The Cebu Culture is one of the things I hold dear. It’s not perfect, but there are so many individuals making our culture a better place. Of course, when we speak of culture, it’s an umbrella term that speaks of many things.
As far as I’m concerned, Sir Junx Muana is one of the OG’s in Cebu’s cultural landscape. He’s had a very important hand in Cebu’s music scene. Backyard Studios made a name for itself by recording prominent bands and musicians like Urbandub, Franco, Max Surban, and many many more. He’s also had a huge impact on the Cebu outdoor adventure scene. Everyone who has spent time in Cebu knows the brand Habagat – the original Cebu outdoor brand that has made it’s mark all throughout the years.
Not many people can say they’ve had a hand in shaping two distinct aspects of Cebu life. So I was delighted to have Efren “Sir Junx” Muana in the podcast.
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This episode is brought to you by Qube Gallery — a progressive art space in Cebu, Philippines providing network and exhibit opportunities for contemporary artists with whom they work closely with and promote beyond the local reach.
This month, Qube Gallery is pleased to present new works by impressionist artist Jose Mari Picornell. This is Picornell’s fourth one-man show since the dawn of his career in the 1960s. Jose Mari has succeeded in making his mark in the Philippine art scene without any formal training. However, he was fortunate to have been mentored by Architect Pio Bonilla as an adolescent. He was already dabbling with watercolors when the architect, who considered Picornell a natural-born artist, introduced him to painting with oil. This then became his primary medium to this day.
Like other impressionists, Picornell has developed his own personal manner of depicting the world around him through his choice of colors and the energy he exerts in making his strokes fluid and bold. He practices direct painting or the alla prima method and applies oil colors directly from the tube, without mixing them. Picornell is known to create visually stimulating bodies of work that fuses old Cebu, Philippines with the present.
This exhibition features 14 artworks by Picornell of old colonial houses, street corners, downtown scenes and different snippets of city life in Cebu. It aims to present the viewers with how much has changed over the years and what has remained the same.
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Music is Piano March by Audionautix
Header photo by Kenichi Kawamura