Chinese New Year at SM City North EDSA

SM City North EDSA welcomes the Year of the Rooster with an exquisite exhibit of Plates and Scrolls by the Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students at The Block Atrium from Jan. 15 to Feb. 12, 2017.

Throughout the festivities, The Block’s Atrium will be decorated with over 100 beautifully designed hand-painted scrolls and adorned with 144 plates from Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a grand Chinese pagoda accentuated with a Chinese oil painting of Koi fishes, which symbolize success, prosperity, longevity, courage, ambition and perseverance.

The Chan Lim family of Artists and Students. They remain one of the few notable Chinese brush painting artists in the Philippines today. The Chan Lim Family travels together with their students nationwide to grace their events and also conduct free Chinese paintings workshops.  They also conduct art classes in the family studio/gallery located in Pasig City every weekend.
Actor Robin Padilla, A close friend of the Chan Lim family, also joined the launch of Chinese New Year celebrations
at The Block SM City North EDSA
SM City North EDSA Regional Operations Manager Ms. Jocelyn Lapid presented Mr. Jose Chan Lim and Dr. Alex Chan Lim the Chan Lim @80 Commemorative Coin as token of appreciation and recognition to recognize the family patriarch’s contribution to arts and also a celebration of his 80th birthday
THREE GENERATIONS OF CHAN LIM ARTISTS. The family patriarch Jose Chan Lim (middle), his son Dr. Alex Chan Lim (left) and grandson Engr. Geoffrey Chan Lim (right) during the launch of ‘An Exquisite Exhibit of Plates and Scrolls’ at The Block SM City North EDSA. 
The celebrations at SM City North EDSA also coincide with the 80th birthday of the family’s patriarch, Chan Lim or Angkok to his students.  Chan Lim is the name used by the family patriarch in signing all his artworks. The name is formed by combining the last names of the sibling’s parents. His real name is Jose.

It was also Jose Chan Lim who got the family interested in visual arts and painting. He mastered and preferred painting in oil but the Chan Lim siblings embraced their Chinese roots and learned how to use a Chinese brush on rice paper as early as 11 years old.

China is rich in traditional and folk dances which were performed during court rituals and important ceremonies. ‘Yangge’, a Chinese folk dance which evolved from the villages of Northern China, is known as an expression of happiness.
 To welcome the Chinese New Year, SM City North EDSA presented a Chinese traditional Lion and Dragon dance performance to its mallgoers. It is believed that this traditional practice brings luck for the rest of the year. 
A magnificent performance of Chinese traditional dances was executed by the Sindaw Philippines Performing Arts Team. 
Chinese brush painting by Chan Lim featuring blooming flowers.
Surprisingly, none of the Chan Lim Family members have degrees related to the arts. The Chan Lim siblings Alex, Felix, Rolex and Jolex are licensed engineers and connected with multinational companies representing various industries.  Innovation is an important focus area for the family. Coming from different fields and industries, the family was able to create artworks using fans, lanterns, scrolls, and porcelain plates as their canvas.

For 2017, The Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students have eight exhibits scheduled all over the country. The family travels together with their students nationwide to grace their events and also conduct free workshops on Chinese painting. Mallgoers can also meet The Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students at the Artists behind the Brushstrokes event on Jan. 29th at The Block Atrium.

Chinese porcelain plates painted by Alicia Warkey Pan (left) and Baby Ruth Chuaunsu (right) with scenes and creatures of nature. 
Porcelain plates painted by Yona Lim (left), Florina Pen (middle) and Ethan Vaughn Ong (right) featuring birds, flowers and marine creatures as the subjects.
The exhibit also featured original works by Chan Lim like this Chinese oil Painting of Koi Fish. Many believe that Koi fish symbolize good luck, abundance and perseverance. 
Hand-painted porcelain plates are displayed in delicate circular display cabinets 
A predominant format of Chinese painting is the handscroll, a continuous roll of paper or silk of varying lengths. When not being viewed, the scroll remains rolled up.  Rooster painted on scroll by Dr. Pauline
Apart from the exhibit, SM City North EDSA welcomes the Year of the

Rooster with good fortune, good food, and of course, great cultural presentations like the traditional Lion and Dragon dances.

These include a Chinese New Year Astrological forecast by International feng shui expert Marites Allen, president and CEO of Feng Shui (WOFS) Philippines. Scheduled to be held on Jan. 22 at 5 pm at The Block Atrium, it’s a great way for mallgoers to find out what’s in store for them in the Year of the Rooster.

A porcelain plate painted with this year’s symbol, the rooster, by Baby Ruth Chuaunsu
Painting by Dr. Pauline Santiago on a porcelain plate represents the Year of the Rooster this 2017.
Porcelain plate painted by Linda Chua Kwok showcases a Chinese woman wearing the traditional Chinese cheongsam 
Porcelain plate painted with autumn scenery by Dr. Pauline Santiago 
The Oriental Market, on the other hand, is a treasure trove of lucky charms for good luck, blessings, protection, and good fortune. These include Yin Yang charms; bead, crystal, & fortune bracelets; Buddhas, spiritual icons, bells and wind chimes, moneybags, and golden. This will be from January 15 to February 12 at the Block’s ground floor.

Other exciting Chinese New Year events include a Wushu Martial Arts Demonstration on Jan. 28th (5pm) at The Block. Not to be missed are the iconic Lion and Dragon Dances on Jan. 28 to welcome a prosperous Chinese New Year.

Welcome the Year of the Rooster at SM City North EDSA.

Topics: Chinese New Year , SM City North EDSA
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