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By Neal H. Cruz
Here’s good news for art lovers: You can now buy art pieces online by joining Unicef’s Auction for Action 2013. You can buy paintings, sculptures, jewelry and fashion accessories, furniture and home accessories, and special items by over 90 talented and outstanding Filipino artists.
Many thanks to Ceres Doyo for the thoughtful column “Poverty porn” (Opinion, 10/17/13). It has been rolling around in my mind and this is what I think…
By Rina Jimenez-David
I very much doubt if the late President Cory Aquino even conceived of putting up her paintings and other painted works on exhibit.
By Ma. Ceres P. Doyo
In the 1970s and 1980s, the Philippine creation myth about the first man and woman, Malakas and Maganda, became the subject of jokes and was even satirized in the underground “mosquito press” because of how the Marcoses got themselves portrayed by sycophant artists as the reincarnation of “the strong” (Malakas) and “the beautiful” (Maganda). The excesses of the conjugal dictatorship of Ferdinand and Imelda were softened through the portrayal of their likenesses in art that drew from myths and legends.
The mural paintings on the façade or walls of Camp Aquinaldo are a welcome relief and a refreshing sight to passersby in the polluted and traffic-choked Edsa.
This is in reference to Asuncion David Maramba’s March 7 commentary titled “The dark-skinned child who loved to draw.” What a beautiful, touching article about Botong! Truth to tell, Botong has always been my idol. “Pinoy na pinoy talaga ang kanyang mga paintings! (Indeed, his paintings truly reflect the Filipino soul.) His anatomical renditions, his [...]
By Rina Jimenez-David
If you’re in a small group lunching with “feng shui” specialist Dr. Andy Tan, you may find out his predictions for the outcome of this year’s senatorial race, his outlook for the Year of the Water Snake (which, in the Chinese calendar, begins on Feb. 10), his work in clearing Malacañang of bad vibes and otherworldly visitors, and how he applies “defensive feng shui” for building owners whose rivals and neighbors have intentionally targeted their property.
By Conrado de Quiros
I remembered something from my childhood in light of the debate that has arisen on how best to teach martial law to the kids.
I WRITE to you in reaction to Cid Reyes’ July 30 Lifestyle article titled “Serious doubts cast on newly emerged cache of HR Ocampo paintings,” which implied that the works that I have authenticated are not my father’s.
The Inquirer’s Aug. 8 editorial, “Art as terrorism,” bristled with an amazing and exceptional outburst of intolerance. It chastised Mideo Cruz, a known and multi-awarded artist, for “Poleteismo,” a part of an art exhibit, “Kulo,” at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). Cruz’s collage included posters and images of Jesus Christ, the Holy Family, [...]
Mideo Cruz, in defending his exhibit “Poleteismo,” explains that “most of the outcry has been about the phallic object placed on the works. Phalluses have been objects of devotion in many cultures; they use them as amulets, symbolic statues, etc. They might be a symbol of power and patriarchy.” The above statement is ignorant, insensitive [...]
These are not intellectually uplifting times for Catholics in the Philippines. It began with the knee-jerk reactions of many of them to the proposed reproductive health bill, followed by wild-eyed demonstrations against the proposed divorce bill, and, lately, with foaming-at-the-mouth hysteria over an art exhibit at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Let us first [...]