Benedicto Reyes Cabrera (or BenCab, as he is more popularly known) is widely hailed as a master of contemporary Philippine art. Hear a conversation between him and Filipino American author Luis Francia at the 2011 Filipino American History Month Celebration at the Asian Art Museum.
The collaboration between Baybayin (pre-Spanish Filipino script) artist Christian Cabuay and calligraphic performer Aoi Yamaguchi demonstrates the history and culture of Japan and the Philippines. Cabuay and Yamaguchi explore the differences and similarities of their art and struggle. By embracing traditions, rituals, and roots, they are pushing the boundaries and creating something anew, integrating international cultural ideas, styles, and forms. Meaning "beginning/origin" in Tagalog and Japanese, Simula and Gen symbolize the artists asserting identity through their calligraphy traditions.
Listen to Fr. René B. Javellana, Associate Professor of the Fine Arts Program at the School of Humanities, Ateneo de Manila University, discuss the intersection between Philippine art and social change.