mined. She graduated College with a Masteral Arts in Education from the Baguio Colleges Foundation / University of the Cordilleras in Baguio City. She is active in research work, community development, networking, enterprise development, education, gender issues, indigenous culture, reproductive health, and the development of sustainable environment. She expresses her spirituality, culture, and values through literary and visual art forms, which stress the vanishing indigenous cultural values and folklore of the Igorots in the Northern Philippines.

  • Vics Magsaysay - A self-taught artist, graphic designer and fine art photographer, with a formal education in chemical and civil engineering. An experience with a photographer from the popular German magazine Stern and Geo shooting extensively in the Philippine rain forests, rugged terrain and valleys, led to a profound interest to explore and capture the nature of the land and people through his camera. Some of his works have been published in travel magazines and coffee-table books in Asia, including the book "Place of Tides: Visualization using Nature's Energies" featuring his nature photographs. He has held several one-man painting and sculpture exhibits in Asia. Vics conducted workshops in acupuncture and other indigenous healing practices. Vics recently published a booklet entitled "Love Thoughts: A Prescription for All Worries." Vics is a 2003 Durfee Foundation ARCS Grant recipient. zlopez/