Sampaguita Martyr, 2020, Marius Black

This work shows the Sampaguita Martyr, a father who services his children who sells “Sampaguitas” (Jasmine flowers). He drives his pedicab, a small pedal-operated vehicle, to make their way to the nearby church where they sell their Sampaguitas. In mostly Roman Catholic Philippines, it is tradition to buy these flowers after going to mass and offering the flowers religious statues at home, especially those of Santo Nino. The work embodies tradition and sacrifice, a underlying, persistent trait in Filipino culture and modern life.

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