Neri: In the limelight

The National Arts Month 2023 was launched during an afternoon affair at Ayala Center Cebu’s Activity Center on Feb. 1. in celebration of Filipino art, particularly Cebuano art. It was an undertaking of the city government thru the Cebu City Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission (Chac) headed by Cebu City Vice Mayor Raymond Alvin Garcia in coordination with the Arts Council of Cebu Foundation. The theme of month-long celebration was “Harvest of Art, Fruit of Greatness.”

Highlight of the launching festivities was the unveiling of the new logo of Chac. The program also included dance and musical numbers plus, an excerpt of the musical “Daddy Long Legs.”

In his talk, VM Raymond said that he is looking forward to a renaissance of Cebuano art in the coming years given that he and Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama are very supportive of the arts.

And speaking of Vice Mayor Raymond, he was honoree at a birthday party organized by his loving wife Kate at the JEG Penthouse for a small group of family and close friends. It was an informal affair with a “Rock n’ Roll” theme.


In line with with the National Arts Month, the Cebu Artists Inc. (CAI) organized a group exhibition at SM Seaside City Cebu which began on Feb. 17 and ends this Saturday, March 11. Taking the lead in showcasing the art works of homegrown talents are the group’s acknowledged leader and mentor Celso Pepito and CAI president Lucilo “Jojo” Sagayno. They are proud that CAI is active in the Cebuano art scene and upbeat on the flourishing of art in Cebu.


On the other hand, over at Don Bosco Technical College, plans are being finalized for the construction of a Science and Technology Center to be funded by the United States Agency for International Development – American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (USAID-ASHA). Frontliner during the unveiling of the project which was done during the school’s Family Day was DBTC president and rector, Fr. Randolph Figuracion, SDB. Meanwhile, Fr. Fidel Ma. Orendain, SDB, provincial superior of the Salesians of Don Bosco, made a presentation of the project that “will showcase state-of-the-art civil, electrical and electronic engineering technologies that will benefit the institution’s students…”