philippine calligraphy

[Image: in flowing black baybayin calligraphy: ‘panginoon’.]

I’m trying some things, experimenting with styles inspired by non-Western calligraphic traditions – there is so much to be learned from Islamic calligraphy, for instance. What it does to the letterforms is, I feel, much more suited to baybayin’s glyphs than a lot of traditional Western approaches are.

'Panginoon’ is 'lord’ in Filipino.

(And, um, hello again! I’m back @_@;;;;!)

New Creation | Theme: Good Starts

Type and Edit by @clarizagueta

No one is too broken that God cannot restore. No one is too lost or too far gone for God not to find. Sometimes we are too focused on ourselves; our failures, our awful past, our mistakes, our sins and we started to think that we have no hope and that God doesn’t want us anymore. We are too ashamed to even call on to God in prayer. We think we are unworthy and that we are not deserving of God’s love and mercy. That’s why God saved us through His amazing Grace (something we do not deserve but given to us) because God loves us so much, He gave His One and Only Son Jesus to pay for our sins.

God can make a new creation in you. Don’t believe the lies of the enemy that you cannot be changed because God can change you! In fact, He’s the only one who can make a new creation in you! Someone you never thought you can be. You may not see it now, but you just have to fix your eyes on Him. He’s not finished on you yet. You are His work in progress. He will make all things new and He will make a miracle of you!

We are His children, His beloved, in Him we are a NEW CREATION.

Revelation 21:5 (ESV)

 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also, he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

Bangon Pilipinas (“Rise Up Philippines”) inspired by the all the heartwarming international support in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan last November. Every character is made up of my personal English translation of the Filipino patriotic song Bayan Ko:

My country, the Philippines, a land of gold/ 
and of flowers, held Love in the palm of Her hand,
and held beauty and splendor as/ offerings,
and because of Her refinement and beauty,
those from afar grew enticed. My home/
You were enslaved and thrown into darkness and pain.

You cage a free bird, and it will cry in anguish. How much more for a people/ She, so beautiful,
yearning only to be free to fly/ My Philippines,
my treasure, cradle of my tears and suffering/
My dream is to see thee truly free.

I am hoping to make this available as an order-able print soon, if people would like me to.

Tonight’s exercise is a tribute to our national hero, JPR ( 19 June 1861-30 December 1896).

First verse of Awit ni Maria Clara (Song of Maria Clara), Nonong Buencamino (lyrics) and Monique Wilson (music)

Rough translation by yours truly:

You are light and fire,
my water ever flowing;
Your smile is the brilliance of stars,
your gaze is a luminous night.