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Burnt Rice
An Epekto (and friends) Art Projects exhibit


Opening Reception: January 13, 2017, 5-7PM
Artist Talk: January 14, 2017, 11-12PM

Exhibit run: January 6 - 26

Our exhibit "Burnt Rice" at the Wailoa Art Center in Hilo, Hawaii was Epekto's first out of state exhibit. This multi-media exhibit comprised of 20 Filipino/a artists, included several local Hawaii artists as well. Along with the the art reception and artist's talk at the gallery, we presented our work at the UH Hilo campus and to a UHH Art class. It was an amazing and welcoming experience that was packed with art, presentations, eating delicious food, and seeing local sites. We thank the Hilo community for all of their generosity, love, and support. Check out our photos below!

Exhibiting Artists

Kimberley Arteche 
Lexygius Calip 
Carla Catalina
Paul Escolar 
Rea de Guzman
Jonel Carlo Jugueta 
Janna Añonuevo Langholz
Topher Maka
Mona Marcos
Paolo Mejia
Marcius Noceda
Justin Pastores 
Carlo Ricafort
Michael Sacramento
Juvana Soliven
Aljon Tacata
Maria Fatima Urbi
Mel Vera Cruz
Renee Visaya
Pamela Ybañez

Wailoa Center is located at: 

200 Piopio St. 

Hilo, Hawaii 96720 


While living in the US, our heritage stems from the Philippines; and many of us continue to hold a strong bond to our customs & culture. "Burnt Rice" explores these customs through the form of a spiritual connection to both plants and animals. Flora and fauna can symbolize a type of 'grounding' of energies. Rice holds a special link to both our culture as Filipinos as it is a staple to our diet and the plant itself is commonly seen throughout the archipelago of the Philippines. This plant is so directly linked to our being, as it provides physical sustenance, nourishes our soul, and continues our connection to our heritage.

We would like to thank the following people who helped us while on the island: 


Doug and Fely Capogrossi for their love and support 

Tobias Brill for housing our artists!!

Mike Marshall - UH Hilo Art Department Chair & Professor


Ginger Hamilton - UH Hilo's Minority Access and Achievement Program Director 

Codie King - Wailoa Art Center Director 

Jeff Walker our installer 

Tammy Fujimoto Young and family for all your support!

Iris Viacrusis for a delicious and amazing spread at our reception

Hilo's Fil Am Club for wonderful singing and delicious food!

Anthea Ferrer and Bach Nguyen for helping to get the art to the airport!

Barbara Beardsley for our beautiful le's



We also need to thank all of those that contributed to our fundraiser and supported us:

Oakland Asian Cultural Center

Cristy Bitancor
Tristan Sacramento
Jen Chu
Gina Blanco
Jarrod Xavier
Garrick Naguit
Amber Avalos
Ariel Reyes
Melanie Elvena
Jenifer Wofford
Tiffany Basa
Janna Langholz
Rocio Sanchez
Andrea Rex
Jessie Wolf
Nenita Perth
Bonnie Wai Lee Kwong
Diane Enriquez
Barbara Beardsley
Bets Carrico
Andrew Flick
Anthea Ferrer and Bach Nguyen
Anonymous donor


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