“Cirilo Bautista fought injustice with pen and paper, with intelligence and words,
with love for his country and the Filipino people. For everyone who is afraid to speak up, stand up,
and fight for what they know, believe, and love, try! Never be afraid of being vocal and showing
what our nation deserves. But don’t hide that you are scared and vulnerable for fear is what motivates us to seek discomfort, to see and fight injustices in our nation,
and motivate others to right what is wrong.”

KEVIN ÑUNEZ

Portrait by Kevin Nuñez

“Reading the works of Cirilo Bautista sparked nationalism in me even if I was baffled most of the time by the deep connotations that his words created, giving different ideas for different readers. I thought at first they were mere works of poetry, written simply and read in a certain manner. Then I realised Cirilo’s works need to be read more than once to understand what the lines and stanzas mean, it needs multiple readings to really understand it.

At first, it was exhausting trying to understand the deep words, not knowing if they are connotations or denotations. However, re-reading everything again and again made me feel connected to him; you begin to understand his messages and hidden meanings, you slowly begin to paint a picture. I read my selections more than ten times, and each time I understood something deeper than its literal meaning.”

“This exhibit is a powerful way for everyone to know about Cirilo Bautista, especially the Benildean community. Considering that our community is made up mostly of the young who grew up not knowing him, the show could strongly promote his works and his thoughts.

“This exhibit is not just a showcase of his works, it is for everyone to see how hard the Filipino fought injustice back then and how powerful words can be.”

“Cirilo fought injustice with pen and paper, with intelligence and words,
with his love for country and the Filipino.

For everyone who is afraid to speak up, stand up and fight for what they know, believe,
and love, try! Never be afraid of being vocal and never be afraid of showing what our nation deserves. But never hide that you are scared, never hide that you are vulnerable for fear is what motivates us
to seek discomfort, to fight, to see injustices in our nation,
and to motivate others to seek what is right.”

This lockdown was very useful, although it took me some time to adjust to being free
and not constricted to a specific time. It gave me the opportunity to read my chapters and thoroughly understand every word, every line, every piece of the poetry. It helped me appreciate and be inspired by Cirilo Bautista’s works. It gave me time to go through the design well, to review and consult,
and redo everything over and over again without being tired.”