Kritika Kultura Lecture Series presents Megan Thomas

Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University will host a lecture by Dr. Megan Thomas titled “Performing Sovereignty in the Late Eighteenth Century: Simon de Anda, Diego Silang, and the British East India Company.” The lecture will be on July 13, 2016, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at SEC C 201A, Ateneo de Manila University. The lecture is open to the public.

Thomas’s abstract reads: “In late eighteenth century Luzon, the question of who ruled was a contested one, as the British occupied Manila, Simon de Anda led nearby resistance to the British, and further afield revolts challenged Spanish power. This talk treats how various actors in these contests represented sovereignty through words and actions, and how these representations were also efforts to solidify or even attain sovereign power. 


“The examples treated are claims to sovereignty made by British officials during the occupation of Manila 1762-4, by Simon de Anda who led the Spanish resistance in the countryside, and by Diego Silang who led a revolt in Ilocos. Each of these actors made claims to sovereignty in sometimes surprising ways. Simon de Anda claimed that he was the only true representative of the Spanish king, but the British claimed to be authorized by the Spanish king as well as the British one. Meanwhile Diego Silang likely represented his actions in different ways to different people, but by one account, claimed to be preserving Spanish sovereignty by usurping cowardly and disloyal local Spanish officials.  

“The talk uses these examples to explore the how sovereignty is enacted through performance and representation; how radical change is often authorized by its claims to be not revolution, but instead restoration; and how claims to sovereignty are often ambiguous and multifaceted, making them available to creative reappropriation.” 

Megan Thomas is Associate Professor of Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is interested in history and political theory.  Her book on ilustrado scholarship is now out with Anvil Publishing (Orientalists, Propagandists, and Ilustrados: Filipino Scholarship and the End of Spanish Colonialism). Her articles have appeared in the journals Philippine Studies, Contemporary Political Theory, Comparative Studies in Society and History, and the Review of Politics, and she is currently working, with others, to edit a volume on comparative political theory. Her ongoing research project is on the British occupation of Manila and related provincial revolts. In 2014 she spoke at Kritika Kultura about one facet of that research, the composition of British troops during the occupation. This talk is also drawn from that larger research project.

Call for Manuscripts for SULAT-DULA 4: A Playwriting Workshop in Mindanao

The Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts (XCCA) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) presents SULAT-DULA 4: A Playwriting Workshop in Mindanao on 17 to 19 November 2016 at Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, Cagayan de Oro City.

Part of XCCA’s flagship projects on Cultural Education and Artistic Excellence in the Literary Arts, SULAT-DULA is also the center’s contribution to a sustained development program for Mindanaoan playwrights.

This year’s playwriting workshop brings together distinguished playwrights as panelists, such as cultural studies researcher-critic Professor Steven PC Fernandez of MSU IIT’s Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG), screenplay writer-columnist Professor Layeta P Bucoy of UP Los Baños Department of Humanities, and television scriptwriter-dramaturg Rodolfo ‘Rody’ Vera of Writer’s Bloc Inc. Workshop fellows will undergo critiquing sessions and one-on-one consultations with the panelists. They will also have the opportunity to showcase their plays through script reading on stage.

All aspirants are invited to submit manuscripts on or before 12 noon of 01 October 2016. There will be ten slots available for aspiring playwrights whose works have not yet been staged and published.

Interested applicants should submit the following:

a. one page synopsis of the play;

b. complete and original manuscript of the one act-play;

c. certification of originality from any authority;

d. comprehensive resume with 2×2 ID picture; and

e. photocopy of resident certificate.

Plays written in Binisaya and other regional languages require Filipino or English translation.

Founded in 2008, SULAT-DULA is a bi-annual playwriting workshop for both established and budding Mindanaoan playwrights.

Submit all requirements to:

Hobart P Savior
Director, Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts (XCCA)
3rd Floor, Museo de Oro Building, Xavier University
Corrales Avenue, Cagayan de Oro City 9000

Call for Applications: 2016 Davao Writers Workshop

The Davao Writers Guild is now accepting applications to the 2016 Davao Writers Workshop to be held on October 22, 2016 to October 26, 2016.

Fifteen (15) fellowships are available, five (5) of which will be given to writers from outside Davao City but limited to residents of Mindanao.

Applications are for the following genres: short fiction, poetry, essay, and play. They may be in English, Tagalog, and/or Binisaya. Entries should contain 2 short stories (1,000 to 5,000 words), 2 essays (1,000 to 5,000 words), 2 one-act plays, or 5 poems.

Entries must be the applicants’ original works and should have not been accepted to another writers workshop or included in a creative writing thesis. Applicants should be a resident of Davao City or any part of Mindanao. Applicants should have not been an alumnus of the previous Davao Writers Workshop or a fellow to any of the national writers workshops. Accepted fellows will be given free board and lodging for the duration of the workshop.

Applicants are to fill out the application form, sign the certification form, and attach the electronic copy (.doc, .docx, or .rtf file) of the manuscript. Send to davaowritersworkshop[at]gmail[dot]com with subject: “DWW2016 Submission”. Deadline for submission is September 16, 2016.

For inquiries, please send a message to davaowritersworkshop[at]gmail[dot]com.

The 2016 Davao Writers Workshop is organized in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the University of the Philippines Mindanao.

For Application and Certification Forms, please visit


Submission Deadline Extended: “Elitism in Art and Culture”: An Undergraduate and Graduate Student Conference at DLSU-Manila

“Elitism in Art and Culture” is a one-day conference that is open to undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in any Philippine university or college. It will be held on the 23rd of July 2016 at De La Salle University, Manila and is an event organized and sponsored by the host university’s Department of Literature. No conference fee will be collected. Meals and snacks will be provided.


The keynote speaker of the conference is Dr. Martin Manalansan, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, Anthropology, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, LAS Global Studies, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Center for Global Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


We invite 250 words abstracts from qualified students on topics, which may include but are not limited to:


High/ low Culture

High Theory



Popular Culture

Public Intellectuals

University Rankings

The Middle Class

Marxist approaches to culture

Art and Activism

Literary Awards

The Canon

English Departments


Art and Social Media

Regional Literatures




Abstracts are to be electronically submitted on or before the 22nd of June 2016. Kindly email your abstract with short bio note to

Acceptance letters will be sent out by the 28th of June 2016.


Exceptional participants coming from outside Metro Manila are eligible to receive travel assistance. Interested participants may request for a travel bursary in their email.


Important Dates:

Abstracts Due: June 22, 2016.

Notification of Acceptance: June 28, 2016.

Conference Date: July 23, 2016.


About the keynote speaker:

Professor Martin Manalansan is the author of Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora (Duke University Press, 2003; Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2006). He is editor/co-editor of four anthologies namely,  Filipino Studies: Palimpsests of Nation and Diaspora (New York University Press, 2016) , Cultural Compass: Ethnographic Explorations of Asian America (Temple University Press, 2000) and Queer Globalizations: Citizenship and the Afterlife of Colonialism (New York University Press, 2002), Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader (New York University Press, 2013) He has edited several journal special issues include a special issue of the International Migration Review on gender and migration and more recently, a special issue of the  Journal of Asian American Studies entitled “Feeling Filipinos.”



Call for Papers, 4th Literary Studies Conference: Children’s Literature in Southeast Asia

Universitas Sanata Dharma, Indonesia

19 to 20 Oct. 2016

Conference Focus

When dealing with literature for children and young adults (LCYA), there are two different concerns academicians usually focus on: LCYA for pedagogical means, and LCYA as a subject of literary studies. In Indonesia, while LCYA starts to boom and becomes more available, the study of LCYA itself does not follow the trend. In the university level, there are only a few researchers who dedicate themselves to the study of LCYA and it is still difficult to find an LCYA department or area of study in the Indonesian universities.

Considering the fact that LCYA in Indonesia—and possibly Southeast Asia—is still understudied, the 4th LSC (Literary Studies Conference) raises this issue to see possible causes and future directions for LCYA study in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. We invite and encourage the submission of papers from Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries dealing specifically with the questions of children’s literature in our local context.

The conference invites you to send an abstract under a particular topic area.

Guidelines for Submitting Abstract

  1. Write your 250-word abstract (in English or Bahasa Indonesia), provide a title, your name, email, name of department and university.
  2. Indicate under what particular topic area your abstract is being submitted.
  3. Submit your abstract no later than 1 Aug. 2016.
  4. Indicate any audio-visual equipment or logistical requirements you might need for your presentation at the conference.
  5. Indicate the language of presentation (the committee provides interpreters for those who present in Bahasa Indonesia).

Submit your abstract to Your abstract acceptance notification will be sent two (2) weeks after your submission. Full paper has to be submitted by 26 Sept. 2016.

Topic Areas

  1. the questions of authorship and readership in literature for children and young adults (LCYA)
  2. LCYA and post-colonial imagination
  3. LCYA and ecology
  4. Diversity in LCYA
  5. LCYA and language teaching
  6. LCYA and oral tradition
  7. LCYA and performance studies
  8. Language in LCYA
  9. Peace education through LCYA
  10. LCYA and translation
  11. LCYA and psychology

Call for Papers: Kritika Kultura Monograph Series on Diaspora, Migration, Transnationality, and Identity

Globalization has resulted in diaspora—the dispersal of immigrants to different parts of the globe—as well as the transnational circuiting of commodities. Borders previously perceived as physically real and tangible have become porous. Geographical displacement has resulted in shifting identities among numerous people. Literary and cultural studies scholars and critics have theorized and researched on the category “diaspora,” along with affiliated concepts such as “nostalgia,” “homeland,” “diasporic identity,” “hybridity,”  “ethnicity,” “authenticity,” among others. These categories, in turn, have been reconceptualized and refunctioned by specific sectors within the diasporic communities.
Kritika Kultura aims to take part in the dialogue emerging from the multi-faceted, often contradictory, methodological approaches, discursive practices, and theoretical dispositions pertaining to diaspora. Kritika Kultura aims to explore issues that result from the dialectics between a diasporic community and vagaries of the hegemonic culture and nation-state.

Kritika Kultura invites contributions for its Monograph Series from scholars in the Humanities and Social Sciences who work on diasporic formation, particularly—but not exclusively—in the Philippine context. Kritika Kultura invites scholars to submit manuscripts that interrogate the subject of diaspora and its related categories:

1. The politics of location and identity
2. The negotiation or reterritorialization of  diasporic space, like narrative-making and
“definitional ceremonies”
3. Intersection of global economy, transnational circuiting of goods, services, and market
in diasporic communities
4. Reproduction of diasporic identity vis-à-vis the demands and pressures of the new host
country and the originary country
5. The currency of roots, origin, and “authenticity” for diasporic communities
6. How categories of identification—gender, class, race, and ethnicity—constitute and
regulate immigrants
7. Emergence of new diasporic languages and cultural forms

Submission Guidelines
Kritika Kultura accepts monographs for possible inclusion in the Feb. 2017 issue. Manuscripts must be submitted by 31 Aug. 2016. E-mail a soft copy of the full paper, an abstract, and a brief bionote to Ma. Soccoro Q. Perez, PhD (; cc:; subject heading: KK Monograph Series). For further details regarding the editorial policy and monograph format, please refer to the Editorial Policy section in the Kritika Kultura website.

#HeistClub: The Launch

Let’s write Crime! Filipino writers were challenged to write tales of dark pathways and mysterious psyches, misdemeanor and trouble, dread and doubt.

#HeistClub was an online workshop facilitated by Mina V. Esguerra in the last quarter of 2015. The class was organized by Bronze Age Media and sponsored by Buqo and Enderun’s The Study.

Each crime story had to be set in the Philippines, and it had to be written in English. Each story should pave the way for a series, so it should be Case #1, with the next cases in the works for subsequent release. A foreign language needed to be incorporated into the story, with our sponsor, Enderun providing the writers free translation services.

The following mentors gave invaluable tips and lessons to the writers during the course of the workshop: Jennifer Hillier, F.H. Batacan, R.J. Taduran, Kevin Uy, Juliet Grames, and Andrea Pasion-Flores.

In the end, sixteen crime stories were produced. They were released in three ebook bundles on the Buqo application early this year. The bundle names are: What We Fear, Why We Run, and What We Hide.

#HeistClub: Why We Run
· Bayawak’s Trail by Justine Camacho-Tajonera

· The Fraud Hunter Book 1: Chasing an ATM Schemer by Racquel Sarah A. Castro

· The Retreat by Yeyet Soriano

· Come With Me by Michael Recto

· Inertia by Sette Luis

#HeistClub: What We Fear
· Till Death Do Us Apart by Irene Nicholas-Recio

· Soul Makers by Jee Ann Guibone

· Classified by Georgette S. Gonzales

· High Stakes by Ana Valenzuela

· Dressed to Kill by Cassandra Javier

#HeistClub: What We Hide
· Snakehead by Bianca Mori

· Sampaguita by Mark Manalang

· Let’s Play Murder by Farrah F. Polestico

· Corpus Delicti by Porcupine Strongwill

· The Flame Squad: Sly Prince by Jessica E. Larsen

· The Gung Ho Lady by Arlene Manocot

On June 25, 2016, at 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Enderun’s The Study, located at 4th Floor, Podium, Ortigas Center, the sixteen stories will be officially launched to the public. From the time they were released in their ebook bundles, some of the authors have refined, updated and enhanced their respective stories for release as stand-alone novels/novellas in multiple platforms: Buqo, Kindle, Smashwords, and print.

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Araw ng PHSA 2016

Araw ng PHSA 2016 welcomes home ethnomusicologist Grace Nono, actress Shamaine Centenera, filmmaker Raymond Red, pianist Greg Zuniega, and other alumni on June 11

On the occasion of the Philippine High School for the Arts` 39th Foundation Day celebrations on 11 June 2016, PHSA alumni will gather for a reunion entitled Ibarang Konek at the National Arts Center in Mt. Makiling, Los Baños, Laguna. PHSA is proud to present this year`s featured four batches and their members:

Batch Fernando Amorsolo (1981)-Homer Abejuro, Betty Arcilla-Sulit, Leila Florentino-Aubert, Pablo Biglang-Awa, Jr., Ma. Christina Belir-Veitch, Ma. Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, Tomas Bustos, Jesus Gabriel Caguia, John Percival Cinco, Rosario Clemeno, Ricardo Galing II, Ma. Cecilia Herras-Tence, Susan Jaducana, Robert Joaquin, Jesse James Pastor, Jonathan Policarpio, Epifanio Red, Jr. (a.k.a. Juan Pula), and Renato Sulit.

Batch Nicanor Abelardo (1981)-Liza Aragon, Noel Arce, Grace Nono-Aves, Edna Encarnacion-Castillo, Rodolfo de la De la Cruz, Arminda de Pala, Faith Daphne Estrada, Henry Frejas, Cleofe Guangko-Casambre, Ma. Zenaida Halili, Sheila Leuterio, Nilo Ondevilla, Emmanuel Ramos, Alwin Reamillo, Marlon Reyes, Leonard Vincent Sales, Carlito Seneres, Jose Torres, Hermogenes Ureta Jr., and Jose Francisco Victoriano (a.k.a. Ian Victoriano).

Batch Francisca Aquino (1982)- Junivic Andrion, Ma. Victoria Gomez-Cinco, Paul Carlo Concepcion, Elizabeth Diaz, Sheila Galvez-Kurtz, Waling-Waling Gorospe, Ma. Edelwina Hilario, Leo Gerardo Leonardo, Clodualdo Llana, Rhona Mamaril-Villanueva, Genevieve Pacaña, Ma. Roscela Pamela Poyatos, Marcelino Punongbayan, Jr., Elmer Ramos, Raymond Red, Ma. Matilde Sace, Jeffrey Tepora, and Ronald Yumol.

Batch Francisco Buencamino Sr. (1983)- Victoria Elena Dalaza-Belarmino, Ma. Christine Berango-Munoz, Libertine Santos-Dela Cruz, Joselito Fajardo, Dante Gomez, George DL Guzman, Stella Marie Herras-Lunqvist, Ann Villanueva-Hidalgo, Alan Thaddeus Hilario, Omelda Ilagan, Joanne Katherine Ko-Dela Calzada, Ma. Victoria Cilette Liboro-Co, Jerome Malic, Ma. Socorro Aurora Medina-Hara, Ana Ferlissa Victoriano-Mendoza, Lily Ann Marcos-Padaen, Ma. Analina Ylagan-Pedro, Marie Alexis Ocana-Relampagos, Jovencio Rosario, Charity Sabinosa, Elizabeth Begonia-Siojo, Palmy Marinel Pe-Tudtud, Clarissa Joyce Torres, Amparo Adelina Umali III, Ma. Christina Viguilla-Navarro, Kerwin John Villasin, Josue Greg Zuniega, and Josue Sim Zuniega who serves as PHSA Ibarang Alumni Association representative.

The festivities will start at 6am at the Cultural Center of the Philippines parking lot where participants will be picked up by PHSA bus that will bring them to Mt. Makiling. At 8am, Alay Kay Inang Kalikasan will commence with tree-planting activities.

At 10am, in Alay Kay Inang Bayan, PHSA will give recognition to friends and members of its family who have been supportive to its mandate to provide and implement a general secondary level program, combined with a special curriculum oriented to the arts and geared to the early recognition and development of highly talented children exceptionally gifted in the arts, thus providing a continuing source of artists of excellence and leaders in the preservation and promotion of the Filipino heritage. St. Scholastica`s College professor and concert pianist Josue Greg Zuniega together with soprano Luz Morete will deliver a lecture/performance on the theme Kundiman at Nasyonalismo.

The highlight of this segment is the official launch of BEST @ 40 in preparation for the PHSA’s 40th anniversary next year — on 11 June 2017.

After lunch from 1pm onwards will be the Alumnayan where the following PHSA alumni will share their views on art and life after Makiling: actress Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino (Batch Amorsolo `81), fashion designer Edna Encarnacion-Castillo (Batch Abelardo `81), TVC director Henry Frejas (Batch Abelardo `81), painter/film maker Jon Red (Batch Amorsolo `81), arts administrator Vincent Sales (Batch Abelardo `81), film maker Raymond Red (Batch Aquino `82), and St. Scholastica`s College professor and concert pianist Greg Zuniega (Batch Buencamino `83).

After dinner will be the much-awaited Alay Kay Inang Paaralan called Makiling Jamming. To be featured are the performances of Grace Nono (Batch`81), MET Ballet soloist Candice Adea (Batch 2003), former Ballet Philippines artist Joanne Ko-Dela Calzada (Batch`83), Sanghiyas Pangkat Mananayaw folk dancers Al Bernard Garcia (Batch `2008) and JM Cabling (Batch 2009), Visual Arts ANG Montage, pianist Katherine Fernandez-Asis (Batch `96), flutist Jay Gomez (Batch `96), St. Scholastica`s College professor & ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra concert master Ralph Taylan (Batch 2001), cellist Francisco Lllorin (Batch 1990) and other PHSA alumni from batches 1977 up to present: Luna, Ocampo, Manansala, Molina, Kasilag, Francisco, Santiago, Rizal, Hidalgo, De la Rama, Hernandez_Legazpi, Avellana_Brocka, Abueva, Locsin, San Pedro_Bukaneg, Edades_Fuentes, Urtula_Nakpil, Joaquin, Goquinco_Buenaventura, Villa_Celerio, Arturo Luz, Bernal_Tinio, AngKiukok_Gonzalez, Almario_Arcellana, Veneracion, Lopez Jaena_Guererro, Lumbera_Cabrera, Obusan_Navarro, Maceda, Quirino_Valera, Alcuaz_Avellana and Imao_Jose.

For details, please call or text Ms. Cleofe Cabauatan at #09189017662 or email her via as well as visit PHSA Makiling or join Ibarang Konek on facebook.

Patimpalak: Gawad Rogelio Sicat 2016

Timpalak sa Pagsulat ng Tula, Maikling Kuwento at Sanaysay

Bilang pagkilala sa hindi matatawarang kontribusyon ni Rogelio “Roger” Sicat sa pag-unlad ng Panitikan ng Pilipinas, patuloy na itinataguyod ng Opisina ng Tsanselor ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, Diliman at Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas, Kolehiyo ng Arte at Literatura, UP Diliman ang GAWAD ROGELIO SICAT: Timpalak sa Pagsulat ng Tula, Maikling Kuwento at Sanaysay. Pangunahing layunin ng patimpalak na himukin ang mga mag-aaral na magpasa ng kanilang mga malikhaing akda at bigyang-gawad ang nagsisimulang manunulat na nagpapakita ng kahusayan sa pagsulat sa wikang Filipino.

Para sa taon na ito, sa pamamagitan ng suporta ng Opisina ng Tsanselor ng UP Diliman, katuwang ang UP Diliman Sentro ng Wikang Filipino (UPD-SWF) sa pagtaguyod ng patimpalak bilang bahagi ng taunang pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Wika tuwing Agosto. Pakikiisa rin ito ng UPD-SWF sa ika-50 anibersaryo ng pagkakatatag ng UP Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas. Sa pamamagitan ng patimpalak, hindi lamang naisusulong ang Palisi sa Wika ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas. Higit pa, muling napatunayan ang halaga ng pagsulat ng mga malikhaing akda sa Filipino sa pagbuo ng sariling kultura, kasaysayan at kaakuhan.

Narito ang tuntunin ng patimpalak:

1. Bukas ang patimpalak sa lahat ng estudyanteng di-gradwado at gradwadong masteral ng UP System. Kailangang nagtapos noong 2014-2015 o nakaenrol ang lalahok sa Ikalawang Semestre ng Akademikong Taon 2015-2016.

2. May tatlong kategorya: tula, maikling kuwento, at personal na sanaysay.

3. Sa kategoryang tula, bubuuhin ng limang tula ang bawat lahok.

4. Sa kategoryang maikling kuwento, may minimum na sampung pahina at maksimum na dalawampung pahina (double spaced) ang lahok.

5. Sa kategoryang personal na sanaysay, minimum na sampung pahina at maksimum na dalawampung pahina (double spaced) ang lahok. Ang isusulat na akda’y nakatuon sa paksang “Ang Wikang Filipino sa Aking Disiplina.”

6. Maaaring lumahok sa lahat ng kategorya subalit isang lahok lamang ang maaaring isali sa bawat kategorya.

7. Ang mga lahok ay hindi pa dapat nalalathala (printed man o sa online journal) o nananalo sa anumang pambansang patimpalak.

8. Sa bawat lahok, kailangang magsumite ng PDF file at ipadala ito sa Kinakailangan din ang kopya ng Form 5 at kinumpletong entry form. (Ang entry form ay maaaring kunin sa opisina ng Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas. Maaari din itong i-download sa Maaari ring personal na isumite ang mga lahok sa UP Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas at naka-address sa:

Lupon ng mga Hurado
Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas
Kolehiyo ng Arte at Literatura
Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, Diliman

Importanteng Tala: Marapatin na walang nakalagay na pangalan sa isusumiteng lahok. Ilagay lamang ang pangalan at detalye ng lahok sa Entry Form na naka-PDF file.

Ang huling araw sa pagsumite ng mga lahok ay sa Agosto 15, 2016. Para sa dagdag na mga impormasyon, katanungan o anumang paglilinaw, maaaring makipag-ugnayan kay Prop. U. Eliserio sa 0916615338, Bb. Faye Vera Cruz sa (02)-9244747, o mag-email sa

Exhibit Opening: Point of Convergence

Can time set the world in motion? Maybe. And there should be convergence of crises – social, mobile, cloud, big data, community and other powerful forces of technology – to feel our existence on a single point.

One may ponder that it is imperative to realize that a point is not a thing, but a place. This is exactly the revelation being shared to us from the merging of spirits by Christopher Fernandez, John Mark Galutera, and Paul Eric Roca in their group art exhibition entitled “Point of Convergence”. 

Granted, these three artists make a space for us who sometimes forget to burn our desire in creating social impact. How much or little we grasp that visual art absorbs power. Arguably, so is love… in representing the secret worth of things.

Without people who can paint, we would not have many of the things we take for granted. For these things, just as for the Filipinos, we think the pursuit of the exhibition is at its core no different from any other fields like Math or Philosophy.

Time and space approach toward a definite value. The portrayals they bring for our eyes can also converge to a specific point from psyche to the surface of human souls, from ourselves up to the sights we deemed as ordinary.

In Primal Salvo, the group art exhibition slated last November 2015, Christopher Fernandez gave us the evidence of conveying with poise opinions which differ from the injustices of our environment. This taste of art serves as means of modifying internal state to permit us to tolerate social settings. Now, he proves us things to reach in silence behind in within art and language, leaving the question of whether his persona can adopt to the mode of self-expression. But spare him a chance to defend his right to explore her enigmatic presence in the limelight of Lucenahins’ myriad of symptoms.

John Mark Galutera is another man of boundaries. He always attuned in making out spaces, locating places, and suggesting time. Being said, Galutera finds affinity in mixing grays and blues. Like he always do, he “probes into the permanence of objects and how moments become mementos, events turn to anecdotes and realities into histories…” The Point of Convergence commends him to breathe new life. Aside from translating collected images using multilayers of media to fill out the canvass, he is of vanguard to verse out his style challenged by point – new dimension.

Thumbs up to Eric Paul Roca. From, Roca has always been a kid at heart and never wants to lose his ability to view the world with awe and wonder. At a very young age, he was fascinated with colorful images and often cut out illustrations from magazines for his scrap book. He would draw portraits of his family and his superheroes on walls or any flat surfaces. He was in an art club throughout his elementary school days, which ultimately paved way to a fine arts degree. With this series, he is delving into the abyss of the human psyche: a dilemma of beliefs that have shaped a person’s totality – the push and pull between chaos and conformity. These expressions of anguish and apprehension reflect the purging of one’s self. The dark and ominous tones depict the raw and blatant appearance of a person stripped of pretension. We see what we are in our own lonely selves, distorted sinuous bodies that portray our imperfect selves.

Here’s the catch: they converged with one purpose – evolution of psyche.

But then again, let us also consider our artists in searching for our national identity. Still, “what’s the point?” is the wrong question to ask. Art matters if we are to look at an angle that so long ago it is seen as an instrument in shaping “national” consciousness. Dubbed as the title of an essay written by Clarissa Chikiamco lies the question: So have our artists found the Filipino soul? The exhibition is not just an exhibition. Fernandez, Galutera, and Roca are well aware of the fact that an art must be conveyed from a space – Lucena City Quezon, part of the Philippines. Period.