Sunday, April 23, 2017

№ 306. Sunday Through Square Lenses

Lectores de las palabras perdido (Readers of the lost words).
Blindfolded, the Jesuit reads a catechism,
the Augustinian, a novena in Tagalog, while
the Recollect recites a Visayan prayer.
The Dominican holds a box with the tithes
collected for all the lost words.

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."

The signature of the HOCUS (Hofilena + Custodio)
is actually an icon, I call it the anghel de cuyacoy.
He is a Filipino angel sitting on a bench
reading a book
with one leg swaying nonchalantly.
He is an angel destined to battle
ignorance and superstition
and not Satan's murderous horde.
---- Saul Hofilena Jr.

Stained glass window of the Manila Cathedral
is a fitting cap to an excursion in Manila,
the distinguished and ever loyal city.

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