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Espana y Filipinas by randomsketchez Espana y Filipinas by randomsketchez
Mexico: :iconwthplz: Feli, you're 'fan-girling' again...
Philippines: :iconyeahrightplz: Kuya, that's not even a word.

This is my comic strip for mother's day. Weird combination though(history and mother's day).

I painted over the original painting coz I'm not sure if its ok to just copy-paste it.

España y Filipinas, meaning “Spain and the Philippines” in translation, is an 1886 oil on wood by Filipino painter, ilustrado, propagandist, and paladin, Juan Luna. It is an allegorical depiction of two women together, one a representation of Spain and the other of the Philippines. The painting, also known as España Guiando a Filipinas ("Spain Leading the Philippines"), is regarded as one of the “enduring pieces of legacy” that the Filipinos inherited from Luna. The painting is a centerpiece art at the Luna Hall of the Lopez Memorial Museum.

The Spaniard woman or “Mother Spain” was drawn with “wide strong shoulders” while the Filipino woman was illustrated as “graceful” and brown-skinned. Both were wearing female dresses known as traje de mestizas or "dress of the mestiza". The dressing of the women in traje de mestizas shows the cultural character, class consciousness, and social transformations resulting from 19th century Hispanization. Both women have their backs to the viewer, heading towards a far-away horizon, while embarking on the steps of a staircase. Side by side in the painting, Spain was shown to be leading the Philippines along the path to progress and development. The taller and maternal white figure of a woman is Spain, a representation of the "benevolent image of colonialism", is pointing ahead and guiding the "humbly dressed" Filipina to the "right way". The painting appeared in the book entitled El legado de España a Filipinas or "the Spanish legacy in the Philippines" with the accompanying caption stating: España guiando a Filipinas por la senda del progreso, or “Spain leads the Philippines on their way to progress”. It is further described as a painting that once linked the colonized with its former colonists, a "bucolic allegory" of the master and the servant "walking hand in hand".

Any way here's the wikipedia link: [link]
Please, I strongly recommend that you take some time to check it out so you'll see the what the painting looks like(Is it just me or does 'Mother Spain' from the painting kinda looks like nyotalia Spain? Just saying...:iconimthinkingplz: )

Feli = Felipinas or Philippines
Kuya = Big Brother. Its' use is not limited to family. A kind of honorific for guys old enough to be your big bro.

Philippine OC belongs to :iconrandomsketchez:
Hetalia belongs to :iconhimaruyaplz:

PS: I hope I didn't butcher the Spanish language in my pathetic attempt to use it in my comic strips.
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alcangas Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Haha, cute ~
ranemiura Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
This is just funny ^-^ I like this very much!
DarkSecretsStorys Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Professional Artist
SPAIN u got Replace!
Cupcake08Animator Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwwwww Nyo-Spain!
DarkSora12 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaahaha Piri-tan is so cute =w=
AdeMozart Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
So, how exactly filipinos view Spain, I was told about "a black legend"? I know Filipinas somehow admire Spain (and has a crush on USA). Back then they think in colonial period Spain was bad and now days they forbid Spain.  
randomsketchez Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I do think Philippines admired Spain back then. But the Philippines isnt exactly united, so there are also some who doesnt like Spain and want independence of their provinces(yes, not the country, just their territories). 

Filipinos are ok with Spain now. Filipinos are generally peace-loving people. Even immediately after independence from Spain, the Spaniards that were left behind were considered as friends, even though Philippines was sold to America. I dont know what black legend is, though I've heard of it. I dont recall it being taught in schools. However, colonial mentality is something that we blame on Spain, especially since we still have it till now. The present day Spanish-Philippines relationship is pretty good, though not as close or obvious as with America, Japan, or South Korea. 

Though Im not really a fan of USPH in a romantic sense, I think I can agree a little on Phili having a crush on America *cringe. But their relationship in the beginning is pretty bad. I daresay, they were as horrible as Japan. Things got better though, and they did vilify Spain to justify what they did to the remaining Spanish territories. I mean, if America is the hero, then who's going to play the part of the villain, right?
tsukasa013 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
I can't tell how exactly, Some hate Spain for erasing pre-colonial Philippines' history and culture, Others said Spain is like a strict "father". Back then because of the corruption many Filipinos were dissatisfied, Spain's assigned leaders handled Philippines poorly many sought audience with the king and proper authorities in Spain because of racism all of it were shot down. Others revolted against Spain some fought for equality that Filipinos should be treated equal to Spain's citizens some fought for total freedom Philippines to be come it's own country.

in the 17-1800's many Filipinos admired Germany,Japan,USA and of course Cuba.

 I say USA being a former colony many Filipinos were aspired from USA's independence.
Japan being is the very symbol of success in the changing world of 1800's yet still preserving it's culture and traditions.
Germany home of innovations and back then 1800's Germany was the top dog in industry and inventions.
Cuba- of course if Spain is the father like figure in Phil's Latino family Cuba is the Big brother figure.
CountrySketches Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
You portray such adorable interactions with the characters, and then teach something. thank you :D
randomsketchez Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional Filmographer
aaw. thanxs for the comments! ^_^
CountrySketches Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
you're welcome. I've been reading some of your other comics and they are just as adorable.
randomsketchez Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Hehe. =^_^=
Jorelyn Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
oh, so you inspired philippines design from the painting? :D the black hair, sking color and all.... cool! :)
randomsketchez Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Professional Filmographer
not really, I just though Mothe Spain kinda remembles Nyo!Spain. I based Phili's design on male Spain.hehe
Kiniro-chan Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I think that's... Nyo!Spain somehow...
alfredismyname Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
CUTE!~ XD Oh Mi Dios!! hhayay! alalalala~!
ArthurIglesias Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the reference to the painting and Fem!España!
WaterdragonTonx94 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
moomie Nyo Spain is the best momie
Japan343 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Awesome strip! But can I have ooone question? Why is Philippines' name Feli? Isn't it suppose to be Piri? I might even mistaken her for Feliciano. X3
randomsketchez Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
bit-size Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
Awesome, I love learning something new c: And I yoyally laughed when Philippines 'fan-girled' over Nyotalia Spain xD
randomsketchez Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Professional Filmographer
who wouldnt? Nyo!Spain is awesome!
bit-size Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
For sure cx
SleepyDormouse1 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I learned something new today XD
randomsketchez Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Filmographer
haha! good to know! ^_^
Carriedo-Spain Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
My female is so...cheery!
randomsketchez Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Filmographer
lol XD
Blue-Demon-Hybrid Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
This comic is adorable! And mommy Spain ftw. ^^
Iname4597 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
awww cute!!
AnneTheHedgehog44 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Student General Artist
This is cute!
thepagansun Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
So cute! SO cute! So cute!!!! Latin America also still calls Spain, "Mom." This is adorable!!!'d be interested to know that Rizal is honored in Spain and has a statue dedicated to him. On the plaque it explains where he's from, what he did, and what happened to him and then says, "Heroé de la raza." So Spain still feels strongly for its former colonies. Even to adopt their heroes that fought against it. :)
randomsketchez Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer
thanx! ^_^

If I'm not mistaken, Rizal has a statue in most of the countries he has visited. Spain does help his former colonies. And Hispanic countries are usually friendlier to each other too because of the shared history. I'm not sure, I only read it in wiki, but Spain apparently always has funds reserved for helping the Philippines. The King and Queen sometimes visits the country too.
thepagansun Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
You're welcome!

Oh really? Cool! Well, I know it wasn't only Rizal but also Simon Bolivar among others. :)

Yes...we Latin Americans try to stick together when facing other countries. Alone...we fight each other but if another country that's not Spain tries to step in, Heaven help them. XD

Oh really? That's so sweet and cool! Yeah...Spain has certainly changed for the better in that regard. And I like to think they truly did love its "babies" in its own misguided way.
randomsketchez Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Include the Philippines too! We're like one big Hispanic family. Nobody messes with family! lol
thepagansun Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
LOL...very true, Phillipines too. Though I didn't include them in my sentence on purpose since many people and Filipinos themselves sometimes argue about whether they should be considered "Latin American-ish," "Southeast Asian," or "Pacific Islander" and I didn't want to open that can of worms. :P

But you guys were part of our family for a long time! And it's nice that we get to share with your other Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander siblings! And one messes with us!!! ;)
Elaine-Eden Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Fangirling over Spain? I'm in! xD

Doesn't ¡desde luego! mean "until later"?
Which language is "kuya"?

That's interesting. So do Phillipines like Spanish people? I felt like most former colonies dislike their "bullyies".

I like you Phillipines OC. She's so vivid. Isn't there an official one yet?

This reminds me of a similar picture depicting friendship between 2 countries by showing two women: [link]
randomsketchez Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Welcome to the Spain fangirl bandwagon! lol!

¡desde luego! means that? Im not really sure. I used google translate, and to be honest, I dont really trust them. hehe ^^; . And kuya is a Filipino word.

Filipinos are generally friendly people (sometimes a little too friendly in my opinion) so we're cool with Spain nowadays. I haven't checked the colonial past of our neighboring countries, but a teacher told us that we're lucky to have been a Spanish colony coz they weren't as oppressive as the others(they concentrated on spreading culture and religion). Sure there were rebellions back then, but I kinda noticed that most Filipinos are loyal to Spain, and if Spain had been nicer and fair(and didnt kill our national hero), we probably would've been a Spanish colony a bit longer.

Thanx! Im glad you liked her. There isnt an official APH Philippines yet. Seems like Himaruya isnt making new characters nowadays.

Wow! That painting looks cool! Looks like people are making personifications of countries way longer than Himaruya. Now I'm curious. Better check on Italian and German histories. ^_^
Elaine-Eden Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
Oh, you only used google translator? You shouldn't do that! (Or at least mention it to not make people learn false tranlsations) I learned Spanish at school, took classes in university and spent some time there. So I'm pretty sure it means "until later" ^^
It's such a beautiful country *.*

Are you Filipino? :) Kuya sounds like an interjection to my ear, like "kudos to..." xD That's funny.
I don't know much about the Filipinos. Are they Asians or Hispanics?

Haha, then you're truely lucky. Japan threw the first Spanish and Portugues people out of their country because they wanted to convert the Japanese into Catholics way too much. So they didn't allow any foreigners but Danish people to visit their country for a looong time. Why the Danish? Because they were just interested in trade, not in proselytizing. ^^

Well, I'm German myself and didn't know about that picture and its history until Hetalia xDD As stupid as it may be: It makes you learn some things :D
randomsketchez Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Filmographer
:iconsweatdropplz: I had no choice TT_TT. Nobody speaks Spanish in the Philippines. And yes, google translate does butcher languages. I heard of cases that it got some Filipino words wrong(like R18 wrong!). Thanx for letting me know. I shall edit it on the weekends. ^_^

Yes I am Filipino. I'm not sure though where the word Kuya comes from. We have a lot of Spanish and Mexican loan words that we aren't even aware of. (It might even be Chinese. We have loan words from there too)
Filipinos are both, I guess. We're Asians with hispanic culture. When I searched online what the world thinks of Philippines/Filipinos, a lot of them said that we resemble Latin America so much that it didnt feel like they were in Asia. I even found one that said that Filipinos are the Italians of Asia, and Italians are the Filipinos of Europe(whatever that means. ^^;).

Cool! A German! Thats one of the things I love about Hetalia. You get to meet a lot of people from different countries and you get to know their culture and interested in their history.

I'm not sure if they teach this in your schools, but Germany almost became our next, uh, 'boss' after Spain. Its not really taught in our schools in detail, but I found this [link]. I havent finished reading all of it though, but apparently Germany could have easily taken Philippines from America(they were outnumbered). But America REALLY wanted a colony of its own and Britain just couldn't resist helping America, so that left Germany at a disadvantage. Makes me wonder what could've happened if things turned out differently.

Sorry for the history lesson and long post. ^_^ I just couldnt resist.

JDAH22 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
Isn't it said that filipinos is the Mexico of asia?? O.o Okay.. I'm curious
randomsketchez Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Professional Filmographer
yeah.apparantly we’re the latinos of asia.but the weirdest one ive heard is that filipinos are the italians of asia.whatever that means.
Demigodkid1999 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Hi fellow Filipino!

I think the Italians of Asia means that we are all over the world, just like Italians since most people I known before I moved were Italian. Also I think of how the Philippines was raised like Romano, in a more strict way.
randomsketchez Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional Filmographer
really? well, i wouldnt know. I have never met an Italian before, or any foreigner. But i guess that would make sense in a way, but the one who said that was referring to the characteristics. at least that's how I understood his/her statement.
MayumiHatake Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student General Artist
If I just make one critical observation...

Is it just me, or do Philippines and Spain's hair sit and fall the exact same way? Philippines' hair is just longer and black...? o.O

And yes... Spainin the painting does look like Fem!Spain...

randomsketchez Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I dunno if you've seen this:[link] but those parts pretty much explains it. I did intentionally made her look like Spain since Philippines culture is Hispanic. I even read somewhere online that Philippine culture is much closer to those in Latin America than to its Asian neighbors. Anyway, I'd like to get to it in more detail in my stories later on. ^_^
dinosaurusgede Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
To me Philippines is a strong and smart women who can lead her people herself ^^

just wandering though, why is it Philippines view Spain as her "Madre"? wasnt the painting a colonial propaganda of how "benevolent" Spain is? no offense, but Jose Rizal was executed by Spain
randomsketchez Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Filmographer
That my friend, is what we call 'colonial mentality'. Something we unfortunately still have today.

As to why the Filipinos back then view Spain as the parent country, I also don't understand. Maybe its also because of colonial mentality. Philippines view someone really 'cool', all logic fly out the window.

And now that I think of it, it is strange that Filipinos see Spain as 'madre'. Especially in connection to Rizal. But I guess his execution was what destroyed whatever respect Filipinos had left for Spain. As what my art history teacher said "Revolution starts with the death of a martyr'.
dinosaurusgede Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I understand,
Jose Rizal is a genius at their times.
Rizal's books are inspiration for many countries in Pacific Asia, and we condemn Spanish colonial gov for his execution.
God knows how many inspiring works will be created if Rizal is still alive.
Forgive me, I was very upset towards Spain for executing Rizal.

Colonial mentality is internalized oppression.
It hurts. Philippines are suffering because she regards herself less than Spain. That Spanish rule, culture, skin color are better than her own.
That she is unable to lead her people herself, that she constantly needs Spain's guidance because Spain is better than Philippines.
Because Spain is "Madre". Parent. while Philippines is just a helpless child.

It hurts so much just to imagine how Philippines suffers like that.

Philippines are a family to us, we see Philippines as better than Spain. How her faith and patience can help her go through all the oppression during colonial times. No, Philippines and her people are not a helpless child in need of Spain's guidance like the painting depicted.
I have met many inspiring Pinoy and I dare say they are great people, capable and they believe in their ability to bring Philippines to prosper.

There is a book regarding the cause of colonial mentality : "Brown Skin White Minds" by E.J.R David ([link]
But from my view, colonial mentality could be erased if we learn more about Philippines own culture, history and great heroes.
There are plenty of inspiring heroes and great men and women from the Philippines,
Philippines has history and great kingdoms since the 900 A.D. and they are a magnificent trade centers for gold and stopovers for merchants.
randomsketchez Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Well, Filipinos back then, were, well, I cant really explain it. Its really strange how they became like that. Even Rizal is a mystery in some ways.

I kinda imagine the natives in the precolonial period were like super friendly people(maybe even too friendly). But they seem very well grounded people, confident, brave and just. I dunno. Something just changed.

Thanks for the link! That seems like a a really interesting book. I hope I find that in the bookstores near our office.
dinosaurusgede Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
JOSE RIZAL IS AWESOMENESS :iconmanlytearsplz: no wonder Andres Bonifacio become his fanboy. #shot

Lol, even until now Pinoy are very friendly people XDDDDD
but sadly they don't see how beautiful and magnificent their culture and history is.. if only Philippines as a character can see how amazing she is.

you're welcome, ^^ it's a very good book.
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