Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Here is another of my past articles. This I wrote about a friend of mine who has since become an artist and has also since gotten married. Congratulations Marvic!


Mar-Vic Cagurangan’s day in Guam begins, not with a pen – having been known as a reporter in the Philippines, but with a paintbrush and colors.

Last Friday, Cagurangan’s career as an artist took on a new dimension when she held a one-woman show COLORS AND FACES II at the Bank of Guam’s Hagatna Branch Headquarters.

Cagurangan is a member of the Chamorro Artists Association on Guam and they have collaborated with The Guam Gallery of Art in the Chamorro Village and the Bank of Guam for this endeavor.

For this exhibit, Cagurangan presented abstract paintings.

Cagurangan started out in 1988 as a reporter for the now defunct Daily Globe where she covered different police stations. She had just graduated from the University of Sto. Tomas with a degree in philosophy.

Her love affair with the paintbrush began in 2000 when Cagurangan took up a formal art class under the prominent Filipino artist, Sandra Torijos in Manila. Mar-Vic specializes in contemporary art.

In 2003, Cagurangan went to Guam as a reporter for Marianas Variety and was assigned to the political and government beats. She currently writes a humor column titled "Flights," for which she was voted "2006 Best Columnist" in a Guamanian magazine survey.

She had her first solo art exhibit, titled "Colors and Faces," at the Sawadi Lounge in Tamuning in 2003. "That art show was just an experiment. I just thought that it was a fun thing to do, but when people bought my paintings, that’s when I decided that, maybe, I should consider art as my second career," Cagurangan recalled.

Cagurangan has since participated in various art shows including the annual Flame Tree Arts Festival in Saipan, the Asian Pacific Art Exhibit at the Two Lovers Points, and the annual art events by the Council of the Humanities and Arts, among others.

She is the mother of two wonderful boys, who are both natural artists.

Two of her paintings, "Ico’s World" and "The Mystery of Autism," will be on display at the Bank of Guam exhibit, and are products of collaboration between Cagurangan and her 14-year-old autistic son, Ico.

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