Justice For Gene de Loyola
Artists Demand Justice for Renowned Social Realist Painter
Raymund B. Villanueva
Kodao Productions 19 April 2018
Artists demanded justice for the killing of a renowned visual artist April 18, 2018, Wednesday night in Montalban, Rizal by still unknown assailants.
Arts and media alliance Let’s Organize for Democracy and Integrity (LODI) said it is outraged over what it called “senseless act of violence” that killed social realist painter Gene de Loyola.
“We urge the government to waste no time in going after the killers of Gene,” LODI said.
De Loyola, whose paintings hang in the National Museum and other major exhibits, used his art to call attention to political, social and economic issues, the group said.
LODI added the late artist also went beyond the comfort zone of easel work, organizing to help both artists and local communities.
De Loyola’s daughter, Maan, said the victim went to Montalban to paint last Wednesday but, on his way home, decided to pass by the barricades of a homeowners’ group engaged in a dispute with a big developer.
“Papa goes there to help out. The organization’s president, Jun Elarde, was apparently the target,” Maan posted on her Facebook account.
“[Elarde] suffered multiple gunshots, and Papa (De Loyola) took several gunshots in the head and shoulders,” she added.
LODI said Do Loyola was no stranger to grassroots organizing during Ferdinand Marcos’s martial law.
“He left the comfortable world of advertising to immerse full time in art and activism, honing his talent to aid the broad protest movement against the Marcos dictatorship,” the group said.
In 1975, De Loyola co-founded the Sining Binhi art group of Ermita to explore themes of the Filipino identity. A center for young and progressive artists, the group held art workshops for urban poor youth in Smokey Mountain, Tondo, a fishing village in Paranaque and the street children of Baclaran.
In 1981, De Loyola helped in launching BUKLOD SINING, an organization known for creating the huge protest murals featured in growing protests against the dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
“We grieve for Gene and condole with his loved ones. LODI stands with them in their quest for justice for Gene and Jun,” LODI said. #
Gene de Loyola (image courtesy of his family)
…. at the sketching session of the Concerned Artists of the Philippines held on July 1, 2006 with newly-installed National Artist Prof. Bienvenido Lumbera Bien as subject.Ka Gene passed on two days ago. There were many artists who participated in the session but it was Ka Gene who got my attention because he had this blitzkrieg style of sketching. So I focused on him, taking snapshots at regular intervals which was very often since there was always something new in his sketch every few seconds.I was like an embedded photographer in the initial stage of Operation Barbarossa, and I enjoyed it. When he was done with his three sketches, he said he would do a sketch of me, which he did in a minute or so of pencil strokes. Mabuhay ka, Ka Gene! [I-drawing mo agad si San Pedro at i-post mo sa Facebook account mo. Or, better i pintor mo ang isang anghel. 😉 ]
Let’s Organize for Democracy and Integrity – LODI
April 19, 2018
Huling Obra ni Gene de Loyola
Ang huling obra ni Gene de Loyola ay sumisimbolo sa maaaring dahilan ng kanyang pagkamatay — isang masaklaw na tanawin ng Montalban, Rizal, ang pamayanang kanyang pinaglingkuran bilang artista at organisador. ang komunidad na dinedepensahan laban sa panghihimasok ng isang real estate developer.
Ang pagpaslang kay de Loyola ay nagpapatunay muli ng kawalan ng pananagutan sa ating bayan ng mga bayarang pumapaslang, ng mga korporasyong inaagaw ang lahat mula sa maliliit at ng pamahalaang pangungahing yumuyurak sa karapatan ng mamamayan. Nagaganap ang lahat ng ito dahil sa inhustisyang panlipunang kinamulatan at nilabanan ni de Loyola sa mahabang panahon.
Sumasaludo ang LODI sa pag-aambag ni de Loyola para baguhin ang abang kalagayan ng ating bayan. Ipininta niya ang paglaban ng mamamayan laban sa dayuhang panghihimasok.
Ginamit niya ang kanyang sining upang ipakita ang dangal ng ordinaryong mamamayan — ang mga mangingisda, ang mga maralita, ang mga bata sa lansangan. Sining din ang ginamit niya sa pag-oorganisa sa paglaban sa diktadurang Marcos. Pinasigla ng Buklod Sining, isang grupong kanyang binuo noong 1981, ang mga protestang lansangan laban kay Marcos sa pamamagitan ng kanilang mga mural paintings.
Hanggang sa huli, paglaban ang mensahe ng kanyang obra. Ipininta niya ang gandang nais wasakin ng makikitid na interes.
Katarungan para kay Gene de Loyola!
(Ito ang caption ng anak nyang si Maan: This is the community of my father in law Gene De Loyola whom he served as a leader/organizer for many years, this is also his last painting. He was gunned down on Wednesday, April 18 in Montalban Rizal.
His remains lies in Chapel B, Heaven’s Gate 1, Marcos Highway, Brgy Mayamot Antipolo City. Cremation is on Sunday April 22 at 5PM)