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An artist’s statement on faith

Exhibit runs in Intramuros

‘Telestai’ artist Kristine Lim

After mounting the first art installation in Intramuros since the pandemic started, titled Portraits of Christ, artist Kristine Lim transformed the exhibit into something more thought-provoking and intriguing to coincide with the Holy Week celebration. Considering herself a missionary visual artist whose art is rooted on her faith, she developed Portraits of Christ into Tetelestai, which runs until April 20 at Baluartillo de San Francisco Javier, Fort Santiago, Intramuros Manila. It’s presented by the Department of Tourism, It’s More Fun in the Philippines, the Intramuros Administration, and Art Lounge Manila.

Lim said, “It is a personal reminder for a sinner like me, who keeps on failing and falling into the mundane, to ask the Lord to help my unbelief. It is a personal reflection I want to share with others who are also going through life’s adversities. I pray we always find that confidence in Him to overcome our fears, insecurities, and uncertainties.”

Artist Kristine Lim and musical director Jonathan Manalo

Creating a deeper experience is the musical score composed by Jonathan Manalo, creative director of ABS-CBN Music. According to Lim, Manalo’s music was able to capture the soul and spirit of Tetelestai, such that visitors will be able to communicate with the Divine through wordless interaction. In this case no words are needed for full expression. “May Tetelestai guide you towards a much deeper relationship with Christ,” said Lim. “Walk on the path He has laid down for us. Journey with Him for He is no longer on the cross, but He is Risen to live with you, to live for you, to live in you.”

“This has been inspiring and an honor for both me and Kristine, for we know it is what we are called to do for this very specific moment, especially for the country,” said Manalo.


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