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The Bluewater Gallery is an art gallery that features works by Philippine Artists. The Gallery aims to promote Philippine Arts and provide its resort guests with a glimpse of local culture and its talents.

It also provides a venue for local artists to showcase their works to both local and international audiences. The Gallery also hosts events and workshops as part of its art appreciation and educational goals.

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• Joyful Journey by Celso Pepito

Most of us, if not all, will always have an opportunity to embark on our own journey. And as we make the many steps to help us attain our goal, we either encounter a lot of difficulties that bore us discouragement or found great fulfilment that bore us joy.

Privileged to be in the family of painters, we find joy in many aspects of our creative endeavors. Our creative gifts are not only personally enhancing and fulfilling but also has given us opportunities to finding God, thereby, providing us the energy to continually nurture our artistic passion with much joy and fulfilment.

"Joyful Journey" is a testament of joy as we endlessly travel on our artistic quest. It is a manifestation of love and cooperation as our family shared and nurtured our creative gifts.

"Joyful Journey" is finding joy as we tried sharing our passion to our children, to our grandchildren, to our friends and to the public.

"Joyful Journey" is our simple way to celebrate and experience the declaration of "Grandparents day."

Above all, "Joyful Journey" is a continuing process to finding joy in what we do as a family of painters in a decade and more.


• Mugna Sugbo


Sulog is the Cebuano word for current. It is from this word that Sinulog, the annual festival held in the city in January in honor of the Sto. Nino, was derived. After they got the image of the Holy Child from the Spaniards, the natives has since been offering to Him a dance that mimics the ebb and flow of rivers and tides.

Thus, in keeping with the spirit of the Sinulog Festival, the art group Mugna Sugbu offersSulog, an exhibit of paintings by the members of the organization and their artist friends from France. This is the first exhibition of Mugna Sugbu after the group had an exhibition and residency in Paris, France in October to November 2013.

In their works, the group explores the different meanings that underlie the word sulog or current. The artists tackle current events like the dangers of fanaticism, the effects of urbanization, the desire for social reform, etc. Some works also delve into what’s current in art itself, thus exploring new forms.

Others inquire into the undercurrents of contemporary culture, how, for instance, native identity persists against the wave of cosmopolitanism in a growing megacity. The artists may also resist nativism or allow exchange of cultural views, as in the case of the three French artists represented here, one of which is a member of the group and a resident of Cebu.

Mugna Sugbu was actually born out of this need for cultural exchange. The group was formed after the members were selected to be represented in the “12 x 12 International Arts Festival” held in Paris in 2013. They chose the name “Mugna”, which is Cebuano word for “creation”, as a title of their group exhibit in Paris so they can at least teach one word to the French audience. French organizers thus began calling the group Mugna and it stuck.

So as customary in all Philippine fiestas, Cebuanos invite guests to take part in the festivities. Mugna Sugbu thus hosts two guest artists from Paris in this small exhibit that aim to plumb what’s current in our time.

Pit Senyor!

-Radel Paredes
Columnist, Cebu Daily News


• Ang Gerilya

• Rediscovering the Flight of Angels by Jayvee Villacin

The Bluewater Gallery located inside Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort has always been an important venue for cultural exchange in the province and already hosted numerous exhibits by some of the biggest names in the Philippine Art scene. Among the most notable artists to have mounted an exhibit at the gallery are BenCab and Romulo Olazo who also made their debut in the Cebu art scene in this venue. Other local artists both established and aspiring also brought their diversity and quality of craft to this quaint little gallery by the sea.

On July 6, 2013 one of Cebu’s more prolific visual artist and educator Prof. Javy Villacin mounted a solo exhibit at the Bluewater Gallery. Entitled “Rediscovering the Flight of Angels” it showcased a series of paintings predominantly done in acrylic and mixed media that traces the artist’s creative arch that begins with the artist’s Future Primitive exhibit way back in 1992 after his British Council Fellowship in London at the Byam Shaw School of Art.

His exhibit Rediscovering the Flight of Angels is an abstract expressionist exhibition of 12 artworks of pure mastery in the layering of washes and drips intended to create a transparency of monochromatic shades of white and blues intended to mesmerize and trigger the imagination of the viewer into appreciating the growing abstract expressionist art scene in the community and in the country.

• Tiaw-tiaw nga Urom by Jethro Estimo

TI-AW TI-AW NGA UROM (Nonsensical Nightmares)
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The Dark Ages ended because of one particular technology, Johann Guttenberg's moveable press. This made the production of books easier and cost-effective. For the first time, knowledge is unconfined to monks transcribing manuscripts in dark basements. It was only thing that the 1st book published was the bible. (SEE MORE>>)

The industrial age in Europe brought new advancement in art making. Artists can now buy pigments stored in canisters and tubes. For the first time, they can paint outside their studios, or 'plein air'. This type of art genre is very common among the impressionists. Impressionism gave rise to other art "isms" in rapid successions.

We are at present in the information age. Knowledge shared via the internet (or interweb to some) is at the speed of light. Searching content online has never been easier. The Dewey decimal system may become as useful as the morse code.

To google or googling is now a verb.

Then came social media. Posts are in real time, sometimes way ahead than traditional mass media. People can share, follow and subscribe to an entity, real or not. Unlike normal online topic searches that give broader results, social media gave us microsearches via the "#" (hashtag). Ti-aw ti-aw nga Urom started as this experiment.

"Ti-aw Ti-aw nga Urom" is my third one man exhibit. The 144 works shown are done in 30 minutes or less, prior to sleep, in a span of ten months. All works are then uploaded to a popular image sharing app, Instagram and linked to Twitter and Facebook for viewers to see. Initially, I wanted to make a series of works as inconsistent as possible that people will not recognize the works coming from the same person.

But due to size limitation of Instagram and character limit of twitter, my plan back¬red.

Some drawings will be developed further into paintings. Example is "I am Your G.O.D. (Guard on Duty). There are a few in the pipeline.

Another failed plan, perhaps. I am making sense to these nonsense.

• Kissing Shores by Lee Taneo

The artist, Miss Lhee Isabel Deiparine Taneo is the 3rd among the 4 children of Mr. and Mrs. Ned Taneo. Both parents came from different islands. The artist’s father Mr. Ned Taneo came from Olango Island and the mother Mrs. Tita Taneo from a small island in Bohol called Nocnocan. Born and raised in Olango Island, the artist grew as a shy little girl who seldom talks.

After finishing primary school, and upon the entering of the eldest sibling into a college institution in the city, their parents decided to transfer her and the other two siblings as well. Entering secondary school in a private institution and most especially dealing with urban kids was always a struggle for the artist even until college.

Entering Fine Arts Program in University of the Philippines Cebu somehow helped shape the artist’s confidence. Surrounded with great mentors who molded her into a fine young artist in the making and a bunch of very loving and supportive friends in college, she had evolved into a well-rounded and strong lady.

While she was was about to finish her degree in Fine Arts on the date of the exhibit, the artist used her background of being an island native as the foundation of her research study called “Biographical Figure Portraits”. She is using shells in forms of shell mosaics. And is featuring island natives from Olango Island, where she was born as subject matter of her art making. The show entitled “Kissing Shores” is a tribute to the artist’s fellow island natives.


• Foto+abstractSIOn by Sio Montera

Foto+Abstac|SIO|n 3: An Introduction to Montera Aesthetics

By JV Castro

Cebu’s prolific artist outdoes himself again in the exhibition Foto+Abstac|SIO|n 3. Taking inspiration from thirty images found in different Bluewater Resorts in Maribago, Sumilon, and Panglao, Sio Montera uses the camera as a medium to capture the essence of an abstract image. His photographs are an ode to the elements of visual art.

In viewing the exhibition, Montera trains his viewers to look beyond the literal subject of the photograph. Instead, he wants them to dissect it into lines, shapes, colors, forms, and textures. Pointing to 90°, at first sight, is a rock commonly found in Cebu, but it is transformed into a rough, vaguely triangular surface in a negative space if it is seen the Montera way.

Another important highlight of the exhibition are his photographs printed on art canvas that seem to remind his viewers of the classic Sio done in acrylic and bitumen on canvas. Either a pure coincidence or, perhaps, a welcoming prophecy of success in the new medium, Rising Surface Tension is one of those pieces look like a signature Montera painting at a distance. However, a closer look reveals its pure photographic nature derived from layers of paint on a peeling wall. Other pieces in Foto+Abstac|SIO|n 3 are a perfect blend of photography and painting. Montera’s perfection of technique can be found in pieces like Crossing the Shadow Lines, Phallus, and A Cascade of Cantilevered Planes.

His experimenting on different techniques and approaches to art is a testament to the diversity of contemporary art in Cebu. The constant evolution of Montera’s art reflects a highly developed taste and well-informed knowledge on the art scene outside the confines of his hometown. After all, Sio has won prestigious awards including the Philipp Morris Art Prize and the GSIS Art Competition. Currently, he is also the Vice-Chair for the National Committee on Visual Arts of NCCA. Most importantly, Sio Montera is one of the most influential living artists of his generation.

Foto+Abstac|SIO|n 3 is more than just an exhibition. It is a lecture on art, on abstract photography, and on aesthetics as Montera trains the eye to see objects in a different light.

JV Castro is the Director and Chief Curator of the Sugbu Chinese Heritage Museum. Prior to his recent directorship in Cebu, he served as a curator and art consultant for Hafnia Foundation in Xiamen, China. He is one of the few graduates of the Art Management course at the Ateneo de Manila University. He is currently one of the leading authorities on contemporary Cebuano art.


• Sawum-Wawart

Inspired by Bluewater Gallery’s beach setting where the sky, sea and shore meet in the horizon, the debut exhibit of the group WAWART attempts to explore what lies under the currents of how we look at nature and how this understanding have come to shape who we are. It probes what is at the bottom of perceived reality and, alas, perception itself.

Following the surrealists and the early mystics of abstraction, the group plunges into the sunken part of the proverbial iceberg that is the mind, the bedlam of the so-called “subterranean” which often betrays our conscious pronouncements and gestures.

Thus the title “Sawum”, the Cebuano word for “dive”, suggests this desire of the artist to fathom the unknown. As in Dante’s Inferno, the artist dares to descend into the bowels of the underworld if only to find the true origins of our fears and anxieties.

This great dive also implies an attempt to cut through the layer of the literal. While not resorting into the pedagogical tendencies of environmental art, for instance, some works here delve into the changing conditions of our planet as a result of human abuse. Others aim to express awe at the power of nature, the great cosmic energy, and the unknown force and intelligence, which is both the ultimate source of beauty and destruction, through abstract form that indeed reflect such tension of both order and chaos.

In this first exhibit, WAWART already demonstrates the paradox that art can destroy and restore at the same time. It destroys conventions yet start new ones, thus coming into full circle as certain as the sun that appears in the horizon.

About the Group:
Named after the Cebuano slang for money, WAWART aims to restore native predilection for wit and irony in local contemporary art practice. The group also reclaims the hybrid, ritualistic, and open-form character of precolonial Visayan art as something that permeates even in today’s postmodern art.