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Design and art exhibit unveils cutting-edge works by emerging creatives

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Benilde Open Design and Art 2024, in collaboration with De La Salle University and the Embassy of Switzerland, presents its inaugural exhibit. 

Showcasing works by grant recipients who received P300,000 each, the exhibit features a diverse range of artistic expressions including video, textiles, puppetry, visual art, apps, augmented reality, sculpture, photography, software, and more. 

The 10 grantees include Nice Buenaventura and Costantino Zicarelli, RJ Fernandez, Lyra Garcellano, Aaron Kaiser Garcia, Rambie Lim, Gabe Mercado, Lala Monserrat with Russ Ligtas, Geric Cruz and Jazel Kristin, Issay Rodriguez, Mikayla Teodoro, Michael Vea, and Errol Balcos.

There is also a category that features the realized projects of 17 College of St. Benilde students called Best of Benilde who were granted full curatorial support. 

The grantees are Louisa Ray Cagaligen, Xandrix Antaso Corpuz Jr, Danielle Cusi, Asia Entico, Gela Mae C. Gamil, Veronica Landig, Pia Maghirang, Earl John Marquez, Rexcel Cariaga and Dars Juson, Camille Jay Pinton, Brian Ilustrisimo Razon, Jonas Roque, Shane Mariel Figuerra, Charles Cedric Quianzon, John Patrick Pascua, Maria Abigail Uson, Akira Watanabe, Liezel Ann Nierves, Glaeor Magne Dominguez, Mariana Julian Bernal with faculty mentor Alejandro Hector Reyes, Jasmine Fiona Tan, and Jasmila Clarisse San. 

Grant recipient Lala Monserrat’s ‘Maria, Maria’ was made in collaboration with Russ Ligtas, Geric Cruz, and Jazel Kristin.

Also on exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) Manila are pieces by renowned Swiss artist Heidi Bucher (1926-1993). 

Pieces by Swiss artist Heidi Bucher are exhibited at the MCAD Manila.

Exhibitions will run until June 30 at several spaces in De La Salle College of Saint Benilde – School of Design + Arts (SDA) Campus, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) Manila, and Hub for Innovation. Weekly free tours for the public will be provided every 20 minutes from the lobby at the SDA campus. 

There will also be scheduled public programs, talks on Swiss artist Heidi Bucher featuring her sons – Indigo and Mayo, activities, fireside chats on creative courage, grant proposal writing, women in design and architecture, and innovative industry unicorns. 

The Benilde Open grantees and Best of Benilde students will also have a lineup of talks and activities on puppetry, psychogeography, performance, fashion, and board games. At the same time, Benilde faculty will host a series of workshops on printmaking, prosthetics, intellectual property, and lesson plan design with exhibitions. These are open to students, faculty, and non-Benildeans. 

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