The Gallery of the Peninsula and the Archipelago of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University will host Piling Butiki: Shapes and colors of Social Conscience. This exhibit will feature the various Butiki Collections of Fr. Albert E. Alejo, SJ. Piling Butiki will open on the 11th of November 2011 at 5:30 in the afternoon.
Piling Butiki’s main concept revolves around the process of regenerating what has been destroyed by corruption in our society. The collector regards butiki or lizard as a symbol of multiple perspectives. He, thus, use lizard images on some of his works and publications as an ingenious action against corruption.
Fr. Alejo is “Paring Bert” to many friends in his academic, activist, and artistic ministry. As a Jesuit, he worked with labor groups and joined poets’ circle in Manila before he did his doctorate in anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Paring Bert is a member of the Jesuit Music Ministry and has conceptualized and written various music videos like “Meme na Mindanao” and “Ehemplo”. He is also the leader of the Jesuit Nationwide Anti-Corruption Program dubbed as EHEM!His current engagement includes fighting against corruption, cultural research and indigenous people’s rights advocacy, promotion for public peace process, and pastoral care of the sick. He heads the University Social Development Council (SDC) and is also the current Vice President for Social Action of the Ateneo de Zamboanga.— Joan Mae Barredo, Program Officer on Advocacy SACSI Office.