It was a hot afternoon in a quaint little cafe when Alve and I met up with five creative geniuses from Arkadia Collective. Dana, Pai, Adeva, Meling, and Arkyoo were in the middle of their art jam. Whenever they get the chance to gather and make art, they call it an art jam. Talking to them and getting to know more about their group reminded us again that Cagayan de Oro is boasting with artists.

Arkadia Collective is a group of female artists from Cagayan de Oro. They are formerly known as "Inday Art." They later made the switch and chose "Arkadia" as their name because according to legend, Arkadia is a female warrior in Lapasan. Their very first exhibit was held in February 2011 with other art groups. During the Women's Month on that same year, they held their first independent inter-genre exhibit. From a core group composed of 8 women, they have grown to 16. Some of the members are from Iligan City. Since then, they haven't stopped promoting contemporary art and helping shape the art scene of the city.

One of their exhibits this year is Home. The artists showcased their pieces, answering the question "What is home for you?" Arkadia Collective launched the exhibit last April 26 and it was housed in the Capitol University Art Gallery. It was then transferred to the Cagayan de Oro City Museum, the iconic water tank near the St. Augustine Cathedral.

When Alve and I walked up to the third floor of the Museum to see their exhibit, we were taken aback. We've seen some of their work during that afternoon in the cafe when they had their art jam. They were all amazing, but when we saw their work exhibited in the Museum we were proved how immensely talented they really are. Alve and I agree that this is the kind of talent that needs more support.

Home runs until May 31 only. If you have time, drop by the City Museum and see their exhibit. This is only one of the exhibits that they have set this year. Arkadia Collective have also joined the BLTX Women & Queer Small Press Expo and Fora event in UP Village in Quezon City.

Their next exhibit is entitled Unang Tuyok (first turn). It will be happening on June 5 at The Space, in Tomas Saco Street. For more details and updates, check out their Facebook page.

*Film photo shot with a Pentax SV and an expired Kodak Ultima 100. Shot by Pearl Aton

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