The range of subjects in Philippine contemporary painting can be as wide and varied as the artist's imagination. Even scenes that appear "typical" may be re-interpreted and given new treatment. How often have we encountered landscape paintings with churches, or images of jeepney's, women in groups. or sidewalk vendors? And yet.
According to church tradition, St. Valentine was a priest near Rome in about the year 270 AD. At the time the Roman Emperor Claudius II issued an edict forbidding marriage. When Claudius II became the emperor, he thought that he can make good soldiers. So, to assure good soldiers, he banned marriage.
St. Valentine saw the trauma of young lovers, so he met them in a secret place and joined them in the sacrament of matrimony. Claudius learned this and arrested Valentine and executed him on February 24, 270.
"1 Seek Your Face, 0 Lord." These words of the Psalmist (Ps. 27:8) reflect the unfathomable desire of a simple priest to seek the face of Jesus. He found it in the face of the poor, not the materially destitute, but those hungry and thirsty for an intimacy with a loving God.
Mountain Verditer-Flycatcher ( Eumyias panayensis )
|Fr. Fray de Urdaneta was a Spanish Augustinian friar, sail captain and explorer who was in the Legaspi Expedition that left Spain for the Philippines on Novembe 21, 1564 on board the ship Capitana that sailed along with the galleons San Pablo and San Pedro and the tenders of San Juan and San Lucas.|
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)
|In 1900, when the Americans first came to baguio, it was the only "rancheria," whose dominant feature was a large, low-lying area Kafagway. There were only a few houses and no roads. During the dry season it was a pasture for cattle and horses, but much of the year, it was marshland with a shallow lake where residents hunted for ducks and snipes. Kafagway roughly covered the same area as the present city of Baguio.|
The 14 birds featured are:
- Mindanao Bleeding Heart Pigeon (Gallicolumba criniger)
- Nicobar Pigeon (Caloenas nicobarica)
- Black-chinned Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus leclancheri)
- Metallic Pigeon (Columba vitiensis)
- Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans)
- Amethyst Brown Dove (Phapitreron amethystina)
- Grey Imperial Pigeon (Ducula pickeringii)
- Red Turtle Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica)
- Pied Imperial Pigeon (Ducula bicolor)
- Spotted-Imperial Pigeon (Ducula carola)
- Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi)
- Philippine Cockatoo (Cacatua haematuropygia)
- Java Sparrow (Padda oryzivora)
- Blue-capped Wood-Kingfisher (Actenoides hombroni)
The Go Families' ancestors, starting from Tai Bei Kong of Shanxi Province, China, took the first step to migrate sometime from 618 AD in the Tang Dynasty, continuing through 1368 A.D. in the Ming Dynasty and up to 1644 during the Ching Dynasty.
Bridge building in the country is integral to the development of communities. It helps in the opening up of communities to various forms of land transport allowing thus the development of trade and relations between once distant and detached areas. The early history of bridge building was attributed to both the Spanish missionaries and conquistadors. During the early period of American rule, the Bureau of Public Works was created to initiate further the task of linking the Philippines together with spans that for some still serve the commuting public. The bridges highlight an architectural and engineering form that has served nobly the interest of the country.