In celebration of the National Arts Month and to mark the 68th Founding Anniversary of Liceo de Cagayan University, The La Castilla Blue and White Ware: A Photography Exhibition, which is part of the 18th Cultural Season of Liceo U, formally opened last February 13, 2023, at Ayala Centrio (3rd Floor Foyer) in Cagayan de Oro City. The exhibition, which runs until February 28, features photos of select artifacts from the La Castilla Museum of Philippine Household Heirlooms collection and Antiques Repository of the Rodolfo and Elsa Pelaez Family Memorabilia.
The opening ceremony had as guest speaker Dr. Chona Echavez, president of the Research Institute of Mindanao Culture (RIMCU). Dr. Echavez talked about the history of pottery, shared her experiences with museum collections, and urged people to visit La Castilla. La Castilla curator Kelly Ramos-Palaganas gave an overview of the exhibition in her welcome address. Young instrumentalists (violin, viola, and cello) of the Liceo Conservatory of Music, Theater, and Dance delivered a musical performance.
Gracing the opening ceremony were government figures – City Councilor Suzette Magtajas Daba, Chairman of the City’s Committee on Education; Mr. Decius Esmedalla, Supervising Tourism Operations Officer of Region 10; Mr. Nicolas Aca, Chairperson of the Cagayan de Oro Historical and Cultural Commission; and Mr. JC Salon, OIC of the Cagayan de Oro Museum and Heritage Studies Center. Also present to witness the event were local journalists, University officials and faculty, ZEALEP officials, Arts Appreciation students, and Liceo U’s student ambassadors.
The two-week exhibit also features the La Castilla Lecture Series with experts in the Arts and Culture. The talks range in scope from the academic to the economics and artistry of the collection on display.
The photo exhibit team is composed of Jeikko Gomez (photographer), Kelly Ramos-Palaganas (curator), Reynan Lacaba (graphic artist), Dr. Salvador dela Pena III (editor), and Roger Odron (project director).
The holding of the event is in partnership with Cagayan de Oro City Tourism Office, Cagayan Historical and Cultural Commission, Ayala Malls – Ayala Centrio, Liceo Office of Cultural Affairs (LOCA), Liceo Press, and Liceo Office of Promotions and Communications.
(Contributor: Kelly Ramos-Palaganas)
photos by Liceo de Cagayan University