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Makiling Mythos

  • Start

    24 February 2024
  • End

    16 March 2024
  • Artists

    Alim Vela, Gerardo Leonardo, Janno Gonzales, Juanito Torres, Keith Paras, Luce Domini F. Melegrito, Marc Cosico, Nina Ricci Alagao-Flores, Reymar Gacutan, Rudolph Barredo

Among the rich tapestry of myths, the Myth of Mt. Makiling stands as one of the most cherished folktales in Laguna, resonating deeply with local artists and communities alike. At its core lies the tale of Maria Makiling, a benevolent guardian goddess of the rainforest, whose beauty and kindness are matched only by her fierce protection of those who honor and respect the mountain’s inhabitants. However, beyond its mythical allure, Mt. Makiling serves as a sanctuary for young creative minds of the Philippine High School for the Arts. Nestled within its verdant embrace, students find themselves immersed in an environment that nurtures not only their artistic talents but also their individual and collective growth.

The collective discourse that emerges from these artistic endeavors serves as a crucible for diverse perspectives and ideas, sparking a myriad of interpretations and visual representations. Thus, the exhibition becomes a celebration of the unique experiences and artistic expressions of the visual arts graduates from the Philippine High School for the Arts. The exhibition features Keith Paras, Mark Cosico, Jualim D. Vela, Reymar Gacutan, Janno Gonzales, Rudolf Barredo, Luce Domini F. Melegrito, Gerardo Leonardo, Nina Ricci Alagao-Flores, and Juanito Torres.

It is within this crucible that the essence of the Makiling Myth finds new life, as each artist endeavors to imbue their work with personal meaning and  interpretation. Through their creative expressions, they embark on a journey of self discovery, reimagining age-old narratives to illuminate the pathways toward artistic enlightenment and the pursuit of individual identity. Each artwork becomes a testament to the enduring power of myth, as it transcends time and space to inspire generations of artists and seekers alike on their quest for truth and meaning.