For this drawing, my challenge was to localize a Tarot card. I picked the Lovers, as it felt apt for Valentines’ season.

The two figures shown in the drawing are Maganda and Malakas (lit. ‘Beautiful’ and ‘Strong’ in Filipino). According to myth, they were the first man and woman in the world. They were imprisoned in their bamboo stalks, only to be freed by a passing bird who heard their plaintive calls. And thus they emerged, naked as Bathala (lit. ‘God’) made them.

It was fun drawing this image, though a part of me wishes I could’ve drawn Malakas much better. I’m not too good at drawing men, it seems.

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