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Title:  The Pugot

Date:  2009

Medium:  Pencil on paper

Dimensions: 9 x 12 inches

The central figure of this drawing is “The Pugot” (the decapitated one), a mythical fiend that is found in the folklore of the Ilocos region of the Philippines. It can assume various shapes such as hogs, dogs or even as humans. However, it usually appears as a black, gigantic headless being. In this drawing the Pugot has taken the form of Ferdinand Magellan (statue) and his head has been removed as a nod to the Battle of Mactan in the Philippines on April 27, 1521. As myth has it, Lapu-Lapu (the datu or chief of Mactan) fought Magellen and cut off his head during the battle - in opposition to Magellen’s “efforts” to take over Mactan and convert the indigenous people to Christianity. A 20-foot bronze statue of Lapu-Lapu can be found in the Mactan Shrine in Cebu, Philippines, it stands as a reminder of Filipino bravery. 

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