16 PHILIPPINE ASIAN NEWS TODAY March 1 - 15, 2018 Irma Bartolome Essence Art Exhibit to feature Fil-Canadian Artists The North Vancouver Community Arts Council and MELD Birthday: April 30 Arts will present Essence, an art exhibit Talents: Leading people , motivator , singing , modelling that will feature the Hobbies: helping families, reading books, travelling art of five Filipino- Biggest Influence: Mother Canadian artists. It will showcase Favorite Actors:Leonardo de Caprio art that celebrates Favorite Vocalists: Celine dion the roles, struggles Favorite Quote: “ All our dreams will come true if we have the and triumphs of all women. Slated on courage to pursue them “ April 27 to May 26, Photo by Christian Cunanan 2018 at the CityScape Community Art Space in North Vancouver, the opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 26 at 7 PM, and will welcome art enthusiasts and patrons. “Essence will feature the works of three female visual artists Esmie Gayo McLaren, Lenore RS Lim, and Pamela Gotangco. Recognizing that men are equal partners in shaping a world where everyone should be able to realize their dreams, Essence will also present male artists Chito Maravilla and Danvic Briones,” according to the exhibit press release. Ambassador Petronila Garcia, the first woman ambassador to represent the Philippines in Canada, will be the guest speaker at the opening reception. Lenore Lim will also do a talk about her series on comfort women, her mother’s influence on her work, and the process of printmaking on May 12, Saturday, from 2-3 PM. As well, Professor Leonora Angeles of UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning and the UBC Social Justice Institute will deliver a WWW.PHILIPPINEASIANNEWSTODAY.COM talk on immigrant youths and the community, and women’s issues on May 19, from 2-3 PM. The exhibit will travel to the Philippine Embassy in Ottawa in September 2018, incorporating the works of two members of Ottawa’s artistic community, Melanie Yugo and Kristina Corre. Essence will be presented in cooperation with the Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver, UBC’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (GRSJ), Filipino Music and Art Foundation in BC and the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society.