Anakbanwa Creative Residency Is Looking for Creatives to Explore Artistic Practices

The Anakbanwa Creative Residency (ACR) is back for its third wave this September! The Pangasinan-based arts program returns with new collaborations featuring the Orange Project Art District from Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, and Cavite-based Linangan Art Residency. 

Open to artists and creatives from all walks of life—chefs, content creators, fashion designers, dancers, theater makers, photographers, musicians, painters, filmmakers, playwrights, poets, and everything else in between—the Pangasinan-based residency will provide accommodation, curatorial support, and creation grants to three selected applicants this year. 

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“With the Orange Project, we are building on the momentum generated when we collaborated with them during the Galila Arts Festival last March,” says Jodinand Aguillon, ACR Program Director. “Meanwhile, with the Linangan Art Residency, we are excited for the local artists of Pangasinan to learn new practices from fellow creatives in other regions.”

As with its previous iterations, this year’s residency will continue casting the spotlight on community dialogue and sustainable arts practices while expanding the space for local cultures and creative practices.

“Our country comprises islands all connected by water, of collectives connected through creativity. Since Anakbanwa is a young and fresh creative residency, it’s important for us to harness these connections and learn from our diverse roster of artists all over the Philippines,” Aguillon adds. 

The ACR will be hosted at Dagupan City’s Tondaligan Beach, where the selected artists will be given a safe space to let their creativity and curiosities roam free. Over the course of four to five weeks, these creatives will be given the resources needed to shape their artistic visions into reality. 

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With the direction of co-founder and former ACR program director Andrei Nikolai Pamintuan, Anakbanwa’s roster of talents include Corinne de San Jose, film sound designer and multidisciplinary artist; Razel Mari, visual artist and industrial designer; Marco Ortiga, fabricator, maker, and production designer; Xyza Ragunjan vogue and movement artist, and the mother of the House of Mizrahi; Gabriel Brioso, architect, new media artist, and interaction designer; and Nathan Artificio, interior and furniture designer. Their works were showcased at the historic General Douglas MacArthur House at the West Central Elementary School in Dagupan City, along with those of local artists.

Founded in November 2021, the program immerses select creatives from across the country in the communities, cultural heritage, diverse artistic processes, and ecological landscapes of the 4th District of Pangasinan (Dagupan City, San Fabian, Mangaldan, San Jacinto, and Manaoag). 

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The Anakbanwa Creative Residency is made possible by the Office of Congressman Christopher De Venecia (@repcdevenecia) in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry. 

“We look forward to taking Anakbanwa to even greater heights, especially as we partner with the Department of Trade and Industry,” shares Rep. de Venecia. “This partnership unleashes new energy, new vitality, and new frontiers for creativity to thrive in our humble district. Hope to see you all in October!”

Interested creatives may submit their applications until MONDAY, JULY 31, 2023 (Sunday, July 16, 11:59 PM). Prepare a letter of intent, CV, and portfolio of works and email the files to with the subject: “Anakbanwa Creative Residency 2023.”