"WE! THE WEEDERS OF LIFE". Bulacan's pride, Pulilan artist and agriculture advocate Andrew Alto De Guzman was joined by, from left Bulacan Provincial History Arts Culture and Tourism Officer Eliseo Dela Cruz, Ph.D., Gov. Daniel Fernando, Provincial Administrator Anne Constantino and Special Assistant to the Governor Michaelangelo Lubrin in the opening of his One Man Exhibit "HomeAge" at Hiyas ng Bulacan Cultural Center. Photo from the Bulacan Public Affairs Office

CITY OF MALOLOS–Bulacan’s heritage, culture and tradition in this year’s 25th anniversary of  Sining Kalinangan ng Bulacan (Singkaban) Festival is highlighted  with a different form of sculpture design and materials using handles of old and used hand tractors and grass removers to advocate agricultural land conservation and help keep the farmer’s lands intact and protected.  

Pulilan town native artist Andrew De Guzman with Bulacan Gov. Daniel Fernando opened on Saturday his 4th One-Man Art Exhibition entitled “HomeAge” as he celebrates this year his 30 Years of Art at Guillermo E. Tolentino Hall, in Hiyas ng Bulacan Cultural Center in the Capitol grounds.

De Guzman featured his masterpiece, the “We! The Weeders of Life,” an assemblage from old farm weeders (pantangal ng damo sa bukid) to drumbeat his personal advocacy of agricultural conservation and a call to action to take out the “grass in our society”.

“Grass= bad traits, exploitation, illegal conversion of agri lands, and many others,” he told NEWS CORE.

ASSEMBLAGE ART. A sculpture made of handles of hand tractors and grass removers by Pulilan artist Andrew Alto De Guzman. Contributed photo

De Guzman also features his 30 years work abstract paintings of the farming villages in Pulilan and the current pandemic on acrylic on canvass, sketches, sculptures and installation art.

The “We! The Weeders of Life” assemblage will be transfered and permanently displayed in Pulong Kabyawan museum in his town as a permanent public sculpture.

The other works of De Guzman are also displayed in Museo San Ysidro – Pulilan Parish church, Museo de Pulilan- Pulilan Gabaldon which he also put up together with other town artists.

Fernando urged Bulakeños to visit the Hiyas Museum to appreciate and enjoy the richness of the province culture and heritage as the now 25 years Singakaban Festival returns two years after the COVID-19 pandemic.