A very timely reminder

November 8

Today, Facebook reminded me of an article I wrote for Philippine Star (a local newspaper in our country) way back in 2009. It’s a very timely reminder related to Langkawi Art Biennale 2016.

That was the first time I got connected to ArtMalaysia founder, Mr. Liew Kian Yap and other international artists. Even then, I witnessed Mr. Liew’s passion for the arts and his commitment to encourage other artists toward this shared goal of using art for global social transformation: art that is highly responsive to current issues affecting mankind.

Thanks to Mr. Liew’s efforts to keep ArtMalaysia going. We appreciate his efforts in initiating art events like Art Biennales in Malaysia and connecting international artists from all over the world.

I thank God for allowing me to be part of Langkawi Art Biennale 2016 and am looking forward to more of these.

http://www.philstar.com/good-news/521050/art-exhibit-commemorates-50th-philippine-malaysia-ties

LAB 2016 Sculptors’ Exploration Part 4

November 7

SCULPTORS EXPLORING ZUL IDRIS’ PLACE

Raju Pithakote(Nepal) adding one bottle to this statue.

Jik Villanueva (Philippines) “exploring” this piece of wood.

I love the interplay of circles and lines in this photo.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

More discussions…

Group photo.

And while the sculptors are at it, the painters continue with their sketches.


Charley Lesquelin’s “Only a Leaf” sketch.


Another sketch from Celso Pepito.

LAB 2016 Sculptors’ Exploration Part 3

November 7

MORE “EXPLORATION” FUN AT THE SCRAP YARD

The sculptors exploration extended to finding potential materials from this junkyard. Searching treasures among the piles of seemingly “trash” materials proved to be a playful adventure for most of these sculptors. At one point, a few of them even lay on top of a pile of used soda cans!

The “playful, child” part of the sculptors were awakened in some ways.

14976040_1227076667336231_474220225_o

For the love of art: Helen Crawford's dirty hands and feet show the beginning of her "labor of love" art piece.
For the love of art: Helen Crawford’s dirty hands and feet show the beginning of her “labor of love” art piece.

LAB 2016 Sculptors’ Exploration Day Part1

November 7

In line with this year’s Langkawi Art Biennale’ theme: EXPLORATION, the sculptors’ team agreed to go on an island exploration expedition. They will do this to see the venue where their works will be displayed and to source materials they will use for their sculptural masterpieces.

FIRST DESTINATION: LICC
Today’s first destination is Langkawi International Convention Centre (LICC). Getting to see the venue where the sculptors’ works will be exhibited would help them make decisions as they create their sculptural pieces.

Mr. Hairul Azizi Amat Tokimin, LAB2016 Coordinator welcomes the 2016 LAB sculptors to the Langkawi International Convention Center.
Mr. Hairul Azizi Amat Tokimin, LAB2016 Coordinator welcomes the sculptors to the Langkawi International Convention Centre.
Impressive design and structure of the LICC greet the 2016 LAB Sculptors' Team.
Impressive design and structure of the LICC greet the 2016 LAB Sculptors’ Team.
LICC is known to be the  most complete and the first international convention centre in Langkawi Island.
LICC is known to be the most complete and the first international convention centre in Langkawi Island.

LAB 2016 Sculptors' Team explored the inside halls of LICC,
LAB 2016 Sculptors’ Team explored the inside halls of LICC,

Mr. Liew Kian Yap,  Langkawi Art Biennale Founder discusses how the LICC would accommodate the art pieces and would be the centre for all activities related to the Langkawi Art Biennale 2016.
Mr. Liew Kian Yap, Langkawi Art Biennale Founder discusses how the LICC would accommodate the art pieces and would be the centre for all activities related to the Langkawi Art Biennale 2016.

The LAB 2016 Sculptors' Exploration Team
The LAB 2016 Sculptors’ Exploration Team

LAB 2016 Sculptors’ Night of Discoveries

November 6

The Langkawi Art Biennale 2016 Exploration Journey continues. This time, with a group of sculptors from various parts of the world.

Tonight fifteen sculptors from Australia, New Zealand, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nepal, Japan and the Philippines gathered at Breakfast Bar, Langkawi Island. They discussed plans for the sculptural projects they will be making for for the upcoming celebration of Langkawi Art Biennale 2016.

They will be sourcing materials from Langkawi Island. Some of the materials to be used are marble, stone, wood and materials from scraps.

Sculptors representing Malaysia, Philippines, Australia
Sculptors representing Malaysia, Philippines, Australia
Nepal meets Australia: Raju Pithakote and Lawrence Dinesh Wilkes
Nepal meets Australia: Raju Pithakote and Lawrence Dinesh Wilkes
Helen Crawford (Australia) and Fumihiko Sano (Japan)
Helen Crawford (Australia) and Fumihiko Sano (Japan)
Mr. Liew Kian Yap welcomes Mauritius sculptors led by Jean Lewis Dick. Jean-Daniel Orion,  Nicolas MAriette, Ryan Azenor and Baliram Ourmila compose the group.
Mr. Liew Kian Yap welcomes Mauritius sculptors led by Jean Lewis Dick. Jean-Daniel Orion, Nicolas Mariette, Ryan Azenor and Baliram Ourmila compose the group.

It was a night of discovery, getting to know one another and planning together for the sculptural projects that will be showcased in the Langkawi International Convention Center during the Langkawi Art Biennale celebration from November 16 to 23.

Mr. Liew Kian Yap, Langkawi Art Biennale Founder led the discussions.
Mr. Liew Kian Yap, Langkawi Art Biennale Founder led the discussions. .
Sculptors shape, mold and fashion with artistry and precision...I wonder what's going on in their minds as we plan for the coming days.
Sculptors shape, mold and fashion with artistry and precision…I wonder what’s going on in their minds as we plan for the coming days.

” As artists, we should not be confined to a place or the materials we are going to use in the sculptural pieces we are making. We are here to explore and express our creativity and resourcefulness as artists, not to be limited with materials or space”, Jik Villanueva of the Philippines shares his point of view in the discussion.

All are excited to execute their respective sculptural pieces.
All are excited to execute their respective sculptural pieces.

Afterwards, Charles Lesquelin performed some of his songs for the sculptors and the public.

The excitement rises as we look forward to seeing more of the artists’ performances in the coming days and seeing their outputs, both from the painters’ group and the sculptors’ group.

Daily, we get exciting doses of more explorations and discoveries as we get nearer to the opening of Langkawi Art Biennale 2016.

“Exploration” Team Meets LAB 2016 Patron

Nov 4-Nov5

Tonight (Nov4) at dinner time, Mr. Azizi surprised our team. He told us that YM Raja Omar Ikram B. Raja, Langkawi Art Biennale 2016 came to see us, inviting us to dinner.

What a privilege and honor to meet our Patron and his wife, Madam Anne Jay!
It’s not everyday, one gets to meet royalties. We are aware they are very busy people but their taking time to meet with us, dine with us and just talk, was so gracious!”

The following day (Nov5), we met with our Patron again; for a sketching session with our “Exploration” Team artists.

Our Patron invited us to dinner at Rasa Warisa
Our Patron invited us to dinner at Rasa Warisa

The next day, they joined us after breakfast for a sketching/Painting session with our “Exploration” Team of artists.

What a privilege!
What a privilege!
While the artists are doing their sketches, I was on the side and talked with them.
While the artists are doing their sketches, I was on the side and talked with them.
We appreciate their taking time to be with us despite their busy schedules.
We appreciate their taking time to be with us despite their busy schedules.

Charly Lesquelin’s interpretation.

Celso Pepito’s’s rendition

Freddy Sofian’s rendition

Am so honored, even humbled, to witness today's sketching session with our Patron.
Am so honored, even humbled, to witness today’s sketching session with our Patron.
Langkawi Art Biennale 2016 is so blessed to have YM Omar Iram B. Raja Abdullah Omar  as our Patron.  With his wife, Madam Joy Anne, we look forward to greater things for Malaysia's art tourism thrusts.
Langkawi Art Biennale 2016 is so blessed to have YM Omar Iram B. Raja Abdullah Omar as our Patron. With his wife, Madam Ann Jay, we look forward to greater things for Malaysia’s art tourism thrusts.

Exploring Langkawi Island

November 2

So many places to explore in Langkawi! This is what I discovered today as Mr, Azizi brought us out of ‘The Cot tage” today.

We're all looking fresh and ready for the day's adventures.
We’re all looking fresh and ready for the day’s adventures.

The artists are at it again! Charly gives the sketch he made for Freddy, this time. The three of them: Celso, Freddy and Charly have this "Draw me, I'll draw you" kind of a game and been exchanging sketches since the time we arrived in Kuala Lumpur.
The artists are at it again! Charly gives the sketch he made for Freddy, this time. The three of them: Celso, Freddy and Charly have this “Draw me, I’ll draw you” kind of a game and been exchanging sketches since the time we arrived in Kuala Lumpur.
.

Our first stop: Azizi's studio-Beranda Residensi Langkawi.
Our first stop: Azizi’s studio-Beranda Residensi Langkawi.
A collection of artworks by various artist are displayed in this art gallery cum studio.
A collection of artworks by various artists are displayed in this art gallery cum studio.
artists can be good singers too.  That's what Charly showed us when he surprised us with his favorite "Maloya" song inside Azizi's place..
Artists can be good singers too. That’s what Charly showed us when he surprised us with his favorite “Maloya” song inside Azizi’s place..
We had lunch in Zulun Ikan Bakar Resto where I had a taste of the fish caught in the river behind the eating place.  Quite a lot of good food to choose from.
We had lunch in Zulun Ikan Bakar Resto where I had a taste of the fish caught in the river behind the eating place. Quite a lot of good food to choose from.

14889737_10210876719504338_7727012482631501422_o

And over lunch, I interviewed Azizi while our "Exploration" artists did their sketching of the place.
And over lunch, I interviewed Azizi while our “Exploration” artists did their sketching of the place.
The artists' finished artwork after lunch..very productive time!
The artists’ finished artwork after lunch..very productive time!

14918771_10210876799666342_672102806557254852_oThe Muslim temple where Azizi prayed.![/caption]

Jetty Port
Jetty Port
The beach!
The beach!
Cable car at The LAngkawi Geopark
Cable car at The Langkawi Geopark
Art in Paradise at the Langkawi Geopark.
Art in Paradise at the Langkawi Geopark.
Lagoon at the Langkawi GeoPark
Lagoon at the Langkawi GeoPark
Faizy Crystal Glass blowing demonstration
Faizy Crystal Glass blowing demonstration

A visit to Langkawi wouldn't be complete without seeing this eagle sculpture
A visit to Langkawi wouldn’t be complete without seeing this eagle sculpture[/caption

14889725_10210877367480537_7006645093513946447_o]

Highlight of the day was the dinner we had at the House of Lamb, owned by Azizi. We were served special Baryani rice cooked with 24 spices, usually served during weddings

14856127_10210877050472612_1281623265457044496_o-1

Lamb out is a piece of art by itself; the final touches done by Juan, brother of Azizi. Lamb out is a piece of art by itself; the final touches done by Juan, brother of Azizi.

It was a fun time dinner and we learned a lot of things in our one-day tour of Langkawi and delicious dinner graciously provided by Azizi.  We are so grateful for the many delightful surprises for the day. We look forward to more discoveries in our explorations in the coming days before the 2016 Langkawi Art Biennale event.
It was a fun time dinner and we learned a lot of things in our one-day tour of Langkawi with delicious dinner graciously provided by Azizi. We are so grateful for the many delightful surprises for the day.
We look forward to more discoveries in our explorations in the coming days before the 2016 Langkawi Art Biennale event.

An exciting ferry ride to Langkawi Island

November 1, 2016

Come, Join us as we take our ferry ride to Langkawi today!
We journeyed together in this “bumpy” ferry ride, united in this dream of seeing Langkawi Island as a premier destination for art tourism.

An early morning ride to the port to catch the 8 am ferry.
An early morning ride to the port to catch the 8 am ferry. Thanks to Alyssa for bringing us to the port.
Making sure we have our tummies full before we embark the tough sea travel.  We have been warned the waves could be that strong in the middle of the sea.
Making sure we have our tummies full before we embark the tough sea travel. We have been warned the waves could be that strong in the middle of the sea.
That's us getting into the boat.
That’s us getting into the boat.
Well, the sea looked calm enough, despite the heavy rains.
Well, the sea looked calm enough, despite the heavy rains.

It’s a totally different story when we got to the middle of the sea! The ferry bobbed up and down and swayed. The ferry crew started giving out black plastic bags for those who wanted to throw up.

Black bags were given to those who are already feeling drowsy.
Black bags were given to those who are already feeling drowsy.
Charly was seated in front, while the res of us were at the back.  By God's grace, all of us survived the bumpy ride.
Charly was seated in front, while the res of us were at the back. By God’s grace, all of us survived the bumpy ride.
This time, nobody was able to sketch!  :-)
This time, nobody was able to sketch! 🙂
As we got nearer to Langkawi, The sea calmed down.  Charly and I were even able to have our photos on the deck, while others rushed for the toilet.
As we got nearer to Langkawi, The sea calmed down. Cahrly and I were even able to have our photos on the deck, while others rushed for the toilet.

14890393_10210861904013960_8955310824058508210_o

14856019_10210861902213915_615502308694029719_o

Finally, we arrived safe and sound!

14884708_10210862003336443_7065912420899303919_o

14939524_10210862005976509_2460821582451892881_o

14890391_10210862003776454_835059711835740869_o-1

Our first meal in Langkawi: lunch in an Indian restaurant
Our first meal in Langkawi: lunch in an Indian restaurant
Mr. Azizi welcomed and picked us up from the port.
Mr. Azizi welcomed and picked us up from the port.

Dinner time at Happy Happy Restaurant was a sweet bonding time as we celebrated our safe arrival to Langkawi. Even then, our sketching/drawing journey continues.

Celso sketches the people having dinner on the other side.

Tonight, is our first night here in Langkawiand we celebrate life.  Yes, we came from different parts of the world but we are united in this goal of seeing Langkawi Island as an art tourism destination.
Tonight, is our first night here in Langkawi, and we celebrate life. Yes, we came from different parts of the world but we are united in this goal of seeing Langkawi Island as an art tourism destination.