For the past few days since Friday last week I have been drawing girls and flowers. I don’t know what got into me, but it’s a pleasant thing. Mostly, the flowers are more fiction than real, figments of my imagination based on forms of flowers that I have seen. I cannot remember every detail of a flower, so I made up my own species.
Diwata (Filipino for fairy)
The inspiration/model for Diwata was Mariang Sinukuan of the Kapampangan lore, but then I have recently learned that all the “humanized” Marias of the Filipino folklore were Spanish colonial/post-colonial creations or re-imagery of the original. The Filipino diwata – meaning the original and indigenous one – is genderless, and has no known physical attributes. They just exist. The same goes with the dwendes and the encantados and kapres, aswangs – they are all twisted by the Spaniards from an original Filipino literature being into something that will reflect Spanish values or advocate their causes rather than empower our identity. It’s really sad to know that I have been living a lie all these years, I thought these stories reflect who we are as Filipinos, but to know that the colonizers have tampered on the original narratives and twisted it into something else is greatly heartbreaking. Still, I am very much excited to discover the real and original Philippine Folklore for my thesis (Pinoys, help me by answering my survey!). In fact, I am very very much looking forward to reading these indigenous narratives.
All these drawings were created using Unipin disposable drawing pens. Maybe someday I will level up to coloring them in with watercolors, when I have more free time. More ideas, anyone?
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