Magpaparol, Magpaparol, oil on canvas, 1933, 51 x 73 cm by Jorge Pineda |

SiningSaysay (Larawan). Filipino impressionist painter Jorge Pineda (1879-1946) is known for depicting Philippine everyday life in a quiet, unobtrusive manner. His Magpaparol series shows the Filipinos’ affection for the Christmas Season during the Pre-War Period.

In this painting, an elderly man and a younger woman, meticulously finish a set of traditional Filipino lanterns made of papel de Japon. This is a period piece as evidenced by the terno, the sawali floor, and the old-fashioned parols depicted by Pineda. He is known for his casual depiction of everyday life, devoid of drama or glamour. What the viewer sees is a real, unguarded moment of a nostalgic past.

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