SiningSaysay – Philippine history in murals – was formally opened on February 18, 2015, at the Gateway Gallery on the Fifth Floor of the Gateway Tower at the Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City. Guests of honor who cut the ceremonial ribbon were UP President Alfredo E. Pascual, Araneta Center CEO Jorge L. Araneta, and UPAA President and Alumni Regent Ponciano E. Rivera, Jr.
A “first” in the world, SiningSaysay is a comprehensive collection of thirty large murals on canvas (6 feet by 12 feet) showcasing the nation’s milestones and culture from prehistory through colonial times, through its birth pangs and growing pains, to the present day, like no other art pieces under one roof have portrayed before.
It took three institutions working hand-in-hand – the University of the Philippines, the UP Alumni Association, and the Araneta Center — to birth the murals from concept to reality. Together, they funded the work of twenty-eight distinguished alumni of the UP College of Fine Arts. Many of their names are well-known to patrons of the arts: Adonai Artificio, Armand Bacaltos, Adi Baen-Santos, Grandier Bella, Benji Cabangis, Angel Cacnio, Romeo Carlos, Cris Cruz, Denes Dasco, Gig De Pio, Simkin De Pio, Vincent de Pio, Neil Doloricon, Norman Dreo, Amado Hidalgo, Abdul Asia Mari Imao, Ben Infante, Gigi Javier-Alfonso, Aileen Lanuza, Romeo Mananquil, Norlie Meimban, Julius Samson, Jonahmar Salvosa, Randy Solon, Michael Velasco, Jun Yee, Janice Young.
Credit, too, must go to the well-respected historians who lent their expertise as advisors for the project: Dr. Serafin Quiason, Jr., and Prof. Ma. Luisa Camagay.
SiningSaysay took no less than five years –from its inception in 2009 by former UPAA President Gari Tiongco, through the terms of the next UPAA president and now UP President Alfredo Pascual, his successor Alumni Regent Gladys Tiongco, to its completion in November 2014 during the term of UPAA President and Alumni Regent Ponciano E. Rivera, Jr.
SiningSaysay will be on display at the Gateway Gallery for the next two years, after which it will be transferred to a permanent home in the UP Diliman campus. It is a spectacular and panoramic chronicle of the Filipino nation through which our countrymen, as well as foreigners, young and old alike, can visually imbibe so much about our rich and colorful heritage as a people.