Elmer Calata’s “In Due Time” debuts at the Philippine Embassy on 5 September 2019.


6 September 2019 

WASHINGTON, D.C. –“In Due Time,” a solo art exhibition by Washington DC-based Filipino-American artist Elmer Calata debuted on 5 September 2019 at the Philippine Chancery Annex Building, under the auspices of Sentro Rizal Washington DC. 

Originated from the Philippines, Elmer Calata’s influence derives from the vibration of the city as well as the peace of the provinces. Elmer’s work expresses his experiences drawn from his native land, the “campo” and “pueblo” lifestyle of South America, his travels, and his adaptation to the western world. 

“In Due Time” is a collection of his memories and symbolisms of the Philippines as well as his experience as an immigrant and traveler in different worlds and cultures. This body of work spans pieces made from ink, clay and paint. 

“It is such an honor to share my work at the Philippine Embassy. I feel like I’ve gone 360 degrees on my life. I’ve been everywhere, I’ve lived everywhere in terms of my own experience as somebody who grew up in the Philippines and came to America,” said Calata. 

“We welcome Elmer’s ‘homecoming’, so to speak, to the Philippines after many years of exploring other places and cultures and it is a privilege for us to be able to host his latest works,” Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez said in a statement. 

“The hosting of ‘In Due Time’ fulfills Sentro Rizal’s mission to give Filipino artists the platform on which they can elevate their creations into the consciousness of the DC community,” the Ambassador added. 

“In Due Time” is located on the 2nd floor of the Philippine Embassy Chancery Annex at 1617 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC 20036. It will run until 27 September 2019.To schedule a visit, please set an appointment with the Embassy’s cultural desk at ###

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EBC Washington DC’s Eliza Manglicmot interviews Elmer Calata about his works during the exhibit launch.

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Elmer Calata (left) and Embassy Public Diplomacy Officer Darell Artates (right) briefly chat prior to the arrival of guests.

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Elmer talks more about his drawings to friends and visitors.

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“The Mind The Lady The Heart”  – one of Elmer Calata’s ceramic sculptures on display.