TACLOBAN CITY. Eastern Visayas’ FIRST Travel and Lifestyle Magazine, 8 Magazine, is now partnered with Eastern Visayas’ FIRST Premier Mall, Robinsons Place Tacloban.

To officially start the partnership is the art exhibit USBONG: Vision of Hope featuring Dante Enage held last March 3-6, 2016 at the Main Activity Area. The opening program was jam-packed with representatives from the visual arts and music scene, government agencies, tourism, academe, mall-goers, and art lovers from the region.

The Samleyaw Dance Group kick-started the exhibit with a rousing performance backed up by ethno-tribal rockband Kulahig while the Department of Tourism Regional Director Karina Rosa Tiopes lead the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon alongside 8 Magazine Editor in Chief & Creative Director Aaron J.P. Almadro, Robinsons Place Tacloban Marketing Officer Danica Mae Ballon, and artist exhibitor Dante Enage.

“We have indeed stood up since Yolanda, haven’t we?” Director Tiopes asked the crowd at Robinsons Place Tacloban. “We are all happy for Dante and this is a clear sign that, indeed, Eastern Visayas has truly risen.”

This is Enage’s third solo installation but first major exhibition, and will feature most of his post-Yolanda artworks. “This exhibit is a diary of my struggles as an artist and survivor after Yolanda,” he said during his opening message.

“8 Magazine has always been a supporter of local talent, and with our unique partnership with Robinsons Place Tacloban, we have another venue to showcase the true Eastern Visayas culture,” added Almadro.

“We thank everyone who have come, this is one of the events that Robinsons truly supports, where local culture should be proud of and is promoted,” stated Ballon of Robinsons Place Tacloban.

Both Enage and Almadro are members of Kasi-kasi Art Association, Inc., Tacloban’s sole registered art organization. Enage is the association’s current President while Almadro, a digital artist since college, is the group’s Information and Media Officer.

8 Magazine has first been released in 2010, but had a short hiatus after Yolanda, and came back after 8 months in 2014. Their latest issue features Kitchie Nadal on the cover, who has roots in Dagami, Leyte in Eastern Visayas, with its all-original content: food, places, and events. AJPA

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