Perlas ng Silanganan
Animated Paintings of Fernando Amorsolo’s
Definition of Filipina Beauty
by Bryle Flores
 
     Paintings are one of the leading sources of entertainment back then. The interest in paintings declined in recent years because of newer forms of entertainment like digital art, movies, video games and internet. The artist thought that classical paintings can still be appreciated today, in a different perspective. A 2.5d Animation which will make the paintings come to life is an effective tool for Filipinos to gain more interest in the Philippine art.
 
     Fernando Amorsolo’s paintings are chosen because his subjects in the paintings achieve some kind of perfect beauty in simplicity that the artist explores by way of an animated video. “Perlas ng Silanganan (Pearl of the East)” is the title that is very appropriate to describe the beauty of a Filipina woman. Fernando Amorsolo had a formula in achieving the perfect Filipina beauty. He said "[The women I paint should have] a rounded face, not of the oval type often presented to us in newspapers and magazine illustrations. The eyes should be exceptionally lively, not the dreamy, sleepy type that characterizes the Mongolian. The nose should be of the blunt form but firm and strongly marked. ... So the ideal Filipina beauty should not necessarily be white complexioned, nor of the dark brown color of the typical Malayan, but of the clear skin or fresh colored type which we often witness when we met a blushing girl."
 
     This animated video is also a birthday (May 30) tribute to the first National Artist of the Philippines – Fernando Cueto Amorsolo.
Here's the process:
Credits:
 
Paintings by: Fernando Amorsolo
Animated by: Bryle Flores
Music: “La Bella Filipina” by Ignacio Massaguer
Original Arrangement for Guitar and Performed by: Michael Dadap
 
Paintings:
 
-Sunset View of Mount Arayat, 1952
-Fruit Gatherer, 1950
-Princess Urduja, 1935
-Lavandera, 1953
-Kusinera, 1959
-Palay Maiden, 1920
 
Special Thanks:
 
-My Family, Friends and Professors
-Fernando A. Lazo and Family
-Michael Dadap
-NCCA Management Information System Office
-Filipinas Nostalgia
-Ambeth Ocampo