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‘Kuwento ng Alon’ was born from an unexpected artistic collaboration

What happens when the ideas of a songwriter and a visual artist collide? Given the impetus of unmissable successful composer Jonathan Manalo and the prolific artist in Mission Kristine Lim’s collaborative passion project, titled “Kuwento Ng Alon”, it should be nothing short of inspiring.

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Award winning composer Jonathan Manalo and “Artist on a Mission” Kristine Lim

Guided by faith in reviving her art after a 10-year crackdown on creativity, Lim did not hesitate to engage in the uncommon idea of ​​interpreting Manalo’s body of work on canvas.

Manalo, of course, is the celebrated composer of OPM hymns such as “Pinoy Tayo”, “Sikat ang Pinoy” and “Kabataang Pinoy”, among many others.

Meeting and creating a strong connection about the pandemic, Manalo one day blurted out comfortably: “Alam mo, Kristine, dream ko for one of my songs that turns into a painting para ilalagay ko siya sa bahay ko”.

Feeling foolish, the composer withdrew saying: “Pero joke lang yon. Alam ko naman hindi usual yun gawin”.

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To his surprise, however, Lim took Manolo’s dream to heart and ran away with it, envisioning a collaborative exhibit in time for Manolo’s 20th anniversary in the music industry this year.

Just then, the wheels for Kuwento Ng Alon began rolling with its final destination and opening set for September 27 at the Philippines Main Lobby Cultural Center.

When the project was announced, guests had an idea of ​​what the fusion of music and visual arts could become. While “The Voice Teens” finalist Jeremy G sang Manalo’s “Tara Tena” (winner of the JAM: Himig Handog sa Makabagong Kabataan Song Writing Contest in 2001) against a black background with a unique artwork by Lim (delicate rows and layers of subtle golden strokes that emerge as a dynamic wave), who knew the combination of art forms could be so moving.

“It’s hard to put into words or describe the pieces that Jonathan’s music prompted me to create,” Lim said of his ongoing collection for Kuwento ng Alon. “What I hope to present at the show are the very recognizable stories of his songs. So, in essence, it will also be our stories – your stories – that will inspire and uplift just like his music.

With both artists clearly and deeply passionate about their craft, neither is basking in their extraordinary talents.

As Manolo said, “Celebrating my 20th year as a songwriter, I am filled with gratitude knowing that God is behind all the success he has had in my path.”

Lim, on the other hand, whose short two-year return to the art scene has already led to three major exhibitions, two large and breathtaking art installations as well as multiple commissioned portraits online and special projects like this one, can only say: “I I know I don’t deserve any of these things. Yet, God is grateful. Whatever happens, whatever I do, I make sure it’s not me, but something to glorify our Father. “

Two weeks after the debut of the “Kwento ng Alon” art exhibition at the PCC starting September 27, Lim’s artistic interpretations of Manalo’s compositions will move to the Manila Art Lounge in Molito, Alabang.

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