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About the Banig
Banig Care Guide
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HANGINPHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER
April 07, 2008
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PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER
March 10, 2008
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http://dfa.gov.ph/
March 2008
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MATSCAPES BY JOMIKE TEJIDO

Young and upcoming Philippine visual artist Jose Miguel “Jomike” Tejido put up his second solo cum first overseas exhibition entitled “Matscapes”, at The Art Loft Gallery of the Volvo Center in Singapore on 6 March in cooperation with the Philippine Embassy in Singapore.

An architect by profession, Jomike (as he prefers to be called) has chosen a different medium, the lowly banig, as the canvass for his paintings. These hand woven mats are made of braided leaves of buri (palm tree) or pandan grass found abundantly in the Philippines. Normally used for sleeping, the banig became a platform for the artist in expressing art and his fascination for trees. Vivid colors, predominantly in reds and orange, was used by Jomike to paint the trees in different sizes and shapes conveying his thoughts (through the trees) about life and dreams, success and failures, hopes and despairs. Curiosity marked its first appearance in Singapore and the artist has to explain over and again to art aficionados his chosen canvass and his reason for choosing his subject.

Jomike painstakingly researched on his chosen unconventional canvass and utmost care was done in the painting process to ensure longevity for collectors. As per artist, opaque medium seals was applied to the pores and in-between weaves, and a finishing glaze locks in the pigments that acts as a tough fixative and gives a protective luster to the painting, a process similarly done to export banig products and furniture.

The opening of the exhibit was graced by HE Ambassador Belen F. Anota, who expressed pleasure and great interest in the artist’s creativity and use of banig. She was one with other Embassy officials and personnel as well as guests and art aficionados who were delighted with the colourful expressions and witty impressions of the artist.


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MY HOME MAGAZINE
February 2008
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STYLE WEEKEND MAG
January 2008
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PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER
november 2007
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