Sunday, December 2, 2007

KINARTON at Museo Iloilo
Astonishing success for the first Ilonggo animation exhibit

“Ilonggos ready for the world for the world of animation”
With the astonishing success of “KINARTON”, the first Ilonggo animation exhibit that formally opened at Museo Iloilo last November 29, 2007 at 5pm, the three promising groups of animators namely KURIS Animation Unlimited, Ilonggohit Animation Studio and Dimbox Animation proved that Ilonggo talents and artistry has a big future in the world of the expanding animation industry.
Visitors, tourists and students already flocked to see the stunning artworks and animated projects of these talented souls prior the official opening of the exhibit last November 24. Most of the art enthusiasts that visited the exhibit have already bought souvenir items sold by the animators in the exhibit area.
These gifted Ilonggo animators are proud products of Professional 2D Assistant Animators Training through President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s Training for Work Scholarship Program implemented by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Region VI with Western Visayas College of Science and Technology and Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc.
Ilonggohit Animation Studio and Dimbox Animation are animators from the first batch that undergone training last November 2006 until April this year. KURIS Animation Unlimited is the second batch of animators that started their training last April and graduated last October 19 at SM City Iloilo.
The opening program started at 5pm with inspiring messages from significant officials of TESDA, WVCST and City Government of Iloilo. City Councilor Joe Espinosa III, Mayor Jerry Trenas represented by Francis Cruz cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially open the exhibit. Art lovers and visitors were amazed to have a glimpse of the artworks and the animated projects of these dynamic Ilonggo animators. The audience gave a loud applause to the astonishing and creative animated presentations of Kuris Animation Unlimited which includes “Kuris Universe”, a glimpse of their original animated characters, “The Adventures of Tasi”, a short teaser of the first animated short film of Dinagyang Festival entitled “The BEQUEST: Origin of Dinagyang” and a trailer of their upcoming entry for ACPI’s Animahenasyon 2008 entitled “Lapis: Epic of the Key”, a fusion of 2D and 3D animation. Ilonggohit Animation Studio also unveiled their past projects that included the legendary “Barter of Panay” and a short trailer of “Medalyon”. Likewise, Dimbox Animation proudly presented their recent entry for ACPI’s Animahenasyon 2007, the trailer of “The Legend of Tibud”.
Veteran journalist Florence Hibionada hosted the program while Ilonggo tribal musical group Maharlikang Bahandi Band performed a special guest performance that made the event culturally significant.
Support Ilonggo animators and their dream to succeed, visit Museo Iloilo and have a glimpse of their stunning works, check out must-have animation souvenir items and get a creative henna tattoo drafted by the animators themselves from November 24 until December 24.

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