ON its fifth year, the Panit-Bukog 5 (PB5) Mindanao contemporary art exhibition runs in three venues.
The PB5 opened its 2023 edition on September 8 at the Fr. Francisco Demetrio Gallery at the Museo de Oro, Xavier University, in Cagayan de Oro City. A second exhibition followed the next day, September 9, at the Carmen Art District in #20 A. Fernandez corner Mahogany Streets, Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City. The third show is set to open on November 10, 2023, at Museo Dipolog, Rizal Avenue corner Herrera Sts, Dipolog City.
The Cagayan de Oro exhibit is open to the public until October 15, while the upcoming Dipolog show will be on display until December 15.
This year, PB5 features 36 artists, including Aca, Acevedo, Amalla, Bacol, Bacus, Calio, Cayas, Dumlao, Dy, Esprela, Floirendo, Geronimo, Geolamen, Grapa, Guimbao, Gumanad, Icao, Labtan, Malicay, Mata, Mato, Marquiala, Narciso, Obina, Ouano, Pascubillo, Poncardas, Prima, Sabanal, Secuban, Sojor, Vamenta A, Vamenta J, Vega, Virata, and Yap.
This year’s run is a partnership project between the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and its National Committee on Visual Arts (NCVA), along with the Research Institute for Mindanao Culture (RIMCU). Fellow presenters include Infinite Lotus Productions, Xavier University, Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts, Museo de Oro, Carmen Art District, Dipolog City LGU, and Museo Dipolog.
PB5 mounted panel discussions and talks on September 9 at the XU Little Theater in Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro. The event tackled curating methods and approaches with the four PB5 curators, followed by a presentation of art organizations and platforms in Mindanao by their group representatives.
An open forum followed the talks with a synthesis by Cris Rollo. In the Dipolog leg, a roundtable discussion on Mindanao Contemporary Art is set on November 11 at 1:30 pm, which will be facilitated by Cris Rollo and Abraham Ambo Garcia Jr.
The curatorial team members for PB5 are UP Vargas Museum curator and UP Diliman Department of Art Studies Associate Professor Tessa Maria Guazon; visual artist and coordinator Errol Balcos; Griffith University-educated art worker Abraham Garcia; and cofounder of the Panit Bukog series of exhibitions Cris Rollo, who was previously national chairman of the NCCA-CVA from 2000 to 2006.