Kamarikutan Gallery Puerto Princessa

North-South-East-West at Kamarikutan Gallery, Puerto Princessa, Philippines February 2005.

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The North-South-East-West Video Installation with Metis storyteller Graham Thompson was presented at the Kamarikutan Gallery, Puerto Princessa Philippines February 2005.

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Kamarikutan Kape at Galeri, the hub for visual arts in Palawan and is owned by Dayang Macasaet and her daughters Mabu Conde, and Palawan’s project director for Culture & Arts Dinggot Prieto. Pictured below, Dinggot is pictured at the top of the christmas tree, 127 feet above the ground. Also known as Maria Teodora Conde-Prieto, she is the artist behind the giant Christmas tree that was raised in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

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Prieto, who majored in comparative literature, and philosophy back in college, was a self taught artist. Dinggot Prieto was born and raised in Baguio City, but her mother was a native of Puerto Princesa. Prieto went back to her roots when she decided to migrate back to Palawan in 1990. This act also resulted for Prieto to pursue her art by establishing a cafe-gallery and repository for arts and culture in Puerto Princesa in 1994 called Kamarikutan.

Prieto worked with the national Commission for Culture and the Arts from 2002 to 2008. She was also a member of the executive committee for visual arts. She also joined the provincial government of Palawan as program director for culture and arts, and established the Palawan Culture and Arts Guild together with Governor Joel Reyes.

“We have indigenized the concept of the art gallery,” explains Dinggot, “Our challenge is to find the expression that best represents Palawan. Bacolod has its social realism school, Baguio artists focus on the indigenous, Palawan has only the nature landscapes to distinguish it.”

Over the years, the gallery has been host to hundreds of canvases, sculptures, prints and installations. It has provided the people of Puerto Princesa access to these forms of expression and increased their awareness and created a venue for discussion. The mother-and-daughter team has been awarded for their service to the community. In 1998 they were given the Mayor’s Award for their contribution in preserving Puerto Princesa’s rich cultural beauty.

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The Kamarikutan Gallery covers a hectare of Land planted with Balayong also know as Palawan Cherry, Bamboos and Other Flora endemic to the place. It also becomes a haven of some birds hanging and singing from the branches of trees. Kamarikutan is loosely modelled on a Bahay Kubo ( Nipa hut) made of native materials such as bamboo slots, wood and nipa. In Addition, all tables, chairs and furniture’s are made of native material like hardwood. Kamarikutan is divided into two parts. The higher part is an art gallery of local artist such as painting and artworks. While the lowers is where the café located.

Kindred Spirit Mag, Darlington England

Survival, Wisdom and Indigenous Digital Culture in Kindred Spirit Magazine, Darlington England, 2005.

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Thompson’s article Survival, Wisdom and Indigenous Digital Culture was featured in the Kindred Spirit Magazine of Darlington England in its September/October 2005 issue. See the reprint below.

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Kindred Spirit Magazine of Darlington England

Kindred Spirit has been the UK’s go-to guide to spiritual and compassionate living for over 25 years. It combines ancient wisdom with practical advice from contemporary teachers and authors. The magazine showcases new healing modalities, shares insightful interviews with the leading lights of the  Mind, Body & Spirit world, and reports investigations and the latest discoveries in the field of spirituality, well-being and the inner workings of the human mind. KS is a source of information, inspiration and contemplation.

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Kindred Spirit was founded in 1987 by Richard Beaumont and Patricia Yates, following the inspiration of ‘The Harmonic Convergence’ in which thousands of spiritual seekers gathered at sacred sites throughout the world. Seeing so many different people and spiritual paths, yet sensing a common direction of deep respect for natural wisdom and a yearning for higher truth, Patricia and Richard created Kindred Spirit to offer a platform to serve such wisdom and higher truths. While the founders have now moved onto different paths and projects, the magazine keeps their wonderful vision alive.

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