29 September 2021, Paris - The first Filipino Art Gallery in Paris “Kwadro Pintura” opened its doors on 25 September 2021. Run by four Filipino artists, Mr. Romeo “Dhon” Dela Paz, Jr., Mr. Francis Eric Dimarucut, Mr. Cris Adajar and Ms. Marie Expert, the art gallery is located at the art and decor complex Village Suisse Cour Anglais sous sol Gallerie 15 on 10 Avenue Champaubert at Paris’ 15th arrondissement.
Kwadro Pintura comes from “the Filipino words for canvass, kwadro and pintura or paint and it is likewise the name of our group,” said Mr. Dela Paz, Jr.
The art gallery showcases the distinct styles of the four artists: traditional Philippine narratives and nostalgia from Mr. Dela Paz, imaginative realism to modern symbolism from Mr. Dimarucut, 3D designs and a bias for the female face and form from Mr. Adajar, and renaissance-style paintings from the lone lady artist, Ms. Expert.
From left to right: Mr. Francis Eric Dimarucut, Second Secretary and Consul Joyce Camacho Quivooij, Ms. Marie Expert, Mr. Dhon Dela Paz Jr. and Mr. Cris Adajar
The Philippine Embassy in Paris expressed its support for the group particularly their objective of inspiring, discovering, and promoting other Filipino artists or aspiring artists in France.
25 September 2021, Paris - French models don Mayeth Codoy’s Filipiniana collection which showcased the Philippine “abaca” or Manila hemp and pineapple textile from Aklan province.
27 September 2021, Paris – Norway-based Filipina fashion designer is one of six designers whose creations were featured in a benefit fashion show of the French non-profit association Fashion for Foundation held last Saturday, September 25, at the historic and chic Salon des Miroirs situated on the topmost level of the iconic Passage Jouffroy on Paris’ Grand Boulevard.
Mayeth Codoy, a 2020 graduate of Esmod Oslo in Norway - an affiliate of Esmod International School in Paris – was invited to come to Paris to showcase her collection which was created using 90% Philippine textiles, particularly, Abaca (Manila hemp) and pineapple.
Ms. Codoy, who has since started a small fashion business in Norway called MYET, sourced the fabrics used in her Filipiniana collection from artisan communities in Aklan, a province in Central Philippines, known the world over for its pristine white beaches in the island of Boracay.
25 September 2021, Paris: Left and Middle Photos: Two of nine Filipiniana creations of Mayeth Codoy for her new fashion brand MYET; Right Photo: Philippine Embassy First Secretary and Consul C. Rola McKernan with one of the MYET models.
“Ms. Codoy’s designs are able to highlight the unique beauty of the Philippine fibers pinya and abaca in such artistic, modern creations that can easily go well for special occasions, but also for everyday wear. Ms. Codoy’s creative vision is truly impressive and the Philippine Embassy believes she represents the best of Philippine ingenuity and artistry. She makes us all proud to be Filipinas”, remarked First Secretary and Consul Christina Rola McKernan who was in attendance at the event. She continued to say, “We are doubly proud that Ms. Codoy chose to participate in this charity event, which I understand was established in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and whose beneficiaries will no doubt be those most affected by the health crisis. It is a good way to express solidarity for such international efforts.”
To know more about Ms. Codoy and her fashion brand MYET, please visit: https://www.myet.no/ and https://www.philembassy.no/newsroom/filipino-fashion-designer-mayeth-codoy-is-the-embassys-featured-artist-for-august-and END.
10 September 2021, Paris – Maison&Objet, one of the world’s biggest lifestyle trade events held in Paris, has now resumed following its pause in light of the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For this year’s in-person event, a showcase of 26 “Best of MOM” design products – two of which are Philippine brands – are on exhibit at the heart of the event venue for the duration of the Maison&Objet trade show, which is being held from September 9 to 13, 2021. The Best of MOM list, which was carefully selected by prominent personalities in the global décor sector and by the MOM trend team, include Philippine creations namely the Fiori Lamp by Finali and the Cheque Bench by Zarate.
9 September 2021, Paris: Left Photo: At the Maison&Objet’s MOM village, creations by Philippine design companies Finali and Zarate are two of 26 carefully selected pieces showcased at the Best of Maison&Object and More (MOM) exhibition. Right Photo: First Secretary Christina Rola McKernan of Philippine Embassy and Director and Commercial Counsellor Froilan Pamintuan of the Philippine Trade and Investment Center visit the exhibit on the opening day of Maison&Objet.
MOM, or the Maison&Objet and More, is the digital platform complement of the in-person event that is regularly held in Paris twice a year for almost three decades.
9 September 2021, Paris: Left Photo: Zarate’s Cheque Bench; Middle Photo: Philippine Embassy First Secretary C. Rola McKernan with MOM Project Manager E. Potier, Right Photo: Finali’s Fiori Lamp.
During their visit to the exhibition’s opening day yesterday, First Secretary Christina Rola McKernan of Philippine Embassy in Paris and Director and Commercial Counsellor Froilan Pamintuan of the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC Paris) were briefed by the MOM organizers that the selection of the Philippine design pieces were made by prominent names in the international design scene, particularly, French gallery owner and interior designer Jessica Barouch and the founders of Marcante-Testa Italian Design Studio.
As COVID-19 pandemic restrictions still limit the participation of international exhibitors in Maison&Objet, the Philippines continues to be very active in the MOM digital platform, which was, in fact, an innovation that the event organizers conceptualized well before the arrival of the pandemic.
More details about Zarate Manila, Finali, and the rest of Design Philippines, be found here: https://mom.maison-objet.com/en/product/77576/cheque-bench
Trade buyers are encouraged to register at FAME+, the home of Philippine design excellence here: http://bit.ly/FTSC-ToolKit .END.
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- Monday, 04 May 2020 Advisory-Postponement of Repatriation Deliberation for Seafarers
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