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There is an exhibit in Manila’s Cultural Center of the Philippines by a contemporary Filipino artist Medeo Cruz who calls himself “a visual artist who commonly tries to cross borders of discipline in producing my works.”

Cultural center chairwoman Emily Abrera was quoted as saying by, the online portal of the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper, last week that it was part of the artists’ duty to challenge prevailing beliefs.

“It is part of our culture to question, to seek answers, to look behind the surface and try to dig out what our real values are,” she said.

The archbishop of Manila, Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales, said Cruz and his supporters may have abused their freedom of expression.

He told church-run Radio Veritas on Monday that freedom entails “the responsibility not to attack cultures and the responsibility not to destroy the values of people.” 

Bienvenido Lumbera, who was declared a national artist for literature and chairs a group called Concerned Artists of the Philippines, said that the Philippine Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and the demand “to suppress the show smacks of the religious fascism.”

An introduction to Cruz’s work says it “speaks of idolatry and the deconstruction of neo-deities.”

It says the artwork seeks to depict “the transformation of the deity … to an epitome of neo-liberal economy.”

Art is a form of expressing ourselves in a manner of which we execute our work. It may or may not be understood by all but definitely may not cause an uproar that some people just wants to be known, whether in a good image or a crappy one, otherwise one does not really know the value and the meaning of the word itself.  

As an artist myself, I am NOT impress of his so-called “artwork”.  It is a lowest form of  making something. Is there some other way that he can do better as an artist??  (O_o) Seriously?  There is meaning in his work, (a bad one) but it’s not appealing and shows a sign of disrespectful in culture and religion. Try burn a sacred thing from any religious group, surely people will definitely be pissed at him.

He thinks of himself highly educated yet he doesn’t seem to understand about RESPECT and DISCIPLINE. Crossing borders simply imply having no rules, no ethics, no values and no direction/no point.. just non-sense.

If one questions culture, then mostly we can not avoid to find flaws in it. What is there to find? It is what it is.

Philippine culture and religion are influenced by the Spaniards in the early times and Christianity is the
majority religion.  read more Though, modernizations influence people, but let us not destroy any sense of value through culture, traditions and religion of people. Without it, who are we? People live without any sense of ethics, just seems lost. Values are the ones that guides us in who we are, to be a better person and if others disagree, just respect and let it be.

Freedom of expression, doesn’t excuse us to be disrespectful or cause to offend anyone and in any form, otherwise it’s simply called trash.

UPDATE: The exhibit is closed. We do have different ideas and opinions on what art is, but to create something experimental that questions the masses or the public, it is better to exhibit it in a more exclusive venue to avoid being judged and hated. But people must also learn how to calm themselves not to be brutal towards others mistakes or action. The whole purpose of this is know Art and not. Everything that we do that relates nature, science and other stuff that gives a sense of respect, grace, beauty, elegance and knowledge.. is (for me) Art.

NOTE: My apologies if my article seems to have an improper grammar or might be misspelled, just don’t be harsh in the way I write stuff. Everything I wrote here is just base on my opinion and mine alone.