Fernando Amorsolo 's Antipolo Fiesta Essay

1415 Words Dec 11th, 2016 6 Pages
In the time and world we live in today, Filipinos have seemingly taken the unique nature of their identity for granted. They may have embraced characteristics that make up their one-of-a-kind selves with open arms; however, little to no acknowledgment has been made to their existence primarily because of the fact that there are quite a number of things man has to do in the limited time they have in their everyday lives. An exception to this scenario are artists who have publicly recognized these traits by cleverly hiding and incorporating them in their masterpieces. In this paper, I look at fellowbeing portrayed in Fernando Amorsolo’s “Antipolo Fiesta,” at religiosity represented by the Manila Cathedral, and at nationalism exhibited in Eduard Castrillo’s “People Power Monument.”
Fernando Amorsolo’s oil painting entitled “Antipolo Fiesta” depicts a festivity happening in the rural streets infront of a church where a man and a woman were dancing in the midst of a gathering crowd. I look at this breathtaking piece of work as an exhibition of kapwa (lit trans. fellowbeing or shared identity), which is said to be the core of Filipino social psychology in accordance to the fact that statistical results have shown this concept to be intricately linked to all Filipino values (Pe-Pua & Protacio-Marcelino, 2000). In the scene painted by Amorsolo, one can see a recognition of and unity of the self with others in which a complete trust and bond between strangers who are obviously not of…

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