The Erehwon Center for the Arts gave honor once more to the late activist, theater pioneer and writer Behn Cervantes, by unveiling his life-size sculpture made by Jose Al Giroy. Leading the simple ceremonies were (from left) Erehwon Art Foundation chairman Renato “Boysie” Villavicencio, publisher and art gallery owner Jack Teotico, Al Giroy, playright Boni Ilagan, and Erehwon Artworld CEO Rafael Benitez.
The sculpture welcomes visitors to the newly opened The Roofdeck, Erehwon’s latest hangout place, especially made for artists to have an affordable place to let their hair loose and enjoy each other’s company.
Earlier, Erehwon installed a memorial plaque immortalizing Behn Cervantes’ words that gave life to what the Erehwon Art Center has become: a place that encourages artists to converge, collaborate, and enjoy the camaraderie of being with each other. The Center also named its outdoor stage, Tanghalang Behn Cervantes, a place which encourages community theaters.
During this event, sculptor Al Giroy was also presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for generously having rendered so many artworks to the Center. These include the history-themed relief at the Center’s outdoor stage, and the life-size sculpture of National Artist Nick Joaquin, in a lively pose, toasting with a bottle of beer.