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[March 2008]

"This country is so corrupt that I stopped believing in elections. The only way I can contribute is to change people's minds and attitudes through art," says my artist friend who graduated from School of Fine Arts at the Univ. of Philippines, the best university in the country. Granted, in history, artists have been at the front end of political and social criticism, and were even victims of persecution from time to time.

But sadly, their art is not yet widely appreciated by the majority of Filipinos. As another friend once told me, "people only accept and copy what has already been proven in other countries - from art to cuisine and fashion." After four centuries of Spanish colonization followed by invasion and ruling by Japan and the US, has the Philippines already lost its identity?

Cutting-edge culture is hard to be understood because of its progressiveness. But if it remains completely "underground", it'll never affect the crowd. I sincerely hope that the artists in the Philippines will continue to express themselves and share their views without compromise nor ignoring the public - and that this country will one day re-encounter its pride and glow once it actually possessed.