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Kawayan de Guia

These are Troubled (Tribal) Times

by Marlyne Sahakian

KAWAYAN DE GUIA standing by Axis Bus, part of "Halsema AX(i)S Art Project,"  

a collaborative project between de Guia and the artist collective AX(i)S. Courtesy Kawayan de Guia.

Kawayan means “bamboo” in Tagalog, and the tall, lanky, soft-spoken Kawayan de Guia bears the name well. Although Metro Manila is the bastion of the mainstream Filipino art scene, de Guia resides in his hometown of Baguio, in the Cordillera mountain region that has been the subject of many of his works. For…

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