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Ferdinand Cacnio’s Uplift (2017) is a figure of a maiden suspended in the air, supported only through her voluminous hair. Some say the figure resembles the sculpture Oblation – closed eyes, serene countenance, outstretched arms, and bare – thus calling it the “female Oblation”.

Photo by I.R. Arenas


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Undoubtedly basketball is the Philippines’ favourite sport. Crudely made backboards, like this one, are a common sight with barefoot, half-naked residents out for an afternoon game.

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Nearly a year ago, Dulaang UP staged the premiere of Angry Christ premiered at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theatre in UP Diliman. It was an exploration of how Alfonso Ossorio, a Filipino painter of cosmopolitan background, conceived arguably his most ambitious mural in a chapel located in a sugarcane hacienda owned by his family. Playwright Floy Quintos delved into the mind of the artist, speculating much about his identity, homosexuality, and artistry. Actor Nel Gomez starred as Ossorio.

Photo by I.R. Arenas