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Catholic Kitsch

By Gibbs22manila @gibbscadiz
Catholic kitsch
If those moral busybodies would have their way, this is the only art that would pass muster--Moses, not as some local artist might have imagined him, but Charlton Heston in the pose and the look made iconic by Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments!(left) Altar artwork at the chapel of Kamay ni Hesus in Lucban, Quezon, sort of like a religious theme park built by the “healing priest” Fr. Joey Faller. (Heston would go on to become the gun-toting champion of the US National Rifle Association.) Is there a better illustration of the Pinoy identity as a product of “300 years in a convent, 50 years of Hollywood”?

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