Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Independence Day sketchwalk in Manila

On June 12, Urban Sketchers Philippines commemorated the 117th Philippine Independence Day with a sketchwalk in Plaza Lawton and the Kartilya ng Katipunan Shrine near the Manila City Hall.

The sketchers met up at the Bonifacio monument at Plaza Lawton. The monument is a tribute to one of the country's heroes Andres Bonifacio, who was often called "the Father of the Philippine Revolution". We then walked to the Kartilya ng Katipunan Shrine.

The Kartilya ng Katipunan ("Primer of the Katipunan" in English) served as the guidebook--or manifesto--for the new members of the Katipunan, a revolutionary society founded in 1892. The first edition of the Kartilya was written by Bonifacio, one of the group's founding members. The shrine dedicated to the Kartilya depicted the principles laid out in the primer.

The Philippine sketchers in front of the Bonifacio monument. The building behind us is the Manila Post Office Building.

The day's sketches.

NiceNice and Ryfka Rodriguez

Constancio de Guzman

Manuel Jiongco

Lauren Villarama and Janeil Arlegui

Manuel Jiongco, Nigel Feliciano, and Cynthia Feliciano

Nigel and aunt Cynthia draw the Bonifacio monument.

Janeil and Greg Peralta, who joined the sketchwalk for the first time.

Aurelio Castro III sketching Mang Mose, who lives at the plaza.

Ige Trinidad

Janice Medina and Bianca Ejercito joined the sketchwalk, their first time doing so. :)

Honesto Sarte

Kim Alviar aka Izzy

It was also Jordan Racca's first time to join the sketchwalk.

Sketchers at the Kartilya ng Katipunan Shrine

Louri Bundac, another newbie, documents like a pro. 

Ar Arcon

Sketching in the tropics requires umbrellas and hats!

At around noon the heat became unbearable, so we started packing up but not before the customary show & tell!

Sketching was a really great way to spend the Independence Day holiday! 'Til next!

*Photos in this post by Ige Trinidad.

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