Julius Ceasar (JC) Apellado of Legazpi City, Albay, Bicol is currently trending online for his unbelievable version of the Philippine Flag.
Instead of using common art materials, he decided to use matchsticks to create a stunning model of the country's red, blue, white, and yellow emblem.
JC first posted his work in the Facebook group Guhit Pinas last Monday, April 2. As of writing, the post has over 23,000 reactions, 8,000 shares, and 600 comments.
In an interview with FHM.com.ph, he shared the inspiration behind his masterpiece.
“Ang mga iba’t ibang paintings na nakita ko sa exhibits ang tumulak sa’kin na gumawa ng sariling artwork ko,” he said. “Pero gusto ko kakaiba siya, kaya noong 2017 naisip ko na gamitin yung mga palito. Ang tagal ko rin itong inaral, kaya ngayong taon ko lang din to nagawa.”
This isn’t the first time that JC used this specific material for a project. He once made a Christmas tree out of matchboxes. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to take photos of that piece before it was destroyed.
“One week kong ginawa ito. Acrylic paint ang ginamit ko, 19,680 na palito, at glue. P1,600 lahat ng nagastos ko para dito,” he added.
With the overwhelming response he has received online, JC is actually planning on putting his work on exhibit. He’s also thinking about what he could possibly do with the 41 empty matchboxes he now has at home.
Here’s a closer look on his creation:
Check out more of JC's artwork by visiting this link.