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Life’s Arcade: QUIAPO | Rick Rocamora

The UP Vargas Museum opens Life’s Arcade: QUIAPO, a photography exhibit by Rick Rocamora on November 12, Tuesday, 4PM at the 3F galleries of the museum.

“Homeless Scholar” Paterno Street, Quiapo, 2012

“Homeless Scholar” Paterno Street, Quiapo, 2012

Quiapo is one of the favorite subjects of street photographers as the intersecting streets give rise to interesting anecdotes and images for the lenses to capture. It is also the site of the annual celebration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene where people gather and carry out their religious rituals sustained by passion and faith. Rocamora explores the lives of the Quiapo residents, looking into their everyday activities, personal struggles and anxieties. He initially started documenting Paterno Street where the inspiring story of Rodallie Mosende unraveled. Mosende has lived homeless on Paterno Street, living with everyday subsistence and the challenge of finishing her education. Another subject is Veronica Rodillas, a sampaguita garland vendor who faces harsh realities of living in Manila at a young age. These are portraits of the few who represent the community of Quiapo, which is not pictured as a squalid environment, but a network of strong-hearted individuals who work hard to better their lot. On the part of Rocamora, his photographs are not static documents; they are vehicle in uplifting the lives of these people. By posting them on social media and other online sources, Rocamora gathers benefactors who help change the lives of these people.

Rick Rocamora is a multi-awarded photographer now based in United States of America. His images and picture stories received awards from the Asian American Journalist Association, SF Bay Area Press Photographers Association, New California Media, and Media Alliance and have been published in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Los Angeles Times and other national and international print and online publications.

His works have been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution, Center for Photographic Arts, Museum of Photographic Arts, Gorman Museum, Oakland Museum among others. His photographs are part of the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He was the principal photographer for “Pork and Perks – Corruption and Governance in the Philippines,” by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, a National Book Award winner in the Philippines in 1994.

His current projects include “Clogged Veins of Justice in the Philippines” and “iLife San Francisco.” The latter documents San Francisco at street level 40 years after he arrived as an immigrant from the Philippines using an iPhone and Hipstamatic app.

Life’s Arcade: Quiapo runs until December 3, 2013. There will be an artist talk on November 23 at 3:00PM.

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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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Devour | Fish Talks is a roundtable discussion among humans on anything about fish, from experiential, anthropological, ecological, scientific, or philosophical perspectives. The activity is open to public participation at the 3F North Wing Gallery of Vargas Museum. Participants are enjoined to bring and sit on their own chairs during the discussion. The chairs can be received by the museum prior to the day and may be kept with the participants' consent as part of the "Fish Talks" artwork until 1 December.

For this event, we invited Dr. Rhodora Azanza, and Dr. Arnel “AA” Yaptinchay.

Dr. Rhodora Azanza (fondly known as The Red Tide Lady) is a Professor Emeritus at the Marine Science Institute, and first woman Dean of the College of Science, University of the Philippines. She is an Academician of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), and she was among the eleven awardees honored by the UP Alumni Association with Lifetime Distinguished Achievements in 2013. She received the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Outstanding Research and Development Award for Applied Research/ Julian A. Banzon Medal for her projects that aimed to develop technology for the detection and mitigation of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) or red tides in 2014. She was presented with the 2015 Pantas Award by the DOST’s Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), and served as the former Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs (Linkages), and the director of the Office International Linkages of the university. 
Dr. AA Yaptinchay has been involved in marine biodiversity conservation in the Philippines for over twenty years. He is the director and founder of the conservation NGO, Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines after having worked with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Biodiversity Management Bureau as a biologist and WWF-Philippines as their Species Conservation Program Director. He has a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from the University of the Philippines and earned his Master’s Degree in Aquatic Tropical Ecology from Bremen University, Germany. Devour | Katti Sta. Ana at the 3F Galleries runs until 1 December 2017. For tours, please send an e-mail to vargasmuseum@gmail.com. We will have two activities at the exhibition next week. Check our Facebook for more details. ADVISORY: The museum will be closed on Monday as usual, and on Tuesday and Wednesday due to the ASEAN 2017 non-working holidays. We resume operations on Thursday, 16 November. We thank Dr. Judy Taguiwalo and Renz Lee for Green Go Home: The Necessity of Protest yesterday. Lisa Ito will be moderating another conversation, Green Go Home: From Aklasan to Bungkalan with Angie Ipong and Iggy Rodriguez next Friday, 17 November. Grrrl Gang Manila joins the Green Go Home project through a Grrrl Meet #5! on 18 November. Please check the event pages for updates and resources. DEVOUR by Katti Sta Ana is on view at the 3F Galleries until 1 December 2017. We thank everyone who attended the evening reception. The exhibition at the Vargas coincides with Paglulual International Ceramic Art Project 2017 at the U.P. College of Fine Arts.

The evening reception was graced by a performance by Boyet De Mesa and Rabu Barroco based on the Sta. Ana's Dog-Eat-Dog pieces. 
Other activities for the show:

21 Nov, TUESDAY, 9am-5pm

Collaborative wall drawing session at the Dog-Eat-Dog area of North Wing Gallery with Manuel Heraña, Boyet Montejo, Ritchie Rodulfo, and Kevin Roque (selected UP College of Fine Arts freshmen)

24 Nov, FRIDAY, 2-4pm

FISH TALKS: a roundtable discussion of humans on anything about fish from experiential, anthropological, ecological, scientific, or philosophical perspectives. This is open to the public. Participants are enjoined to bring and sit on their own chairs during the discussion. The chairs can be received by the museum prior to the day and may be kept with the participants' consend as part of the Fish Talks artwork until 1 December, as symbols of persons' stakes on the issue. 
DEVOUR PROJECT TEAM:

Artist Apprentices: Pam Quinto, Jezzel Lorraine Wee, Raffy Ugaddan, and Raymond Escoto Carlos

Artist Volunteers:

Rosa Mirasol Melencio, Lui Gonzales, Aileen Viñas, Zee Aquilizan, Precious Pareño, and Raha Rodriguez 
Special thanks from the artist are given to Jose Tence Ruiz, Reynel dela Rosa, Marco Rosario, Rita Badilla-Gudino, Leo Abaya, Yasmin Almonte Lantz, Rey Concepcion, Penny Bencito, Froilan Sta. Ana, and Roberto Acosta. Do We Dream Under The Same Sky?

From #TomasVu and #RirkritTiravanija's Green Go Home project at the 1F Galleries. Later at 3pm, visual artist Renz Lee and former DSWD Secretary Dr. Judy Taguiwalo initiate a conversation titled "The Necessity of Protest." Lisa Ito will moderate the activity.

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