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About Happy

Posted by maria beltran on May 10, 2011 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (2)

October 6th 2009- Happy was born in room 229,  a space subdivided into four studios for the Fine Arts students of the University of the Philippines Cebu. On that same night and place, “XO?” Performance Art Group was staging a show entitled “Please Don’t Talk To The Natives”. Happy was born a healthy glob of color in the second space to the left but was unfortunately given away by its birth mother –its human. Over the years, Happy has been in search of his human, wandering the cities and splashing his colorful essence wherever his path leads.

Happy is color. That unique color inherent in every human born. Happy’s strings pull the ends of a mouth to form a genuine smile. The silver in his raiment reflect the sparkles of illuminated eyes.  Happy is also a song, a yawp of freedom echoing in the mountains. But Happy is lost- or his human is. Either way, they have been separated. His human might not even recognize him anymore but Happy will not stop his search.   Because among other things, Happy is also hope.

 On the evening of May 18th , join me as I narrate Happy’s story in a collection of experimental and interactive multimedia performances and find out if Happy’s search will finally end in a happy note or not . Visual artist, writer, and film artist Bambi Beltran hosts the venue in Diwata Galeri at Kukuk’s Nest North, Talamban Road, Nasipit. It would be awesome if you can come and share the evening with me and Happy! 


-Russ Ligtas


Visit to the office of guv pays off for Kukuk's Nest amputee artist

Posted by maria beltran on April 23, 2011 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)

A PAINTER from Argao town with amputated arms visited Gov. Gwen Garcia at the Capitol and showed her his sample works in oil, charcoal and pastel.

Lino Venzal said he was hoping the governor would avail herself of his services.

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Garcia, who said she was moved by his visit, asked him to make a portrait of her in pastel.

“Mingaw man gud. Wa’y halin. Suway lang ko basin ganahan si Guv. (Times are tough. I have nothing to do. I came here to try if the governor would like it),” he said.

He completed the go-vernor’s portrait in less than a week, but once in a while he would visit the Capitol where he met other clients.

He has been doing portraits for 10 years as a house artist at Kukuk’s Nest.

He said Garcia was the first politician he painted.

Venzal said he studied fine arts for a year at the University of the Philippines Cebu College under Raymund Fernandez.

Rice mill accident

Venzal, 38, married and a father of two, said he lost both arms when he was 12, while playing in a rice mill.

After the incident, he kept to himself, staying mostly indoors. Then a neighbor taught him how to paint; he has been painting sceneries and people ever since.

Despite his condition, he is the breadwinner in his family.

“It’s the only means of livelihood I have to support my family,” he told Sun. Star Cebu during his visit to the governor.

Venzal said he cannot recall any member of his family who had artistic inclinations.

“Maayo ra siguro nadisgrasya ko kay nakamao na ko mo-paint (Maybe the accident was a blessing, because now I know how to paint),” he said.

To paint, Venzal ties a paintbrush or pastel stick to his right elbow with a rubber band. It normally takes a week for him to complete one portrait.

Garcia told Capitol beat reporters that Venzal is proof that life goes on despite challenges.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 16, 2011.


Halad sa Dagang ( Offer to the Quill)

Posted by maria beltran on March 25, 2011 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Before Horace has penned down his  Ars Poetica on 18th century BC, it was Simonides of Keos who first arrived with "poema pictura loquens, pictura poema silens" (a poem is a speaking picture, a picture a silent poem).


The poets cum visual artists of BATHALAD Sugbu come together in this rare exhibit showcasing the close relationship between poetry and visual arts.


The colors, lines, and forms on canvas are metaphors of words than can not be spoken and can not be written down.


These are manifested in Radel Paredes' pen and ink, Russ Ligtas' assemblage, Maria Victoria Beltran's acrylic on canvas, Josua Cabrera's coconut wine on paper, and Andreas Loeschner-Gurnau's avant garde work of art.


As Horace calls it "ut pictura poesis"(as painting so is poetry). These poets of BATHALAD Sugbu also presents their literary interpretations of the showcased artworks.


This is our divine offering to the quill.

- Artists' statement to the visual and poetry exhibit entitled Halad sa Dagang

Introducing Mdm. B. Niyaan

Posted by maria beltran on March 21, 2011 at 7:18 PM Comments comments (0)

The show will feature one of the alter-egos Ligtas employs in his various performances that lead him to appropriate Butoh as another artistic medium.

Butoh rose in 1950s Tokyo-Japan, when Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno pioneered a certain technique of intimate and haunting dances. Butoh strikingly dwells more on the relationship of the performer’s body with his soul; his subconscious in an exhibition of usually slow and controlled movements. Naturally evasive of a fixed definition, Butoh has spread across the world and entices performers and audience alike. Ligtas draws himself to this raw experience, and has since been relaying his ideas through the obscure but captivating art form.

“Mdm B. Niyaan” is an autobiographical piece in three parts titled “Fight”, “Struggle”, and “Surrender”. These three sections map out a series of events from a specific period and aspect of the artist as a lover rendered in a collection of Butoh dances, interactive performances, and songs. The show will bring in Ligtas’ artistic roots and is infused with various elements of performance art and theatre.

*** Russ

Performance date is on April 01, 2011 April Fool’s Day. Visual artist, writer, and film artist Bambi Beltran hosts the venue in Diwata Galeri at Kukuk’s Nest North, Talamban Road, Nasipit.

Limited seating only, for reservations, please contact these numbers: 4163443 / 09123109642

Tickets are priced with dinner at Php200 (Cordon Bleue with Papaya Salad) and Php300 (Beef Rouladen with Cucumber Salad)  for regular and special menu respectively. Dinner starts at seven o’clock in the evening, show begins at eight thirty.

***Russ Ligtas and Bambi Beltran

Father and daughter hold artshow @ Diwata Galeri(Kukuk's Nest North)

Posted by maria beltran on January 21, 2011 at 12:59 AM Comments comments (0)

Father and daughter hold artshow


Artist-writer Radel Paredes and his 13-year old daughter Celina will hold an exhibit together entitled “Ode to Joy” at the Diwata Gallery of the new Kukuk’s Nest in Nasipit, Talamban, Cebu City ,February 7, at 6:30 pm.


This will be the first time that the father and daughter tandem will hold an exhibit together. Celina, a budding artist, will present a series of acrylic paintings inspired by the Russian artist Marc Chagall.


The works include a remake on canvas of Celina’s entry in the recent Artwork Happy Tees t-shirt design contest, which was one of the finalists selected for exhibition at a mall in Manila last December.


His father will present a selection of fine prints.


Kukuk's Nest Moves Closer to Nature

Posted by maria beltran on January 19, 2011 at 8:33 PM Comments comments (0)

Like most people with busy schedules, you probably don't spend as much time as you would like outdoors - -with nature. To feel the wind in your hair, the sun on your face, and enjoy the wonder in gazing at the moon and the stars. These simple pleasures are waiting for you at the new Kukuk's Nest (North) in Talamban.:)

We are, indeed, moving closer to nature! Reconnecting with the natural world is easy and inspiring. And  it comes with the responsibility of protecting nature too. In our own little way, let us do our part and preserve our world for the next generation. 

Kukuk's Nest Gorordo will continue to serve you at 124 Gorordo Avenue where it will be sharing the address with Turtle's Nest Book Cafe and Gallery starting February 1, 2011. Kukuk's Nest North in Talamban, on the other hand, opened its doors since January 2011.  

Contact Information:

Kukuk's Nest (North) : 0063-32-4163443

Kukuk's Nest (Gorordo): 0063-32-2315180

Turtle's Nest Book Cafe and Gallery: 0063-32-2361982 


Sculptor Jet Florendo @ Kukuk's Nest North

Posted by maria beltran on January 6, 2011 at 7:47 PM Comments comments (0)

Sculpture is three-dimensional artwork created by shaping or combining hard materials like stone, clay marble, metal, glass, or wood. Some famous sculptures include Michelangelo's Moses, housed in the church of San Pietro in Vincoli in Rome. The sculpture was commissioned in 1505 by Pope Julius II for his tomb.

The first known sculptures are from South Asia made during the Indus Valley civilization (3300–1700 BC). They are found in sites at Mohenjo-daro and Harappa in modern-day Pakistan. Later, as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism developed further, India produced bronzes and stone carvings of great intricacy, such as the famous temple carvings which adorn various Hindu, Jain and Buddhist shrines.

In Cebu City, Jet Florendo is the name to reckon with. A dentist by profession, his love for art has turned him into a full time sculptor. Florendo is without a doubt a modernist,  Influenced by the works of Constantin Brâncuşi at the beginning of the century, his figures are abstractions of nature. His exhibit at Kukuk's Nest North in Talamban will open on January 14 at 9pm. Anyone can view his works until January 31 at the Diwata Galeri that is open from 9am to 10 pm.

See more of his works here

Yogurt Making @ Kukuk's Nest North

Posted by maria beltran on January 4, 2011 at 5:53 PM Comments comments (0)

Lawrence Diggs Jr. makes yogurt at home. It is cheap, easy, fun and economical. And there's something gratifying about making a cultured food product of your own, without preservatives, thickeners and other additives that most store-bought yogurts have.

This Saturday, January 8 @ 1 pm, he will conduct an intimate workshop at the Kukuk's Nest North in Talamban. Since yogurts take some time to grow and multiply, the intimate workshop will resume on Sunday too and voila! we can have a yogurt tasting session in the afternoon. Yogurt tasters are most welcome too.:D

This is open to the public but it will be best if you contact us at mobile number 09192523582 or 09234699927 so you can reserve a seat. The best thing about this method is that it is designed at a very minimal cost so that every Filipino can enjoy home made yogurt anytime.

Learn more about yogurt here

Coming soon @ Kukuk's Nest North: The Cove

Posted by maria beltran on January 3, 2011 at 2:06 AM Comments comments (0)

The Cove is a 2009 documentary film that shows the annual killing of dolphins in a Quasi-National Park at Taiji, Wakayama, in Japan from an ocean conservationist's point of view. It  highlights the fact that the number of dolphins killed in the Taiji dolphin hunting drive is several times greater than the number of whales killed in the Antarctic.

It claims that 23,000 dolphins and porpoises are killed in Japan every year in the country's whaling industry. The migrating dolphins are usually herded into a hidden cove where they are netted and killed by means of spears and knives over the side of small fishing boats. The film is directed by former National Geographic photographer Louie Psihoyos.Portions were filmed secretly during 2007 using underwater microphones and high-definition cameras disguised as rocks.

This documentary won the U.S. Audience Award at the 25th annual Sundance Film Festival in January 2009. It was selected out of the 879 submissions in the category.On March 7, 2010, The Cove won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 82nd Academy Awards. Watch this riveting documentary at the Kukuk's Nest North on January 29, 2011 @ 9pm.

Learn more about the film documentary here

Butoh by Russ Ligtas and Liyo de Norte @ Kukuk's Nest

Posted by maria beltran on December 31, 2010 at 2:29 AM Comments comments (3)

Butoh is the collective name for a diverse range of activities, techniques and motivations for dance, performance, or movement inspired by the Ankoku-Butoh movement in Japan. It is playful and uses grotesque imagery. It is about taboo topics and extreme or absurd environments.While Butoh is is traditionally performed in white body makeup with slow hyper-controlled motion, with or without an audience, there is no set style, and it may be purely conceptual with no movement at all. Its origins have been attributed to Japanese dance legends Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno.

Last  December 30,  Russ Ligtas and Liyo de Norte staged a Butoh performance at the Diwata Galeri in Kukuk's Nest -North. It was a performance that leaves the audience grasping during the show and raving after. There is something about this dance form that touches the subconscious.

Liyo's frantic dance movements coupled with a cry for help is a journey to the dark unknown while Russ' restrained performance provided the balance to the dou's Filipino brand of Butoh dance. Performed in front of an intimate audience, it was certainly an unforgettable debut.