September 24, 2019
Last September 13, 2019, Holy Angel University showcased the vibrant watercolor artworks of Kapampangan artist Claude Tayag in the book launch and watercolor painting exhibit held at the University’s Cafe Juan. Claudio Suarez Tayag, popularly known as Claude Tayag, is a renowned chef, food writer, and a seasoned painter who was born in Pampanga. Angeles City Vice Mayor Vicky Vega and Former Mayor Ed Pamintuan were among the notable personalities who also graced the event which launched the book “A Watercolor Journey”, published under the Holy Angel University Press.
The event started through a prayer by HAU Chorale followed by the opening remarks of Mr. Robert Tantingco, director of HAU’s Center for Kapampangan Studies. As part of the program, a series of ‘surprise’ videos from some of Claude’s closest friends, Mercy Tolentino Steenwyk, Therese Cruz, and Rafael Maniago, were played containing heartfelt and congratulatory messages for Tayag. After that, Tayag shared some of his life experiences and his journey with watercolors. Before he ended his speech, he enjoined everyone to come with him and enjoy each piece of his watercolor artworks which were exhibited at the HAU Student Center. Some of the displayed paintings in watercolors include “Santo Niño de Cebu”, “Two T’boli Women”, and “Kain Na” featuring an elderly woman who offered him a piece of rice cake or “suman” in South Cotabato in 2006.
The program ended with a book signing and photo op. The exhibit showed Tayag’s love for arts, and on one of his interviews, he proudly mentioned that before becoming a chef, “I was a painter and sculptor first.”
Prior to the launch, Tayag facilitated an “Art Talk” to invited students from HAU and City College of Angeles at the University’s Manansala Museum.