“I had a hard time reading Bautista’s “Telex Moon.” I spent hours reading it again and again. As I relate his words to the history of the Philippines, I eventually understood how deep and striking the piece is. Not only is it connected to our past, it is also applicable to what’s currently happening in our country, proof of how great and timeless Cirilo Bautista is. Visually, I tried to create images and elements
that emulate his composition of words and storytelling. Cirilo, in “Telex Moon,” used a playful
yet serious way of composition making me stop at every stanza to reflect or understand.
“I wanted my images to be a composition of different elements, woven together to create a new story. I want viewers to see my work as a story and look at it in a figurative manner. They should look at the whole image first before looking at each element, then back to the whole image again, just like how I read each stanza of “Telex Moon.”
“I was challenged as someone who does not read a lot of poems, even novels. It was hard
for me to analyze the message of the piece. I also had a difficulty understanding what a telex machine is and why the piece is entitled “Telex Moon.” For me, knowing the meaning of the title
would help me understand the words. But reading about telex machines, having knowledge
that the piece is set in the execution of Rizal, and being able to watch a TV documentary about
Cirilo Bautista helped me. Not being able to understand the book
at first made me more curious and eager.
Working and being creative during the pandemic challenged me. With all that’s happening in our country and the world, it is difficult to control my thoughts and emotions. Although it gave me free time to work on my zine, squeezing out the creative juices while being anxious and stressed was just too difficult for me.”