David (left) and Susan Rockefeller (right) congratulate Dr. Joven Cuanang (center), Founder of Pinto Museum in Antipolo and Chair of Pinto International.

Diplomats, artists, New York businessmen and art enthusiasts, as well as members of the Filipino-American community graced the opening of the one-day “Pintô Manhattan Manila Exhibit” at the Urban Zen, Greenwich Street in New York on May 22, 2017.

The ceremony was attended by Pintô International Honorary Chairs  Josie Natori, David and Susan Rockefeller, Ambassador Teodoro Locsin, Jr. and Lourdes Barcelon Locsin, ABAC Chair Joanne de Asis, Mercedes Zobel de Ayala and Fernando Zobel de Ayala.

Donna Karan, who owns the non-profit space Urban Zen, was also present to show her support.

The Philippine Consulate General New York was represented in the event.

The exhibit was open to the public from 8 p.m. of that day until 8 p.m. the following day.

Prior to the event, a press conference was hosted by the Philippine Consulate on May 17, 2017 where Pintô Founder, Joven Cuanang and Dr. Luca Parolari, both Chairs of Pintô International, presented to the media the project which aims to promote cultural diplomacy in the United States and Europe through contemporary art exhibits.

Josie Natori, Chair of the Asian Cultural Council and the Honorary Chair of Pinto International, introduces Dr. Joven Cuanang during the opening of the Pintô Manhattan Manila Exhibit.

In his remarks, Dr. Cuanang narrated how the Pinto Museum in Manila was conceived and was expanded to Pinto International.

“Mindful of the diversity and commonalities of different countries which is important for understanding of peoples all over the world, Pinto International will open doors for understanding of peoples  across the world through arts and science,” he said.

The artworks at the Exhibit were the creations of three generations of contemporary Philippine artists.

It is curated by Federico De Vera, in coordination with Dr. Cuanang, art historian Patrick Flores and Dr. Luca Parolari.

The proceeds of the event will be co-shared by Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo and the Asian Cultural Council (ACC) headed by Natori.

Both organizations support cross-cultural projects by Asian and American artists.

Some of the artists who exhibited were beneficiaries of grants from the ACC.

Donna Karan (center) hosts the Pintô Manhattan Manila Exhibit at her non-profit space Urban Zen in Greenwich Street in New York. Mercedes Zobel de Ayala (right) joins her in this photo.