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Don Maralit Salubayba


Don Maralit Salubayba, born in Davao City, Philippines, received his B.F.A. in painting from the University of the Philippines in 2000. Since then Mr. Salubayba has been completely devoted to the arts, as a painter, puppeteer, and teacher. He is a passionate and prolific painter whose images often emerge from the notion of man as container, a repository of experience. In many of his paintings Mr. Salubayba isolates sections of the human body and juxtaposes these with an image of an object, setting up a tense symbolic relationship. The paintings are always in high contrast, and the play of light and dark may be partly influenced by Mr. Salubayba’s involvement in shadow puppetry. He is an active member of the Anino Shadow Play collective, which merges the visual with literary and performance arts. In 2004, at the time of this grant, Mr. Salubayba was also teaching at the Philippines High School for the Arts in Laguna, at the Museo Pambata, and at the Ayala Museum in Manila. He applied to the ACC and received funding to support a three-month residency at Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, followed by a three-month stay in New York to observe art activities, meet with artists and curators, and create new work in the United States.

Grants Awarded

2004 | Visual Art | United States

to participate in the International Residency Program at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California, and to observe contemporary art activities in New York


Special Event / Philippines


February 20, 2016

With artworks that pulsate vibrancy and pieces that resonate ingenuity, style, and mastery, the Asian Cultural Council Philippines and Leon Gallery partner in presenting another exciting fundraising art auction.

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Grantees: Don Maralit Salubayba, Julius Anton del Castillo, Maria Victoria Abano, Noel Cuizon, Roberto R. Chabet

Exhibition / Philippines


August 19, 2017 - September 9, 2017

ACC grantees NOEL SOLER CUIZON and DON M. SALUBAYBA are featured in “De-Route,”  a unified installation together with visual artists Jef Carnay and  Karen Ocampo Flores. A collaboration reminiscent of the four artists’ joint forays in community art, art education, and arts advocacy, the show revisits the artists’ routes of artmaking and re-imagines the ways of de-routing these activities from its mere outcomes. It presumes to state that the artist is continually a work in progress, integrated and sometimes colliding with other persons and matters in progress.

Noel received his ACC fellowship in 1998 while Don was able to participate in the International Residency Program of the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California and observe contemporary art activities in New York during his fellowship in 2004.

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Grantees: Don Maralit Salubayba, Noel Cuizon