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Mebuyan 7a*11d Toronto Canada Photo: Dave Kemp


Racquel De Loyola Manilla, Philippines


Presented by Gallery Gachet
A co-production of LIVE, Gallery Gachet and Sinag Bayan Cultural Collective
Gallery Gachet, 88 East Cordova St.


8 PM

Location: Gallery Gachet

Racquel de Loyola’s work addresses the issues of women, colonization, identity, migration, displacement, capitalism and globalization.

This lamentation of a multi-breasted creature is a contemporary rendition of Mebuyan, an ancient Filipino myth of the Bagobo tribe. Mebuyan is the nurturer of the village. In contemporary times it may mean the need to sacrifice in order for the community to continue to exist, or perhaps the motherland providing sustenance to her people. The accompanying melody, Tula ni Oryang, is a kundiman song taken from a poem of Gregoria “Oryang” de Jesus, the widow of Andres Bonifacio, a Filipino hero from the later period of Spanish colonization. Even without understanding the lyrics, the sense the grief is compelling.

Darmasiwa Scholar 2002-2003, studied Gamelan Karawitan Institute Seni Indonesia, Yogyakarta Indonesia Philippine Women's University, studied Fine Arts Painting Major 1998- 2001, University of the Philippines Conservatory of Music Voice Major 1996.