Art critics point out that only in the recent years did Filipino painters take up the theme of mother and child definition and vigor. But it was the human-theme and not the Christian mystery of the Incarnation of the Son of God who had a human mother. In effect, it is as if the Filipino painter never did take up the classic theme of Christendom, but jumped in to humanize it into a depiction of the mother dominance in Filipino society.
There were two sides of Ang as far as his depictions of the mother and child theme is concerned.
There is the religious side, where Ang depicted the pieta, the anguished Mother and the Crucified.
Then there is the more homelier depiction of the mother and child, with the oversimplified image of the mother cuddling the child in full embrace.