June 23, 2024

ABRA – A global art exhibit in the United States gave international viewers a glimpse of Cordilleran culture.

Thanks to Abrenian Artist Jinkee Molina Sangoy who was among the Filipinos who participated in the World Arts Expo in Indiana, U.S.A.

Sangoy said it was a great privilege for her to display her artworks in a global gallery and represent Abra in an international stage.

She is a native of Bucloc where she grew up with an interest in art works at the age of seven.

Sangoy’s artworks exhibited in the World Arts Expo are mainly about the culture of Cordillera particularly the indigenous peoples of Abra, the Tinggian.

Malaking blessing po iyong opportunity na ipagmalaki ang kultura ng Abra sa buong mundo, given the fact that I am the only Cordilleran participant and also a Tinggian from Bucloc, Abra,” she said.

The World Art Expo: International Marketplace 2022 allowed guests and viewers across the globe to experience a multicultural arts exhibition of over a hundred established international and local artists.

 Sangoy was endorsed by fellow Filipino Maria Mañalang who is the program manager of Global Village Welcome Center in Indiana. Mañalang is one of Sangoy’s customers who bought some of her paintings.

Sangoy said that she started painting as a hobby through various children art books and coloring books that honed her painting skills.

“It all started when I was browsing these art books then I began drawing flowers, and abstract arts. From then on, tinuloy-tuloy ko lang hanggang naging hobby ko na ang painting,” Sangoy said.  

She hopes to inspire young artists to continuously practice painting.

“I continue doing this because I want to become an inspiration to many. I want to show to the next generation that art is beautiful and can relieve stress,” Sangoy said.

Ang masasabi ko lang sa mga kabataan ngayon, don’t give up. Keep moving forward and don’t give up on your talents,” she said. – Christian Allister Tubadeza