I am not a visual person, neither am I a history enthusiast, so when I was invited by my sister to visit the art gallery on the third floor of Gateway Mall, well, I was hesitant to go. I just went with them because my daughter, nephew, and my sister, who extended the invitation, are all artists. Plus I wanted to burn the calories that I just gained by eating eight tempura shrimps for our early dinner.
So there we were last May 6, 2018, taking a look at several paintings in Sining Lakbay, and it didn't take long for me to fall in love with the art pieces...
The area was arranged in such a way that you are taken from the earliest recorded Philippine history down to modern history. I particularly liked this wood artwork entitled Sinaunang Pilipinas I (Pre-historic Philippines) inspired by the Angono petroglyphs which were the earliest writing evidence. These were line incisions that were obviously human figures and animals. These remain undeciphered but they are evidence that pre-historically, the Filipinos already existed --
I also adored this other painting because it represented the many indigenous tribes of the Philippines. I also loved that the Ilocano people were also represented on the said painting. Hindi niyo po naitatanong eh may lahing Ilocano ako (I am part Ilocano), part-Bicolano, and part-Spanish. This painting pretty much represented how our nation is a melting pot of diverse tribes and cultures, and how I, too, am a mixture of different bloodlines.
I'm sure you are, too, just like most Filipinos are --
So why is Sining Lakbay cool? 'Coz despite the colonization and even our own differences, the Filipinos struggled to maintain their identities.
Have we truly succeeded? Aba'y nasa sa iyo na yan (Well, it's up to you now).
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E.S. Villamor has made a career in writing for a decade now. Her online business - GIML (Gabriela Isabel & Miguel Lucas) Publishing started in 2014. She advocated for women's rights and was once enamored with imparting financial literacy through training and blogs but she is now focused on propagating all things Filipino. This site is also being groomed as a rich homeschooling resource.