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Manuel Baldemor’s Bulkang Taal: Bangon Batangas exhibition at the SM Mall of Asia

Renowned Filipino artist Manuel Baldemor’s latest exhibition, Bulkang Taal: Bangon Batangas was held from February 28 to March 5, 2020 at the SM Mall of Asia Central Atrium, Level 2.   A collection of paintings depicting the destructive

Smoke, Water and Fire, 2020, 12 x 18 inches
Renowned Filipino artist Manuel Baldemor’s latest exhibition, Bulkang Taal: Bangon Batangas was held from February 28 to March 5, 2020 at the SM Mall of Asia Central Atrium, Level 2.
 

A collection of paintings depicting the destructive aftermath of the Taal Volcano eruption and the formidable power of nature, it was also an exhibition for a cause as a portion of the proceeds from the exhibition went towards displaced communities of the Taal Volcano eruption.

Tanging Larawang Iniwan ng Bulkan, 2020, 12 x 18 inches

Tanging Larawang Iniwan ng Bulkan, 2020, 12 x 18 inches

 
Baldemor, who hails from Paete in Laguna, was outside the Paete city hall when Taal Volcano erupted and witnessed the sky transform into a towering grey and purple mass.
 

Fourteen days after the eruption, Baldemor traveled to Tagaytay and followed the road going to Talisay. Quietly observing the scenery and the people affected by the volcano’s wrath, he saw how the towns surrounding the Taal Lake had transformed overnight – the complete devastation, displaced evacuees, and animals that were left behind.

 

Explosion, 2020, 12 x 18 inches

Explosion, 2020, 12 x 18 inches


 
A poem by Bangon Batangas, a group he saw through Facebook, became the starting point for his works. In contrast to his distinct style and use of vibrant and happy colors, Baldemor captures Taal in its turbulent and solemn state, and Taal’s once lush, green vistas are portrayed as desolate and barren landscapes – an aide-memoire that nature is both beautiful yet can be turbulent and angry.
 
Manuel Baldemor is a painter, sculptor, printmaker, writer and book illustrator from the artistic town of Paete, Laguna province renowned for its woodcarvers.