Yikes! Pope Francis with Filipino celebrities in commemorative painting!

Ok, just when the whole brouhaha over the grandiose wedding of Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes is simmering down, I came across this supposedly recently-completed painting by Dante Hipolito…

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Apparently Hipolito is known in art circles as a “hyper-realist” and his favorite subject involves depictions of scenes of traditional Filipino rural life. Well, the scenes in this one may be consistent with his style, but, dang, what the hell, man?

What’s up with the celebrities??

The image of the painting was posted on the Facebook page of starlet Marian Rivera along with the following caption…

Pope Francis and several Filipino celebrities are featured in the painting ‘Salubong’ by Dante Hipolito

Inspiration begets inspiration. This motivated visual artist Dante Hipolito to paint Gov. Vilma with Pope Francis in the 29” x 24” oil on canvas titled Salubong. A distinct style of vibrant rural realism, it follows Pope Francis’ didactic intentions.

Dante did this by redefining art, what he terms as Composite Realism, which is the smooth interplay of filmmaking elements of production design, photography and digital art based on his experience in stage production and advertising. Thus, he creates a distinctively exuberant depictions of country life on their basic principles.

In an ambiance of rural peace and prosperity, Dante shows Gov. Vilma as a farmer leading stars (from left) Gary Valenciano, Sen. Grace Poe, Marian Rivera, Dingdong Dantes, Coco Martin and Kris Aquino who are also costumed as country people in the festive welcome.

I don’t get it. What exactly is the point the artist wants to bring across with this painting? Didn’t the Pope make it clear that his visit to the Philippines was all about the poor and, specially, the victims of Typhoon Haiyan?

Or maybe I’m missing something. Could this be some kind of satire piece? Hey, I’m Pinoy. Pinoys don’t get satire remember? Could this be some kind of joke? Maybe someone photoshopped these faces into what could otherwise be a legit and more sober work of art?

Seriously, first an “outrageously extravagant” wedding circus and now this. It’s either certain people are allowing all this royal treatment to get into their heads, or artists like Hipolito are getting waaayyyy ahead of themselves. And are all of these celebs here even Catholic? Gary Valenciano, for example, is also in this picture. He’s a born again Christian, if I recall right. Does Gary V even believe in the pope? And don’t get me started about Kris Aquino…

What is this society coming to? His Holiness ain’t here yet and we are already turning his visit into a spectacle!

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Post Author: Kate Natividad

Frustrated artist doing geek for a living.

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mackerd frost
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I love the painting.. it shows that, when ever their’s people like the Pope comes in our country, all the “Banal na Aso at Santong Kabayo” goes around him and shows to everyone that they are holy and divine.

mackerd frost
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there’s* lol

archie
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You show this canvas to typical religious Noytards and they will be offended and accuse the artist of being ‘bastos’ and walang respeto sa mahal na papa.

Jazzsamba
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So what’s your point?

archie
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What’s with the stupid question?

aldinviray
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di ba archie labs mo si noynoy. nasa fb mo kasi palagi puring puri ka. wla nga nagagawa eh. Beast Mole

archie
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Facebook? Do I know you? Malabo mga sentence mo dudong. Pakilinaw ang tagalog mo o baka hindi ka nakatungtong ng grade 5 kaya hirap ka magsalita.

Halaghast
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i think this photo is depicting that the pope shares the same light with the celebrities, and not in the good light. If he named himself pope francis because he loves the poor, then this painting depicts the celebrities as poor. So with all thats been written, it seems that the good intentions were meant for the wrong people. As if his intentions are truly holy. Those are my 50 cents

v
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this shows how the filipino catholics (sometimes other nationalities will do it too) will sometimes do their own thing irregardless of what the higher ups in the church will say another example in the philippines is when they changed the route of the black nazarene procession and the people still tried to force it to the usual route over a bridge which was deemed possible too weak to hold the multitude. An example in venezuela. The people there are really fond of eating a local aquatic mammal (a rodent) called the capybara. So much that they persuaded the church to… Read more »
archie
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I laughed seeing this and I’d like to think that the artist is sarcastic and just showing how fucked up our country’s celebrity worship habits. No deep interpretations necessary, Mr. Hipolito was just heckling the Filipinos on their bad habits of PBA idolatry: pulitika, basketbol, artista.

Hey
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This.

ChinoF
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Probably sarcastic, showing how foolish it is to shoehorn our celebrities into being with a more respectable figure. If not sarcastic… it is shoehorning.

mico
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I call billshit.

jameboy
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If we follow what the gist of this article was, what happened in Paris, France recently was justified. That people can be killed because of cartoons, pictures, or images drawn with satire, sarcasm or opposite representation of people. That we can interpret an innocent picture or image as evil if we intend to. That we can deride or mock something as harmless as the picture above and turn it into something gloomy or pessimistic. I see the picture as a demonstration of the excellent skill by the artist who made it. Nothing more. I see how he depicts the Pope… Read more »
Pallacertus
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Sometimes great art is in the presentation, sometimes it is in the content. This has the great merit of having both — plus the ambiguity!

OK, it may not be an auto-include into the canon of “Great Art” (which shows you how skeptical I am of the appellation), but I do love the painting as a many-folding pastiche of ambiguities — it tells me that it pays to be alert to alternatives.

Monto Gawe
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As usual, Pinoys will have knee-jerk reaction towards what seems obvious i.e. sacrilege, blasphemy, heresy et al.

I think the painting EMPHASIZES that Filipinos often based their “BELIEFS” on PERSONALITIES not on DOCTRINES. Form over Substance. Person over Issue.

In this case, THE PAINTING IS ON POINT!

Jazzsamba
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Gimme a break

archie
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You are a butthurt noytard. No wonder you can’t say anything more than 3 words. Welcome to getrealphilippines 🙂

Courtney
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Starlet ba si Marian? Puro ka kuda. Masyado kang maraming alam.

Dick S O'Rosary
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treinta na pala sya hehe

francis
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Another anti-Roman Catholic bullshit by “forward-thinking” bourgeois bloggers. This is art in the truest Filipino sense as it incorporates elements that are distinctly FIlipino – our Agrarian Nature, our Catholic fashion, our social conservatism, no matter if people here are celebrities or not.

MidwayHaven
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Sure, let it be “art in the truest sense” to the Filipino. The question now is: is this aesthetic?

And how did you come up with the conclusion that the writer is “anti-Catholic”?

Besides, I hardly would call a painting with Marian Rivera and Kris Aquino in it as being a part of “social conservatism.”

Dick S O'Rosary
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Kris Aquino WTF!?! She shouldn’t be there.

archie
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Butthurt roman catholic. Bourgeois? As if you’re pharisees are not elitist enough. Did you have a chance reading Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo? Or maybe you’re just too lazy to understand what Jose Rizal was trying to imply on what’s happening to our country ran and influenced by religious people.

Fink
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I just can’t find this in good taste. This is akin to those Commie propaganda paintings of people “working in the fields” only replace your Mao and Lenin with the Pope.

TR
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Maybe he wants to become more popular by incorporating these celebs in the painting? Haha well, that’s just an opinion :p

I have the exact same sentiments as Kate regarding this painting. Ahhh what has happened to our so-called culture? That is to say, if we can still call is as one…

Ben T Lador
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oil painting in canvas with plastic people sorrounding pope!

Melchor Vergara
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whoever did this should be crucified…..

these a-holes are trivializing and dumbing-down the meaning of this Papal visit….

these people have no shame trivializing and dumbing-down the significance of the Papal visit….
this is no different from that t-shirt stunt by ABS-CBN, attributing words that the Pope will never say….
instead of picturing Pope Francis with children, the poor, the sick and elderly, people he loves to be with, he is shown here with superficial celebrities, the the very thing that this humble Pontiff shuns…..

jameboy
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That’s what I call ‘ISIS thinking’.

You crucify somebody because of a painting? 🙁

archie
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Indeed an ISIS. Melchor would crucify people for the sake of his religion where their main leader was crucified by the Romans, the irony.

archie
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Hey fucktard, I’ve got news for you: Wishing people to get crucified just because of what they want to express is not something your dear papa would like to hear from a sarado katoliko you shithead. Only lunatics will think that Pope Francis is a special person. Logical people know that every move he makes is just for PR. Roman Catholicism is a dying cult that’s why they want someone to do some advertising for them. Welcome to getrealphilippines, shithead.

Melchor Vergara
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these a-holes are trivializing and dumbing-down the meaning of this Papal visit…. this is no different from that t-shirt stunt by ABS-CBN, attributing words that the Pope will never say…. instead of picturing Pope Francis with children, the poor, the sick and elderly, people he loves to be with, he is shown here with superficial celebrities, the very thing that this humble Pontiff shuns….. and besides, Pope Francis’ celebrity stature is so different, and unquestionably more profound, than any one of those in the painting, …. there is just no reason why they should be in an artwork with the… Read more »
Tuklawmanila
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Well need to pay the bills , art for sale people

Manny Aquino
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I hope Mr. Hipolito will clarify his intentions. If he intented to showcase how Pinoy masses “worship” their celebrities in the same way we idolize the Pope, then this painting reflects reality. But if Mr. Hipolito is simply depicting filipino farm life by using his favorite celebrities, then that’s his personal trip. But he should know that people will react both positively and negatively to this.

Miya
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For me ? When I will take this painting seriously it might be about 666.
For catholics, no offense but as I am a christian i always watched many videos about POPES and many people are too blinded. Search more about it because might this celebrities are becoming the alaves of a anti christ.

Just sharing guys no offense

Ruby Ann Caseres
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IMO, this is kind’a symbolic of how universal the Catholic Church is, with Pope Francis, not coming just for the righteous but for the sinners, as well, which the showbiz industry is known for its immorality, pretense, etc. As for the presence of the non-Catholic Christian believers, Gary V. for example, it’s giving us a glimpse of how well-loved and accepted our beloved Pope is by other denominations. For Sen. Grace Poe’s presence & Gov. Vilma Santos, it’s a clear indication of how some politicians can most probably use religion to get to their voters. As to why the showbiz… Read more »
Ron
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Sooo tacky. Nice ARTwork, but not drawn to scale. Look at the size of the carabao relative to the celebrity characters. They look like cut outs.

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