Artist Street artist Christian Cresencio at work. Photo by DENNIS ABRINA

Ex-OFW paints pandemic inspired murals in Cavite

June 9, 2021 Dennis Abrina 312 views

GENERAL TRIAS CITY, Cavite — A former Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) from Dubai paints pandemic-inspired murals in Barangays Tejero and Pasong Kawayan in this city and in the neighboring town of Noveleta, inspiring and giving hope to passing admirers.

Christian Cresencio 37, of Pasong Kawayan II, a muralist in Dubai, UAE starts his street art on April, 2021. He painted a mural on wall in Barangay San Rafael 1, and titled it “Uncertain.”

“That was my son’s picture wearing a face mask. Medyo malungkot ang mga kabataan dahil di sila makalabas sa school for face-to-face classes. Andun ang emotions ng mga mata nya. Pero nandon pa din ang mga paru-paro nakadapo sa kanila ang pag-asa represented Monarch Butterfly,” said Christian Cresencio in an interview.

“My 2nd mural titled Invincible Chaos on Pasong Kawayan 1 features my partner Tanya Pastors wearing a face mask instead of a butterfly. I put a maya bird to represent freedom,” Christian said.

“My 3rd mural, a picture of Dr. Andro Umali, a physician and bike enthusiast, who used bicycle going to Medical City wearing a respirator mask and goggles given by photojournalist Ezra Acayan. And then I added a flower for their continuous fight against COVID-19 and a bee to symbolize frontliners’ hard work,” Cresencio added,

All of these murals are done with the consent of the property owners and out of pocket expenses, the artist added.

“I spend around P10,000 for the paint for this public arts, mas madaming tao ang makakakita, mas nakakatuwa, kahit gumastos pako sa sarili kong pera. He started public art in 2010. We are a family of painters, from my father to my eldest brother, who are now working as sculpture amd muralist in Saudi Arabia,” he added. “Patuloy po tayong gagawa ng streett arts para makatulong bilang awareness campaign ngayong panahon po ng pandemya. Nawa’ymakapagbigay inspirasyon ito sa kapwa ko Caviteño.”