BURNING IN ONE’S OWN FIRE © Jose Alain Austria (2013), pen-and-ink drawing on paper. Illustration for the Filipino Dhammapada project (2012-2013). 

BURNING IN ONE’S OWN FIRE © Jose Alain Austria (2013), pen-and-ink drawing on paper. Illustration for the Filipino Dhammapada project (2012-2013). 


EQUANIMITY © Jose Alain Austria 2012. Inspired by the following verse from a Buddhist classic: “As a solid boulder does not shake in the wind, the wise are not moved by censure or praise.”
NOTE: Selected artworks for the first Filipino translation of the Buddhist Classic the Dhammapada [The Sayings of the Buddha]. All of these illustrations are originally done in pen-and-ink medium. 

EQUANIMITY © Jose Alain Austria 2012. Inspired by the following verse from a Buddhist classic: “As a solid boulder does not shake in the wind, the wise are not moved by censure or praise.”

NOTE: Selected artworks for the first Filipino translation of the Buddhist Classic the Dhammapada [The Sayings of the Buddha]. All of these illustrations are originally done in pen-and-ink medium. 

THE RISEN LAM-ANG by Jose Alain Austria ca. 2011, pen-and-ink on paper, 12 1/4 x 9 inches, collection of Mr. Justin Taguibao.

THE RISEN LAM-ANG by Jose Alain Austria ca. 2011, pen-and-ink on paper, 12 1/4 x 9 inches, collection of Mr. Justin Taguibao.

NEW DAY © Jose Alain Austria (2013), pen-and-ink drawing on paper 10.62 x  7.48 inches, collection of Mr. Ren Reyes. 

NEW DAY © Jose Alain Austria (2013), pen-and-ink drawing on paper 10.62 x  7.48 inches, collection of Mr. Ren Reyes. 

THE CHINESE AND CHINESE MESTIZOS OF MANILA 
by Richard T. Chu, Anvil Publishing © 2012
For us to understand the Tsinoy as an integral part of the bigger Filipino tapestry, we must first look into the history of the Fujianese [or more specifically—the Minnan] diaspora in Manila. Richard Chu’s magnum opus is not just an enjoyable historical narrative—but also deep reflection on 19th century migrant’s world-view, his struggles, and the waves of “nationalisms” [both Chinese and Filipino] that forced the Tsinoy to constantly re-imagine and re-define his cultural identity. 
Highly-recommended to all the Chinese- Filipinos out there who wanted to know and understand more about their cultural roots sans the contrived dramatics of the Mano Po franchise. At least in this case, well-researched history is more exciting than silver-screen fiction. – J.A.A.

THE CHINESE AND CHINESE MESTIZOS OF MANILA

by Richard T. Chu, Anvil Publishing © 2012

For us to understand the Tsinoy as an integral part of the bigger Filipino tapestry, we must first look into the history of the Fujianese [or more specifically—the Minnan] diaspora in Manila. Richard Chu’s magnum opus is not just an enjoyable historical narrative—but also deep reflection on 19th century migrant’s world-view, his struggles, and the waves of “nationalisms” [both Chinese and Filipino] that forced the Tsinoy to constantly re-imagine and re-define his cultural identity.

Highly-recommended to all the Chinese- Filipinos out there who wanted to know and understand more about their cultural roots sans the contrived dramatics of the Mano Po franchise. At least in this case, well-researched history is more exciting than silver-screen fiction. – J.A.A.

CELEBRATE THE CHINESE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL  September 6-8 / 12-14, 2014  The Confucius Institute [CI], Manila’s foremost Chinese cultural and language institution celebrates the Mid-Autumn festival with lots of food, dice games and moon cakes. CI will also sponsor free seminars for those who wanted to learn traditional Chinese crafts such as paper-cutting, mask-painting, knotting etc. All these for the whole month of September @ Shangrila and Robinson’s malls. See the poster above for more details

CELEBRATE THE CHINESE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL
September 6-8 / 12-14, 2014 

The Confucius Institute [CI], Manila’s foremost Chinese cultural and language institution celebrates the Mid-Autumn festival with lots of food, dice games and moon cakes. CI will also sponsor free seminars for those who wanted to learn traditional Chinese crafts such as paper-cutting, mask-painting, knotting etc. All these for the whole month of September @ Shangrila and Robinson’s malls. See the poster above for more details

BAGONG ARAW / NEW DAY © J.A. Austria, baybayin calligraphy, color marker and ink on paper, 9 x 3 1/2 inches, 01 September 2014.

BAGONG ARAW / NEW DAY © J.A. Austria, baybayin calligraphy, color marker and ink on paper, 9 x 3 1/2 inches, 01 September 2014.

EVENING DRUMMER  © J.A. Austria, color marker and ink study on paper, 5  1/2 x 4 inches, 2014.

EVENING DRUMMER  © J.A. Austria, color marker and ink study on paper, 5  1/2 x 4 inches, 2014.

TAYUMAN PIETA / YOUNG FATHER W/ DEAD SON, ©  J.A. Austria, color marker on paper dimensions: 23 x 16.3 cms., artist’s private collection—lost piece.
This small study was actually based on a real story that happened in Manila last year. A two-year old boy died in a hospital in Malabon and his young father had no money to pay for the bills. Still in shock, and believing that the hospital will not release his son, the young man ran away with the body of the kid, and walked all the way to Manila to ask for help.

TAYUMAN PIETA / YOUNG FATHER W/ DEAD SON, ©  J.A. Austria, color marker on paper dimensions: 23 x 16.3 cms., artist’s private collection—lost piece.

This small study was actually based on a real story that happened in Manila last year. A two-year old boy died in a hospital in Malabon and his young father had no money to pay for the bills. Still in shock, and believing that the hospital will not release his son, the young man ran away with the body of the kid, and walked all the way to Manila to ask for help.

THE APPEARANCE OF OUR LADY OF MANAOAG © J.A. Austria ca. 2012, pen-and-ink on paper, now part of a private collection.

THE APPEARANCE OF OUR LADY OF MANAOAG © J.A. Austria ca. 2012, pen-and-ink on paper, now part of a private collection.