Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Chinese Bonsai Lecture at Liberty Hall

Coming from a quick but good lunch I was off to a Chinese Bonsai Lecture in China Town. The whole lecture was headed by Mr. Chua Hu Hua who has gained a lot of experience on Bonsai. I also learned that is also good with Calligraphy.
The simple poster of the event at Liberty Hall, Benavides Street

More information about Mr. Chua Hu.

From 1969 to the present he is an active alumni member of St. Stephen's High School (school of Tricia Co Reyes), he endeavored himself to studying Chinese painting and calligraphy under Masters Arcenia Chua (maiden surname) and Master Ju I-Hsiung (mentor of Virginia Lloyd Davies).

From 1980 to the present focused on Bonsai as an alternate branch of Chinese painting/calligraphy and the
ascetic teachings of Buddhism.

He is a Writer and poet for Buddhist organizations and Temples in Taiwan and the Philippines.

From 1985 to the present he is a lecturer extraordinaire on many subjects involving the three main topics mentioned above mostly within the Chinese community and guest to most major Chinese Buddhist Temples' cultural events.

He teaches and provides inspiration to serious cultural buffs of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy. His works can be seen on the forthcoming Chinese painting/Calligraphy exhibit (October 27, 2013 - Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM) on the 6th floor of the Annex Building beside the Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Binondo, Manila along Dasmarinas St. This cultural exhibit involves pupils and associates of Master Arcenia Chua who has actively kept the art of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy in the Philippines with high esteem. (Information courtesy of Mr. Rey O. De Jesus)

The whole session was in Mandarin but I got help from some good friends to help me understand what they are showing to the crowd. Mr. Chua explained that Bonsai is more of a descipline. He explained the different aspects of the Art to a very enthusiastic crowd of mostly ladies and their friends. Some of the people who came are also hobbyist like Mr. Chua.

The lecture was interactive and practical since the audience asked question as Mr. Chua was giving the lecture.
Presidents of Chinatown YMCA

Trophies at the YMCA 

Registration form for the event

Set-up at the 6th floor auditorium

Mr. Chua posing with his bonsai

Mr Chua with Mr de Jesus

Tools used for trimming bonsai

Welcome remarks

Talking about the lecturer Mr. Chua

Mr. Chua explaining himself

The giving of plaque to Mr. Chua

Posing with the lecturer Mr. Chua

With some of the participants of the lecture

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