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Attend an Art Appreciation Lecture

The Women of Bel-Air, indefatigable workhorse for countless village events, will host a lecture on appreciating art, with former Ateneo de Manila Gallery curator, Prof. Emmanuel Torres. This lecture will be held on Friday, October 10 at 6:00 p.m.

The lecture will also include an exhibit, in the Gemini Room, of paintings borrowed from the private collection of Bel-Air residents. The paintings will include works by masters such as Vicente Manansala and Fernando Amorsolo, as well as contemporary pieces by living artists.

Prof. Torres, prize-winning poet and author of the book, "Kayamanan: Paintings from the Central Bank Collection," will explain the visual elements of Philippine art using paintings from the 19th century to the present day.

Brgy. Capt. Nene Lichauco, a staunch supporter of arts-related events in the village, said that the exhibit is further proof that Bel-Air could very well be the "Arts Capital of Makati," as observed by Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay.

"We have cultural projects all year round," Lichauco said. "And the fact that every event is well-attended proves that the village residents are eager to support the arts."

Lichauco noted that many of the residents are avid art collectors, and the lecture-exhibit by one of the country's foremost art critics will be a great oportunity for residents and friends to view painting seldom shown to the public, if at all.

The lecture-exhibit will also be a chance for fledgling art collectors to learn how to look at paintings and distinguish masterpieces from mediocre ones. The lecture, which will run for approximately two hours, will also include a public forum where questions can be raised.

"Many of our younger residents have the means to start an art collection," Lichauco said. "This is a great opportunity for them to listen to an expert."

The lecture will be the first of what will be a series of cultural events that will feature the richness and diversity of the Philippine artistic tradition.