27 APRIL 2017: *** Bohol hosts 2017 National Cattle Congress today with the theme "Increasing Productivity in Backyard & Commercial Sectors" held at Bohol Cultural Center. ***In another joint press statement from AFP and PNP through CentCom Commander Lieutenant General Oscar Lactao and PCSupt. Noli Talino cited the success of Bohol's hosting of the ASEAN as a testament that Central Visayas is a peaceful place to live, work and do business with. ***Bohol tourism industry stakeholders both in government and the private sector declare Bohol a destination totally safe to visit at any given time. ****Clarin Mayor Allen Ray Piezas said the stress debriefing for affected residents, particularly children in areas near the encounter sites, will be conducted by the Department of Health. *** Residents in Clarin town who have been affected by the clashes between government troops and at least four Abu Sayyaf bandits in the town last Saturday will undergo stress debriefing. ***The new "Behold Bohol" slogan comes with a new logo, which Gov. Edgar Chatto, through Executive Order No.19, series of 2016, ordered to become affixed in all official stationeries from Bohol-based national government agencies, Provincial Government Offices, tourism establishments and tourism related service providers. ***The launching of "Behold Bohol" preludes the downloading of assistance from the World Bank for Bohol tourism and the Department of Tourism. ***Gov. Edgar Chatto and tourism officials including Boholano Chief Operations Officer of the Tourism Promotions Board, Cesar Montano launched "Behold Bohol," a new aggressive campaign to push Bohol into the tourism map.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Dimiao nature inspires visual on-spot painting

TAGBILARAN CITY, April 8 (PIA)—Toting primed canvas, oil paint tubes in satchels, folding easels, carving tool kits, newly charged batteries and a choice of lenses, Bohol visual artists took Dam-agan Falls in Dimiao Bohol as inspirational subject for the Sunday Open Air painting session, April 2. 

The falls, or more appropriately a cascade lazily bursting out into an aquamarine pool is hidden in a pocket of forest in Barangay Catugasan, laso provides a space for swimming, before it continues its cascade to rock strewn spring bed before joining the sea vial barangay Balbalan.

The second of a series of outdoor painting sessions by a small group of visual artists in the oil and acrylic media, the plein air session is a recreation of the 19th century French impressionism which draws its inspiration from the open-air, explains oil painter Rhants Anunciado. 

The first plein air session happened in the down rivers of Lagtangan in Sevilla. 

Last Sunday, artists including St. Joseph Cathedral ceiling fresco restorer Joey Labrador, artists Glen Lumantao, Anunciado, Victor Bulala, Vincent Omar Dagdayan, Elvin Perocho Vitor, Emerald Marie Salipong, driftwood sculptor Gab Café and retablo restorer Jun Lagura ventured the arduous trek to the session location some 600 meters from the barangay road. 

The trek along a canal that supplied irrigation water to the blooming nearby rice fields prepared no one to the sight that revealed itself following a treacherous descent via carved steps to the cascade’s collecting pool. 

Screened by a thick forest and dense vegetation, the beauty of the cataract of bustling fresh water can only be appreciated when one stands before the large pool. The gush of gurgling to the roar of the falls fill the senses, inspiring artists senses. 

The outdoor painting session is Bohol visual artists’ effort to sustain the local visual arts industry by assuring continued production while announcing and promoting local places in Bohol with tourism potential, added Dimiao tourism Officer Virgilio Namalata. 

Namalata guided the visual artists to Dam-agan Falls and helped contextualize the session’s goals to the participating visual artists. 

Moments later, the artists picked their chosen spots to install their easels and worked on daubing paint in the blank canvas, their subjects: Dam-agan environment.

A place that feature the ideal bright and dark contrasts, the texture of flood mellowed rocks and the chiaroscuro of lights filtering through the leaves of forest canopy and the gnarled roots and vines climbing to the shades were in almost everyone’s canvas.

At the end of the session, the artists took time to pose with their outputs, while talking of initial plans of the next session. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

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