In a mad dash to absorb as much of the city as possible in a few hours before my flight, I was stopped in awe by a chance encounter with "Whitewash Cockfight", part of the "Unsettling Imaginaries" exhibition curated by Marissa Largo.
Locked in an eternal dance to the death, the birds float with a sensual and savage grace. @juliusmanapulart masterfully renders their bodies close to flesh with images of gay pornography suspended from the ceiling. The plain white "Balikbaya" box they spring from may reference care packages Filipino migrants send back home as gifts, perhaps connecting to Manapul's narrative as a Filipino immigrant. "Balik" means to "return" and "bayan" means "village or country".