I protest!

A news article at the Philippine Daily Inquirer about Carlo J. Caparas now a National Artist for Visual Art and Film sparked comments from the Filipino blog community. Not surprisingly, these comments were in protest of the win.

I don't really have much to say about this, except that I'm against it and will stand behind those who protest it. I believe that there are far more worthy artists out there who deserve the title. Here are a few blog entries that also air the same sentiments. I will edit this to add more later.

Gerry Alanguilan "A Questionable Victory"
- Gerry has long aired his views about the praised heaped upon Carlo J. and fought for the recognition of the artists who worked on the komiks that Caparas produced. His blog entry lists several good reasons why the win isn't just, and if you care to browse back in his archives, you'll find his other related posts.

The Marocharim Experiment "In protest of Caparas as a National Artist"

The worst part about this is that the masses don't and won't care because the bottomline is they get entertained.

Graphika Manila 2009

Now on its fourth year, Graphika Manil a continues to bring together creative minds to celebrate the works of the best multimedia and graphic designers not just from the Philippines but also around the globe.

This year's Graphika Manila will be on August 15 at the SM Mall of Asia. Learn from the local and international line-up of artists in the fields of graphic design, motion graphics and animation, and visual effects production. Listen as they talk about their ideas and inspirations,and maybe pick up a life lesson or two along the way.

Christian Alzmann
Industrial Light & Magic Art Director

Stefan Sagmeister

Jens Gehlhaar
Brand New School, Creative Director

Ryan Vergara & Garovs Garrovillo
Everywhere WeShoot!

Pancho Esguerra, Mark Mendoza and Greg Garcia

Angel Guerrro
Editor in Chief, Adobo Magazine

Event Details:
August 15, 2009, Saturday
Registration begins at 10:00AM.
Event starts at 11:00AM and ends at 6:00PM
Premier Cinema, SM Mall of Asia, Bay City,
Pasay City, Metro Manila

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