The speech was Rizal’s toast to the triumph of D. Juan Luna’s Spolarium painting and it seems to me that the whole monologue was said in great meditation and in my opinion, he has commanded the attention of those who came for the dinner.
In the first few parts, he described the surroundings with much romanticism like he is surrounded by “men of heart” and ” where noble emotions dwell” and “the air is full of empathetic good feeling.” At the time, the Philippines was under so much oppression by the Spanish friars that is impossible to talk about it in public unless you would want to be incarcerated as a filibuster.
In a true heroic fashion, his words was enough to give us an imprint of how well he enunciated these forbidden things, and how big an impression he makes to everyone who witnesses his formal address.
It takes a real artist to be able to create something worth talking about: delivering a message across, evoking an emotion, showing beauty bare eyes could not see, inciting an action or inspiring a thought. Popular belief tells us that art is the most difficult field to embark in because of its subjective nature and after working for four years in the industry, I could say it remains so.
Some convict that art is a walk in the park because it doesn't need the stereotypical technicalities and analytics. Just goes to show that these people has never gotten their hands on the tools of the artist be it digital or traditional. There is a reason why art has taken over museums all over the world grossing billions of dollars in sales, incited societal rebellions, cultural revolutions, political and worldy spiritual movements that have changed the world simply because they give value that no other field can.
My Art Career
I did design for a living. I have been a Web Designer and Grap…
A lot have criticized Christianity here in Cebu because of our festivities in honor of the Child Jesus because they claim it is a form of idolatry. I know. Everyone has their opinions. But I’m pretty much sure that people don’t put all of their faith on the image itself but the more we worship it the more it affirms their convictions. Let us just treat the image as an image and not God because the line is very much thinning.
But we all have God to thank that Cebu has been spared from a lot of disaster that has ravaged our neighbors: no typhoons and floods, no earthquakes and not much fires and most definitely not that affected by the financial crisis that has kept the world barely breathing. Economy here is pretty much alive and everyone can attest to that. So I think this celebration of ours makes sense as we have a lot to gratify and most of which are not merely protections but as well as blessings we have received all year round. Sinulog happens every year and this is the third t…