“I hope that someday I would come to know what true love is. The same thing I wish for everyone. I pray that the love you had given away would eventually find its way back to you.”


IN LOVE? is part of Mark Maliwanag | Color Series which serves as the White Artwork.


I could no longer remember what inspired me to create this piece and if I was indeed in love then. But, it’s where my journey of colors began. From where I started is where I will end. I remember that I dared myself long ago to tell about my encounters of love when I publish this entry. I had hesitations because I’m not used to sharing about this part of my life, especially this time. But yeah, I’m putting them all down here and I hope you could have something worth to take away from my 13 stories of experiences in love.

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Featured ARTMARK: Plain But Label-Free


 “Freedom to love. Reason to live for. The usual ordinary dreams. Peace of mind. Simple life. What I wouldn’t be willing to give up just to have these essentials in life.”

ARTMARK Title: Plain But Label-Free

Plain But Label-Free is part of Mark Maliwanag | Color Series which serves as the Gray Artwork.


This was my 2nd entry that I made for this Color series and it was where the whole idea of wearing plain shirts in different colors actually came from. One color for each concept artwork/shoot.

But putting the shoots aside, there’s a deeper story behind it. At a certain point of my life, I got fond of collecting and wearing plain colored shirts. I suddenly want things to be that plain and simple. So, for a period of time, I refrained from buying shirts with prints, styles, designs and labels on it.

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Featured ARTMARK: Self-Proclaimed Musikero


 “I make music you called noise!

ARTMARK Title: Self-Proclaimed Musikero

Self-Proclaimed Musikero is part of Mark Maliwanag | Color Series which serves as the Black Artwork.


You heard it right. I shamelessly plug myself as a self-proclaimed musician. I may be mediocre when it comes to singing but I love music and playing and writing my own.

When I was still a kid, I was indifferent towards the art. However, one day, a game OST composer changed that and his name is Nobuo Uematsu, the father of Final Fantasy music. I could not even perfectly describe how wonderful, epic, inspiring, driven his music are even though they are only video game soundtracks! Then, when he collaborated with the singer of the FFXII theme song, Angela Aki, I discovered an artist that I would religiously follow and be my lead inspiration in becoming a musician. In other words, you may say as well that my favorite game series, Final Fantasy, is what also gave birth to my love for music and my dream to be a musician.

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Featured ARTMARK: Kape O Alak?


 “Kape o Alak, ano ang pipiliin ko?

Pareho kong karamay sa malamig na panahon”

ARTMARK Title: Kape O Alak?

Kape O Alak? is part of Mark Maliwanag | Color Series which serves as the Brown Artwork.


I’m a coffee lover. Like in chocolates, I prefer it dark. Too bad, coffee hates my tummy now though. So all I can enjoy is just its addicting smell. Late bloomer drinker here as well. I once hated alcohol but now it’s what I run to whenever I’m down and in need. It usually takes me too long to get drunk even though I’m not a hardcore drinker.

So, as I tried creating simple vectors in this artwork, I also tried writing a poetry in my native language out of the blue entitled “Kape O Alak, Ano Ang Pipiliin Ko?”. Maybe I was inspired to make one by my literature classes back then. The poem, for me, is just simple and I didn’t take it seriously. But, here in this poem, I present a comparison between coffee and alcohol which serve as an analogy to the two choices I had at that time. I leave it up to you what these choices specifically are.

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Featured ARTMARK: C_mplete


 “So, we hide our vulnerability and we do it by faking. Fake smiles to hide our brokenness. Fake laughs to hide our true feelings. Fake yes to not disappoint others. Fake okays to not bother them anymore. Because by faking, we think that we can protect the ones we love from our destructive selves.”

ARTMARK Title: C_mplete

C_mplete is part of Mark Maliwanag | Color Series which serves as the Pink Artwork.


With this artwork, I want to touch on the subject of vulnerability. To be vulnerable, as how society define it and I once saw it, is appearing weak, being too emotional and letting yourself enslaved to your feelings.

People usually take it as a negative attribute because we are expected to be strong and resilient at all times. We are expected to deal life with a robust stance despite how hard it is. You have to be tough or else you will not survive.

And if we can’t handle these “simple” challenges/curveballs life threw to us, we are called weaklings, judged as having little faith and too dependent who can’t stand on his/her own.

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Featured ARTMARK: Thin Line


 “They say life has always two sides that converge to a thin line in the middle. And, living is a constant tug-of-war between those two sides.”

ARTMARK Title: Thin Line

Thin Line is part of Mark Maliwanag | Color Series which serves as the Violet Artwork.


They say life has always two sides that converge to a thin line in the middle. Good and evil. Parañaque and Las Piñas. Light and darkness. Need and want. Lie and truth. Late and early. 2017 and 2018 and other specific dichotomies we have constructed upon ourselves. And, living is a constant tug-of-war between those two sides. Thus, balance is key to life, they say. Balance is a tricky word for me, though. Could someone really maintain it if we are speaking of walking on a thin line? And even though, we pick a side to fall on, life has its ways and situations that can easily sway our stands.

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Featured ARTMARK: My Final Fantasy

 “Can dream and reality co-exist? Only your heart knows the answer.”

ARTMARK Title: My Final Fantasy

My Final Fantasy is part of Mark Maliwanag | Color Series which serves as the Indigo Artwork.


I see My Final Fantasy as my journey to a world that I dream to be — the world of Fantasy. Ever since, I was young, I’m already a fan of this game series conceived by Hironobu Sakaguchi under the company Square Soft which is now known as Square Enix. For me, it has been a great experience to witness the rich story, marvellous worlds and epic battles with the Final Fantasy characters whom I learned to love and treat as almost like real life friends.

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Featured ARTMARK: Crazy Dreamer

 “I am a crazy dreamer!”

ARTMARK Title: Crazy Dreamer

Crazy Dreamer is part of Mark Maliwanag | Color Series which serves as the Blue Artwork.


Are the type of person who sow many dreams in life? Dreams not only for yourself but also for your family, your friends, your community, your country and even dreams for for the world? Then, you are just like me… A crazy dreamer!

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Featured ARTMARK: #Selfie(ish)

 “Sinong #selfie(ish) dito?”

ARTMARK Title: #Selfie

#Selfie(ish) is part of Mark Maliwanag | Color Series which serves as the Aquamarine Artwork.


The concept of #Selfie(ish) suddenly came into mind when I was thinking about social media, learning about the use of hashtags (it was when Facebook just started adapting hashtags) and how our culture and communication have evolved because of social networking sites. After reflecting upon these things, I created this artwork to show my perspective regarding these subject matters.

I have used several symbols for this artwork. What are the meaning of these symbols?

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Scared To Death Dark Green

Featured ARTMARK: Scared To Death

“I’m scared to death.”

ARTMARK Title: Scared To Death

Scared To Death is part of Mark Maliwanag | Color Series which serves as the Dark Green Artwork.


Scared To Death is what I can considered as one of the remarkable phrases/idiomatic expressions ever composed in English language. It’s also the song title and the catchiest line in the chorus of the song performed by KZ Tandingan as one of the original composition entries by Domingo Cubelo Rosco, Jr. in Himig Handog P-Pop Love Song 2013. The song was the inspiration of this image artwork.


“How does it feel to be scared to death?” I wondered…

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