Victor Oteyza Community Art Space, VOCAS Gallery-OMG Artist Cafe

Victor Oteyza Community Art Space, VOCAS Gallery-OMG Artist Cafe VOCAS (Victor Oteyza Community Art Space) is an energy centrum for the creative talents of highlands Baguio City and the Philippine Cordillera.
VICTOR OTEYZA COMMUNITY ART SPACE was named after Victor Oteyza (b. 27 July 1913 -- d. 1979), one of the13 artists in the 1950s who pioneered in Philippine Modern Art. This art movement in post-war Ermita in Manila included H.R. Ocampo, Victorio Edades, Cesar Legaspi, Luis Tabuena, Anita Magsaysay-Ho, among others whom the only Baguio boy was Vic. The VOCAS Gallery was built by his descendants-- specifically, the Father of Philippine Indie Film, KIDLAT TAHIMIK-- to honor the memory of Uncle Vic, who is a brother of the late actress Lani Oteyza (a.k.a. Gene O. de Guia, Baguio's first woman mayor). Located right at the heart of the busy Central Business District of Baguio City, the VOCAS Gallery was designed to host visual arts exhibits, original music concerts, homegrown theater and literature, local films, and traditional art from the Igorot culture. This art hub-- which has its own conduit #OhMyGulay artist cafe-- sits in an indoor garden atop the L"Azotea Building at 108 Session Road. For inquiries and art project proposals, please email: [email protected] or Call us @ (074) 446 - 0108

VICTOR OTEYZA COMMUNITY ART SPACE is an art hub right within the Central Business District of Baguio City, It is named after Victor Oteyza, (b. 27 July 1913 -- d. 1979), one of the13 artists in the 1950s who pioneered in Philippine Modern Art. This art movement in post-war Ermita in Manila included H.R. Ocampo, Victorio Edades, Cesar Legaspi, Luis Tabuena, Anita Magsaysay-Ho, among others whom the only Baguio boy was Vic. The VOCAS Gallery was built by his descendants-- specifically, the Father of Philippine Indie Film, KIDLAT TAHIMIK-- to honor the memory of Uncle Vic, who is a brother of the late actress Lani Oteyza (a.k.a. Gene O. de Guia, Baguio's first woman mayor). Located right at the heart of the busy Central Business District of Baguio City, the VOCAS Gallery was designed to host visual arts exhibits, original music concerts, homegrown theater and literature, local films, and traditional art from the Igorot culture. This art hub-- which has its own conduit #OhMyGulay artist cafe-- sits in an indoor garden atop the L"Azotea Building at 108 Session Road. For inquiries and art project proposals, please email: [email protected] or Call us @ (074) 446 - 0108 :)

Mission: 1. To provide a venue/space for community art (VOCAS) in Baguio in honor of the late painter Victor Oteyza who is one of the co-founders of The Original 13 Modern Artists and a relative of the donor of the art space 2. To open windows to the earth-friendly world-views and lifestyles of ancestral Filipino traditions by creating such a venue for culture-bearer art (VOCAS) 3. To awaken the people of Baguio towards nurturing their cultural heritage proudly and regard it as a contribution to global culture 4. To rekindle the Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Practices (IKSP) through art (culture-bearing art) in Baguio and inspire Baguio artists towards an art that is ecologically and socially relevant and contributes to global survival 5. To promote an art that is based on the oral and non-verbal Filipino traditions (especially of the Cordilleras) and rekindle these before they disappear in today’s increasingly globalized culture 6. To encourage the production and distribution of art by Baguio and Cordillera artists and to link these artists and their art to national and international art institutions, event organizers and art galleries 7. To do all these by holding at VOCAS regular art exhibitions, jam sessions, film sowings, theater/music/ballet/dance performances, literary events, Senior Citizen’s events with Cordillera rhythms and dance, public lectures and symposia, mini cultural festivals and other, similar events and invite to/involve Baguio schools of all levels in such VOCAS activities 8. To hold regular workshops on art/craft/music/dance/performance/filmmaking facilitated by Filipino culture-bearer artists 9. To develop outreach programs throughout Baguio and the Cordilleras where art based on ancestral traditions is explained/taught by VOCAS artists to schools and interested groups 10. To offer Artist in Residence programs with exhibitions, as well as developing a grant making program for Baguio artists

Featuring more than 60 visual works of 42 women artists.All works are for sale unless stated otherwise.Please send your ...
27/03/2020

Featuring more than 60 visual works of 42 women artists.

All works are for sale unless stated otherwise.

Please send your inquiry privately to 0917 502 03 04.

Opened last March 8, 2020. See this link for photos: https://web.facebook.com/gari.buenavista/media_set?set=a.10157822820908145&type=3

Featuring more than 60 visual works of 42 women artists.

All works are for sale unless stated otherwise.

Please send your inquiry privately to 0917 502 03 04.

Opened last March 8, 2020. See this link for photos: https://web.facebook.com/gari.buenavista/media_set?set=a.10157822820908145&type=3

Featuring more than 60 visual works of 42 women artists.All works are for sale unless stated otherwise.Please send your ...
27/03/2020

Featuring more than 60 visual works of 42 women artists.

All works are for sale unless stated otherwise.

Please send your inquiry privately to 0917 502 03 04.

Opened last March 8, 2020. See this link for photos: https://web.facebook.com/gari.buenavista/media_set?set=a.10157822820908145&type=3

Featuring more than 60 visual works of 42 women artists.

All works are for sale unless stated otherwise.

Please send your inquiry privately to 0917 502 03 04.

Opened last March 8, 2020. See this link for photos: https://web.facebook.com/gari.buenavista/media_set?set=a.10157822820908145&type=3

14/03/2020
Oh My Gulay

Oh My Gulay

NOTICE: VOCAS/OH MY GULAY WILL BE CLOSED FOR RENOVATION UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Oh My Gulay
08/02/2020

Oh My Gulay

National Artist Kidlat Tahimik has put together his first solo exhibit: Alaala at Memoriabilia ni Ikeng. It's his tribute to Enrique de Malacca, possibly the first person to circumnavigate the globe. Check out the interesting art pieces of Kidlat Tahimik that collectively tell a story about the journey. While you're at it, have a healthy vegetarian meal on the side at Oh My Gulay.

20/12/2019
Oh My Gulay

Oh My Gulay

Please be informed:

VOCAS/Oh My Gulay will be closed on the following days: Dec 24,25,31,Jan 1&2.

14/11/2019
Louder than Words with Kidlat Tahimik

Louder than Words with Kidlat Tahimik

Prince Claus Laureate Kidlat Tahimik (Baguio City, Philippines, 1942) (whose name means ‘silent lightning’ in Tagalog), is an artist in many disciplines and ...

The Art of Victor Oteyza: Remembering Victor Oteyza
13/11/2019
The Art of Victor Oteyza: Remembering Victor Oteyza

The Art of Victor Oteyza: Remembering Victor Oteyza

last july 27 2007 I wanted in some quiet way, to remeber Uncle Vic Oteyza's birthday. Somehow I was entangled in the last minute preparations for the opening of an art exhibit of my son Kawayan de Guia. So i figured out siguro Uncle Vic would get the best birthday energy by knowing that I was full b...

Here’s our year-ender exhibit @ VOCAS, from National artist & world renowned filmmaker, Kidlat Tahimik himself: ”Mga Ala...
04/11/2019

Here’s our year-ender exhibit @ VOCAS, from National artist & world renowned filmmaker, Kidlat Tahimik himself:
”Mga Ala-ala’t Memorabilia ni Ikeng, BalikBayan #1 — Visuals of the 1st circumnavigation.” Bukas na bukas na po! =)

OH MY GULAY RAINY DAY SPECIAL: Free celery chowder per meal ordered! Stay warm!!
15/08/2019

OH MY GULAY RAINY DAY SPECIAL: Free celery chowder per meal ordered! Stay warm!!

OH MY GULAY RAINY DAY SPECIAL:

Free celery chowder per meal order! Stay warm!!

Sometimes, the most mundane scenes you chance upon on a seemingly uneventful day will offer the best kind of reflection ...
14/03/2019

Sometimes, the most mundane scenes you chance upon on a seemingly uneventful day will offer the best kind of reflection about your present state of mind : From Jas Mohammad of "Women Hold Up Half the Sky"

Opening : March 16, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm
Where: VOCAS/ Oh My Gulay, 5th floor of La Azotea Bldng, Session Road

Here's our year-starter exhibit @ VOCAS - dubbed KRISTO, a one-man show of sculptures & art installation about the Sacre...
14/02/2019

Here's our year-starter exhibit @ VOCAS - dubbed KRISTO, a one-man show of sculptures & art installation about the Sacred & the Beloved by Bumbo Villanueva. It opens to the public this Saturday, 16th of February @ 6:00 PM with special & rare performance from the artist himself. Bring a friend, See you! 😁

The Pamana Exhibit Opening speech given by Kidlat Tahimik, now a National Artist!! Kudos and Cheers!!! You make us all p...
02/11/2018

The Pamana Exhibit Opening speech given by Kidlat Tahimik, now a National Artist!! Kudos and Cheers!!! You make us all proud!

30/10/2018
Oh My Gulay

Oh My Gulay

Due to typhoon Rosita (Yutu), Oh My Gulay / VOCAS will be closed today as we are now Signal #3. Stay safe everyone. God bless!

28/10/2018

In observance of Undas, Araw ng mga patay, VOCAS will be closed Nov 1. We reopen Nov 2 at 11am

26/10/2018
GMA News

Congratulations Kidlat Tahimik!! National Artist ! Awesome! Long time coming :-) Cheers!!!!! 🍾🥂🎉

WATCH: National Artist for Film Kidlat Tahimik shares a light moment with President Duterte | via Joseph Morong/GMA News

You are invited to the opening of Apo Baket and the Sirena, a one-woman show by Daisy Onate, who presents her collection...
25/09/2018

You are invited to the opening of Apo Baket and the Sirena, a one-woman show by Daisy Onate, who presents her collection of legends from the North together with her oil, acrylic and pastel paintings at VOCAS this Saturday
6 p.m., September 29. @ 5F, La Azotea Buildg., 108 Upper Session Rd., Baguio.

The show runs until October 20, 2018. Admission is free. Storytelling by Daisy Onate during the opening with a special dance contribution from Mr. Wilson Lastrilla, cultural teacher from a Panay Bukidnon School of Living Traditions.

See you there!

Check out this Blog!! :-) (y)  Thanks Ciara Mendoza!
18/09/2018
Oh My Gulay: Flavor, Art & Culture

Check out this Blog!! :-) (y) Thanks Ciara Mendoza!

The sleepy town of Baguio hides a secret lair for the lost boys of Neverland. Oh My Gulay is an obscured forest nestled on the top floor of La Azotea. The art gallery-turned-vegan restaurant is in stark contrast of Session Road’s busy urbanscape. Its rustic interiors house decadent flavors and org...

14/09/2018

NOTICE: Due to Ompong Typhoon, we will be closing the Restaurant today at 5:00pm so the crew can go home to their families and prepare for the storm. Thanks! Stay safe and warm everyone. God bless!!

3 artists interpret RAMDAM (what one feels) through Arts. Muse & reflect on their pictures along with ambient music from...
16/08/2018

3 artists interpret RAMDAM (what one feels) through Arts. Muse & reflect on their pictures along with ambient music from SANSINUKOB (Universe), a local musician. Bring a friend to VOCAS Gallery this Saturday! =)

11/08/2018

Open Call for Artists: 2019 Exhibitions. WE STILL HAVE OPEN SLOTS! Email letter of proposal to [email protected] =)

A Father and Son Exhibit!! Join us, July 14, Saturday, 6pm, at Vocas/Oh My Gulay, top floor of La Azotea Building.
09/07/2018

A Father and Son Exhibit!! Join us, July 14, Saturday, 6pm, at
Vocas/Oh My Gulay, top floor of La Azotea Building.

Stay warm and feel cozy on a rainy day!
13/06/2018

Stay warm and feel cozy on a rainy day!

Join our Mandala Exhibit Opening tomorrow. Saturday, May 19 2018, 6pm at VOCAS/ Oh My Gulay, La Azotea Bldng, 5th Floor....
18/05/2018

Join our Mandala Exhibit Opening tomorrow. Saturday, May 19 2018, 6pm at VOCAS/ Oh My Gulay, La Azotea Bldng, 5th Floor. Artists: Mark Tandoyog, Maela Jose, Sonny Zandueta, Benjie Mallari, Leandro Magtibay, Fisch, Ginhawa Artists (Minifred Gavino, Sister Wayawaya, Len G, Ahlaine Maranan, Daisy Onate), Carlo Dana, Imman :-) It'll be fun!

You are invited to the exhibit opening of "Fleurs 3," a group show by the members of the Baguio Arts Guild, on Saturday ...
13/04/2018

You are invited to the exhibit opening of "Fleurs 3," a group show by the members of the Baguio Arts Guild, on Saturday April 14, 6PM, at VOCAS, La Azotea Bldg,Session Road. Join us celebrate the summerscape in this Year of the Dog. Free entrance. Invite family and friends!

Exhibit will go on until May 14, 2018

Under the Big Sky"When an artist has a thought that magnifies into physical existence, then there’s an undeniable power ...
01/03/2018

Under the Big Sky

"When an artist has a thought that magnifies into physical existence, then there’s an undeniable power that one can re-create, and or make the invisible seen. With a humble heart, the artist bows down low on the realization that everyone and everything on earth is still under the great power of the Big Sky. "

Insights on the Artists:

Dumay Solinggay is a poet, dancer, and performance artist. Along with her knitter friends, she started the yarnstorm craze in the city. Their pieces graced the installation on top of Session Road in the rotunda for this Panagbenga Season. Most of the crocheted and knitted pieces are donated from as far as Cagayan de Oro, Laguna and Manila, and from Baguio people too.

Lin: Her artwork takes a view of deeper Cordilleran culture, strength, and the powerful character of women, their beauty and femininity as seen in their natural surroundings. While she uses a variety of materials and processes in each artwork, her methodology is often random, depicting love, sacrifices, in a subtle minimalist approach.

Ann: She is a self-proclaimed Prophetic Artist, Healer and Founder of ART THAT HEALS, an Art Program for street children. She makes the world's best COSMIC tea, her secret concoction of herbs and fruits. She is currently based in Bacolod City.

Jas: She loves taking photographs so she can remember where she was, what she was thinking then, and what she felt when that certain picture was taken. Her photos are her memory catchers.

06/01/2018

VOCAS Art Gallery will reopen for 2018 on January 12, kicking off with its first series of art exhibitions by Baguio local artists. Please tune in for more details.

LAST ORDER Like a mixed tape from the ‘90s before the age of Spotify, is how this exhibition is put together. And like t...
29/12/2017

LAST ORDER

Like a mixed tape from the ‘90s before the age of Spotify, is how this exhibition is put together. And like the title “Last Order,” it brings out all the leftovers from the kitchen, sometimes creating new dishes. There is no curatorial backbone for this one, except that these white walls had to be filled-- a date was given and the works were hung.

Just like the last order of chopseuy and fresh greens from the Baguio market, or fresh talents put together at the last minute by the exhausted kitchen staff of Oh My Gulay Artist Cafe, one of the dishes whipped out is the work of Jigger Cruz who, in recent years has been coming up to Baguio more frequently and formally, or informally, he agreed to be part of this show. He has gathered international recognition and we hear of his name regularly in the papers, but have not put a face to the name. Well… here as an appetizer is a Jigger.

We are not all that fresh though. Some of us, like Randy Gawi and myself, were regulars in VOCAS exhibitions. As a matter of fact in 2005, RANDY GAWI and Bong Sanchez held one of the first exhibitions here of hand-painted shirts. Here, Randy revisits the lost art of t-shirt painting. Decades ago, t-shirt painting was a way for Baguio artists to get by on a hand-to-mouth existence. It's a pity that half of his collection was damaged and is only able to show us a handful of his skillfully painted shirts.

ABBIE LARA has been working as the film editor of Kidlat Tahimik’s never-ending Balikbayan # 1 redux…. I have always been a fan of Abbie’s drawings and, for years, have been trying to convince her to show her drawings. She helped us with some illustrations for the Uncyclopedia on Art, Life and Living in Baguio and the Cordilleras, a book awaiting to hear the sound of the printing press. Well, here we have a peep into her world of delicate line drawings to tingle our taste buds.

Another participant is LIH OCAMPO. He was the gallery manager of Pocket Universe, a gallery situated in Saguijo Bar in Makati. While working there, he discovered his passion for photography and has since been creating these ghostly images of heavily urbanized cities. Looking at his photographs, I’m reminded of how Baguio looked like after the earthquake of 1990. He is presently studying at the Asia Pacific Film Institute.

DOMING GAYO, or as everyone knows as Mang Doming, has been part of the VOCAS family for over a decade. We may recognize his “concrete dwendes” that are scattered around VOCAS and Ili-likha Artist Village. He’s a middle-aged man with a kindred spirit that reflects on his very pure line drawings. These child-like figures for me enlighten the spirits of any grown man in this world of the straight and the hard.

As for me, the works I have here is the second installation of a two-part exhibition. Last week, I showed the other half of these playful excerpts of doodle-paint-burn-and-collage on paper in Project 20, an artist-run space along Maginhawa in UP Village, Diliman. In recent years, we see less and less of these spaces, and more commercial galleries. These artist-run spaces work like coral reefs, they nurture the young and are platforms where new identities are born and spirits play. On that light, enjoy the meal !

Bon Appétit!!! -- Kawayan de Guia

THE VOCAS ART SCENeToday's Exhibition Opening
09/12/2017

THE VOCAS ART SCENe
Today's Exhibition Opening

07/12/2017

VOCAS' year-end art offering for 2017-- "LAST ORDER," an exhibition by Jigger Cruz, Doming Gayo, Randy Gawi, Kawayan de Guia, Abbie SJ Lara & Lih Ocampo-- opens on Dec. 9, Saturday, at 6:30 PM.

Please come and join us @ the 5F, La Azotea Bldg., 108 Session Rd, as we give an early toast to the year that will be!

See you all @ the Top Floor, literally !!! 🌝😊😃🌞

Group show by Nunelucio Alvarado, Willie Magtibay, Faith Erasmo and Gary Buenavista.Last day today.
07/12/2017

Group show by Nunelucio Alvarado, Willie Magtibay, Faith Erasmo and Gary Buenavista.

Last day today.

Group show by Nunelucio Alvarado, Willie Magtibay, Faith Erasmo and Gary Buenavista.

Last day today.

07/12/2017

Faith 'n Gary ART TANDEM
in "VOCAS on the Run" exhibit. Last day today!

Gary Buenavista continuously attempts to illustrate his feelings...

while

Faith Erasmo follows her idiosyncracy....

THE ARTISTS:

1.
Faith Maria y Novicio Erasmo was an introverted nun diligently working in the dark, damp kitchen of an almost forgotten convent in the middle of Magallanes, Cavite. Not really. Actually, Fatima Erasmo comes from Imus, Cavite and recently moved to Baguio a few years ago. She once worked from 8 to 5 in an office servicing employees of a multinational oil company. Whenever she could be outdoors or travelling, she would take pictures with her digal point and shoot Canon camera (before it got stolen). The images she chooses to capture are not the landscapes or the flowers but the details that would probably go unnoticed. Details of barbed wire or textures of peeling paint on an abandoned house. The upside down image inside a drop of water suspended on leaf. Silhouetted figures staring into the horizon. Legs of people reflected on a fading mirror. Conscious or not, I think she was making poetic images. She is a closet poet and is comfortable in her hidden state. For this exhibit, she reveals her preference for being in isolation or in hiding. She did not use found images but found objects and discarded materials. Drawing from them ideas to express her shyness. -- G.B.

P.S. Faith finished Psychology at UP Diliman. She did not study Art or any related discipline---

2.
Gari Buenavista was once a permanent fixture in the music and art scene Manila. He was a colorful shadow immortalizing people and events through photographs. But the city, the lifestyle and its people has made him retreat to the mountains, away from pretentiousness. Gari's works are "quiet". However, some said that they were "dark". He's used to being misunderstood. His challenge is to remain true to himself because it is liberating. He believes that art should inspire or disturb you enough to push you to action. Otherwise, why bother? -- F.E.

P.S. Gari went to UP Diliman and pretended to study Visual Communication.

Address

5th Floor, L'Azotea Building, 108 Session Road
Baguio City
2600

General information

VOCAS is a nonprofit Art Center at the 5th floor of the L'Azotea Building on 108 Session Road. It was created by Filipino independent filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik. Originally the structure was meant as a film set about Magellan's slave Enrique de Malacca, whom Kidlat Tahimik sees as the first man to circumnavigate the world. In Kidlat Tahimik's multi awarded film BALIKAYAN # 1, Enriquez de Malacca hails from Ifugao and lived there before he accompanied Ferdinand Magellan on his journey. Therefore, the Art Center has a small Ifugao village at the Session Road side and Galleon structures on the Burnham Park side.

Opening Hours

Monday 11:00 - 19:00
Tuesday 11:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 20:00
Thursday 11:00 - 20:00
Friday 11:00 - 21:00
Saturday 11:00 - 21:00
Sunday 11:00 - 19:00

Telephone

09399127266

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