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Calamansi and Sampaguita

2016
Manila, Philippines

Pastel’s Flowers

Another incredible piece by Pastel, this time in the midst of the Philippines. Based on ancient local traditions, these painted plants Calamansi and Sampaguita have a strong native symbolism. Since 1565, Philippines has been invaded by different countries and regions, being always in a large social and political transition trying to preserve the native spirit. Calamansi is a plant used during Filipino’s funerals as a way to purify the body while the Sampaguita (national flower) is used to represent humility and reverence, as well as the flower that young kids of this country often sell on the streets in order to survive.

Pastel - Calamansi and Sampaguita, Manila, 2016 - Photo Courtesy Pastel
Pastel – Calamansi and Sampaguita, Manila, 2016 – Photo Courtesy Pastel
Pastel - Calamansi and Sampaguita, Manila, 2016 - Photo Courtesy Pastel
Pastel – Calamansi and Sampaguita, Manila, 2016 – Photo Courtesy Pastel
Pastel - Calamansi and Sampaguita, Manila, 2016 - Photo Courtesy Pastel
Pastel – Calamansi and Sampaguita, Manila, 2016 – Photo Courtesy Pastel