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‘Stop, learn, and listen:’ revisiting Baybayin scripts in public spaces

‘Stop, learn, and listen:’ revisiting Baybayin scripts in public spaces

Features
THE RENOVATION of the Lagusnilad underpass aimed to capture an ancient part of Filipino culture in its reopening two years ago, replacing cracks with signages that include Baybayin characters and their English transliteration.  Baybayin, an ancient writing script of the Philippines rooted in the pre-colonial period, met the heavy foot traffic of modern Manila, sparking the question of its use. To others, a nuisance; and to others, a homage. The Flame asked experts if these texts represent aesthetics or appreciation.   Attention Commuters Djhaemy Nazareno, an instructor who taught Baybayin to senior high school students in La Consolacion College, expressed her concern about the confusion the script may give to passersby.   “[Baybayin texts] shouldn’t be placed in ...
All Thomasian exhibit showcases the changing landscape of art

All Thomasian exhibit showcases the changing landscape of art

Culture
by JOHN PATRICK A. MAGNO RANARA FROM PREHISTORIC carvings to postmodern art styles, art has truly come a long way. Thomasian alumni showcased the evolution of art in the newly-launched art exhibit titled Vision X Interpolation: All Thomasian Art Exhibition. It flaunted generational practices and stylisms embodied by 22 artists from the University through paintings, print, and sculptural works. The exhibit was on display at Art Anton in Pasay City last Sept. 8 to Sept. 23. Despite COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, guests at home still had a chance to enjoy the artworks through a 360-degree virtual tour. The theme of the exhibit revolves around interpolation, which pertains to an object’s insertion. According to the exhibit’s curator Abe Orobia’s write-up, interpolation in art ...
Admiring the real Manila through the senses

Admiring the real Manila through the senses

Culture
THE PANDEMIC may have revealed that home is the safest place for many Filipinos but the world on the inside is not the same for people whose home is outside.  Traditional artist and storyteller Marius Cornelius Funtilar, otherwise called Marius Black, focused on Manila’s nooks and crannies. He adds depth to his artworks with the use of poetry. Perhaps it's not indispensable that every artist should do the same, but his way of narration is both visionary and informative. Marius, who graduated from the University of Santo Tomas in 2007, took up Fine Arts and majored in painting. He was conflicted between painting and comics but knew that he could execute both simultaneously. His fifth solo show Manila Synesthesia debuted on-site and virtually at Altro Mondo last July 31st to Aug...