I noticed the painting above during my leisurely walk around Burnham Park in Baguio City. Not only does it show my favorite Filipino concept, the Bayanihan, it also shows great detail on the elements inside the painting.
Meet Kuya A. Cayabyab, the creator of the Bayanihan painting. I have heard of many great artists from Baguio where you could go to a place and appreciate their art, but none of them are like the Kuya Cayabyab. He sells his works by walking around and showcasing them on the street or on parks.
With his method of selling his paintings, his works, along with the products of sidewalk vendors, are considered as litter during a raid by the local authorities. And for him to retrieve his works back he must pay a fine of PhP1,000 at the police station.
Since I was very much interested in the Bayanihan painting, I inquired for its price and he said that for still life paintings he sells each for PhP1,800 and abstract paintings costs about PhP2,500. Unlucky, I did not have enough money that time to buy the painting. It would have been definitely worth it. A painting about helping each other in the dining area would be a great reminder for me, my family and visitors of how we should be.
If you are lucky you will be able to see him on the streets and parks of Baguio, but if you are very much interested in his art you may contact him directly through his mobile number, 0928 760 0424, and ask him where he will be when you are in Baguio.
Bayanihan, a concept where a community acts together to achieve a common goal.
The origin of the term bayanihan can be traced from a common tradition in Philippine towns where community members volunteer to help a family move to a new place. The process involves literally carrying the house to its new location. This is done by putting bamboo poles forming a strong frame to lift the stilts from the ground and carrying the whole house with the men positioned at the ends of each pole – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayanihan