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  Artists convene for sports, wellness  
  Post by: Jerwin M. Lasin | 4/26/2013 4:48:54 PM  

  Summer means break or vacation for academic institutions and the time for sports tournaments of companies, or any group of sports enthusiasts. For Filipino artist, it is time for the annual Artletics. On April 13-14, organizers of Artletics 2013 gathered some 80 artists at De La Salle Lipa's SENTRUM to showcase their athleticism. At the opening ceremonies, Emmanuel "Manny" Garibay, founder of Artletics shared the challenges of organizing a sports activity such as Artletics, which is now on its third year. For him, leading a big number of artists is not a trivial task as it requires time and support from fellow artists and sponsors that initially he was hesitant to hold Artletics 2013. But with more people being involved he gave in. Aside from sports events of basketball, volleyball, chess, badminton and table tennis, it covered sketching sessions for a cause participated in by George Banawa, Demosthenes Campos, Joey Cobcobo, Thomas Daquiaog, Ferdinand Doctolero, Alee Garibay, Jonathan Joven, and Simkin De Pio. The sketching session was highlighted by storytelling of seater Niki Gamara who recounted story of their family while artists portray her. Also part of the sketching session was Simkin De Pio's portrait of St. John Baptist De La Salle as a gift to the DLSL. Later during the first day, Manny Garibay and Mark Justiniani led the open forum to address issues on art process/making in the country. It was moderated by Antares Gomez Bartolome. On the second day, Dr. Leni Jara, spoke on health and wellness - the core of Artletics event. Karen Flores of Filipino Visual Arts and Design Rights Organization (FILVADRO) discussed copyright for visual arts and substantially answered questions on copyrights law in the country. The participants were divided into four teams namely green, red, blue, and yellow teams and the green team emerged as the over-all winner. DLSL's college varsity members of basketball, volleyball, chess, and badminton, and coach Rod Baldovino helped out in officiating the games. Caryl Aissa Maranan and Edna Serrano, faculty members of PE college department, jumpstarted the afternoon with warm up exercises. And the college PEP squad - DANZCOM - did what they do best - cheer dance, providing inspiration and entertainment to the participants. Manny Garibay was assisted by team members Janice Liuson -Young, Lisa Ito, Antares Gomes Bartolome, Renan Ortiz, Boyet De Mesa, and Crecee Dimayuga Roldan in the over all management of the activities. Supported by Art Cube Gallery, San Miguel Brewery, Studio 23, DLSL, and other art patrons, Artletics concluded the two- day event with unusual and creative awards for individual and group winners. "Artletics is a sports and wellness event for artists and cultural workers. It is a non-profit and independent initiative advocating healthy and active lifestyle." Share