Artist-in-residence Eric Egualada (right) with his students at the Crimson Boracay’s ARTS in Youth program. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
IN line with its thrust toward becoming a center for arts and culture in the heart of Boracay, Crimson Resort and Spa Boracay officially opens its doors to its first-ever artist-in-residence Eric Egualada.
An initiative spearheaded by Crimson Boracay General Manager Patrick Manthe, himself an artist and admirer of the visual arts, this creative residency will run for four months and include a number of activities that are bound to engage and stimulate everyone's creativity.
Egualada will be handling on-site painting classes and art-related workshops for guests, local residents and even staff members as a way of encouraging them to become more creative and expressive.
As artist-in-residence, Egualada will be involved in Crimson's ARTS in Youth initiative, which seeks to develop the talents of a new breed of creatives resident on the island. Through the program, Crimson will sponsor several young students in their artistic education.
Lessons began for Crimson's creative scholars this October, and classes are held every Sunday and Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Their work will be displayed at the resort throughout the month of November.
A native of Angono, Rizal, a town long known for the brilliance of its native artists, which include the famed National Artist for Visual Arts Carlos "Botong" Francisco, Egualada has been painting for over 35 years and is an alumnus of the Jose Rizal University in Mandaluyong, where he earned his bachelor's degree in education in 1991.
An educator as well as an artist, he taught under the Special Program for the Arts offered at the Angono National High School. Likewise, he trained for four years with the Department of Education, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and the special arts program of the Dalubhasaan sa Edukasyon, Sining, at Kultura.
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