This artist did a pixel art animation depicting rainy season in the Philippines

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 25, 2019   •   1291

17-year-old Paul Timothy Sabado is a graphic design student and has just started doing pixel art in May this year.

From soaked shoes to the warmth of a lugawan house, his most recent work pictured what it’s like in the Philippines during rainy season. He has put intricate details for every scene.

“Although rainy season seems bad in the Philippines there’s always a good view for it to be beautiful and pleasing that most of us don’t seem to see,” he said in an interview.

According to Paul, he made a series of artworks on Twitter entitled ‘Ulan’ and compiled it into one video.—AAC

Robber caught on viral video arrested in Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 7, 2019

The man who was caught in a viral video for robbing a trucker in Road-10 Tondo, Manila was arrested by authorities on Sunday (October 6).

The Manila Police District Special Mayor’s Reaction Team (MPD-SMaRT) arrested Christopher Dumapi alias “Toper” during an anti-criminality operation on Mel Lopez Boulevard.

Dumapi is one of the four suspects who robbed a trucker on Saturday (October 5). Authorities identified the remaining suspects as Jack Dumapi, Junjun Barola, and Jimwell Jimenez.

On Monday, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso expressed his gratitude for the netizens who took the video of the crime.

“Maraming salamat sa iyo. Kung hindi dahil sa’yo, hindi mo inupload, hindi natin mabibigyan ng hustisya ang ginawang pang-aabuso sa driver ng truck (Thank you. If not for you, there will be no justice for the truck driver),” he said.

Meanwhile, the Manila Mayor also called out the parents of the suspects to surrender their sons and face justice.

“Sa mga magulang ng mga ito, hawak na po namin ang mga pangalan. Hinahanap na po kayo ng mga alagad ng batas. Hinahanap po kayo (To the parents of these individuals, we have the names [of your sons]. Authorities are now looking for them),” he added.—AAC

UK museum acquires artworks by late Ivatan artist

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 17, 2019

The United Kingdom’s foremost modern and contemporary art museum, Tate Modern, has acquired three artworks from the late Ivatan artist Pacita Abad.

Abad is considered as one of the most important contemporary artists in the Philippines. Two of her artworks, acquired by the museum, is from a series entitled Bacongo while the third artwork is entitled European Mask.

Ambassador to the United Kingdom Antonio M. Lagdameo said this affirms that Philippine art is an important part of the international artistic canon.

“Tate Modern has one of the most extensive and diverse collections of artwork from all over the world and is one of the world’s most important contemporary art galleries,” according to the DFA.—AAC

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Photographers launch ‘Bayanihan para sa Batanes’ to help quake victims

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 2, 2019

Breathtaking rolling hills of Batanes | Photo by Freician Cantero

The spirit of bayanihan has proven itself timeless.

In the digital age, a group of photographers has gathered together to launch ‘Bayanihan para sa Batanes’.

READ: Congressmen to donate part of their salaries for Batanes quake victims

In their Facebook page, they put up their works for sale. All the proceeds will go to the victims of the Itbayat earthquake. 

Like a digital art gallery, the Facebook page of Bayanihan para sa Batanes is filled with moments — moments of nature, of people captured in the eyes of various photographers.

According to one of the photographers, RA Valderama, it all started with a group of friends who dearly love Batanes.

“It started by just selling a few photos, and calling attention of other photographers who want to help as well in this advocacy” he said.

Bayanihan has also proven itself limitless, it is not just about neighbors helping neighbors. According to Valderama, more than a dozen photographers across the country have submitted their works for the campaign.

“Before we know it we are almost 50 in number,” he said.

The spirit of bayanihan today goes beyond the willingness to share your physical strength. For these photographers as long as they can, they will.

Valderama said they are still open for more photographers.

“We still accept photographers who want to share their art and help this cause,” he said.—AAC

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