Monday, May 31, 2010

3rd Bagasbas Beach International Eco Arts Festival

The summation of “Art + Environment + Sustainability”, which was the festival’s theme, installed the 3rd Bagasbas Beach International Eco Arts Festival at the Bagasbas Beach, Daet, Camarines Norte last May 30 to June 6, 2010.

Through the initiated efforts of various artists who graced the event, this year’s festival aimed to provide creative learning through four media for the Daet community. The first medium was the installation art, where found items from host communities and bamboo are used to create sculptural installations along the Bagasbas Beach in Daet, Camarines Norte, one of certain actions that might embellish the place’s title as the 60th Surfing and Kite Surfing Destination in the World. Video presentations listed as second. This was where artists showed their video works in spaces in and around the town of Daet. Third on the dossier is the public furniture design for the campus of the Our Lady of Lourdes College. Finally, the final media were economic upliftment seminars where communities will take part in economic enhancement programs from the business community and government technical institutions.

This year’s festival also hoped to provide communities an approach to uplift their lives through a connection with internationally significant artists, and to help them realize that solutions to economic and environmental problems can be met by community cooperation and harnessing simple creativity.
Some of the national and international artists who attended the event were Filipino artist Irma Lacorte who taught her host community Brgy. Mangcamagong in Basud how to make ‘puso’, which she used to create her artwork “Taub-Hubas” that illustrated the changes of the tide, from low to high tide; Artist Chung Ho Chak, from Hongkong-China, who epitomized the simple yet colorful life of the people in his host community, Daet and the Our Lady of Lourdes College, through his “Heart” artwork; and, Norwegian artist Stuart Frost who was amazed with the abundance of natural materials that can be found in Daet, and believed that the people of Daet can generate renewable energy from the wind from simply using bamboo and other indigenous materials - “generate power in places where there is no access”.

The project is supported by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Our Lady of Lourdes College Foundation.

For more information on the event, contact the Our Lady of Lourdes College Foundation at (6354) 721-1368, (63917) 464-4034, email or visit


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