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Widow’s version of Van Gogh’s Sunflower

If Vincent Van Gogh used sunflower as  his object in one of his renowned painting to depict the realties of his time, in the Philippines, a widow, too, find this fits to illustrate not only hers of women’s role in modern times.

Florence Manegdeg, a widow with two children, made her first oil paint above entitled “”Sacred  Breath” on a theme of “”Women as  Mythical  Hero” for an exhibit for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in Manila on June 15, 2008.

Florence said of her oil paint;

Arts  is  a  venue   I  am  enjoying   now.  Sana  mabili  ang aking  gawa (i hope my paint will be bought).  But  most  importantly,  nakikilala  ako maliban  sa  pagiging  isang  (I am being known as a ) widow  seeking  truth  and  justice  which  is  just  one  portion of  the next  chapter  of my  life.

Unknown to many, Florence’s coping following the tragic death of her husband and the subsequent insecurity she and her children had suffered, is perhaps incomparable to others, but nothing new to families of social and human rights activities in the country.

In her painting above, an image of a surreal woman playing a nose flute; the sunflower; a  mountainous terrain and a green plant, is a byproduct of a woman’s enlightening thoughts who has struggled and has survived from an unthinkable tragedy.


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