Renz Adrian Ronda, a student from the Philosophy Department of Bicol University College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (BUCSSP), created an art and photography memorial to the late President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Simeon C. Aquino III, which was featured by the ABS-CBN’s DZMM Teleradyo program on June 28, 2021.
On June 24, the nation was struck by the sudden news announcing the passing of PNoy. When Ronda learned about it, he was shocked and thought about what he can do to memorialize the icon of good governance. As a photography enthusiast, Ronda collected his photos on sunset and made a collage-form bearing the face of the PNoy.
The post received sympathy and amazement from the audience not just for its creativity, but also because of the message it conveys.
“Yellow Sunset hue
Marks of an ending day
But a promise of new tomorrow”
He wrote in the caption.
The artwork was initially featured on the Bayan Mo, Ipatrol Mo Facebook page and received more than 15,000 thousand reactions overall. It also caught the attention of Aksyon Ko Online TV, a regional online-media organization.
On June 27, two days after posting the memorial art, Ronda was invited for an interview by ABS-CBN’s DZMM Teleradyo to discuss the message expressed in his artwork.
The 20-year-old student was one of the featured artists interviewed by veteran journalists Bernadette Sembrano and Julius Babao during the Lingkod Kapamilya segment.
When asked about the inspiration behind the artwork, Ronda told Sembrano that as a Filipino artist, he wanted to pay tribute to PNoy’s legacy to the country.
“As a photography enthusiast as well, I used my creative skills to come up with the collage,” he added.
The journalists later asked what Ronda appreciates about PNoy as a former president.
“His calm demeanor and down-to-earth attitude. I also admire his courage to accept criticisms as well as his willingness for an open dialogue,” he answered.
Focusing on the artwork, Ronda related the hue of the sunset to the color symbol of PNoy.
“Some of us may believe that sunset signifies ending but for me, it symbolizes hope for a better and new tomorrow,” he explained.
With reports from
Bicol University College of Social Sciences and Philosophy – College Student Council
Lingkod Kapamilya | Teleradyo (28 June 2021)