In the early 16th century, Manila was known as Gintu (“The Land/Island of Gold”). The city consisted of fortified settlement and trading quarter at the foot of the Pasig River. The Kingdom flourished during the latter half of the Ming Dynasty as a result of trade relations with China and neighbouring nations. Its rulers were equivalent to kings and not mere chieftains, and they were addressed as panginoon (“lords”), anak banwa (“son of heaven”) or lakandula (“lord of the palace”)
This series is my tribute to the majestic glory of the Kingdom of Maynila; its rich heritage, ancient nobility, fascinating history from pre-colonial times up to the 16th century. All the pieces of this series are defined by gold leaf accents encased in clear crystal resins combined with hand-turned rare Kamagong (Philippine Ironwood).