Back to our Roots

I want to take a moment and go back to our roots, where it all started with Filipino artists.

The Filipino-American experience is one we have all come to be familiar with, but at the same time, we have steadily lost the sense of the Philippines and her cultural heroes.

The Oblation, sculpture by Guillermo Tolentino
The Oblation, sculpture by Guillermo Tolentino
Hernando R. Ocampo
Napoleón Abueva
Cesar Legaspi
Jose Garcia Villa
Guillermo Tolentino
F. Sionil José

These names have one thing in common, besides their relative obscurity to today’s Filipino-American youth: they have all been named National Artists of the Philippines, all amazing artists in their own right, in fields ranging from painting to literature.

Hernando Ocampo, a radical modern visual artist who revolutionized art with his new abstract methods depicting the Philippine landscape.

Napoleón Abueva, father of modern Philippine sculpture.

F. Sionil José, a novelist and short story writer whose works about class struggle in the Philippines have been translated into 22 languages.

And the others? Look them up, learn something about your past, share it with the world.

[ Reena Flores / Consultant ]

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