Under the Talisay, 2004

Jojo Soria de Veyra. 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.


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