London, United Kingdom, 29 September - Ambassador Antonio M. Lagdameo proposed projects such as an online ASEAN Food Festival at the monthly (virtual) meeting of the ASEAN London Committee (ALC) on 28 September.
During the first part of the Meeting, UK’s Minister of State for Asia Nigel Adams MP briefed the ASEAN Ambassadors and High Commissioners on the UK’s COVID-19 response and vaccine development, and provided updates on Brexit.
The ALC also had a productive discussion on its plans, programs and projects for the remainder of 2020.
Ambassador Antonio M. Lagdameo hailed 14-year-old Justine Afante from Swansea, Wales, for doing the Filipino community in the UK proud when she bagged the coveted grand prize in The Voice Kids UK 2020.
During the courtesy call on the Ambassador by Justine, accompanied by her parents Virgilio and Renea Afante and brother Rafayel, the young girl beamed with pride and joy as Ambassador Lagdameo presented her with a Certificate of Commendation on her momentous win as the first Filipino-British to clinch the top prize in the popular singing competition. Justine also holds the distinction of having been voted as The Voice Kids winner by a virtual audience, as the fourth season of popular show had to go online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As she received accolades from Ambassador Lagdameo and Embassy officers, the confident and well-spoken Justine said, “I’m happy to have brought pride and joy not only to the Filipino community in the UK but to my fellow Filipinos back home as well.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and those who were affected by the stabbing incidents in Birmingham. We advise all Filipino citizens in the area to remain vigilant and to take extra precautions until the situation normalises. The Embassy did not receive information that any Filipino citizen has been harmed in these incidents, but remains ready to extend assistance if needed.
Jayson Cortez, Open Room 1, 2020, oil on canvas, 152.4 x 183 cm
Filipino artist Jayson Cortez will have his first solo show in London this autumn with Bliss, a group of eight new works commissioned by Singapore gallery One East Asia to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The exhibition will take place in the heart of London’s West End at Gallery 8, St. James’s, from 8 to 11 September.
Cortez’s signature hyperreal figurative paintings capture his ecstatic response to the creative act: “Everyone is looking for happiness. After ten years’ experience as a full-time artist, this group of paintings is a visual representation of my deep joy. This state of bliss I experience runs from play through to freedom and knowledge. My storytelling leads the viewers into my personal world of satisfaction and pleasure.”
Jayson Cortez originally studied Civil Engineering but changed direction to pursue the arts, graduating in 2010 with a BA Fine Arts (Major in Advertising) from Bulacan State University, Philippines. Since then, Cortez has exhibited his paintings widely throughout the Philippines, as well as in Singapore and London.
One East Asia hosted Cortez’s first solo show in Singapore, Portal, in 2015, followed by a two-man show with Welbart, Beautiful Mind, in 2017. His work was introduced to London audiences at the group show Peninsular Practices: Contemporary Southeast Asian Art, at the annual multi-platform event Asian Art in London, in November 2015; this was followed in 2017 by Coming of Age, an auction staged by One East Larasati. The gallery also featured his work in the exhibition Perceptions of Humanity at the START Art Fair, London, in September 2018.
Cortez was a selected exhibitor at My City, My SM, My Art at SM City Baliwag in 2017 and received the Gintong Kabataan Award in Arts and Culture, sponsored by the Bulacan
government, in 2015. Prior to this he was awarded Jurors Choice at the Luzon Art Award
(Philip Morris Philippine Art Award) in 2014.
Bliss by Jayson Cortez
8 Duke Street St James’s
St. James’s, London SW1Y 6BN
Tuesday, 8 September : 2pm- 6pm
Wednesday, 9 September : 11.30am - 5.30pm
Thursday, 10 September : 11.30am – 5.30pm
Friday, 11 September : 11.30am - 4pm