For Emmanuel Garibay, art is a form of political and social speech that shapes our conscience. He believes in the power of art—particularly in its capacity to bring insight and change one’s behavior. His is a thoroughly incarnation model of image-making rooted in art and theological training. After completing a degree in sociology, he went on to earn a master’s degree from a theological seminary. His combined studies have provided him a unique language for cultural imagination. This particular piece titled Paypay is emblematic of Garibay’s approach, yet remains subtle in its treatment. The work, which features a woman, is free from the connotations often attributed to colonial and traditional portraiture. The woman’s expression is laid back, implying a form of emancipation.