Thursday, April 26, 2012

Ang Maglalala (The Weaver)

Maglalala (Weaver)

My mom, weaving balulang or bayong (bag) made of Pandan leaves. Pandan weaving is one of the primary industries of the town of Luisiana, Laguna, Philippines.

Siko Siko

The people of Luisiana, Laguna developed different variations of the weaves they create out of pandan leaves. And they are the one who gave the rather "peculiar" names of the each type of weave. This particular weave is called "Siko Siko" (Siko is elbow in English) because each pointed corner resembles the "elbow."

More info of my beloved hometown here.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

"I've got no claws, no wings, no venom. Even Mantis has those...thingies." - Po (Kung Fu Panda)

"I've got no claws, no wings, no venom.  Even Mantis has those... thingies." - Po (Kung Fu Panda) by Gilbert Rondilla

Mantodea or mantises is an order of insects that contains approximately 2,200 species in nine families[1] worldwide in temperate and tropical habitats. Most of the species are in the family Mantidae. Historically, the term "mantid" was used to refer to any member of the order because for most of the past century, only one family was recognized within the order; technically, however, the term only refers to this one family, meaning the species in the other eight recently established families are not mantids, by definition (i.e., they are empusids, or hymenopodids, etc.), and the term "mantises" should be used when referring to the entire order.

A colloquial name for the order is "praying mantises", because of the typical "prayer-like" stance, although the term is often misspelled as "preying mantis" since mantises are predatory.[2] In Europe, the name "praying mantis" refers to Mantis religiosa. The closest relatives of mantises are the orders Isoptera (termites) and Blattodea (cockroaches), and these three groups together are sometimes ranked as an order rather than a superorder. They are sometimes confused with phasmids (stick/leaf insects) and other elongated insects such as grasshoppers and crickets. (Source: Wikipedia)

Friday, April 13, 2012

Please click the collect button!

Hi everyone!
I joined the Artists Wanted- Art Takes Time Square and I need you support. Please follow the link below and click the collect button :D Please spread the word by re-posting. Thanks!

Gilbert Rondilla