“It was my first time reading a Cirilo Bautista piece and I really enjoyed it. At first, it was a challenge to peruse due to the archaic terminologies, unconventional writing style and recurring metaphors.
I felt Cirilo’s love and frustrations for the motherland. “The Trilogy of Saint Lazarus” is a profound poem that has so much to say.
I recommend it to people, 18 years old and above. Just like Cirilo’s writing, I want to give my viewers some room for their own interpretation.”
“At the same time, I aspired to create an artwork that will complement his masterful literature so I decided to make a zhe zhi
or folded paper of a baro’t-saya to incorporate my own art. Cirilo stated how our culture evolved throughout the ages.
We no longer consider it as purely Spanish or Filipino but rather a fusion of all the cultures that influenced us through the centuries. The current national costume that we have is a product of this fusion. I want the viewers to consider my work as art
and the zine as an exhibition.
it was difficult to showcase the effect through print. The other challenge was Cirilo. In all honesty, his epic, historical poem was not an easy read.”