“Patriotism does not only mean dying for your country, but also about being proud of your country – in whatever way you can express it.”
This is what my husband, Arjay, said when I asked him about his art works. Coming from a police academy, this is an unexpected answer. Like most people, I’d expect him to say that patriotism is all about fighting for your country until death. But, he would rather show his love for the Philippines through his art, which he believes is one of the most honest forms of expression.
This is one of A’s masterpieces when he was still training as a cadet in PNPA, featured in the academy’s literary folio (Shako Maroon and Gold Edition, 2009).