Some of the works to be shown at the Philippine Center in New York on Oct. 23 to Nov. 3, 2017.

In 1993, at the time the European Union was established through the enforcement of the Maastricht Treaty, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to South Africans Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk for their role in ending apartheid, with the first Jurassic Park film and the last Cheers episode, when Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat signed the Israel-Palestine peace agreement at the White House, the Society of Philippine American Artists, or SPAA, was founded.

Twenty-four years later, the SPAA has been making its own history and moving forward, with veterans mingling with new or younger visual artists over the years, of diverse professional backgrounds: photography and digital renditions exhibited alongside traditional oils and watercolors, acrylics and mixed media, prints and collage, on canvas, wood or various papiers.

This year, the annual SPAA exhibit will run on weekdays from 23 October to 3 November at the Philippine Center (556 Fifth Avenue) in New York, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the artists’ reception set for 24 October from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with Philippine Consul General Tess Dizon-De Vega as guest of honor.

While SPAA is concentrated in the New York/New Jersey area, past and present members have been based widely, including DC/Virginia, the West Coast, Vancouver, Canada, Manila and elsewhere.

“The SPAA is committed to placing our members’ creative output into the public sphere, especially in NYC, and encouraging their continued growth and improvement in content, technique, and relevance,” says Dr. Mars Custodio, the current president.

During this exhibit, an art demo session will be a pop-up surprise for visitors to the Philippine Center Lobby; as well, some artists will be displaying books, postcards and other materials.

Last year, the theme of the annual exhibit was “Change,” and the year since has reinforced that in the organization, with the on-boarding of new members and additional trustees, and transitions in the lives of its members.

This year’s show is highlighted by a tribute to one of the organization’s co-founders, mentor to many, the Father of Philippine Printmaking, Mang Maning — Manuel Rodriguez Sr. — who passed away this year.

The 30 visual artists presenting this year include Ameurfina Nazario, Angelito L. David, Angelo Maristela, Anna Leah Sanson, Archie Reyes, Art Zamora, Athena Magcase-Lopez, Aurora Caparas-Corpuz, Carlos L. Esguerra, Chato Morando, Cheryle Cranbourne, Ching Valdes-Aran, Christian Blaza, Dulcie Dee, Esmie Gayo McLaren, Godfrey Pinder, Julian Oteyza, Lenore RS Lim, Lorina Capitulo, Lulu Villamater, Mae Palaci, Marcelino Rodriguez, Mars Custodio, May Jennifer Arrolat-Apiado, Mirinisa Myers, Racco Maristela, Reynaldo G. Cardenas, Robert Perez De Tagle, Ronald Cortez and Tessie Dichupa.

Through the years, the SPAA has embarked on shows and publications that have highlighted both works and important artists — including the Philippine Center’s collection of art from Filipino trailblazers and masters such as Manansala — and provided an outlet for those with a passion for visual art, a forum for expressing diverse visions.

They welcome your sharing this event with the artists and their families.

For more info, contact the Philippine Center at 212.575.4774, or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Robert P. De Tagle, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , organizes events and supports Fil-Am history and Asian-American events in the Metro New York/New Jersey area, and serves as editorial consultant to various organizations.