Day in the Life Paintings

After reorganizing the paintings hanging on our walls, I realized that there’s a common theme on the pieces D and I recently acquired: a majority of them depict Filipino day in the life activities. I don’t pertain to the typical weekday work at the office (or in our case, at home). It’s the lifestyle I used to witness more during my childhood holiday vacations at the provinces, or during Filipino festivities. These days, as we’re now mostly able to travel domestically, I feel lucky whenever I get glimpses of these sceneries or activities en route to our destinations. Nothing beats the beauty of the sky merging with a vast field of greenery or the blue sea – simple, calming, and a reminder of how beautiful the world is. On the other hand, when I’m at home working, never a day goes by when in between calls, I’d stretch my legs, walk around and spend some time gazing at these paintings. It’s always a reminder of the more important things in life, and places to look forward to at the end of the week.

Serenity by Rolando Zaballero

These next set of paintings remind me of when I was in Bohol earlier this year. The sight of fishermen on boats captivated me as I admired their patience and determination. Maybe one of the trips that D and I can have later on this year will entail fishing.

The next two paintings were handpicked by D. Originally I had other pieces in mind when we went to the galleries, but he ended up convincing me how they would fit nicely on our living room wall. He always gravitates to festive and colorful sceneries, and I recognize the lightness they bring when we look at them. The first painting, Sorbetes Vendor, is by Margarita Cajumban. This reminds me of preserved Spanish-Filipino places like Vigan in Ilocos, and Taal Town in Batangas. The next painting, Sa Loob ng Intramuros, is by Christian Regis. It shows the hustle and bustle of the Filipino commute: showcasing the Filipino jeepney, the Philippines’ common mode of transportation. It also shows the horse-drawn kalesa which still operates within the walled city of Intramuros in Manila.

Sorbetes Vendor by Margarita Cajumban
Sa Loob ng Intramuros by Christian Regis

Lastly, this art piece is the first painting that I have bought. It is called Besperas ng Pahiyas, painted by Manuel Baldemor. It illustrates the Lucban houses in Quezon Province, adorned by colorful kipings (paper made from ground rice flour) during the Pahiyas Festival which is celebrated every 15th of May. Pahiyas means “decorated”. It is the feast of San Isidro Labrador, the patron of farmers, as a thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest. Personally I have not witnessed this festival in person, and is something in my list. Hopefully the restrictions continue to be eased here in the Philippines so I can get to see it in action in the next few weeks.

Besperas ng Pahiyas by Manuel Baldemor

By MrsWayfarer

Living Free and Making a Difference


  1. I love this sort of naïve art that you picked out! Naïve art is an understated genre of art, but just as lovely and captivating as other genres like Impressionism or pastoral. Lovely selection!

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    1. Thanks Rebecca. Looking back we’ve acquired these during the lockdown period, and I think the common theme of these pieces is they cheered us up. It’s amazing what emotions paintings bring about.

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  2. You have such an eclectic and fun collection! I envy that you have so much space to hang art. Our walls are too soft (old apartment) and most a re not suitable for hanging paintings.
    I love so many of them, but I have to say my favourite from viewing your images is “Fishing Date”.

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  3. Amazing Talent . My ideology of Art is bringing or creating things into existence. Like breathing life into creativities. Making dry bones rise again. Your Art gallery are awesome . Teach me


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