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Bulaklak ng Dila | Rodel Tapaya

Bulaklak ng Dila*
Rodel Tapaya
10 December 2010 to 5 March 2011
Lobby and West Wing Gallery
Vargas Museum

Opening Cocktails on
10 December, Friday, 3pm

The University of the Philippines Vargas Museum in cooperation with the Drawing Room Gallery concludes the 2010 calendar with the exhibition Bulaklak ng Dila by Rodel Tapaya. The exhibition will open on 10 December, Friday, 3pm, at the Lobby and West Wing Gallery of the Vargas Museum.

In Bulaklak ng Dila (idioms), Tapaya explores the idiomatic expression pertaining to the exaggeration of truths. Relating it with the everyday and with the current social climate, the artist interprets a local proverb through allegory, incorporating various media from oil and glass painting, to sculpture, installation, diorama, mural, drawing, and portraits framed by tin.

Bulaklak ng Dila presents social critique by way of parody and farce; implicating how the “proverbial is political and that the florid tongue adorns history all over”.

Rodel Tapaya (b. 1980) is a visual artist working in drawing, painting, sculpture, intermedia and installations. He graduated with a Fine Arts degree at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. He took intensive studies on drawing and painting at the University of Art and Design; and Parsons School of Design, New York City. He has exhibited extensively both locally and abroad and garnered several prestigious awards. He was shortlisted for the Ateneo Art Awards in 2010; finalist of the Philip Morris Philippine Art Awards; grand prize winner of the Nokia Asia Pacific Art Awards in 2001; semi-finalist of the of the Metrobank Young Painters’ Annual Art Competition; and finalist of the Shell National Students Art Competition. In 2001, he was honored by his alma mater with the Kahusayan sa Larangan ng Sining award.

Exhibition runs until 5 March 2011.

For more information, please contact the Vargas Museum at (+632) 928-19-27; (+632) 981-85-00 loc. 4024 or e-mail The museum’s website can be viewed at


About Jorge B. Vargas Museum

It aims to preserve its collection donated by Jorge B. Vargas and conducts research, exhibitions, publications, and educational programs. The Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center houses a museum, archives, and library devoted to the Philippine history, art, and culture from the late 19th century until the post-war era. Its main beneficiaries are students, faculty, researchers and scholars of the Philippines and Asia.


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