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Visual Arts and Crafts: Aklan Province Islands Philippines




The traditional weaving method of piña is called pili or sinuksuk. This is a floating weft technique accomplished after the cloth weaving. An intricate process for embellishing piña fabric before it is cut and sewn into a gown. A typical design is a cluster of five-petalled flowers surrounding a butterfly. This is repeated in a series along the borders of the cloth.

The pili or sinuksuk tradition continues to live because of weavers like Magdalena Marte and her niece Sosima de la Cruz. Marte was conferred the Manlilikha ng Bayan Award in 1990.

An Aklanon visual artist who became prominent was Telesforo Sucgang, painter and sculptor, and a contemporary of Jose Rizal, Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, and Juan Luna. Born in Banga, Sucgang was sent to Manila to study at the Colegio de San Jose and Colegio de San Juan de Letran. He then studied art at the Academia de Dibujo y Pintura. In 1879, in the literary-artistic contest sponsored by the Liceo Artistico-Literario, Sucgang won in the sculpture category an award for his entry of Cardinal Cisneros’ bust, while Rizal won in the poetry category for "A la juventud Filipina." In 1884, Sucgang won an art scholarship to Madrid, where he did El desembarco de Magallanes (The Disembarcation of Magallanes), 1888, also called the First Mass in the Philippines, and La llegada de Legazpi y Urdaneta. (The arrival of Legaspi and Urdaneta), which was used as the model for the Legazpi monument at the Luneta.

Sucgang was a portraitist of such prominent people as the Young King Alfonso XIII, Victor Balaguer, Marquez de Soller, and Gen Corte. His works in sculpture were generally religious, although one piece, Un centimo señorito (Xmall change Boy), represented a street boy of Madrid. Upon his return to the Philippines in 1893, he taught modeling and engraving at the Escuela de Artes y Oficio in Iloilo.

During the Propaganda Movement, Sucgang wrote for a paper called Revolucion, published in Jaro, Iloilo; and during the Revolution he rose to the rant of Major under Gen Martin Delgado. With the American civil government established, he foudned the Instituto de Visayas, 1900, in Jaro, the Institutto Aklan, and another school in Capiz, In 1912 he founded the Colegio de Minerva in Manila. He also continued with his portraits and easel paintings, and was a favorite subjects of his genre works were fruits, wild game, and rustic scenes.


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Vinegar is a common ingredient. Adobo is popular not solely for its simplicity and ease of preparation, but also for its ability to be stored for days without spoiling, and even improve in flavor with a day or two of storage.

Tinapa is a smoke-cured fish while tuyo, daing, and dangit are corned, sun-dried fish popular because they can last for weeks without spoiling, even without refrigeration.

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