This work of oil on wood, which the National Artist painted in 1978, showcases this particular preoccupation, featuring the two figures in one of the country’s origin myths: Malakas at Maganda. Their bronze bodies, having broken free from a bamboo, exhibit a remarkable dynamism. The similarity of their poses suggests the indivisibility of their fate.
Her hair streaming in the wind, Maganda is a model of awesome confidence. At the same time, a dark-skinned Malakas asserts his towering presence. Their sheer physicality showcases Legaspi’s version of cubism, which reveals them as figures sprung from the earth.