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Inang Bayan by Bambz-Art Inang Bayan by Bambz-Art
The title is Filipino for "Motherland" which is the name of the character representing The Philippines in the play, Kahapon, Ngayon at Bukas(Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow).

Another inspiration is Hetalia. I was thinking what kind of design would The Philippines have if the author decided to make one? Then again, if I was in Himaruya-sensei's shoes I won't make a character for The Philippines. Seeing how easily we are offended by such little jokes, who knows what kind of reaction we'll make when we see The Philippines look like a maid or something. I'm not saying we should take insults lightly, but don't we have more pressing issues to attend to other than what foreigners think of us? We value outside opinion too highly. Also, rather than being insulted, shouldn't we take these offending jokes as a reflection of our society? There is some truth in them after all. The faster we acknowledge who we are and what's wrong with us, the faster we'll be able to improve for the better.

Okay, I'll end here since I'm sounding too high and mighty. Sorry about that. >///<
I welcome opposing opinions and critiques of any sort but please make your critique meaningful, thoughtful and helpful :)
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virginiajaneherrera Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
This is so beautiful amazing!!!!!!
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Bambz-Art Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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ArthurIglesias Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Mabuhay si Inang Bayan magpakailanman!
Napakaganda naman ang pagkaguhit mo sa kaniya.
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Bambz-Art Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Salamat po nang marami kuya! :hug:
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FerbFletcher2014 Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is Maria Clara "Claire/Lei" de la Cruz-Densen. Fits the Filipino woman persona perfectly! ;)

The Densen surname, because in my Hetalia headcanon, my OTP is Denmark and The Philippines, and they just got married last CHRISTmas... :D
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Bambz-Art Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wait, why Denmark? XD
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FerbFletcher2014 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
For me, it's destiny. ;)
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Bambz-Art Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really?? Hahaha, I'll have to look into that XD
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Dark-City-Chronicles Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful, amazing work you have here!

As one who notices the small details of work, I would like to point out that her right arm seems a bit off (on the forearm, working towards the wrist and hand), and the nose seems a little flat, like it's been pressed too close to the face. These seem more like perspective mistakes, and I realize that perspective is not the easiest thing to do... Besides, the overall beauty of the artwork kind of draws attention away from these tiny details previously mentioned. ^^;; Feel free to ignore this slight rambling.

Also, that's a good little factoid you put in the comments, about valuing outside opinion? Perhaps Himaruya-sensei hasn't added a Philippines after this long because he's aware of this fact... Then again, there's always a few people that are offended by his personifications in Hetalia, especially since the series plays on the stereotypes of that country. I don't think he would make her a maid; the mainstream stereotypes for the Philippines (as an OC) is that she always has her cellphone on her for texting, she's not the best driver, she says 'Po' at the end of her sentences, and she eats mangoes a lot.

I'm going to stop rambling now >///< Again, beautiful work, I like your style.
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Bambz-Art Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the critique and the watch! It's highly appreciated!

Yeah, I'm still working on perspective in relation to anatomy. I noticed the arm seemed a bit off but I didn't notice the problem with the nose. Then again, the nose has always been a sore spot for me. Thanks for pointing them out! I'll try to look for help with these things.

I think so, too. I think he's avoiding it because we're easily offended, that is, relatively more than other countries. And I had no idea those were the personifications the Phils. had. I guess I based the maid comment on a blog I read somewhere a long time ago. But I'm glad the stereotypes they use are actually funny. Very Filipino, indeed. ^_^

Your ramblings are always welcome. Thanks again! :hug:
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