Major changes to the site are afoot!

I’ve revamped the http://momatoes.com and it is now cleaner, sleeker, and hopefully nicer to behold! Each link goes to a dedicated page that exhibits all of my artworks for that category. Have a look and let me know what you think. In line with this, I’ll be putting a damper on posting blogs entries, asContinue reading “Major changes to the site are afoot!”

The Secret Life of Moss at Gioji

Back in my Japan trip, I took a detour into a small and tucked-away shrine in the western district of Arashiyama in Kyoto. And was I glad to have been there. In its tiny confines was a whole universe of verdant greenery, abundantly expressed through various species of moss. Layers of it hugged the ground,Continue reading “The Secret Life of Moss at Gioji”

Mindanao Trust Fund Collateral

Last year, I had the honor of working with the Mindanao Trust Fund, a World Bank project that enables Bangsamoro institutions to uplift the region via livelihood and other programs. They’ve done great, amazing work, improving the lives of tens of thousands of people in a traditionally conflict-afflicted area of the Philippines. My own contributionContinue reading “Mindanao Trust Fund Collateral”

Penitensya

As a sign of contrition and repentance, Filipino volunteers engage in the yearly tradition of Penitensya. An ancient and bloody tradition, Penitensya pits man’s flesh against self-inflicted wounds, exemplifying Catholic piety and devotion in one of the holiest days of the year: Good Friday. Volunteers would kneel down, while assistants would run a blade downContinue reading “Penitensya”

Wet Market Photography

I decided to head to the Munoz wet market early in the morning (6 am!) to capture a few quick snaps. Even this early, the market was already bustling with activity. Inside, it was chaos. Hundreds of people jammed together in a tight space, all looking for the best deals on meats, vegetables, and otherContinue reading “Wet Market Photography”

Testing out a new lens part II: Metro Manila

I decided to do a more thorough test of the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8, and the results simply wow me. I may just use this as my daily driver for real. Here are some photos I took of Metro Manila — the beautiful, the crowded, the vivid. A bustling metropolitan area with over 12 millionContinue reading “Testing out a new lens part II: Metro Manila”

Testing out a new lens

I bit the bullet and bought the second ever lens for my camera! It’s a fairly basic Canon EF 50mm f/1.8, but I’m still amazed at how sharp and how much depth of field it can generate. Here are a few test shots I took on my commute to and back from work. Pretty neat!Continue reading “Testing out a new lens”

Bad Timing

This was a fun layout project! In collaboration with game designer Tobie Abad, I crafted illustrations and graphic design work for Bad Timing, a sweet and simple Romantic Comedy playset that runs on the Fiasco gaming system. The Fiasco gaming system is an engine for building collaborative stories using nothing but a couple of 6-sidedContinue reading “Bad Timing”

Tokyo Sumo Bout

There was excitement and anticipation in the air, when, two years ago, I walked the periphery of the Ryogoku Stadium to watch the September 2015 tournament bout. Colorful banners waved in the air, cheerfully showcasing the names of the dozens of wrestlers I would be seeing today. Each one of them would only have oneContinue reading “Tokyo Sumo Bout”

Check out my Patreon page!

Hi everyone! A brief announcement: I finally bit the bullet and set up a tiny Patreon site! If you like my artwork, head on there and check it out. With Patreon, you can get advanced access to some of the artwork I’ve lined up in the coming month, and perks such as GIFs, layered files,Continue reading “Check out my Patreon page!”

Pansol Pottery

My friends and I had the pleasure of visiting the Pettyjohn Household in Pansol, Laguna. Jon and Tessy Pettyjohn are renowned globally for their pioneering work in ceramics and pottery, so it was an honor to not only stay at their house, but also to be surrounded by incredible works of art. It was alsoContinue reading “Pansol Pottery”

Epefania’s Heartbreak

An illustration of one of my favorite quotes from Philippine speculative short fiction. “Epefania, who had only her heartbreaks to talk about, eventually ran out of willing ears to share her romantic commiserations: in the end, she only had the sun, moon, and stars to turn to for company.” The Sugilanon of Epefania’s Heartbreak byContinue reading “Epefania’s Heartbreak”