||Marcelino “Balugto” Necosia, Jr., is 28 years old from Tulugan-Sungco Bukidnon. He belongs to the Talaandig tribe for whom he is a cultural bearer. This intimate familiarity with the land and its people provides him with opportunities for artistic expression. He is appropriately nicknamed “Balugto” (a Talaandig term for rainbow), as his talents are a true kaleidoscope of various arts: visual, performance and music. Balugto recorded a compact disk, which features his musical talents as a percussionist. As to the visual arts, he has been creating art since 1997, a 1997, a practice that includes painting, bead working, crafting clay ornaments, and making the best sounding drums in the community. Balugto prefers to use natural pigments, and pen and ink in his paintings. Thus, the mountain soil itself provides Balugto with a vast variety of hues for his palette. Part of the process of working toward his dream of becoming a successful, multi-dimensional artist, is sharing his talents, thoughts, vision and ideas with the young artists of Talaandig tribe. In addition to performing at the opening and award ceremonies for the Second Annual Indigenous Peoples’ Visual Art Exhibition in Davao, Balugto’s piece “The Unseen World” a prize in the juried competition. The same piece also won an award at the recent regional Philip Morris Arts Competition which qualifies Balugtp for the national level competition in January 2008.
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