The stage was filled with extracts of Chinese skills and talent as the Confucius Institute of Ateneo de Manila University presented their Chinese Painting Exhibit which stayed in the Grand Atrium of Shangri-La Plaza from January 25 to January 29.
The artistic exhibit was part of the 11th Spring Film Festival celebrated by the Filipino-Chinese community. The paintings were mainly focused in roosters since it is the year of the rooster in Chinese calendar while other paintings depict the essence of life in Chinese strokes. The colorful paintings displayed came from different artists and painted in different media, some in small canvas and some in fans or medium-sized woods.
The images in the exhibit possess different emotions that can be sent to the viewers like the “Regression” by Lucipinio Ng. It shows a rooster slightly taking a step while looking at its rear; it holds a weak feeling inside despite the normal view of the rooster. Another is “Patience”
by Margaret Sy. It is a picture of a person sitting in his banca with a lamp and a basket while herons perch beside him. The picture gives an atmosphere of tiredness and the feeling of being alone at the same time while waiting for something that may happen or not.
Other than the exhibit, several activities were held during the Spring Film Festival such as the Chinese Musical Concert, the Chinese Painting Exhibit, Chinese Pastel Painting Workshop and the Film Festival itself.