Hon. Felipe M. De Leon, Jr., Chairman of NCCA,
Ms. Tina Caloyco, President of Metropolitan Museum,
Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a great pleasure to attend the Opening Ceremony of Ink Painting From China. First of all, I'd like to extend warm welcome to the two esteemed Chinese painters. Mr. Chen Lusheng and Mr. Sun Jiangtao. I would also like to take this opportunity to express sincere thanks to NCCA for organizing this important cultural event.
Culture is the spirit and soul of a nation. The best way to know a nation is through its culture. Both China and the Philippines are rich in vibrant and diverse cultures. Throughout century-old friendly exchanges and trade, our two nations have enriched our cultures by learning from each other. In many ways, we have similar cultural traditions. Today's Ink Painting Exhibition is not only a continuation of the traditional culture exchanges, but also a vivid and specific illustration of an important aspect of the ongoing bilateral relations between China and the Philippines. Cultural exchanges are particularly important when we are faced with certain difficulties because these exchanges will continue to serve as a bedrock for better relations in the future.
Painting is an important part of Chinese culture and art. Chinese Painting has a history of several thousand years originated from the earliest drawings on painted pottery in the Neolithic Period. The Ink Painting, created with long-haired brushes, ink and watercolor on paper, has greatly influenced Chinese culture and art. The Ink Painting combining Chinese poetry, calligraphy and painting, fully displays the artistic character and aesthetic value of the painter. The ink paintings by Mr. Chen Lyusheng and Mr. Sun are outstanding in the sense that they are classical in carring out the tradition of Chinese Ink Painting with their captivating content, in the meantime with captivating content are innovative in their views on the way people think and live.
Culture, with invisible wings, transcens national boundaries and help bridge differences. There is no doubt that this Exhibition will promote and strenghthen understanding between the two peoples. This Exhibition in telling us that with joint efforts, nothing can stop the profound friendship between our two peoples.
I wish the Ink Painting Exhibition a great success.