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Vietnam and Cambodia in Film

  • Zenit E two country ASEAN tour

Entry point Ho Chi Minh City, to Siem Reap, back to exit point in Ho Chi Minh

Naked Niños

  • Ekpsosisyon Exhibit in SM City Cebu Gallery January 6-19, 2012 (First Artwork)

I had the opportunity to join a group show organized by PUSOD, Inc. I am a member of this art group since 1998. The venue would last until the Sinulog weekend (January 15), hence, I decided to do an artwork depicting the Sto. Niño with a different angle. This is the artwork inspired by Sigmund Freud’s quote : ” A man who has been the indisputable favorite of his mother keeps for life the feeling of a conqueror.”

The picture is taken from a factory making religious images. Seen here is the bigger Sto. Niño dwarfing the statue of his mother. It also seems that he is strangling her with a nylon rope. When in fact, he is tied to post to prevent him from falling. The rope is tied to her neck also to prevent this.

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Last week, a former student of mine confided to me that this artwork fell off and was damaged. I asked the person in charge of the mounting of the works as to how structurally stable it was when hanged. He said it is quite stable. I believe him since the artwork is quite light. There are some artworks displayed in the venue that are much heavier. I joked to my student that maybe, the Niños would want to leave the gallery to join the festivities. I also told her to call me if he cries, or would display other forms of precipitation. Maybe we can make money out of it. Accepting donations for viewing a miraculous image.

I went to see the condition of the work last week and saw that there were cracks and dents on the upper right side. It seemed that it was struck by a blunt object. If it just fell flat on the floor, I don’t think it would leave that kind of impression.

Yesterday, I had a facebook chat with student who viewed my artwork. He asked as to what inspired me to display this image. This was for his Humanities class. Here is an excerpt :

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Having read this, it came to me, that maybe someone got offended by my work and vandalized it. This is just a reaction from one person, a student at that.

This is not the first time that my work was vandalized. Back in college, I had a painting marked with a swastika with the use of a pentel pen. My college thesis was a one-man exhibit. I had it in a mall and lasted for two weeks. Within the duration of the exhibit, in between classes, I had a casual talk with my professor. I saw a taxi drive by and out came a lady in her mid-40’s. She approached us and greeted my professor first. It turned out that she was a former student and an alumna of the same Fine Arts program I was currently enrolled in.

The chit-chat lasted for about 5 minutes. She bid good-bye to my professor. But before she left, she said ; “Are you the artist, Estimo, whose works are now currently displayed in A____a?” Semi-delighted, I answered yes. Her reply. “Your works are good, but remember, Jesus loves you.”

Amsterdam, Antwerp & Rotterdam

  • Amsterdam, Antwerp and Rotterdam through the eyes of my Zenit-ET camera
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Planking

  • Boredom in the gym will lead to something

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It was Saturday, October 22 and powerlifting offseason for me. I am doing high reps instead of the usual 4 rep  max per heavy set routine. The gym was a furnace. It was during my rest period between the 8 rep 170 kg (374 lbs) deadlift that I decided to plank to get the feeling why this has been the craze lately. Seems easy enough. Owling will be next, perhaps?

Driving with a champion.

  • Most likely, his middle name is Pacquiao.

It’s not every day that your cabbie is probably a relative of a champion.

Spotted

  • Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo is using his power to let you recycle the Peso

He(llo Kitty) is Lord. Jesus on the dashboard.

  • Epiphany  (noun) – the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles.

Aug 18, 2011 – This morning, I was riding shotgun in a jeepney bound for Lahug. The sight of a toddler Cookie Monster in between two Hello Kitty characters beside a ceramic figurine with the words “He is Lord” written, caught my attention. So, I took two pictures using my cellphone’s camera. One was from a medium distance, the other was a close-up. (Maybe the traffic enforcer is Cookie Monster’s dad). (See image below).

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Because of the small screen and limited resolution of my phone, one can’t see a clear detail of the images taken. I downloaded the images to my computer for better viewing. An unexpected image came out on the close-up shot. A ghost-like image of Jesus Christ appeared. (See image below).

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Maybe this is Jesus’ way of saying to us that He is everywhere. You don’t have to go to CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines) to be with him. Together with an ashtray, dildo, condom or Mickey Mouse.

Zombie with lots of plants in Babag, Busay

  • Strangling Rez Cortez

Rez Cortez, the baddest bad man in Philippine Cinema. He’s so bad, he smirks upon the possibility of a 300+ pound zombie attempting to choke the hell out of him.