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Monica Castillo

Pag-Angat sa Inang Bayan sa Gitna ng Pagsubok

Pag-Angat sa Inang Bayan sa Gitna ng Pagsubok

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Inang Bayan sits atop a carabao, a beast of labor as they are lifted from the chaotic waves by four figures, perhaps warriors ready to save the motherland from peril.

A smaller figure in the middle holds out their hand in supplication, hoping for a better fate amidst trials and tribulations. Meanwhile, behind are 2 sarimanoks (a legendary bird from Maranao) about to battle, alluding to the ever-popular sabong (rooster fights).

Sarimanoks represent hope, while the rooster fights represent the battles and perhaps reckless gambling that is necessary for a better tomorrow. Written on the waves is our national anthem in modern Baybayin (Philippine script), a reminder of our duties and obligations to our mother country.

The title roughly translates to: "Uplifting the Motherland in the Midst of Challenges".

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• Created in 2022



MATERIAL: Fabriano 640gsm paper
MEDIUM: Watercolor
SIZE: 30" x 21"
WEIGHT: Less than 1kg
ORIGINAL: One-of-a-kind artwork
DISCLAIMER: Product colors may slightly vary due to differences in photographic lighting or monitor settings on your screen.

Care Instructions

Avoid touching the painted areas. Advisable to have the artwork matted and framed using acid-free materials.

Avoid displaying on areas with too much moisture or direct sunlight.

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Monica Castillo: Filipino Artist


Monica Castillo

Monica Castillo: LGBTQ Visual Artist

Monica Castillo is an emerging visual artist who completed her Masters at the Faculty of Fine Arts - Global Art Practice at Tokyo University of the Arts.

Her distinct and intricate style is characterized by layers upon layers of lines; whereas her approach to art is that of an adventurous journey, fueled by her memories, experiences, learnings, and senses. Her technical mastery is even matched by her childlike sense of wonder, making her art both captivating and inspiring!

Read her story & interview →

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