Fernando Amorsolo (1892 - 1972). he is a filipino artist most well known for his amazing landscapes and portrayals of women. his paintings portrayed much of the filipino lifestyle, and did it as a bit of a counterpoint to the sense of American colonial rule. he had a strong desire to see the people (especially women) portrayed as real, genuine filipina's rather than the ideals that were and are seen in magazines.
here are a few samples of his work .... Wikipedia has a great wealth of information about his life and works.
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Jose Rizal (1861 - 1896). if you don't know who he is .... well, you should. he is a national hero in the Philippines, and was the leader in the fight for independence from Spain. he is most notably known for his non-violent perspective, martyrdom and his deep abiding belief in the nobility of character of the filipino people (here! here!). if and when you go to Manila you must take a trip to Intramuros, ending up with Ft. Santiago, where there is a shrine to Jose Rizal. you can view the cell that he spent his last days in and read a heap of information about is his life ... it is really moving.
below is what is reckoned to be Jose Rizal's final work, written the night before he was martyred ... a poem entitled, "Ultimo Adios" or translated in english as "My Last Farewell". i found myself very moved by this poem .... thinking about his love of his home and the people of the filipines and all that he was giving up because of that love.
My Last Farewell
the Jose Rizal Web Site has a wealth of information. i like this one simply because it is really personal In Honour of and, well you just can't go wrong with Wikipedia!
and finally ....someone that every young filipina wants to be (well, at least mine does). star of Miss Siagon and Le Miserable and the voice of Jasmine from Aladdin and Mulan. (ok, ok .... i admit that my daughter also loves the fact that she shares her name and her pronunciation with her!)
Lea Salonga. she hit the big time with Miss Saigon and she is a star. she has a voice that speaks for itself ... it needs no explanation except to say .... WOW! but i suppose the thing that i really like is that she is a young filipina, who takes a stand for girls and women and is a huge activist in world hunger issues. what an example to set to our daughters!
so here are two examples of her work. i have been madly trying to find something of her early stuff (before she was the star of Miss Saigon -- age 17!). but i can't. so try this on ..... enjoy!
and this is from her international debut in Miss Saigon .... at the tender age of 18! oh my!
she has a lot of stuff on youtube .... check out her wedding video .... it is so sweet!
and you can look at heaps of other stuff about her activism and career at her web site. she rocks!