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Bulaklak Ng Dila

Bulaklak Ng Dila

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Vargas Museum Educational Guide
Bulaklak ng Dila 
Page 1 of 3
Bulaklak ng Dila
Rodel Tapaya 
10 December to 5 March 2011GF Lobby and West Wing Gallery
About the exhibitio
In
Bulaklak ng Dila 
(idioms), Tapaya explores the idiomatic expression pertaining to the exaggeration of truths.Relating it with the everyday and with the current social climate, the artist interprets a local proverb throughallegory, incorporating various media from oil and glass painting, to sculpture, installation, diorama, mural, drawing,and portraits framed by tin.
Bulaklak ng Dila 
presents social critique by way of “parody and farce; implicating howthe proverbial is political and that the florid tongue adorns history all over”.
About the Artist: Rodel Tapaya 
Rodel Tapaya (b. 1980) is a visual artist working in drawing, painting, sculpture, intermedia and installations. Hegraduated with a Fine Arts degree at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. He took intensive studies on drawingand painting at the University of Art and Design; and Parsons School of Design, New York City. He has exhibitedextensively both locally and abroad and garnered several prestigious awards. He was shortlisted for the Ateneo ArtAwards in 2010; finalist of the Philip Morris Philippine Art Awards; grand prize winner of the Nokia Asia Pacific ArtAwards in 2001; semi-finalist of the of the Metrobank Young Painters’ Annual Art Competition; and finalist of theShell National Students Art Competition. In 2001, he was honored by his alma mater with the Kahusayan saLarangan ng Sining award.
Using the Education Guide 
This guide is designed to help facilitate discussions and activities on the exhibit for Humanities, Art Studies, or FineArts classes.It is highly encouraged that course tutors/ teachers have a pre-visit to the exhibition before the classs actual visit.The guide questions and suggested activities are designed to be flexible for pre-visit, during and/or after the museumvisit.Teachers and students may seek the assistance of the museum guide during their visit. They can provide informationon the exhibition and may enrich visitor experience through interaction.This education guide may also be reproduced.
Theme
1.
 
Filipino folk literature and art2.
 
Artist’s medium and implications in meaning3.
 
Art and social commentary
Learning Objective
1.
 
To flesh out connections between folk literature and art and its role in shaping consciousness; andcontemporary habits and practices2.
 
To illustrate that an artist’s medium and style have implications in the generation of meanings3.
 
To demonstrate that art can be a medium for social commentary
 
Vargas Museum Educational Guide
Bulaklak ng Dila 
Page 2 of 3
Filipino Folk Literature 
Before the arrival of the Spanish colonizers, early Filipinos expressed aspects of their culture through literature.Literary expressions reflected people’s perception about their identity, their relationship with physical and divinebeings, their sentiments and attitudes towards other human beings and their surroundings. These expressionsassumed an oral form, and were passed on as myths, legends, proverbs, poetry, and folk tales. As an integral part ofthe socio-cultural and religious life of the community, the philosophy of a people can be gleaned in these literaryexpressions.According to F. Landa Jocano, the function of mythologies is to serve as a vehicle by which people can representfundamental concepts of life and systematically express the sentiments which they attach to these concepts. Itimparts ethical principles; in many ways it is also where moral values take root.A myth is a kind of folk tale or
kuwentong bayan 
that explains the origin of the universe and natural phenomena.Myths foreground heroes and supernatural beings. Although the names differ in various indigenous groups, there arecommon threads that weave these narratives together.Legends or
alamat 
impart lessons in life and shed light on the origin of things. Idiomatic expressions or
sawikain 
onthe other hand, find its way even in recent, everyday conversations. These play-on-words are metaphors that enrichthe Filipino vernacular; these are shared cultural expressions that transcend both time and locale.
Aspects of Philippine Folk Art 
In
Bulaklak ng Dila,
Tapaya utilized a variety of media to interpret selected folk literature. To echo the idea of folk,he adorned his figures that speak of traditional artmaking. Specifically, works installed at the second floor landingsuch as
Nagmumurang Kamatis, Balat Kalabaw,
and
Kakaning Itik 
are paintings framed in silver-coated tin sheetsotherwise known as the
plateria.
These refer to furniture ornamented with silver or in such case, frames for paintingsembellished with floral or curvilinear patterns. This could be traced to late 19
th
century traditions of silversmithing,and can still be seen today in church altars or platforms of
carrozas 
. For the paintings on exhibit, the frames weredesigned by the artist and executed by craftspeople from Pampanga.
Isang Kahig, Isang Tuka 
is a floor piece depicting an army of sixty with chickens for heads and anthropomorphicfigures as base. The base is reminiscent of the body of the santos, or saintly figures revered in the Roman Catholictradition. Its craft recalls the wood carving tradition in Pakil, Laguna, or in Betis, Pampanga. These juxtapositionsin media give a sense of convergence between folk traditions and religious prescriptions. Similarly, collaborativeprocesses involved in the production of the pieces make us reflect on notions of art and craft.
Guide Questions and Activitie
1.
 
Which of the mythical characters or creatures below are you familiar with?
 
Kabunyan
 
Tikbalang
 
Diwata
 
Bituin
 
Gugurang
 
Manama
 
Maguayen
 
Lumawig
 
Haring Barabas2.
 
What are your notions of myths, legends, and folktales? In this day and age, do you think it is still importantto learn and reflect about them? Why or why not?

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