Cebuano Artist Brings Mythical Creatures to Life

Published May 18, 2016 | By Van Owen Sesaldo

KRISS Milan, a University of the Philippines-Cebu student, brings back to life the country’s ancient mythical creatures in the contemporary world with his neophyte art exhibit Ang Modernong Mga Abat.


The exhibit has eight digital art installations, each rendering two-dimensional holographic images of modern reinterpretations of the Philippine monsters and beasts that have lived in the stories of the Filipino people for centuries.


Milan’s 2-D images are created through a cross of digital photography and digital painting. With a reinvented multi-colored studio lighting setup and heavy digital manipulation, he is able to show the vibrancy of Philippine culture in hyper realistic images of the manananggal, duwende, sirena and kapre, among others.

Ang Modernong Mga Abat is an exhibit that aims to remind the audience about the mythical creatures of the country’s past that continue to live on today, their stories serving as reminders of this generation’s modern monsters.


A striking piece in the exhibit is that of the manananggal—a vampire-like Philippine mythical creature that feeds on the flesh of man and other vulnerable lower creatures. But to Milan, the manananggal is a representation of manipulative people who would prey on the weaknesses of other people to get what they want.

The exhibit opened at the Don Sergio Osmeña Sr. Memorabilia and CAP Art Gallery on Osmeña Blvd., Cebu City last May 11 and will run until May 24. It is presented by the University of the Philippines Cebu (UP Cebu) and the Fine Arts Students Organization (Faso) of UP Cebu. (PR)