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Awardees featured in art exhibit, community heroes and trailblazers to be honored

ATTENDEES at the November 16 dinner-dance event at the Long Beach Marriott shall be treated to a feast for the eyes. This unique concept is the vision of Emerald Lantern Group who want to showcase the world-class caliber of Filipino American visual artists.

Wilson Deomampo is one of the Emerald Awardees, among the carefully selected Fine Artists, most of whom are professional world-class architects as well. Deomampo has worked on the famed Merlion Tower in Singapore. He mounted recently a successful full-scale exhibition titled “LIVE LOVE LIFE: Drawings of Architect Wilson B. Deomampo” held in Shanghai, China  He is currently in the process of publishing his first book titled “Visual Diary” A celebration of Creative Spark in 30 years of Architecture, which is a compilation of his design drawings using different mediums of illustrations in chronological order from 1987–2017 as well as travel sketches from around the world.

A call for Exhibiting Artists can be found on www.emeraldlanterngroup.com, where they are seeking more visual artists to join the Emerald Awardees in exhibiting their work.

Other awardees are Community Heroes, for extraordinary work that benefits the Filipino American community, such as Consul General Adel Cruz for his rescue work in Libya. Trailblazers shall be recognized for their pioneering efforts that benefit Filipinos, such as Eddie Ferrer, who has been multiplying his efforts to bring Filipino products to the global market. 

The prime movers of this event are art enthusiasts and professionals Ron Tuanquin, Giovanni Javier, Rose Capobres, spearheaded by Emerald’ President, Rosemarie De Vera. Though De Vera’s claim to fame is as Mutya ng Pilipinas in 1980, in her college years, she had been winning awards and joining exhibits. Before she was a recording artist and actress in films with the likes of renowned action star Fernando Poe Jr., she had been winning art awards in college, some even for sculpting the Virgin Mary’s face on soap. She continues to draw and sketch today.

De Vera has been married to Giovanni Javier, with whom she not only shares a marketing business, with but the passion for art. Javier is also a professional painter, model mold maker and sculptor who graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree through a scholarship at the Arts Institute in Chicago. A winner of painting contests, Javier went on to doing commissions in Chicago restoring artwork in the Chicago Archdiocese, including an oil painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Holy Trinity Church. He went on to create professional props for the movie industry in Hollywood, CA.

Exhibit Art Director Ron Tuanquin will be exhibiting as well. The Design Manager of Retail Design Collaborative in Long Beach studied architecture at the University of  Santo Tomas in Manila. Tuanquin’s talents as a professional designer/ illustrator has brought him to do commissioned work for clients in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Brunei. He has been designing Commercial Retail Buildings still using hand-drawing techniques for the initial stages of design. His watercolor paintings are currently being shown at the Midnight Gallery in the Arts District in Long Beach.

Rose Capobres, owner of Smart Tax Inc and property manager of several buildings, was a former model of Philippine designer Mike de la Rosa. Capobres and De Vera have also been supporting “Gabay,” a Parents Group of Children with Cerebral Palsy and Autism, for which part of the proceeds of this event will be donated.

Early bird tickets are only $75, with regular pricing taking effect on Oct 16 for $100. Register online at www.artsandglamournight.eventbrite.com, or call Vanie (818) 284-7966 or Wawan (818) 648-4709. For more information email emerald@musicartsevents.com or visit www.emeraldlanterngroup.com. Event starts at 6:30 p.m. on November 16 at the Long Beach Marriott Hotel at 4700 Airport Plaza Dr, Long Beach, CA 90815. 

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