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Filipino exhibition curator Floy Quintos with Philippine Ambassador to France H.E. Ma. Theresa Lazaro at the entrance of the “Anting-Anting” exhibition at Musée du Quai Branly on March 11 inauguration night.

13 March 2018, Paris – Six years after the historic exhibition entitled “Philippines: Archipelago of Exchanges” was held, Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac in Paris once again welcomes its visitors to view another Philippine exhibit called, “Anting-Anting: The Secret Soul of the Filipino”.

Philippine Ambassador H.E. Ma. Theresa Lazaro attended the inauguration last Monday, March 11, and was given a personalized tour of the exhibition by the curator Floy Quintos who flew into Paris a couple of weeks ago with visual artist Dino Dimar to bring to life the exhibition he conceptualized. Also present to lend their support were Filipinos based in Paris, many of them artists in various fields.

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Ambassador Ma. Theresa Lazaro, Filipino exhibition curator Floy Quintos & visual artist Dino Dimar (far left), with Paris-based Filipinos.

The exhibition celebrates the Filipino tradition of the “anting-anting” (tagalog for talisman or amulet) which are believed to be able to provide protection, power and other types of good fortune to the bearer.

Apart from the historically and culturally significant physical objects showcased, the exhibition features photos and short videos demonstrating the importance of the “anting-anting” to the Filipino people and the rituals related to it.

Floy Quintos is a known director and playwright in the Philippines. His most recent projects include NCCA’s TV program “Dayaw” on ANC and GMA News TV “Buhay na Buhay: The Eight Living Cultures of the Philippines”, among many others.

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Filipino exhibition curator Floy Quintos explains to Ambassador Lazaro the details of this particular “anting-anting” in the form of the Philippine flag.

Ambassador Lazaro remarked, “I wish to offer my congratulations to Floy Quintos on this amazing initiative to share with France and the international community an important facet of Filipino life and faith. I encourage our kababayans in France, especially those whose young family members may not have experienced living in the Philippines, to visit the exhibit as a way to appreciate more their Filipino heritage. We are fortunate to have this opportunity again, after six years, to share Filipino culture with the world through another project with Musée du Quai Branly.”

The “Anting-Anting” exhibition runs from 12 March until 26 May 2019 at the Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac. Full-priced tickets are 10€ and reduced fare is 7€. For more information, visit the Embassy’s website and Facebook page. END.