“I was assigned the last pages of Cirilo’s trilogy, which means I spent more time understanding his final sentiments about his obra maestra. I knew he wrote it for a different time but all his words and ideas are so relevant to this day. Reading it felt like a push-and-pull between two beliefs: I was both in awe of Cirilo’s talent and amazed at this piece of art that was solely about the Philippines. However,
at the same time, I couldn’t shake the feeling of disappointment; the battle Cirilo fought against
during his years has resurfaced. While the last pages of his book talked about the “sunlight on broken stones,” I realized that we have returned to being just broken stones. All this added even more
to my dedication for the project, but more importantly, to the cause.
Cirilo’s voice is brave and bold, but his story is gritty and ridden with strife. Because of this, I drew
and edited highly contrasted visuals to emphasize the blacks and whites, and used a sketchy texture
as my brush. My assigned pages were about the oppressed, a play between the powerful and the poor, so I followed an art style that wasn’t refined and elegant. Reality is far from that.”
“I was challenged to understand the metaphors implied in Bautista’s work. I needed to research beyond what was written to grasp its robust narrative. School ended when I graduated and I find it intimidating to continue defining my voice. I aspire to advocate values in arts and design and I admit
that there is also frustration in pursuing a career.
The pandemic and the lockdown gave me time to research and ponder on the writings assigned.
Telex Moon provided me context related to our history and influenced me to embrace setbacks
as means of building up skills and sharpening our sense of purpose.”