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‘Salvador Bernal Designs the Stage’ exhibit opens

De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines are holding an exhibit of the late National Artist Salvador Bernal’s works dubbed as “Badong: Salvador Bernal Designs the Stage” at the 12th floor gallery of the School of Design and Arts (SDA) building on Pablo Ocampo Street, Manila.

Apart from paying homage to Bernal by featuring some of his best costumes and set designs for such productions as The Magic Flute, Sa Bunganga ng Pating, Realizing Rama, Lapu-Lapu, Orosman at Zafira, Dalagang Bukid, Paglipas ng Dilim, and Romeo and Juliet, among others, the exhibit aims to highlight production design as a discipline and art form with a rich tradition in the Philippines.

The items on exhibit were curated by production designer Gino Gonazales and writer Nick Tiongson. As resident production designer of CCP, Eric Cruz is tasked to reimagine the traveling show, which was staged almost a dozen times before, depending on the venue’s size and configuration.

DLS-CSB, through SDA, is the only school in the country offering a bachelor’s degree in production design, said Gerry Torres, director of SDA’s center for campus art. Through this exhibit, he and costume designer Eric Pineda, who has been teaching costume design at SDA for 15 years now, aim to inspire as well as challenge today’s students to be their best.

“As a designer, you have to be a Renaissance Man,” said Pineda. “You can’t just focus on design. You have to be interested in all aspects of design, which means being interested in life and the world itself.”

Full story, “Where will Fashion (and Design) Be without Literature?” on page G1 of this issue. Scan the QR code for a glimpse of the ongoing exhibit.