Protagonists and/in Paintings: The “Light” collection of the Vargas Museum

Protagonists are characters whose presence is the very reason why there is a story to tell. When there is a plurality of perspectives, that of the protagonist is often the first layer. In describing the artworks in this article, I focused on one character–the one I believe is the “hero” of the scene. These paintings … Continue reading Protagonists and/in Paintings: The “Light” collection of the Vargas Museum

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Felix Hidalgo, Juan Luna, and the Manila shawl

Three paintings have drawn my attention from the many artworks and artefacts on display at Ayala Museum’s “Intertwined: Transpacific, Transcultural Philippines” exhibition. Two of them were painted by Juan Luna, the other one by Felix Resureccion Hidalgo. I wrote a blog four years ago about the artworks of Luna and Hidalgo at the National Museum … Continue reading Felix Hidalgo, Juan Luna, and the Manila shawl

Mt Cloud Bookshop: Purveyor of great works of Philippine Literature

I was apprehensive to ask the lady behind the counter if she could take pictures of me. It was 11 am—the bookstore was virtually empty, and I don’t want to ruin the day of anyone as an annoying tourist. Clutching a couple of books with both of my hands, I slowly approached the lady to … Continue reading Mt Cloud Bookshop: Purveyor of great works of Philippine Literature