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VITA FAUNA

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VALOR
61.8 x 47 x 44.2cm

The  game  of  cock  fighting  is, by no means, for the   fainthearted.   In   many  Philippine towns,cockpits  are  often Sunday’s hub of activity as  men  bet on  their  favorite  cock  in  a   duel   to  the  death.  In  Arden’s  “Valor”,   Filipino  bravery  and   stout-heartedness   is exemplified in the duel of  the  roosters, or  cockfighting.  In  this  gentleman’s  sport,  two cocks   are   matched  against  each   otheras    they   lash  out  at  each  other  with  such  single-minded ferocity.

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TRANQUILITY
41.3 X 26 X 43.2cm

The waters off Sorsogon and Oslob  are  often  visited   by  these    giant creatures of the deep.   Although   humongous    in  size,  the   “butanding” (“whale shark”) is, perhaps, the most docilecreature of the natural world. In “Tranquility”,  Arden  illustrates  the  Filipino’s  loving   and   kind   nature through  this   gentle   giant.  Not  with  standing  its  imposing  size,   the butanding quietly swimsin the warm tropical waters as  it  carefully  skims  the current for krill

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INGENUITY
39.1 x 13.5 x 26.9cm

“Ingenuity”  speaks of  the  Filipino’s  resourcefulness.   This  comes  to  life  in  Arden’s fightingspiders. Although small in size, the spider’s  cunning  has  allowed it to survive and flourish.  This  characteristic is best displayed in the  Filipino game of “awayan  ng gagamba  ” (spider fighting).  More  than power and might, the winning arachnid is the one that displays the most cunning  and  smarts  to  overpower his opponent and win the chance to mate. This symbolizes the Filipino’snative intuition

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INVENTIVENESS
40 x 23.1 x 22.3cm

Gregarious and all-too-willing to take to the water,  the itik (native duck") represents   the  Filipinos    sense    of    innovativeness    and    versatility.   “Inventiveness”  shows the itik rising   from   her   nest.   In   the   lakeshore  towns   of   Pateros,   Cardona    and    Tanay,    hundreds   of    itik    converge  in gregarious  flocks,  waddling  hurriedly   straight   into  the   water.  The  itik  is  prized  for its eggs, which are madeinto the succulent and exotic balut. 

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CONFINDENCE
108.5 x 61.5 x 112.3cm 

The    Filipino’s    strength   in   the   face   of  adversity  is   represented   in  “Confidence”,  characterized   by   the  majestic   Philippine    Eagle. Endemic to Mindanao and already dwindling in number, thePhilippine eagle is one of the  world’s   most   impressive  avian   species.   Despite   the   on  slaught of   deforestation,   the  Philippine   eagle   continues   to   persist   in   bird sanctuaries   and   small   pockets   of   mountain   wilderness.   The  animal’s   tenacity   finds   resonance   in   the   Filipino’s   own   will   to   survive   despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

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DEVOTION
19.5 x 12.5 x 11.3cm

In  “Devotion”  the  artist illustrates the Filipino’s nurturing love. To express this,  he  uses  a   female  Philippine   Spotted    Deer     (  locally   known   as   “pilandok”)   nestling   its young   to   protect it frompredators. Although highly endangered,    this    rare    species   of     deer   continues   to    survive    in   pocketcolonies    in    the    Palawan   wilderness   because    of  the female pilandok’s nurturing care for itsoffspring.

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PERSEVERANCE
32.9 x 9.3 x 13.3 cm

“Perseverance” tells of the Filipino’s industrious trait, illustrated in  Arden’s idyllic carabao. Ascene straight out  of  Philippine  rural  life,  a  harnessed carabao  plowing  the   muddy  rice  field illustrates the Filipino’s  patience and diligence. It is through the farmer and his  carabao’s  quietlabor,  after all, that  transforms   vast   tracts   of   land   into   fertile   and  verdant   fields  --  providing  astaple  food  source  and  sustaining  the  life  of  an entire country.

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FOREBEARANCE
18 x 13.5 x 34.7cm

The   Filipino's   for   bearance is depicted by the  tarsier.  Filipinos are known to  have  an  extraordinary  amount  of  patience   and   the  ability  to   keep serene amid the hubbub. The  tarsier  embodies  this very  trait.  Living  in   its  last   stronghold   in   the   remaining  forests   of   Bohol,   this    small   primate  comes  out  at  night to prey  on  small insects. Clasping  a  small tree branch, it remains quiet and still,  waiting  endlessly  for  a  familiar sound  or  stirring.  But once it  ha s located its prey, the usually docile primatre  jumps  in  full force from tree to tree until it catches its meal.

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