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The Spoliarium by Juan Luna

[The Spoliarium: Photograph by Diamonds]

Among Filipinos, Juan Luna's "The Spoliarium"  must be the most well-known painting by a Filipino artist because of its historical significance.

Juan Luna had already gained a certain degree of reputation as an artist in the Philippines before his trip to Europe in 1877 to further his studies. While in Madrid, one of his mentors recognized his talent, and invited Luna to work with him in Rome.  The reputation of Luna as an artist in Europe begun to be established during his exhibition  at the first in 1878 at the  first art exposition in Madrid, the Exposición Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Demonstration of Beautiful Arts).   His entry, " La Muerte de Cleopatra (The Death of Cleopatra)" in won the silver medal in the 1881 exposition.

In May 1884, he submitted the painting that would become known as "The Spoliarium" to the Exposición Nacional de Bellas Artes, and won the gold medal. Another entry by a Filipino artist Félix Resurrección Hidalgo.  won the silver medal in the same exposition.

During the celebration in June 1884  to honor the double win of the Filipino artists, "Rizal interpreted the Spoliarium as a symbol of 'our social, moral, and political life: humanity unredeemed, reason and aspiration in open fight with prejudice, fanaticism, and injustice.""

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 September 2010 21:56 )


Sampaguita Blooms in Japan

Photograph by Wilma Mack. Sampaguita is the national flower of the Philippines. While believe to be a transplant, originating from South Asia (i.e., India), Sampaguita, for many reasons became integral in Filipino life and culture.

Sampaguita, in the romantic Filipino soul, evokes the essence of true love -- "Sumpa Kita", thus the Filipino name, "Sampaguita" -- embodied  various Filipino folklores.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 October 2010 15:23 )


Sampaguita Blooms in Japan


Photograph by Wilma Mack. Sampaguita is the national flower of the Philippines, and a part of life among Filipinos. Sampaguita evokes the Filipino legend of true love -- "sumpa kita", thus the Filipino name, sampaguita.

In cities, like Manila, it is not uncommon to encounter a young boy or a girl, braving the traffic to sell a necklace of sampaguita to passing motorists and tourist. Among a number of Filipinos, especially those living in the provinces, sampaguita might have one of those plants in the garden. White flower, a symbol of purity, delicate in its scent. The essence extract used as a fragrance.

Sampaguita blooms several times a year, but requires a certain degree of warmth, sunlight and rain more typical among countries in South and Southeastern Asia.

Sampaguita would perish outdoor during winter in temperate countries, like Japan. It would require great care indoors -- light, warmth and moisture -- not only to survive the winter, and bloom the coming Spring and Summer.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 19 September 2010 16:31 )


Mayon Volcano

Mayon Volcano, also known as Mount Mayon, is an active stratovolcano in the province of Albay, in the Bicol Region, on the island of Luzon, in the Philippines.

Renowned as the "perfect cone" because of its almost symmetrically conical shape, Mayon forms the northern boundary of Legazpi City. Local folklore refers to the volcano as Bulkang Magayon (Filipino: 'Magayon Volcano'), after the legendary heroine Daragang Magayon (Bikol: 'Lady Beautiful').[2]

On October 13, 2008 it was included in New 7 Wonders of Nature Top 10 list. However, it did not make the cut to the Top 25 finalists, giving way to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, another site in the Philippines.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 19 September 2010 16:31 )