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22/06/2012: Tenth Edition of Brown Strokes on a White Canvas Launched at the Embassy as Part of the 114th Commemoration of Philippine Independence

22 JUNE 2012, WASHINGTON, DC – As part of the commemoration of the 114th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine independence, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. launched yesterday the tenth edition of the “Brown Strokes on a White Canvas” art exhibit at the Romulo Hall of the Embassy.

This year features twenty-eight Filipino American artists, who are based in the metropolitan Washington DC area.  “Brown Strokes on a White Canvas” seeks to recognize the “exceptional talent of Filipinos in the visual arts.”  The creativity is organized by the Philippine American Foundation for Charities (PAFC).

“As artists in the Brown Strokes exhibit, you become part of the legacy of one of the pioneers in the modern art movement in the Philippines, Julian’s father, Victor Oteyza,” Ambassador Cuisia said during his welcome remarks.  “While we are gathered here to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Brown Strokes, I hope that Julian and his sister Maurese, will allow us to associate Brown Strokes with the art and the contribution of Victor Oteyza to the history and evolution of the Philippine arts.

Ambassador Jose Cuisia (bottom row, fifth from left) poses for a photo opportunity with some of the twenty-eight artists who participated in the tenth edition of the Brown Strokes on a White Canvas, during its launch at the Romulo Hall of the Embassy of the Philippines on June 21.

Ador Carreon, Chairman of PAFC, also provided brief remarks while Mr. Julian Oteyza introduced the faces behind the works that laid the groundwork and contributed to the success of the event.  Performances from Mr. Rod Garcia and Nicole de las Alas served as the evening’s musical entertainment.

Brown Strokes is a project initiated in 2002 by PAFC, a not-for-profit organization that undertakes charitable, educational and cultural projects, and has been part of the Philippine Festival for the past ten years.  Notable artists who have participated in this endeavor include Pacita Abad, Nilo Santiago and Joey Manlapaz.  END.