The Film Artist Group (FAG) was founded by Miss Maria Isabel Lopez in the year 2003.
Since then, the group had exhibited many paintings, organized many charitable events and fund-raising projects, and made people be aware that local filipino stars and celebrities are PAINTERS-ARTISTS, too…
It was Miss Evangeline Pascual (the first filipina who became Miss World) who was with Maribel from the ‘day one’ of this group. Through thick and thin, she and Maribel have fought for the visual arts and helped young students express themselves through any artistic forms.
Sadly, five members of the FAG had already died. They were the late movie directors Celso Ad Castillo, Marilou Diaz-Abaya and Mario O’Hara. The two others were Francis Magalona (the late singer-rapper) and Mr. Vic Vargas, a veteran actor.
Recently, the FAG people joined the students of Adamson University on its Foundation Day last Feb. 11, 2013. Maribel was joined by Ms. Evangeline Pascual and Jao Mapa, both the most active members of FAG.
Their paintings were exhibited at the painting gallery of the famous university.
Jao’s paintings were the most-admired by the students. Other celebrity painters-exhibitors (but weren”t able to attend the said event and opening of the painting exhibit) were Ruby Rodriguez, Melissa Mendez, Dranreb Belleza, Lani Lobangco and Mike Austria.
The Philippine Stagers Foundation actors, led by Mr. Vince Tanada, together with very handsome Jordan Ladra, Patrick Libao and Kevin Posadas supported and attended the event, since they’re the regular theater people of “Adamsonians”.
The performers-students from Adamson University that afternoon were the Adamson University Chamber Singers and the Adamson University Acoustic Band. As Ms. Maribel Lopez and company watched and looked upon them as they performed, they all saw bright faces of hopes for the future and artistic skills. Very special thanks to the Cultural Affairs Department of AU (Adamson University), with Professor Nenita Dimapilis as its Director, and Ms. Catherine Cequena as its Staff. Of course, how could this blogger forget Father Gregorio L. Barriaga who was so kind. Father Gregorio is the Director-Head of AU. There were also other more V.I.P.’s from Adamson University who attended the said painting exhibit event at their school that we weren’t able to get the names, but they were all so warm and accomodating to Ms. Maribel Lopez and company.
To Adamson University faculty and staff, and of course, their wonderful students, THANK YOU!
(WORDS WRITTEN BY ROBERT MANUGUID SILVERIO)
(p.s.): And thanks, too, to Hollywood actor-film artist, Mr. Don Gordon Bell, for the wonderful photographs below:
PHOTOGRAPHS BY: MR. DON GORDON BELL