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PAP Portfolio

Editions Due to Portfolio Organizer by December 15, 2014.

Organized by Noell El Farol

Mr. Noell El Farol, President
Mr. Angelo Magno, Secretary

Folk Arts Theater
CCP Complex, Pasay City
Manila, Philippines
Email: pinoyprintmakers@gmail.com
Mobile number: +(63)9276543707


In the midst of technological changes and the economic jolts of a globalized world, culture is seen as both a currency and a vital evaluation between the past and the contemporary to formulate and reinforce an identity. In terms of cultural identity, the Philippines is a unique hybrid. Some populist historians note that we spent 300 years in the convent and then 50 years in Hollywood (signifying the colonial experience of our country with Spain and then the United States of America). Much of these overlapping cultures have made the Philippines a curious case in the Asian metanarrative. The Philippines has strands of identity that are interwoven from Latin, American and Asian cultures. In the supposed age of the emergence of the Asian domination in terms of the economy, how is culture, which many cite this as the soft power, articulated in such a nebulous tapestry of identities?

Such a need for identity is also related to printmaking when the world has been subject to the dizzying pace of technology. For a medium that has its deep roots in history, how can printmaking be articulated as contemporary? With the processes of printmaking that involve pressure, a hard press so to speak, what place does the medium have alongside the quick, soft touch of a screen and a “share” button? Considering that printmaking is not an “indigenous” art form in the Philippines, how do we utilize this influence to create work uniquely Pilipino? The Philippine Association of Printmakers (PAP) proposes a portfolio dealing with issues of identity and the negotiation between the then and the now. Members shall produce works that are discussions with certain pressing points in our history vis a vis where we are in contemporary/ global society.


The Philippine Association of Printmakers was founded in 1969 by noted Filipino visual artist and Father of Philippine Printmaking, Manuel Rodriguez, Sr. together with Adiel Arevalo, Brenda Fajardo, Ivy Avellana Cosio, among other artists, as a national association of printmakers. The organization advocates the promotion and support of printmaking practice in the Philippines. Today, it maintains a national workshop through the support of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, located at the rear of the Folk Arts Theater in Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex, Pasay City. The workshop provides facilities for training and use for Pilipino visual artists and hosts international guest artists for technical training and international collaboration.

Paper Size: 10 x 15 inches

Edition Size: Each of the 8 participating artists will create 2 prints, comprising 16 works in total

Technique: Printcentric, portfolio will be comprised of traditional print processes and some print processes unique to the Philippines

Maria Victora Abano, Professor, College of Fine Arts, University of the Philippines-Diliman, Quezon City
Jose Santos Ardivilla, Professor, Philippine Women’s University, Manila, and College of Fine Arts, University of the Philippines-Diliman, Quezon City
Mars Bugaoan, Master of Fine Arts Degree Candidate, College of Fine Arts, University of the Philippines-Diliman, Quezon City
Benjie Torrado Cabrera, Professor, College of St. Scholastica, Manila
Joey Cobcobo, Professor, Technological University of the Philippines, Manila
Janos Delacruz, Professor, University of Santo Tomas, Manila
Noell El Farol, Professor, College of St. Benilde, De la Salle University, Manila
Angelo Vergara Magno, Professor, School of Multimedia Arts, Asia Pacific College, Magallanes, Makati City