Filipino Child Artist Holds Art Exhibit in Shanghai

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The Philippine Consulate General in Shanghai successfully opened its project, “A Joint Exhibition of Artworks of Gifted Filipino and Chinese Child Artists,” in Shanghai on April 9.

The event was co-sponsored by the Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation, the Philippine Soong Ching Ling Foundation, and Liwayway (China) Co., Ltd.,
The opening ceremony was held at the Children’s Palace of the China Welfare Institute with Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation Chairman Lu Ping, Shanghai Women’s Federation Chairperson Mme. Zhang Lili and Liwayway (China) Co., Ltd. Chairman Larry Chan as Guests of Honor.

It featured 42 works of Filipino child artist Hamzah Marbella and 400 selected artworks of Chinese child artists.

The event is part of the year-long festivities marking the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and China, which began on 9 June 2010.

Mr. Marbella is a 9 year-old boy blessed with the technical aptitude that rivals older peers in the art world.

As the youngest member of the Art Association of the Philippines, he has been recognized by numerous local and international organizations and is a recipient of more than fifty awards acknowledging not only his impressive technique, but his unique vision as well.

His awards include an Outstanding Artist Award, Special Citation from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and a Certificate of Recognition at the UN International Children’s Art Competition.

“The children’s works placed side-by-side signifies the unique relationship that the Philippines and China share – a relationship shaped by a common history, extensive people-to-people ties, and ever-growing trade relations,” Consul General Charles C. Jose said n his opening remarks.

For his part, Mr. Lu Ping said, “the art and culture exchange between our children is the best witness of the friendship between our two countries.”

The exhibit runs until April 17. – via

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