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CHICAGO (JGL) -- The Consulate General of the Philippines in Chicago, Illinois held an opening reception for the solo weeklong Art Exhibit by Mr. Paul Balan titled “Lupang Hinirang (Philippine National

Anthem) Series” in Chicago PCG’s Kalayaan Hall on March 16, 2017 as part of Post’s 23rd Pagkikita sa Konsulado (23rd town hall meeting at the Consulate).

RIBBON-CUTTING:

ARTIST PAUL C. BALAN (second from right), Filipino-American painter and sculptor, and Consul General Generoso D. G. Calonge, cut the ceremonial ribbon to open his weeklong solo art exhibit titled “Lupang Hinirang (Philippine National Anthem) Series” held on March 16, 2017 during the Ika-23 Pagkikita sa Konsulado (23rd town hall meeting at the Consulate) at Philippine Consulate General’s Kalayaan Hall in Chicago, Illinois. Behind to his right is his wife, Mrs. Marra Vitor Balan and their children, Paolo and Micailla. (Photo by Philippine Consulate’s Mr. Arneil Torres)


Lupang Hinirang Series is the first ever visual representation of the lyrics of the Philippine National Anthem. The artist, Mr. Balan, hails from the town of Paete, a town known for its sculptors, painters, musicians and poets. 

 

ALTOGETHER NOW:

ARTIST PAUL C. BALAN (third from left, seated) with his daughter, Micailla, joins a photo of during reception of his weeklong solo art exhibit titled “Lupang Hinirang (Philippine National Anthem) Series” held on March 16, 2017 during the Ika-23 Pagkikita sa Konsulado (23rd town hall meeting at the Consulate) at Philippine Consulate General’s Kalayaan Hall in Chicago, Illinois. Photo shows from left, seated Consul Erika Anna Abad, Deputy Consul General Romulo Victor M. Israel, Consul General Generoso D. G. Calonge, Marra Vitor Balan and her son, Paolo, Consul Melchor P. Lalunio, Jr. and other staff of the Consulate and guests from the community. Please note the exhibits at the background. (Photo by Philippine Consulate’s Mr. Arneil Torres)


In his opening remarks, Consul General Generoso D.G. Calonge paid tribute to Mr. Balan’s world-class talent as a painter and sculptor, which is a source of immense pride not just to the Consulate General but also to the Filipino-American community in the Midwest. 

The Consulate General, in partnership with Mr. Balan, hosted the exhibit from March 16-23, 2017 in celebration of the National Arts Month. 

LUPANG HINIRANG (PHILIPPINE NATIONAL ANTHEM) SERIES:

FILPINO AMERICAN PAUL Cainto Balan stands in front of his “Lupang Hinirang” (Philippine National Anthem) Series when this reporter and associate Marlon L. Pecson paid him a visit in his home art studio in Round Lake, Illinois in 2015. The series was displayed at the Philippine Consulate’s Kalayaan (Independence) Hall at 122 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1600, in Chicago, Illinois for a week from March 17 to 23 (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)


The 23rd Pagkikita also included a celebration of the National Women’s Month, the highlight of which was a brief remark by Post’s GAD Focal Point, Consul Ericka Anna Abad, on the importance of the celebration and significant developments on gender equality under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. 

To cap the event, Consul Melchor Lalunio, Jr. announced the upcoming events of Chicago PCG while Deputy Consul General Romulo Victor M. Israel, Jr. delivered the closing remarks. A fellowship reception ended the fruitful and productive evening. (PM)          

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