Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Must Love Manila

I've had the great privilege of representing my country for the Tiger Translate Global Showcase. Along with 20 other artists mostly from the Asian region, we were asked to draw what the word "streets" meant to us in the context of our cities. And here's how I envisioned the pulse and energy of the streets of Manila, the capital of the Philippines. 

"As always the Manila cityscape comes alive with its charming vibrance and delightful chaos. Never can you find streets overcrowded with an eclectic mix of culture and revelry like Manila. So when the sun sets beautifully by the bay, it means the party's just getting started."

"Must Love Manila"
50cm x 35cm, pen and ink

If you've ever been to Manila, then you might be able to identify with some of the elements and scenes in the drawing. I tried to put in as much as I could but even if I drew it on the streets, it still wouldn't be enough to capture its essence. I hope the following close ups give you a better feel of the city and somehow convince you to visit the Philippines.

click above images for larger view

With this drawing, Tiger Translate has chosen me as an artist in the running for Tiger Translate Fan Favourite. And with your help, I could be going to Mongolia to showcase my work and represent Manila. For the next two weeks I'll be actively promoting my work in my Facebook page where an online voting is being held. But as early as now, you can express your support by voting for my piece at www.tigertranslate.com/fanfavourite. I'm hoping to get your support. Thank  you!:D


  1. Better start packing your bags! Woooohooooo!!!

  2. such an amazing piece, colorful and alive with seemingly endless detail. wishing you the best, I will vote.

  3. Wow! Just fantastic. I love that tiger theme, and the yellow and blue. Beautiful and intricate. Congratulations and good luck!

  4. WoW! Fab piece! Love the details...so beautiful.
    Reached here via Bella's blog. Tried to cast my vote but it didn't take me to the concerned/specific page but the FB page in general. I clciked the said link thrice...don't know whether the vote has been cast.
    Best Wishes...:)
    Regards from Dubai