by KRISTOFER PURNELL
Artists are continually finding new areas to display their creativity, not just relying on the usual canvas or blank wall, but diving in their curiosity to explore different mediums. The Manila Bulletin stepped in with an innovative idea for local artists to showcase their creative genius, a medium so unconventional yet purposeful—an egg.
A hundred painted eggs designed by several Filipino artists can be found in The Manila Bulletin’s “Hatch,” which recently found a new area to display its contents at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Museum. Such a venue seems apt for curious art-lovers and students, who were more than eager to see the eggs during the launch of “Hatch” on Sept. 12, as the project offers a new art form that gifts artists, established and emerging, with a new medium to explore artistic expression.
UST Museum director Rev. Fr. Isidro C. Abaño, O.P. shared in his opening remarks how the eggs, while seeing them be put on display, reminded him of lessons he learned long ago that eggs were a symbol of life. “I am also reminded of religious icons relating to eggs, such as Jesus’ resurrection, images of Mary holding an egg, and of course Easter eggs,” he says. “Egg shapes could mean the shape of life, the diversity of artists relating to the world’s diversity. This exhibit goes beyond mere manifestation, [it’s] an advocacy for the protection of life, and all its amiable values.”
The Manila Bulletin was represented at the launch by EVP Sonny Coloma, who recounted the project’s history, “’Hatch’ started at the lobby of the Manila Hotel one April during Easter,” he says. “Now it has 100 eggs that aren’t just drawn on but have different kinds of designs.”
Coloma also extended his thanks to UST for helping The Manila Bulletin in achieving its mission, and hoped for the continuous support of the newspaper for the arts.
“Hatch” will be at the main gallery of the UST Museum until Oct. 12, and everyone is encouraged to drop by and see how various Filipino artists were able to transfer their talents onto acrylic eggs—each with their own unique design, symbolizing the constant growth of art’s life cycle.