Kalasag is a type of shield native to the Philippines. It is associated with Lapu-Lapu, as people believed that he used it in the Battle of Mactan in 1521. Shields offer protection from harm, thwarting attacks from aggressors. In the Artwork, the traditional shield is juxtaposed with the barricade of the Diliman Commune, recognizing how they parallel as guards for the people fighting for their land.
Gaille Monares is a visual artist who primarily works in the digital medium. Through her illustrations, she tries to capture the warmth and vibrancy of everyday life. Her works explore themes such as love and coming of age, with her comics about unrequited love being a hit among Filipino teens.
Since 2016, Gaille has been posting her art publicly under the pseudonym “yamagentapint.” She is currently in her first year in the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts as a Visual Communication Major