The Philippines was colony of Spain for about three hundred thirty three years. Yes, 333 years! 333 years divided by 20 years, for every generation, equals 16.65 generations.
|Los Filipinos. Oil on Wood.|
Again, a pause to digest that factoid. That is 16.65 generations under the Spanish colonial rule. All in the name of the three Gs: God, glory and, of course, gold!
No wonder then that the Philippine psyche is a layered maze of syncretism: the amalgamation or attempted amalgamation of different religions, cultures, influence or schools of thought.
The exhibit in the National Museum, Hocus, like the dioramas in Ayala Museum, is a walk through the dense tapestry of Filipino history.
Hocus, is the name of the exhibit. "The Hofileña & Custodio Paintings—one supplies the images, the other paints them—are ‘a collaboration between a historian who cannot paint and a painter wary of history.’ It is like discovering a secret history of life under the friars."
|Stained glass window of the Manila Cathedral |
is a fitting cap to an excursion in Manila,
the distinguished and ever loyal city.