By Michael Aaron Gomez
The Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) opened the art exhibit titled “La Sagrada Familia: A Sacred Art Exposition” in the afternoon of 25 September 2018 at the Miguel Pro Learning Commons, 2nd Floor of the Community Center of the First Companions, Jacinto campus. This exhibit featured works by Bro. Edgardo Hugo Campos, FSF, an Argentine brother of the Brothers of the Holy Family, who has decorated the chapels and altars in various churches in Davao City, where he lives. Also co-presenting this event was the Embassy of the Argentine Republic, and gracing the opening was the Argentinian Ambassador His Excellency Jose Nestor Ureta.
University President Fr. Joel E. Tabora, S.J., who delivered the opening remarks, said that the exposition also is part of the celebration of the University of its 70th anniversary as a “Filipino, Catholic, and Jesuit university” in 2018, which also happens to coincide with the 70th year of diplomatic relations between the republics of Argentina and the Philippines.
H. E. Ureta took the stage following Fr. Tabora, and he also thanked the University for joining the celebration of the two countries’ diplomatic ties. He also cited the work done by Bro. Campos, particularly his artistic works displayed for the public in the exposition.
Finally, Bro. Campos himself addressed the audience and explained the context and inspiration behind the works collected in the exposition. He told of his life in Davao City, and of his work decorating and painting many of the chapels and altars of the several churches dotting the city.
Fr. Tabora, H. E. Ureta, and Bro. Campos led the ribbon-cutting ceremony that formally opened the exposition. Inside the Multi-Purpose Room of the Miguel Pro Learning Commons, Bro. Campos led a short tour of the gathered audience and further gave descriptions of his artistic methods, from one painting to the next, and from one photograph to the next.
The Ateneo de Davao also wishes to invite everyone to come and visit the “La Sagrada Familia: A Sacred Art Exposition” featuring the works of Bro. Edgardo Hugo Campos, FSF, at the Multi-Purpose Room of the Miguel Pro Learning Commons, Jacinto campus. This exposition is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and will run until 25 October 2018.