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A Completion Report

The ARTDIALOGO 2016 is a program , initiative and a platform to promote intercultural dialogue thru the arts. It is also an encapsulates the art for the public as it uses art for community development in pro motion of an inclusive community.

The program is based on the concept of reciprocity between participating art groups of respective countries. It is a 7-day exchange program that will showcase the heritage, culture, and the art landscape of each participating country. It hopes to provide a conducive setting for the participating artists from Ma laysia and the Philippines to mélange creativity and the cultural experiences into their art creations, which may also be shared to local communities in the hosting country.

The origin of the concept behind ARTDIALOGO is inspired from Anna Karina Jardin’s Mondialogo ex perience in 2006, an intercultural dialogue program and school contest by UNESCO and Daimler Chrysler, which she represented the Philippines and her school at as a finalist in Italy. Her passion for the arts and extensive volunteer work allowed her to design ARTDIALOGO and together with Nemesio Mi randa Jr., one of the most prominent artists who cultivated the art scene for the next generation, and Pe RUPA Malaysia’s Zaki Hadri; ARTDIALOGO became a reality. These three person are the Chairpersons for the program.

Activities under ARTDIALOGO are art exhibitions, art workshops, interaction with local schools in Ma laysia and Philippines, Sharing of best practices, Art forum, and Art management on an international scale. Nemiranda Arthouse and PeRUPA Malaysia are the pilot institutions to implement this initiative.

Calendar of Activities

DAY 1: July 29, 2016

5AM – Meeting at the Airport


7AM to 12PM – Flight from the Philippines to Malaysia via Malaysian Airlines flight 804.

Upon arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA 1), the Philippine delegation was welcomed and assisted by Mr. Rommel Cuisia, representative of the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

Outside the airport, the Philippine delegation was met by Zaki Hadri – ArtDialogo Malaysia 2016 Chair person and other Malaysian artists; Yusof Gajah and wife Zakiah, Gordon Yong, Syuq Tone, and Irwan Idris.

2 PM – Philippine Representatives were treated to a Welcome Lunch by the Malaysian hosts

at Teh Tarik House Restaurant, located at Ayer 8, Putrajaya. Introductions, fellowship, and first group photo in Malaysia took place here.

3:30 PM – Philippine delegation was divided into two groups.

One group went with Zaki Hadri, to the Ministry of Immigration as required by the Malaysian Embassy, while the other group went with Mr. Syuq Tone to check-in at the Rainforest Bed and Breakfast Hotel, located at No. 27 Jalan Mesui off Jalan Nagasari, Bukit Bintang, Malaysia –where the Philippine delegation will spend their first night.

5:30 PM – ArtDialogo Philippine delegation complete at Rainforest Hotel.

6:00 PM – Nemi Miranda, Khristina Manansala, and Kim Marcelo went out with Zaki Hadri and wife, Mastura, to buy art materials and groceries; and also they went to the money changer as well. The rest of the delegates stayed in the hotel to freshen up and rest.

9:00 PM – Dinner and group meeting. ArtDialogo Malaysian counterpart led by Zaki Hadri together with PeRUPA’S Kay Loo, Khalid Othman, and Cheng Peng Sia briefed the group on their itinerary in Malaysia for the coming days.

10:30 PM: ArtDialago’s Co-Chairperson, Ms. Anna Karina Jardin, together with PeRupa artists gave some of the delegates a tour of the local art scene in the area and also treated them for dinner and drinks.

DAY 2: July 30, 2016

7:00 AM: Breakfast and assembly time – Rainforest Bed and Breakfast Hotel.

8:30 AM: Hotel check-out.

9:00 AM to 1200 PM: Road trip from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh, Perak Malaysia.

12:00 PM to 6:00 PM - KELLIE’S CASTLE, Ipoh City, Perak Malaysia:

Arrival: the group was welcomed by MR. ZAMARI HJ MUHYI, General Manager of Kelly’s Castle.

Live art session (plein air) of Filipino and Malaysian delegates.

• Interaction painting done by the Filipino delegates: Acrylic on 48” x 48” canvas.

• Lunch at Kellie’s Castle Auditorium.

Program hosted by Mr. Muhyi: The group got to learn the history of Kellie’s Castle, what they are offering, the venue’s position in Malaysia Tourism, scheduled events at the venue, the venue’s plan for 2017.

• Art Talk by Mr. Zaki Hadri and introduction of each Philippine representative.

• Ceremonial signing of the Interaction painting by all ArtDialogo Philippine representatives. • Turn over ceremony of the collaborative painting to Kellie’s Castle.

6:00 PM – Arrival at KINTA RIVERFRONT HOTEL AND SUITES, Ipoh City, Perak, Malaysia, Art Dialogo’s home for the night for both the Philippine and Malaysian delegations.

6:30 PM – Plein Air painting at Gunong Lang, Ipoh, Perak

8:30 PM – Assembly at Kinta Riverfront Hotel lobby for Dinner at Dataran MBI. 9:00 PM – Ipoh City Street food experience.

11:00 PM – Visited PioR Perak Gallery and PORT Riverfront Gallery 12:00 AM – Back in the hotel.

DAY 3: July 31, 2016

8:00 AM: Breakfast and assembly time.


• Live Art Session (plein air) Interaction Painting by Filipino delegates.

Program hosted by Perak Art Society or “Persatuan Pelukis Perak” headed by Mr. Hirzuan Bin Zulkifli. ArtDialogo was also joined by PORT (People Of Remarkable Talent) art group headed by its General Manager, Mr. Zamari HJ Muhyi.

The program was hosted by Mr. Syuq Tone of PeRUPA who welcomed everyone, introduced the VIPS as well as Philippine delegation Chairman, Nemi Miranda who gave a speech on ArtDialo go’s mission and advocacy. Miranda was then followed by YB KAMIL SHAPIE, Chairman of Tourism Perak, who thanked the Philippines delegation for their visit. He also shared to everyone the plans of the Tourism Office for the yearlong festivities at Perak this coming 2017. After the speeches, the Philippine delegates, gave the distinguished guests some of their artworks as tokens of gratitude. The artists who gave artworks are as follows: Nemi Miranda (2 artworks), Alberto “Badz” Magsumbol, Pancho Piano, Rodolfo “Dolpee” Alcantara Jr. (2 paintings), Roy Espinosa, Khristina Manansala, and Aaron Bautista.

The Malaysians, in return, gave Nemi Miranda, on behalf of the group, a coffee-table book about Perak Art and Tourism, handed by Mr. En Salleh Ismail, Treasurer of Persatuan Pelukis Perak.

The Distinguished Guests:

MS. PUAN ZURAIDA – CEO of Tourism Perak

ZAMARI HJ. MUHYI – General Manager of PORT and Kellie’s Castle

YB KAMIL SHAPIE – Chairman of Tourism Perak

EN RAZID B ABD KARIM – Deputy of Persatuan Pelukis Perak (PPP / Perak Art Association), HIRZATUAN BIN ZULKIFLI – Secretary of PPP

EN SALLEH ISMAIL – Treasurer of PPP.

Turnover of interaction painting to the sponsors.

Nemi Miranda got interviewed for the Tourism Malaysia website which was posted the next day, August 1, 2016 -

2:30 PM – Hotel check out.

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM - ArtDialogo Philippine delegation was invited by PORT's GM, Mr. Zamari Muhyi at People Of Remarkable Talent (PORT) head office at Ipoh City where the group learned the history, activities, and plans of their organization for the Malaysian art scene and artists.

Both delegations from ArtDialogo Malaysia and the Philippines were given a tour of their beautiful office and were given PORT shirts as souvenir.

5:30 PM - RUMAH KEBUN – The Artist's studio of husband and wife ZARINA and RAHIM AB DULLAH in Tanjung Malim is where the delegation was warmly received. The couple prepared more than enough food for everyone and toured the group to their distinct art studios.

6:30 PM – SARANG ARTHUB, Tanjung Malim, Malaysia.

• This awesome artist's haven is owned and managed by legendary filmmaker, Mamat Khalid, who personally welcomed and led the tour for the ArtDialogo Malaysia-Philippine delegation.

• The group had the chance to watch the live performance of Ayawan Sarang, famous flutist in Ma laysia for his signature “Spiritual Nature Sound.”

• Nemi Miranda of ArtDialogo Philippines and Yusof Gajah of ArtDialogo Malaysia had the privi lege to give Sarang Arthub their permanent mark in the venue by sketching on some parts of their wall.

8:30 PM to 10:00 PM – Road travel from Tanjung Malim to Kuala Lumpur.

10:00 PM – Check in at Swiss-Garden Hotel and Residences, ArtDialogo’s home for the night.

DAY 4: August 1, 2016

8:00 AM – Breakfast

9:00 AM – Assembly at Swiss Garden Hotel Mezzanine Lobby for Live Art Session (portraiture).

9:15 AM to 11:00 AM – Portrait session by Filipino and Malaysian artists. Ms. Nur Aida, Communica tions Manager of the hotel was one of the models who posed for the artists.

11:15 AM to 12:30 PM – Program: Art dialogue with Dato Dale Mahadir Lokman, Chairman of National Visual Art Gallery of Malaysia / BALAI SENI. ArtDialogo Co-Chairperson Ms. Anna Karina Jardin was the event’s emcee. Both Nemi Miranda and Zaki Hadri also gave their talk.

1:00 PM – Hotel check out.

2:00 PM – National Visual Art Gallery of Malaysia:

Through the invitation of Dato Dale Mahadir Lokman, ArtDialogo team visited BALAI SENI.

ArtDialogo team especially the Philippine delegation learned the art history of Malaysia and saw awe some artworks from 1920s to present.

Mr. Dato Dale Mahadir Lokman gave each of the ArtDialogo Philippine representatives souvenir items like art books and other collectible art stuff.

He even sang for the group the classic tagalog song, DAHIL SA YO, and asked them to sing along with him. Everyone, not only members of ArtDialogo Philippine delegation, was impressed with the Chair man's singing voice and to their surprise, he even knew every word of the song!

4:00 PM: Check in at Hulo Hotel and Gallery, ArtDialogo’s home up to August 4, 2016.

7:00 PM: Dinner at the Philippine Embassy hosted by H.E. Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Jose Eduardo Malaya III.

The gracious Ambassador welcomed and congratulated each member of the Philippine delegation. The group, together with the Malaysian delegation, also had the chance to meet the Philippine Embassy peo ple and friends of the embassy. The night was highlighted with the Ambassador’s welcome remark and group singing of the delegates.

9:30 PM – The group, together with PeRUPA artists went to the Ministry of Tourism Information Center (MaTIC) to set up the exhibit which would be opening the next day.

DAY 5: August 2, 2016

9:00 AM – Breakfast

10:00 AM – Set Up Continues at MaTIC.

1:00 PM – Lunch

2:30 PM – The ArtDialogo 2016 Exhibit Opening Program at MaTIC Mini- Auditorium

4:00 PM to 6:30 PM – Ribbon Cutting ceremony and exhibit opening.

7:15 PM – Back at Hulo Hotel to freshen up and prepare for dinner.

8:00 PM - Dinner at Yusof Gajah’s house.

12 AM – Back to Hulo Hotel.

DAY 6: August 3, 2015


ARTDIALOGO aims to cultivate and harness an intercultural dialogue through its Art reach pro gram which it has conducted in two local schools in Malaysia with the unwavering support of the Rotary Club of Bandar Utama and the Rotary Club of Sri Petaling. This Art outreach program aims to promote art appreciation and creative thinking and enhance the relationship between the visiting artists and the local communities in Malaysia.

The ARTDIALOGO workshop team headed by Nemesio Miranda and Karina Jardin went to SKJ(C) Puay Chai 2 to conduct the first workshop which according to the school and the Rotary Club of Bandar Utama will hold the record as the first workshop on paper cutting and also with the largest number of attendees. It was attended by 387 students with the Parents-Teacher Asso ciation in attendance during the event. The team is comprised of top artists namely Alberto “Badz” Magsumbol who headed the paper cutting workshop in the said school with Aaron Bautista, Rodolfo Alcantara, and Glenn Blanco.

Workshop Group: Nemi Miranda, Anna Karina Jardin, Badz Magsumbol, Jose Glenn Blanco, Aaron Bautista and Dolpee Alcantara

AM Workshop: Papercut Art

This workshop was held at Puay Chai 2 SJKT cluster school conducted by Badz Magsumbol with the Workshop Group and was participated in by 387 grade school students. Dubbed to be the workshop with the most number of participants in Malaysia, this ArtDialogo art outreach activity was also facilitated with the help of the Rotary Club of Bandar Utama.

PM Workshop: Portrait Sketching

The team also visited a Tamil school with 80 learners for the sketching workshop. This has been arranged through the Rotary Club of Sri Petaling. Nemesio Miranda led the workshop in teaching children from SJKT Ladang Bukit Jalil. The diversity of Malaysia has been observed thoroughly by the visiting artists. The multirace class which is present in the country also enhance the cre ativity of the artists in teaching children and relating to them.

PAINTING DEMO MARATHON on two locations:

Hulo Hotel Gallery and the Philippine Embassy in Malaysia

Painting Demo Group:

Pancho Piano, Augusto Santiago, Ib’n Saudi Ahmad, Roy Espinosa and Khristina Manansala A

M Painting Demo: Hulo Hotel and Gallery

PM Painting Demo: Philippine Embassy in Malaysia

The mid-afternoon was free time for the group where they were able to tour some areas in Kuala Lumpur and do some shopping. The group was also treated by PeRUPA to ride the famous HO-HO (Hop-On Hop Off) double-decker bus that tours around Kuala Lumpur.

By 7:00 PM, ArtDialogo Co-Chairperson, Anna Karina Jardin hosted dinner at her residence in Malaysia for the whole ArtDialogo Delegation which was also attended by H.E. Amb. Jose Eduardo Malaya III, Dato Dale Mahadir Lokman and Mr. Shaharuddin Saaid, Executive Director of Malaysian Association of Hotel Owners (MAHO).

DAY 7: August 4, 2016 – Last day in Malaysia.

• The morning was spent at MaTIC as both delegations cleared the venue of their artworks. • After packing, the group went back to Hulo Hotel for packing their personal belongings, photo op with the owners and Malaysian friends and to check out.

The group did the final courtesy call to Ambassador Jose Eduardo Malaya III and treated out for lunch together with some embassy people. The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur also gave each delegate a Certificate of Commendation for their participation in ArtDialogo 2016 Malaysia.

3:00 PM – Checked in at KLIA 1 for departure to Manila.

5 PM – Flight 804 Malaysian Airlines

9:30 PM – Arrival at the NAIA.




Day to day account by: KIM MARCELO

Contributing writer: ANNA KARINA JARDIN

Contributing Photographers:





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