Jose Rizal, the Filipino national hero was a writer who inspired the Filipinos to freedom by his writings. His writings illustrated the evils of the Filipinos’ Spaniard captors. His execution was one of the key events that sparked the Philippine revolution, thereby leading to the freedom of an entire nation.
The event also marked the first public debut of Jason De Ocampo, or known to the world as Johanne Light. Johanne Light is the first Filipino independent Graphic Novel writer/artist to be published internationally. Published just last December 2010, Johanne Light had been able to break in the international market without prior work experience in giant publishing houses like Marvel and DC Comics.
An artist talk was also held at 2pm where the artists got to talk about their works. It kicked off with Johanne Light’s talk about his work, XD: Exit Demigods. A Graphic Novel about a world of words on the verge of civil war between its mortal citizens and demigod rulers. He talked about how heroes are viewed depending on the factions they are in, how they are viewed depending on the results of their actions, how they can come from different backgrounds, and how they can fall from grace. In the end it’s all relative, he said. His work is seen published digitally at www.shatterdaycomics.com
Other artists related their work to heroism like Neil Jason Grantoza’s work “Kaisipang Unang Narinig sa mga Tibok ng Dibdib 1 & 2” (A thought first heard from the beat of the heart). Neil talked about how heroism originates from our thoughts and the purity of our heart.
Part of the proceeds from the exhibit sales will be donated through HotelwithHeart.com to Dynamic Teen Company. The “DIALOGO” exhibit will run until August 31, 2011, which will encompass Ninoy Aquino Day – August 21 and National Heroes Day – August 29. Visit its facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/
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