Illustrators and artists of the UPLB Museum of Natural History (MNH) will be part of the UPLB Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts (OICA) year-end exhibit "Art in Biodiversity" which opens on 08 October 2018 at the Sining Makiling Gallery, DL Umali Auditorium, UPLB, College, Laguna.

"Art in Biodiversity" which will feature 119 art works by an equal number of Filipino artists will run until the end of the year. Acrylic and mixed-media paintings by MNH staff Edison A. Cosico, Orlando L. Eusebio, Ariel R. Larona, Rafael D. Tandang, as well as Director Juan Carlos T. Gonzalez have been selected as part of the group exhibition.

According to OICA Director Prof. Jerry R. Yapo, the show, which will "explore a wide range of mediums, styles and techniques... is a fitting tribute to UPLB on its 100th Loyalty celebration." The university will be celebrating the centurieth anniversary of the Loyalty Day on 10 October. On October 10, 1918, more than half of the student population and 27 faculty members of the then UP College of Agriculture enlisted to serve in the Philippines National Guard to fight in WWI.

"Love, fervor and loyalty to Inang Bayan is also exemplified by our artists' dedication for the conservation of [her] natural resources and biodiversity," Dr. Gonzalez says.

According to Yapo, the exhibit will not only celebrate biodiversity but also stir public consciousness its status.

"Most of the featured works are hinged on conservation as the raison d'être of biodiversity," adds Yapo. "But of course, several of the artists are expected to dare to trek another equally important aspect of biodiversity: endangerment," Yapo furthers.

"Art in Biodiversity" will present a "tapestry of visual communication, and viewers will decode their meanings in more ways one could possibly imagine."

Images clockwise: "Benguet Pines" by Juan Carlos T. Gonzalez, "Binti" by Edison A. Cosico, "Kahugis" by Orlando L. Eusebio, "Buhay-Ilang" by Ariel R. Larona and "Parasitiko" by Rafael D. Tandang.

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