My friend, Pearl Kapunan Ortega, has been an Art and Cultural worker for more than 35 years; and, as a painter, she has been a fabulous water colorist who also works with acrylic every now and then.
Pearl Ortega chaired Cultural Affairs Committee for more than eight years at La Salle Green Hills - inviting Visual Artists to give talks and demonstrations to youngsters to develop their interest for the arts. Pearl believes that every child should be exposed to the Arts and so she organized Art exhibits by the Metropolitan Museum; the National Commission for Culture and the Arts; Historical exhibits and varied Musical Artists and Groups to perform to the Lasallian Community, etc.
She was a curriculum planner and trainer in the field of Art Education; a former president of the Philippine Art Educators’ Association (1984-87); a teacher trainer/Curriculum Planner and Chair for SEAMEO- SPAFA, 1993, 1994,1995; and Teacher Trainer for Public School Teachers “ Sining Aralan “ 1994-1995, for Regions IV and VII
De La Salle students of the 80’s and the 90’s fondly remember Pearl Ortega as the head for the Department of Visual and Performing Arts; Director of the Development and Public Relations of LSGH; a Philippine Delegate to the INSEA World Congress, in Montreal, Canada; Treasurer, Speaker and Facilitator to the 2nd Regional Congress for International Society for Education through Art (Subic, Philippines); and author and Illustrator, PAEA Art Book Series, published by Phoenix Publishing Inc.
Pearl’s works have been exhibited at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Hallway; the Ayala Museum; the Philippine Center in New York; the Jose Gallery; and with the “PAP Printmakers“, again at the Philippine Center in ,New York.
A graduate of the University of the Philippines, Diliman, High School and the UP Diliman, College of Fine Arts in 1967, Pearl Ortega also graduated from the UP College of Education, M.A.T. Graduate Program in 1989 – earning for herself a gold medal for academic excellence.
Because of her conviction to share Art with our youth, Pearl is a parent volunteer under the Office of the President of the La Salle (Green Hills).
Artists play many roles in life; and like other artists who have chosen the path to give our youngsters exposure to the arts, Pearl Ortega has found her fulfillment in life.
Presently, her works are on exhibit at the UP Bonifacio Global City - Henry Sy Sr. Hall where some other fifty artists, all graduates of the UP College of Fine Arts - have their works hanging.
Personally, I have always held teachers and the teaching profession to be one of the noblest professions in society. They are a part of those who build fiber in the individual.
I cannot imagine how life would be like without people like Pearl Ortega who has imparted so much of the Arts to our youth.
I look up to Pearl Ortega and her kind of professionals ……in fact I think of them as heroes that keep our society “educated and balanced”.
They create beautiful things and show that life is indeed wonderful to live…….