By Jenara Regis Newman
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper
Monday, January 30, 2012
FOR the first time, Chu Un Temple along V. Rama St., Cebu City has opened its doors for a “Chinese and Buddhist Culture Exhibit” at its Ti Tsang Hall. The main attraction is Buddha and the several statue renditions of him otherwise known as Siddhartha and The Enlightened One.
Also on exhibit are artifacts used in the rituals of Buddhist culture like prayer instruments as well as statues of Kuan Yin, the Chinese goddess of mercy.
Among the Chinese artifacts on exhibit are antique rosewood furniture pieces that once belonged to prominent Cebuano Chinese families and were donated to the Tiong Ho Cultural Association of Cebu. Also on display are brass gongs and old Chinese musical instruments like flutes.
At the opening of the exhibit, Buddhist Master Ru Xin remarked that this undertaking shares with art-loving Cebuanos the art and artistry of Buddhist and Chinese culture.
The exhibit, curated by Ben Chua with Helen Bucag, opened on Jan. 19 and will run until Jan. 31. Admission is free. Exhibit hours are from 1 to 5 p.m. daily.