Paring Bert’s Piling Butiki PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 November 2011 00:00

Are you a collector? Do you collect things for a purpose? Or is it just a hobby? For whatever reasons one may have for collection, there is an on-going exhibit of collection going on at The Gallery of the Peninsula and the Archipelago of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University that may interest the general public. It will be an educational experience for the viewers until the end of this month.

The exhibit’s title, “Piling Butiki: Shapes and Colors of Social Conscience,” itself is catchy and seems to be “intriguing”. You may think the collector is collecting live or preserved lizards or “butiki” hehehe. He is not. It is his symbolic showcase of corruption happening in the society today. 

Piling Butiki’s main concept revolves around the process of regenerating what has been destroyed by corruption in our society. The collector regards butiki or lizard as a symbol of multiple perspectives. Corruption is like the lizard’s tail when it is cut, it does not kill the lizard but regenerates back is the core message of the exhibit.  He, thus, use lizard images on some of his works and publications as an ingenious action against corruption

The collector is Fr. Albert Alejo, Sr. who is fondly called Paring Bert by his friends in the academe, activist and artistic ministry. As a Jesuit, he worked with labor groups and joined poets’ circle in Manila before he did his doctorate in anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Paring Bert is a member of the Jesuit Music Ministry and has conceptualized and written various music videos like “Meme na Mindanao” and “Ehemplo”. He is also the leader of the Jesuit Nationwide Anti-Corruption Program dubbed as EHEM!His current engagement includes fighting against corruption, cultural research and indigenous people's rights advocacy, promotion for public peace process, and pastoral care of the sick.

Presently, he heads the University Social Development Council (SDC) and is also the current Vice President for Social Action of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU).

We have only until Nov. 29 to catch Butiki and learn how to stop corruption.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2011 16:26