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Various comments from Mideo Cruz’s sick art

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“If you just look at artwork and see what offends you, ambabaw mo (you’re shallow-minded).”
Carlos Celdrán

“What sick mind would think that this sacrilegious work promotes Filipino aesthetics, identity and positive cultural values?”
Manila Rep. Amado Bagatsing

“The point is simple: You want to denigrate imams, feel free to do so. You want to make fun of bishops, feel free to do so. But you want to denigrate Islam, or Mohammed, or the Koran, think again. You want to make fun of Christianity, Christ, or the Bible, think again.”
Conrado de Quiros

“It was created by law and funded by our taxes for the purpose of awakening the consciousness of our people to our cultural heritage. Is it our cultural heritage to mock and insult religious personages and icons? Is it aesthetic to vandalize a venerated representation of objects of worship and reverence? Are vulgarity and blasphemy a Filipino value? What Filipino pride can emerge for such works? Is this our national identity? And CCP promotes it?”
Jo Imbong (Executive Director, St. Thomas More Society Inc.)—

Emedeo Cruz (I.N.C.) Sumpain ka, Bakla” and “Bakla Parusahan Ka” (Curse you, fag. You fag, you should be punished).
Hate messages from vandals scrawled across various parts of Cruz’s “artwork”—

My take on this issue? Arnaldo’s recent blogpost pretty much sums up my opinion about Mideo Cruz’s arrogant ignorance and phony artistry. Also, I have this funny feeling that Inquirer columnist Conrado de Quiros, although appearing to be neutral, wouldn’t have written an article regarding this controversy if not for those who vandalized Cruz’s offensive works (“You wreak that, or condone it, what does that say about your beliefs? You wreak that, or condone it, what does that say about your religion?”). In view of his past anti-Church articles, he would have let this Cruz issue go away if not for the vandals.

Imeldific was among the first to react against Cruz's blasphemous and offensive art. CCP, where Cruz's works were exhibited, was a product of hers.

I wish I were a painter. Then I’d paint a picture of Carlos Celdrán, but his nose will be that of a monkey’s prick. Now let’s see how these “intellectuals” and “artists” wannabes will feel about their Dámaso idol being “criticized” through art. If they react negatively, i.e., if they just look at my artwork and see what offends them, ambabaw nilá.

Lucky he, I’m no painter.


What Should Be The Title of Carlo J. Caparás’ Life Story?

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Just give the poor guy a National Komiks Award to stop this furor which should've been concentrated on the current administration instead.

Just give the poor guy a National Komiks Award to stop this furor which should've been concentrated on the current administration instead.

The furor over Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s questionable choice for this year’s National Artists have now reached the hallowed steps of the Supreme Court. Several National Artists, members of the Concerned Artists of the Philippines, and various academicians are petitioning Lady Justice to declare a temporary restraining order on the conferment of the rank and title of National Artist on the folowing: National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Executive Director Cecille Guidote-Álvarez; architect Francisco Mañosa; fashion designer José “Pitoy” Moreno, and; cartoonist-filmmaker Carlo J. Caparás.

Among the four, Caparás has elicited the loudest disapproval. And for good reason.

And so for weeks, instead of eating his humble pie, an angry Caparás (together with an equally spiteful missus Donna Villa) is all over the media, lashing out at his critics, appealing to authority that the real reason why those who don’t want him to become a National Artist is because he’s from the lower class, a former security guard at that, and that he didn’t reach college.

A lame premise.

In the future, would teachers of film appreciation and theories be able to stomach the harsh reality that they’ll have to require their students to watch Caparás’ sleazy massacre films vis-à-vis the brilliant, moving, and thought-provoking artistry of the obras of Lino Brocka et al.? Many of Caparás’ movies are –massacre films or not– without doubt blockbusters. But that doesn’t make one a National Artist for Film.

Now let’s take a peek at some of National Fartist Caparás’ works, particularly his so-called massacre films of which he is very known for:

The Myrna Diones Story (Lord, Have Mercy!)
Humanda ka Mayor!: Bahala na ang Diyos
God Save Me!
The Cecilia Masagca Story: Antipolo Massacre (Jesus Save Us!)
The Vizconde Massacre Story (God Help Us!)
The Untold Story: Vizconde Massacre 2 – God Have Mercy on Us
Lipa Arandia Massacre (Lord Deliver Us from Evil)
The Maggie dela Riva Story (God… Why Me?)
Victim No. 1: Delia Maga (Jesus, Pray for Us!)
The Marita Gonzaga Rape-Slay: In God We Trust!

The taglines of the abovementioned true-to-life massacre films are actually “shout outs” toward the heavens (God Help Us!, Lord Deliver Us From Evil), as if implying that God was deaf toward the pleas of the massacre victims whose bloody fates were encapsulated in his poorly acted films. I do not know for sure what Caparás’ religious leanings are. But bloody hell, he is mocking God in these films whose titles can stand on their own without having blasphemous taglines.

Instead of saving face and “shaming” his critics by declining to accept the National Artist medal, Caparás remains adamant that he deserves the highest award reserved for a true harbinger of Philippine Arts.

And now that he is on the receiving end of a wrathful mass of Filipino artists nationwide while playing on the sympathies of the spectators of this “oh you poor, poor Carlo!” show, maybe it’s about time for his film-producer wife to make a true-to-life movie of his now controversial hubby.

So what should the title be?


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