February 20, 2017, 2:24 pm
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Pearl Kapunan Ortega

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…….
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