Prof. Danton Remoto | The Opposite of Apathy | Page 2

Prof. Danton Remoto | The Opposite of Apathy | Page 2

Prof. Danton Remoto | The Opposite of Apathy | Page 2

BY Danton Remote
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One bright spot in the bleak national landscape is the writing and production of children's books. Recent harvest shows that the bumper crop continues, and will likely to do so in the next few years. The best of these books introduces values ​​without the leaden moral lessons and pieties that deaden one's sensitivity. And the illustrations not only blaze but also sing!

The Cat Painter by Becky Bravo, with illustrations by Mark Ramsel Salvatore III (Adarna Books) is a witty story that teaches the importance of diversity. Miral, the chief cat painter, has decreed that cats can only eat in three colors: black, white, and yellow. But one day, a playful and young angel, the painter named Rahal, comes along. He asks: "Has a cat ever been colored partly black and partly white? Or partly white and partly yellow? ... [or] in all three colors? In brown? In gray? In stripes and patches? In spots. "

With words seemingly graven in stone, Miral says no. "They have always been only black, white, or yellow." Undaunted, the young angel begins to paint a rainbow of colors for the cats. "I have borrowed a jar of red paint from the angel in charge of birds and a jar of green paint from the angel in charge of frogs. When they asked him why, he said he needed to add some green to make some brown, and that he needed red to add some yellow to make some orange ... "

This book is a painless introduction to the mixes, tones, and textures of colors. The shocked old angel turns to God for arbitration. He was sure that God would punish the young subversive. And pity the young angel, his wings begin to quiver in fear.

God was so pleased with the cat that he asked the young painter for more cats in various colors. "I would like to have a good time. Colors in Mindanao

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The beauty of colors is also found in Tony Perez's interactive children's book, Inang Bayan's New Clothes (Mga Bag-ong Sinina and Inahang Nasod) illustrated by Frances C. Alcaraz (Anvil Publishing). The book is funded by a grant from Ambassador Kristie Kenney of the U.S. Embassy, ​​which help was acknowledged by the Manila Critics Circle's National Book Awards in its awarding ceremony at the fair book last year. I am one of the members of the Manila Critics Circle.

The setting is Mindanao and the characters are the young girls Feliza (Christian) and Nurhana (Muslim). If you think this is one of your mindless we-are-sisters-we-are-one, try again. Perez is one of our best writers, and this book shows us why.

Feliza and Nurhana meet Inang Bayan on the road, the implication being that Inang Bayan's journey is never done. Inang Bayan is wearing rags for clothes, and all her accessories come from foreign places. They bring her to a dress show and make new clothes for her.

"Feliza created a flower-printed skirt from Quezon with matching tapes from Iloilo, to go with wooden clogs from Quezon and to salakot from Cavite .... "They also give her the three other dresses she has requested. A black dress, "to remember those who experienced violence, and those who suffered danger, and those who suffered for their country ... a second white dress for my children who are noble of heart, who believe in peace, who encourage religious tolerance, and who are blessed by their Creator. "

Job 38 GNT; TLA - The Lord Answers Job - Then out of the - Bible Gateway
The Lord my wisdom with your ignorant, empty words? Now stand up straight and answer the questions I ask you. The light of day is too bright for the wicked and restrains them from doing violence.

In war-torn Mindanao, such stories deserve to be told, and re-told.

The rainbow of colors and shimmer too in the book Fernando Zobel: The Man Who Painted Ideas by Maria Elena Paterno, illustrated by Marcus Nada (Ayala Foundation). The story's frame is that of Marco, a young student writing a report about the great painter Fernando Zobel. The book traces the growth and development of the artist, from his sketches, to Harvard studies, and his early works on watercolor and oil. Then we reach the high point of his works.

"Fernando's next series of paintings was the Saetas, lines on a colored background. Some people say they are inspired by bamboo scaffolding on buildings. Other people say that they look like lines made by a rake in a Japanese garden. Saeta is a Spanish word for dart, or arrow. Whichever meaning you choose, they make you think of something moving fast. "

I like this book because, like the works of Zobel, it wrestles with ideas, but subtly, simply, and well. That paragraph points out the multiple meanings that art can generate, and highlights the importance of the reader and the viewer's response. In 1961, after working as a businessman with the Zobel empire, he had been working with the Zobel empire for many years. and painting in his spare time, Fernando Zobel left Manila. He donated his entire collection of modern Philippine art to the Ateneo Art Gallery, whose former curator was my excellent Literature professor, Emmanuel Torres. Imagine reading poems and discussing creative writing in an art gallery whose walls are aflame with colors!

In Spain, the good painter established the Museum of Abstract Spanish Art - now a landmark in Spain - and created luminous paintings until 1984, when he died at the age of 60.

Narding's father died when he was young. His mother brought them all to Manila, where he apprenticed under his uncle, the noted painter Fabian de la Rosa. "The young lad imagined his father watching over him. He felt his father's presence as the sun shone brightly above him. His father was like the brightness from behind the lush gentleman trees or the light that filtered through clumps of bamboo. "

Amorsolo is famous for capturing the shimmering brilliance of the Philippine sun - and rightly so. He painted rural scenes to remind him of his boyhood. The poet Dr. Gemino H. Abad said that "Memory is the mother of all writing," and rightly so. The clearest, vividest work I've read or seen are drawn from the wells of the artist's memory.

Later, Amorsolo painted portraits and historical figures, but it was his landscapes that will always grip the viewer - brilliant evocations of a time now past. "

If you're thinking of gifts, you'll be amazed by the fact that you are not going to be able to do it. for your kids this Christmas, grab a cool book for children written by the Philippines' finest!