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“Musings on Women” photo, painting exhibit


Unveiling (L-R) Cebu City Councilor Margot Osmena, Arts Council of Cebu President Dr. Vivina Tiu, Mandaue City Councilor Cynthia Remedo, Zonta Area Director Stella Bernabe, Philippine Council of Women Chairwoman Dr. Rhodora Bucoy, Zonta Club of Cebu II President Marilou Canizares, Abay sa Kahayag Chairwoman Dr. Elsa Basubas and Ayala Center Cebu Marketing Officer Ms. Wilma Besin.

A total of 25 entries for the Photo Competition have been chosen to be the finalist from more than a hundred photos submitted for the Musings On Women Photography Contest. Over a hundred artists from all over the country will also hold a selling exhibit featuring paintings that depict the roles of women in society today. 

Zonta Club of Cebu II says

“Musings on Women,” a project of Zonta Club of Cebu II, is intended to pay homage to women from all walks of life. The exhibit features works of Cebuano photographers and artists showcasing women in the various roles that they play in society.
“From over a hundred entries, we have narrowed them to twenty five. It was a tough and difficult selection process by the Screening Committee. I am awed at how talented our photo enthusiasts are and we hope that through pictures, we can send a strong message on how essential the roles of women in society are and how equality among gender can enhance community building,” says Archt. Filna Espina, Chairperson of the Musings on Women Photo Competition.

Zontians (L-R): Elsa Basubas, Tetta Baad,
Petite Garcia and Helen Yap

The 25 entries that will vie for the Top 3 spot and big cash prizes are: “Age & Contentment”, “First Teacher,” “Braving the odds”, “Fighter,” “It’s never about money, it’s all about passion”, “Pot of Gold”, “Guitana, Student Athlete”, “PAF 15 Strike Wing Belle”, “Too High, Airforce Pilot on a mission,” “Endure the Pain”, “Rice Field, Tubohan Field,” “Ang Tingsi ni Nanay among kalipay”, “Hiros”, “Hablon Weaver,” “Lanzones Vendor,” “Fish Vendor,” “Teacher,” “Sports Team Work,” “Sastre,” and “Ivatan in Batanes.”

“Musings on Women” is one of the activities of Abay sa Kahayag’s 18-Day of Activism against gender based violence. “Abay sa Kahayag” is a long term partnership with the City of Mandaue to advance the welfare of women and children against violence and abuse.
The painting exhibit is participated by premier artists from Aninaw Art Collective, Aroma Art Atilier, Bohol Artists Collective, Cebu Artists Inc, Mugna and Pintal.
The artworks on display will be for sale proceeds of which will be used to finance the various projects of Zonta II.
“I am calling on everyone to support our cause by buying a painting. We desperately need funding support to fulfill our mission,” Zonta Club of Cebu II President Marilou Canizares.
“Musings on Women” will have an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. on November 24 at the Ayala Activity Center.
It will stay there until November 26, and will move to the 2nd Level of the mall’s New Wing (near Apple Store) on November 27 to December 2.
People who view the exhibit shall be able to choose through ballots the best photo in the PEOPLE’S CHOICE, an adjunct category to the official judging criteria.
Winners of the photo contest shall be announced and awarded on Dec. 5 after the Symposium on “Redefining the Meaning of Gender” at Bai Hotel in Mandaue City.

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