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Pareho Pero Lahi

Pareho Pero Lahi

Acrylic on Canvas

Situatedin the lower left side of the canvas, two different persons are seen, theundraped and the clothed. The former representing the brave people who foughtin the Battle of Mactan and the latter, the contemporary workforce amidst thepandemic. Their hands are vividly painted with a single color. Certain parts oftheir bodies are recolored and overlapping each other. Both of them are lookinginto a skewed angle. Their bodies are observed to be in the process of wearingoff.

Altruismand selflessness, both qualities are exhibited by these persons. Theoverlapping visual element showcases how they share the same goal of fightingfor and helping their people. Though they are similar in characteristic, theyvary in context. Highlighted by the angular perspective, these boldly coloredhands signify their differences. As they say, the hand embodies a person’sexperiences and ordeals.  Thecomplementary colors, red and green, are juxtaposed to denote the context oftheir heroism. Red for the violence and bloodshed to protect our motherland. Onthe other “hand”, green for care, safekeeping and attention in service tofellow countrymen. While these acts of heroism contribute to the greater good, itis an irrevocable fact that their acts are deemed sacrificial. The pictorialcomponent of wearing off or evaporating into thin air symbolizes theevanescence and how these acts make a person lose a part of itself. It isundeniable that they could lose their time, strength and ultimately, their ownlives for their fellowmen. The subjects’ action of looking in a certain angleconveys their hope for a better tomorrow.

Within the painting,it is noteworthy that there’s a vast space on the upper right portion of thecanvas. This emptiness is used to emphasize that these cases of heroism arebound timeless. Their deeds always influence and make space for futuregenerations to come. They will always be a paragon of dedication and altruism.

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