In which I facilitate an Oil Painting Workshop


Yeah, so I’m teaching. The Ayala Museum contacted me awhile back and asked if I could a basic oil painting workshop for the summer. In the spirit of doing things that scare you, I said yes.

It was a three-day workshop and I tried to cover the basics. Oil can be an intimidating medium for some. Watercolor seems to be the popular painting medium nowadays (at least among my circle of friends and some casual practitioners). But I’ve always loved the look of oil. It just feels so substantial.






X-Deal : Or How I Got The Book I Wanted

I realized that I have been spending way too much money on books. I think it’s an addiction. Anyway, I thought to myself: why not exchange original art for books that I’ve always wanted to get but were a bit too pricey for me to buy.

Well, when Augie Rivera, author of “Isang Harding Papel” (the book I Illustrated) offered to buy one of my original painted studies for the book, I jumped at the chance. I requested for this particular book – The Philippines in the 19th Century (a collection of prints) by Rudolf J.H. Leitz.

The Philippines in the 19th Century

The book is beautifully illustrated and the captions provide small glimpses into Philippine society during the colonial period.

The Philippines in the 19th Century

The Philippines in the 19th Century

The Philippines in the 19th Century

The Philippines in the 19th Century

The Philippines in the 19th Century

Now, if I can only get someone to buy me The X-Men Omnibus volumes by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee



Several days ago, another student fell victim to fraternity hazing.


The student was a nephew of one of my friend’s friends. I was contacted a few days ago and asked if I wanted to contribute to a social media art idea they were thinking of.

The idea was to ask different illustrators to draw heroes breaking paddles with the line: BROTHERS DON’T HURT BROTHERS #EndHazingNow

I drew one of my favorite Filipino heroes growing up: Flavio, also known as Panday.