Saturday, March 17, 2018


A Fundraising Art Auction by the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P)


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Cocktail evening: March 14, 6pm
Auction on: March 17, 2018 2pm
Venue: Manila House, 8th floor Net Park Building 5th ave BGC.

Welcome to the First UA&P University Student Government Fundraising Art Auction Sale 2018

The University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P), in partnership with Leon Gallery and Manila House Private Members Club, Inc. is honored to present this Fundraising Art Auction. A diverse selection of masters,highlighting works from Benedicto Cabrera, Jose Joya, Juvenal Sanso, Arturo Luz, Federico Alcuaz, and Romulo Galicano, along with many well-established local artists will be included in this groundbreaking and historic auction. These works will be sold to support the Phoenix Scholarship Program recently implemented by the UA&P–University Student Government (USG) in line with the Golden Jubilee Anniversary celebration of the UA&P-Center for Research and Communication (CRC).

This groundbreaking auction sale will feature pieces from esteemed masters and National Artists such as BenCab’s Myra ng PUT3SKA, Jose Joya’s Morning Flight, Juvenal Sanso’s Still Life and Divine Morning, Federico Alcuaz’ Composition, and Arturo Luz’ Palitana-White Temples among the prestigious lots to go under the hammer. Award-winning Writer and Art Critic Cid Reyes will also be present to facilitate the auction proper.

The artworks will be open for viewing upon special request on March 12-16, followed by a mid-week cocktail evening on March 14, 6pm. The live auction will commence on Saturday, 17th of March, 2pm at the Anahaw Room of the Manila House, BGC.

We hope that this event will bring great excitement and enjoyment to everyone most especially to the UA&P community and the future scholars.

On behalf of the UA&P University Student Government, we cordially invite you to the event.

Stay Gold

Miguel V. Tan
Chief Financial Officer
University Student Government 17’-18

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

CONFLUENCE (5th One Man Exhibition)

Text by Jef Cablog

Back in August 2015, my artwork “LUSH” was chosen by FIFIG (Festival International du Film Insulaire) as the banner artwork for their annual Film Festival which featured the Philippine islands during that year. As part of their program, I was invited to attend and have an artist residency and an exhibition thereafter. The trip was made possible with the support of Alliance Francaise-Manila, the French Embassy and NCCA. My artist residency in Ile de Groix, Brittany in the northwesternmost region of France lasted until October 2015. It was me and my wife’s first time to travel to Europe and for an artist, it was an ecstatic, memorable and priceless experience.

Pierre Bernardo once said, “To Travel is to Evolve”. To be exposed to the French culture, having had the chance to marvel at European art from paintings and sculptures of famous masters to historic structures and buildings, and to see for the first time the colors of autumn, provided great inspiration and growth in me as an artist.

In “Confluence”, people will see my transformation and the influence of my travels in France, Switzerland, Italy and Spain in my subjects and color palette and the improvement in technique with the use of palette knife with teeth/grooves. After my residency, I also challenged myself to move out of my comfort zone and use non-traditional media, the use of plastic waste mainly bottle caps and found objects in my mixed media art came as a result.

Here's a peek at the opening reception which took place last March 7, 2018, 6:30pm at Alliance Francaise de Manille, 209 Nicanor Garcia Street, Bel-Air II, Makati City, Philippines. My wife and I, would like to thank the Executive Director of Alliance Francaise de Manille, Mr. Jean-Pierre Dumont and staff; His Excellency Nicolas Galey, Ambassador of the French Republic to the Philippines and his lovely wife; Ms. Susanne Tiausas, Chief Operations Officer of Galerie Francesca Inc. and staff; and to Mr. Ricky Francisco who wrote the exhibit text and did a great job curating the exhibit.

Mr. Jean-Pierre Dumont, Executive Director of Alliance Francaise de Manille
His Excellency Nicolas Galey, Ambassador of the French Republic to the Philippines
Ms. Susanne Tiausas of Galerie Francesca presenting catalogues of my previous solo exhibitions to the French Ambassador
with collector of "PRISTINE" 
who also acquired "PURPLE"; with Ms. Susanne Tiausas Chief Operations Officer of Galerie Francesca, Inc.
CONFLUENCE Exhibit Catalogue signing
with collector of "RIPPLE"
who also acquired "HOWL III"
with collector of "GAZE"
with collector
with my family
with collectors 
with Galerie Francesca staff
PRISTINE | 60" x 48" | Oil on canvas | 2017 | Private Collection, Philippines

Europe creates an impression as if you have travelled in the past, some of the structures seem preserved and untouched by modernization. In addition, there is also harmony between the old and the new, and of man-made structures and nature.
DRUID | 48" x 36" | Oil on canvas | 2017 
RELIC | 22" x 18" | Oil on canvas | 2017 

In Europe you get to see a lot of sculptures, relics reminding us of a very rich history and past.

HOWL | 16" x 20" | Oil on canvas | 2017

The “HOWL series” seem to be warnings for a culture at risk of being lost, or of a culture asking us to look into the root causes of the problems of our overconsumption, which have not been a problem before, but which has become the main determinant of our survival as a species. - Ricky Francisco

HOWL III | 18" x 22" | Oil on canvas | 2017 | Private Collection, Philippines
GAZE | 22" x 18" | Oil on canvas | 2017 | Private Collection, Philippines
PURPLE | 22" x 18" | Oil on canvas | 2017 | Private Collection, Philippines
RIPPLE | 32" x 24" | Oil on canvas | 2017 | Private Collection, Philippines

Our traditional culture fades like ripples on water.

RIPPLE II | 32" x 24" | Oil on canvas | 2017 | Private Collection, Philippines
STERN | 60" x 48" | Oil on canvas | 2017 | Private Collection, Philippines
A considerable amount of our plastic wastes end up into our oceans and its inhabitants suffer interminable consequences. “FIN” series is my way of giving emphasis and attention to the suffering inhabitants of our oceans. It is also in support of France’s move in 2016 as the first country to pass a new law (which will take effect in 2020) to ensure all plastic cups, cutlery and plates can be composted and are made of biologically-sourced materials.
SETTLE | 18" x 22" | Oil on canvas | 2017 
“Fin series” focuses on how animals of the seas end up swallowing plastics, either killing them, or causing problems for us when we eat fish with microplastics in them."-Ricky Francisco

FIN 2 | 25" x 25" x 5.5" | Mixed Media | 2017
FIN 4 | 25.4" x 21" x 4.13" | Mixed Media | 2017
FIN 3 | 25" x 25" x 4.33" | Mixed Media | 2017
CORAL | 18.5" x 12.5" x 4.33" | Mixed Media | 2017

FIN 5 | 25" x 25" x 5.5" | Mixed Media | 2017
CONFLUENCE runs from March 7 to April 20, 2018 at the Alliance Francaise de Manille.  For inquiries, please call 02-895-7585, e-mail: or visit"

Friday, February 16, 2018


5TH Solo Exhibition
Alliance Francaise de Manille
March 07 to April 20, 2018
Opening March 07, 6:30pm

Text by: Ricky Francisco

In 2015, Baguio-based artist Jef Cablog was awarded an artist’s residency in Ile de groix, Brittany, France through the assistance of Alliance Francaise de Manille and the NCCA.  Like all epic journeys, the artist returns to Alliance Francaise de Manille transformed, and with a powerful message for us:  to be aware of our impact on the environment, and be conscious of how modernization is changing culture.

An accomplished artist, Cablog has exhibited in France, USA, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan, and Korea, aside from various cities within the Philippines, since being a finalist in art competitions like Metrobank Art and Design Excellence in 2010.  Born in Barlig, Mountain Province, he has always been aware of how unique his culture is, coming from the Cordillera region, which successfully resisted over three hundred years of Spanish colonization that most other parts of the country have not been able to.  Living in a mountainous environment engenders a respect for nature, as resources like water, fertile topsoil, and animals for hunting, are greatly affected by human activity; as not doing so usually means scarcity or hunger.  Unhampered by colonial requirements, their culture has evolved to meet this balance over millennia in their own terms, and in a healthy relationship with nature.  This predisposed our artist to be sensitive to the needs of both his community, and of nature at large.

The relative isolation of the Cordillera region, and the balance its peoples have achieved, have all been put to the test when Baguio, and neighboring areas became rapidly urbanized. Along with unplanned progress came an uncontrolled increase of population.  The cool climate made it a favorite destination for Filipinos and foreigners alike over the decades, since it has been converted into an American hill station.  With the influx of people came an imbalance which resulted in the depletion of forests and the increase of trash, as well as a crisis in culture. Cablog says that biking around the city, specially at touristy areas, he would notice lots of discarded plastic bottles which affected him.  The connection that locals have with the land is probably not shared by those who visit.  This prompted him to continue painting images from his culture, which has been his trademark, as well as start something new; to experiment with plastics, which not only affects Baguio and its residents, but end up inevitably in landfills, and in our seas.  To do so, he collects the bottle caps of plastic bottles and augments them with buttons, accessories, and other materials taken from discards and in the “wag-wag” or “ukay-ukay” which has been associated so tightly with Baguio.  Plastic wrappers of the food he and his wife ate in trips abroad over the past two years also found their way in the works, blending in the memories of personal experiences, as well as the global nature of the problem of plastics. To this end, he has been able to make his “Raft Series” which play on the layered ideas that plastics float, that we need to hold on to rafts for our survival in a climate changed world, but likewise to zoom in on the fact that they pollute the oceans. His “Fin series” focuses on how animals of the seas end up swallowing plastics, either killing them, or causing problems for us when we eat fish with microplastics in them.  By melting plastics, manipulating them, and exhibiting works made from them, Cablog puts these issues to our attention.  Complementing these mixed media works are heavily impastoed paintings of images which relate to his culture.  The “Howl series” seem to be warnings for a culture at risk of being lost, or of a culture asking us to look into the root causes of the problems of our overconsumption, which have not been a problem before, but which has become the main determinant of our survival as a species.  Seventeen works from these series comprise “CONFLUENCE”, Jef Cablog’s 5th solo exhibition and homecoming to Alliance Francaise de Manille.  As the title seems to imply, we are at a confluence of several matters which need our full participation and undivided attention.  We are again in a situation where the future is in our hands.

CONFLUENCE runs from March 7 to April 20, 2018 at the Alliance Francaise de Manille.  For inquiries, please call 02-895-7585, e-mail: or visit

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

COLORS OF EXCESS (4th Solo Exhibition by Jef Cablog)

Galerie Francesca Booth B5 | SMX Convention Center, SM Aura Premier, BGC, Taguig City, Philippines| October 12- 15, 2017

We consume or use up food and things and those that are no longer useful or wanted, our excesses  and waste are being thrown away without being fully aware of where it goes and the impact it has on plants and animals and on Earth as a whole.

When I decided to experiment with mixed media, I wanted to challenge myself to create something out of the things that I already have at the time—my old bike rims, plastic trash, computer parts, etc.- things that I no longer need but may have a negative impact in nature when thrown away. As I was happy with the result of my initial experimentation, I later on decided to use a combination of plastic wrappers, bottle caps and plastic bottles, wire mesh, metal scraps, bicycle rim, copper wire, glass (marbles and beads) and other found objects in my mixed media work. I have faith that I can express myself further with this medium since I can also further my advocacy towards the protection and preservation of nature, by being eco-conscious.

There is an abundance of plastic materials and plastic waste around us. But during the initial stages of my experimentation, it was taking time before I get enough materials to work with since I was only depending on my personal trash. So, I started getting discarded bottle caps and plastic wrappers from relatives and neighbors, either from their personal consumption or from the sari-sari stores they owned. I realized, you can have an idea on a person’s lifestyle and tastes just by looking at his trash.
Bottle caps of beverages consumed in 2months by a neighbor with 5 members.

Initial stages of my experimentation.

Baguio is also known for its wag-wag or second-hand industry so it’s where I get additional materials like old toys, kitchen utensils, women’s jewelry and accessories, buttons, marbles and glass beads.

It has also been a routine for me to ride my bicycle atleast twice a week as a form of relaxation and there were times when I passed by Mt. Ulap (near PHILEX mines), where more and more tourists have been flocking this year. I would see a lot of discarded drinking bottles nearby the junction so I would collect the caps as well.

When my wife and I went to Japan for an exhibition back in May 2016, we also had this idea to collect the plastic from the food that we consumed there. We then did the same for our Hong Kong and Taiwan trip. I thought it would be good to add those to my artwork since some have different writings or characters on the plastic, proof that plastic consumption and its impact is global. As any other tourist destinations, it is also one of the highlights to go to the local shopping districts where you get to sample of their local food, buy souvenirs and be exposed to the popular and material culture. It’s mind-boggling to see the scale of shops and flock of locals and tourists and it’s difficult to fathom the resulting amount of excess and trash thereafter.

Some of the plastic we collected from our trip to Taiwan last Dec. 2016

Due to its many uses and advantages, plastic has become an integral part of our lives. We can help lessen its negative impact on earth by looking for sustainable alternatives or by reducing, re-using or recycling. I do my part with my art.


-Plastic is as colorful as oil paint and known for its resistance to environmental and biological degradation.

-It’s viscosity makes it bind with glass and metal giving more overall texture and room for experimentation.

- Some plastic can be challenging to work with and shape.  Sometimes  as I continue to heat the plastic, I let it take its form. Its malleability gives an element of play which is vital in being an artist. When there is more play, the mind is free and there is more room for ideas.

-Its brilliance is further highlighted when mixed with glass and metal. 


Trash floating on bodies of water, although colorful, has a negative impact on its inhabitants. So instead of the possibility of it floating on bodies of water, I thought of incorporating it in my artwork. With this series, I imitated the appearance of waste or garbage floating and drifting on a body of water when viewed from above (top view).

Raft 1 is actually the very first artwork I made in my mixed media series. It took a few weeks before I actually finished it since I had to learn how I can work with plastic and how I can successfully add glass and metal to it.
ACCENTUATE | 34 x 34 x 7 cm | Mixed Media | 2017 | Private Collection, Philippines
By wanting to draw attention to make ourselves more noticeable or prominent, we accessorize or enhance some of our body parts but can sometimes come to a point of being excessive.
SYNTHETIC | 41 x 26 cm | Mixed Media | 2017 | Private Collection, Philippines
 Something made by combining different artificial substances
Private Collection, Philippines | The beginning of something which continues to develop or grow.

Something that is made by 
combining different things, in this case plastic, metals, glass.
A central or most important part of something

I mixed various symbols which represents the coming together of various ideologies.

Fish like
Resembling a bird like figure in flight
  Private Collection, Philippines
Fian-fianilag is a term by the Ifialig (people in Barlig, Mt. Province) when they see flickering light in the rice fields, similar to St. Elmo's fire.
Private Collection, Philippines
Our current perception and standards of beauty are influenced by almost all forms of media. Exposure to billboards and magazine advertisements by supermodels and movies by actors that fulfill the unrealistic media ideal of beauty often lead to feelings of insecurity and low self-esteem on most people. Because of the pressure of wanting to be socially accepted as “beautiful” or “attractive”, some people subject  themselves to drastic changes in their diet, undergo some medical procedures or operations, or adorn themselves with decorative or material things, sometimes to the point of extravagance or addiction at worst, just to appear acceptable or closer to our current society’s standards.
Having or suggesting qualities (such as strength and sexual energy) that are associated with men and that are usually considered attractive in men.


RECLUSE | 20" x 16" | Oil on canvas | 2017 | Private Collection, Philippines
TAMED | 20" x 16" | Oil on canvas | 2017. Subdue the wildness, spirit or energy from somebody or something.
ALLU KUY 2 | 22" x 18" | Oil on canvas | 2015. A local term by the Ifiallig (Barlig, Mt. Province) for a spirit dwelling in the forest, a "shape-shifter" whicj can assume the form of an animal, a person, etc.; it can either be good or evil depending on the nature of the person who encounters it.
DELUGE | 20" x 16" | Oil on canvas | 2017. The sudden downpour of rain sometimes causes flash floods or flooding in low lying areas and as the water subsides we sometimes see fish, eel or other aquatic animals displaced in the streets or fields.
CRADLE | 48" x 60" | Oil on canvas | 2017. "The seed receives nutrients from living matter that has come and gone. This is the cycle of life. Beautiful and balanced."-Anonymous
Gala Night, October 12, 2017. With Galerie Francesca staff and collector 
collector of "Synthetic"

with collector of "Recluse"

with collector of "SEED"

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