Sa Ilalim ng Talisay (Under the Talisay). Watercolor pencils on paper, 2004
(detail of above piece)
The talisay tree (Terminalia catappa) has become quite a silent national symbol for academic achievement in the Philippines. It is said that declared national hero Jose Rizal taught his students---while in exile in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte, Mindanao Island--- . . . under a talisay tree. University of the Philippines campuses have many of these standing alongside the more renowned acacias. I drew this inside a UP at Tacloban lecture room while waiting for/on my students during a summer art workshop.