Uniquely Filipino work of arts at the 2013 Eid’l Fitr International Art Festival PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 November 2013 10:10

Pep Talk is belatedly featuring the successful run of the 2013 Eid’l Fitr Art Festival at the Podium in Ortigas and at the Atrium in Quezon City last August.

The exhibit presented the art works of well-known Filipino artists, namely, national artist Abdulmari Imao, Toym Leon Imao, Kublai Millan, Domini Rubio, Aljo Pingol, Jamila Tamano, Jovan Benito, and Rameer Tawasi of Zamboanga City in celebration of the Eid'l Fitr. Philippine’s top couturier Patis Tesoro and the Fashion Czar of Asia Pitoy Moreno creations were also displayed. Several of their top gowns and wears bared Muslim accents.

The event was organized by the  Magbassa Kita Foundation Chairperson former Senator Santanina T. Rasul in coordination with the Department of Tourism (DOT), National Commission on Muslin Filipinos (NCMF), and the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID).

Eid’l Fitr (also known as Eid-al-Fitr, Id-Ul-Fitr, Eid) is the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal signaling the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting and prayer. Eid literally means festivity and after a month-long sacrifice, Eid’l Fitr (festival of fast-breaking) is looked forward to as a period of merriment, sharing, and forgiveness. "The Eid’l Fitr celebration provides opportunities to showcase the best of Muslim culture and traditions, as well as enable guests and even strangers to experience the practice of thanksgiving and sharing,” DOT Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. said in an interview.

DOT Tourism Promotions Board Chief Operating Officer Domingo Ramon C. Enerio III added that the festival is just one aspect of their agency to support Mindanao. What is more important, he explained, is the capacity of local government and communities to enhance existing and develop new tourism products to attract tourists in this part of our country. Artist Tawasil agrees to it and shows it in his art works that depict peace and unity of all Filipinos.

"Tourism is a vehicle to achieve inclusive growth, and Mindanao can very well capitalize on its rich natural and cultural resources. We enjoin every Filipino to take an active role in making the entire country a peaceful, more fun, and must-experience destination in Asia,” Secretary Jimenez enthused.

By Dante Corteza

God Works All Things Together. And we know God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them." Romans 8:28

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 November 2013 11:14