ISANG DAANG KATAO, ISANG DAANG TAKA 

Project Description:

The 100 KATAO 100 TAKA was an exhibition project mounted to support the conservation of the Asian Center’s ethnographic collection.  Proposed by MANLILIKHA ARTISANS’ SUPPORT NETWORK and co-sponsored by the UP Asian Center, the project formed part of the Center’s university centenary celebration.  As a fundraising event, the proceeds from the auction benefit the Asian Center and MANLILIKHA’s heritage preservation and outreach activities.  The mounting of 100 KATAO 100 TAKA was likewise a demonstration of MANLILIKHA’s cause of seeking an interaction between crafts-making traditions and contemporary art practice.

The taka (Paete, Laguna term for papier-mâché), is a surviving tradition in the said town, which started out as wood carving site.  Hence, its name, Paete, derived from the local term for chisel or paet.  Generations upon generations of townsfolk have made a living out of the craft, finding markets for the taka both locally and internationally.  Presently, the tradition comes under threat with the youth distracted by prospects of moving to the big cities and even out of the country to find employment.  Some taka-making families have traded or sold their old taka’an or taka-making moulds for quick cash.  Moreover, as wood becomes more costly and scarce, sources for new taka’an become difficult to come by.

MANLILIKHA believes in preserving this tradition, amidst the many threats it faces. One course by which it sees a potential and future is by facilitating an interaction between contemporary art practice and this local tradition.  In this way, not only is the craft elevated to a new level of reckoning but it also opens up a path for the tradition to be preserved by seeking advocates to its conservation.  In turn, the tradition and the tradition-bearers are offered a support to continue with the craft, despite the odds.

100 taka pieces were handed out to 100 personalities, most of whom are contemporary visual art practitioners, for them to dress up the taka as they please. The finished taka pieces were exhibited and auctioned off at the Sala’am Conference Hall of the UP Asian Center from 5 to 20 September 2008.  The event was promoted through the print media and at the MANILIKHA website: www.manlilikha.org.  Earlier during the year, MANLILIKHA gave a sneak preview of the exhibition at Ayala Westgrove’s arts and crafts festival organized by a culture and arts organization, Amicae, Inc.  Some of the submitted works were exhibited together with MANLILIKHA’s crafts items for sale.

A book was also produced and launched on exhibition opening day.  It contains information about the organizers of the project—MANLILIKHA and the Asian Center, the exhibition project, and the 100 participants.

The Participants:

Jess ABRERA

John-Pete AGCAOILI

Christine AMADOR

Ronald ANADING

Jojo AUSTRIA

Pandy AVIADO

Victor BALANON

Relly BAUTISTA

Aileen SP BAVIERA

Joy BELMONTE

Plet BOLIPATA

Elmer BORLONGAN

Ronald CARINGAL

Clint CATALAN

Carlos CELDRAN

Lena COBANGBANG

Leslie DE CHAVEZ

Ruel CAASI

Louie CORDERO

Marc COSICO

Jonathan CHING

Aba Lluch DALENA

Krista Lluch DALENA

Christina DY

Eduardo ENRIQUEZ

Marilen ESPIRITU

Joy FABE

Noell El FAROL

Brenda V. FAJARDO

Johanna Acab-FAUSTINO

Lanelle ABUEVA-FERNANDO

Karen FLORES

Carlo GABUCO

Nona GARCIA

Lyra ABUEG GARCELLANO

Peter DE GUZMAN

Lasse & Maricar HOLOPAINEN Abdulmari IMAO

Juan Sajid IMAO

Eugene JARQUE

Jose Mari DE JESUS

Raymond LEE

Loren LEGARDA

Gerard LICO

Maria MANGAHAS

Ferdinand MONTEMAYOR

Michael Muñoz

Al NEPOMUCENO

Pura ORTEGA

Jonathan OLAZO

Jayson OLIVERIA

Gary-Ross PASTRANA

Bett ESPOSO-RAMIREZ

Claro RAMIREZ

Jose Tence RUIZ

Don SALUBAYBA

Kusina SALUD

Dots SALVACION

MCM SANTAMARIA

Ciara MARASIGAN-SERUMGARD

Josie SISON

Dinky SOLIMAN

Kate TORRALBA

Mac VALDEZCO

Ferdz VALENCIA

Alvin VILLARUEL

MM YU

Jessica ZAFRA

DAKILA:

Bayang BARRIOS

Noel CABANGON

Ronnie LAZARO

Vanessa LIWANAG

Buwi MENESES

Gabe MERCADO

Mich RAMA

Tado JIMENEZ

Eghai ROXAS

Leni VELASCO & Steph TAN

Lourd DE VEYRA

Karen VIZCARRA

KSKP:

Ed CASTOR

Noel RIVERA

Marivic RIVERA

Claire ZAPATA

NEO-ANGONO:

Alan ALCANTARA

Manny BACANI

Frances EUGENIO

Carlos 'Totong' FRANCISCO II

Tata Raul FUNILAS

Richard GAPPI

Bunch GARCIA

Abraham GONZALEZ

Michael DE GUZMAN

Ian LOMONGO

Nunong OLINARES

Ebok PINPIÑO

Melvin QUITASOL

Jan Michael REYES

Arturo SANCHEZ

Jon SANTOS

Glenford TOLENTINO

 Wire TUAZON

Keiye MIRANDA-TUAZON

Che VILLAFLORES

Dino VILLAFLORES

Kyo ZAPANTA

Chitoy ZAPATA

 

 

 

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POST-AUCTION FUNDRAISER

You can still purchase any of the taka pieces in stock. 

Click on the link below. 

* Taka Price List *

 

Photos:

Opening Program

Exhibition

Behind the Scenes

Articles 1, 2

               

Exhibition:

Takas to be exhibited were gathered within a period of two months.  The Asian Center’s Sala’am Conference Room storage room and the Romulo Hall mezzanine floor served as storage spaces.  Construction of the modules took one week and exhibition installation from 3 to 5 days.  To save on manpower cost, MASN members did the electrical work and assembling of the modules.  The Neo-Angono Artists Collective took one day to set up its set of takas.

The exhibition committees were filled up by UA&P students.  Committees formed were: physical arrangement, food, reception, lights, exhibition guiding, and book sales.  UA&P students met weekly for one month at the Asian Center premises.

The exhibition opened on 5 September 2008 at the Asian Center.  Vice-Chancellor Lorna Paredes and  Dean Aileen S.P. Baviera represented UP at the opening ceremonies.  MASN Chairman Manuel Icasiano and Amparo Fabe from Fabe Books and Publications were also in attendance.  Dr Matthew Santamaria served as Master of Ceremonies.  Igal traditional numbers with kulintangan playing formed part of the exhibition opening program, as well as the presentation of the 100 KATAO 100 TAKA book copies to the exhibition participants.

Auction:

The auction took place on 20 September 2008.  25 pieces were sold.

The remaining taka pieces will be put up for sale through MANLILIKHA’s website, direct sale, or through consignment with art galleries.  By the end of 2009, all taka pieces left unsold will form part of the collection of MANLILIKHA and Asian Center.

Beneficiaries:

Beneficiaries from the exhibition project include the Paete, Laguna taka-makers and the Asian Center’s ethnographic collection.  Immediate MASN heritage efforts will be directed to the fabrication of traditional taka’an (taka mould) forms like the country maiden to continue the production of traditional taka objects, which have become scarcely produced due to damaged or lost taka’an.  Copies of the 100 KATAO 100 TAKA book have been presented to the active taka-makers of Paete.   Part of the proceeds will also be channeled to conservation and exhibition projects that would highlight the Asian Center’s ethnographic collection.  Proposals for concrete projects are forthcoming and will be presented to the Asian Center once completed.

              

this project is organized by

               

in partnership with

supported by   

Minor Sponsors      

Patron 1      

                                 

Patron 2      

Devenben Enterprise Corp.

Linda I. Salvador

Patron 3    

Careline Products Inc.

Consul Eduardo de Guzman/Sky Freight Brokerage Inc.

Sampaguita Auto Transport Corporation

GMJ 2005 Construction and Development Corp.

AFV Consulting Group International

Mercury Drug-Cooper and Sikatuna Branch

Mark Timoty Pineda/X-lite

Elite Blend International

WORK SYSTEMS Inc

Pulp Magazine

HYPERSHOT

Cruz and Reyes Law Office

Sunrich Manufacturing Corp

HOME MARK 

CRUZ and REYES Law Office

Antonio and Natividad Zalamea /AMA Computer College

Grand Success International Venture

Vhelet General Corp.

Bureau of Customs

Eucar Service Center

Shanzetle's Café

Eye and Skin Clinic

SATLINK

Eurochemicals

Andy's Rose Garden

PROMAC 

Digital Dodge Inc

Pepsi

Chrabarti Family - Pepsi Cola

Plaridel Products and Services Inc.

MESALA

Nuevo Fresco Marine Trading Corp.

Ruble Systems Corp.

Reckitt Benckiser Philippines, Inc

Hiils and Vine Trading

Ayyu Builders

Asian Hills Bank

La Vina General Hospital

Fortune Teller

Del Rosario Bagamasbad Rabocs

Ace Top General Merchandise

Sport Basic

Iluminada & Robert of Klintsberg

Myra Jimenez Water Specialist

Jollibee

Nixzam Travel Agency

Ezcomm

Fiesta Hardware

7 Senses Spa

Print-All Digital Printing

Globe

Janine Sy Sio

Atty. Benjamin Paulino

Leonisa C. de la Llana

Edgar Salvador

Gerry Gabriel

Francisco P. Garcia

Ringo Chan

Koji Kobayashi

Alfred Natividad

Kevin Reyes

Noel Rios

Andrew Zalamea

Evante Lemi

Jerry Gabriel, etc.

Jose Miguel Vasquez

Mrs. Susan Nunez

Maria Esperanza Evasco

Cring Cring Aguirre

Virgilio F. Angeles

Antonio Eliezar

Josie Vilchez

Annie del Corpus

Ma. Cielo Montemayor MD

Aurora Valdes MD

Lawrence Hermes Rimorin

Charito Kazemi

Ruth David

Nixon Hao

Aldric Marie B. Manrique

Ronwell Tristan F. Lim

Ruben Sapitula

Rosalie Lee

Clavel Supleo

Noemi Lopez

Amy Tuason

Rosario Torres

Geosle PAscual

Doris Victoria

Elvira Olayer Fernandez

Maria Victoria Benavidez

Mr.Alvin Ty Sr. 

Brian Baria

Adrian John Lim

Homer Flores

Cherry Mear

Mariz Mendoza

Leonisa C. de Llana

Arthur Luis Florentin

Ruth David

Nixon Hao

Elizabeth T. Cruz

Ma. Rosario I. Suck  

Baby Ignacio

Ms. Solvi Nubia

Omar Aguilar

Frederik Piedad

Badilis Family

Brian Cedric Mendoza

Marieta Verba

Vanga Family

Mr. and Mrs. Lu

Mr. Bert Pangan

Maria Belinda Custodio

Dr. Rolando Dy

Clabel Supleo

Bong Ramirez

Charito Kazemi

Edna Talery  

Rosalie Lee

Nomil Lopez

Reginald and Daisy Lim