Visual artists from main cities in Luzon gathered in the opening program of an exhibit, Sept. 30, to help build a national landmark in Nueva Ecija and promote education on rice through culture and arts.

Dubbed as Palay-Kamalayan, the exhibit features works of about 25 artists based in the cities of Baguio, Quezon, and Los Baños, with rice as their medium and subject. It showcases images of rice grains, rice stalks, and rice farmers  The exhibit will run until Oct. 31 at the Philippine Rice Research Institute in Nueva Ecija.

Diadem B. Gonzales-Esmero, rice science museum curator, said that the exhibit is a venue for the public to experience and see rice apart from being a staple food.

“Aside from giving education, this exhibit is a charity event to help us facilitate the establishment of a milestone in rice chronicles. With help from different sectors, especially from the art disciples and patrons that we’re hosting today, we hope to build the Rice Science Exploratorium,” said Esmero.

She said that the Exploratorium is envisioned to house galleries about rice breeding, varieties, and rice ecology, among other rice complexities.

Art workshop for kids and art teachers will also complement the month-long exhibit to help build community enterprise through rice art.

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Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is a government corporate entity attached to the Department of Agriculture created through Executive Order 1061 on 5 November 1985 (as amended) to help develop high-yielding and cost-reducing technologies so farmers can produce enough rice for all Filipinos.

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