ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: This Lagunense turns Manila into a more livable, breathable city

Jace Amodo
PUBLISHED February 26, 2018 11:06 am | UPDATED February 26, 2018 02:03 pm
The EDSA Shrine in Bryan’s eyes. Photo courtesy of Bryan Keith Aranda

(Inside Manila) Bryan Keith Aranda, a 25-year-old Bachelor in Advertising Arts alumnus at the University of Santo Tomas, easily garnered attention on social media as he reimagined the almost four-decade-old EDSA Guadalupe Bridge into a more eco-friendly structure. Today, we put the spotlight on him.



Source photo by Patrick Roque



Photo courtesy of Bryan Keith Aranda


You turn spots in Manila into a more livable, breathable setting. Can you tell us what inspired you?


I saw a post on Facebook from a landscape architect who made a concept design of a part in EDSA to make it more eco-friendly. I was trying to find the original post to credit it but I can’t find it anymore. His work was more limited to practicality so I thought, “Hey, why not go wilder with it?”—even if it’s not possible.


Where else do you go for inspiration?


I get inspiration from movies, video games, and other artists’ works. I get inspired by how they make fictional worlds. This work was actually inspired by the game “The Last of Us” but I left out the part where it’s set in a post-apocalyptic city (laughs). I loved how they made something so urban and monotone into something so vibrant and full of flora.


Can you walk us through your creative process?


It’s a photo manipulation. I look at a picture and I try to remove what I think isn’t very appealing first then color grade it. After that, I just fill it with any sort of plants and elements that I get from other images to make it greener and eco-friendly.


I believe there’s one picture where you included trees from Singapore. Can you tell me about that?


For that, I thought how the Supertrees from Singapore had a function where it actually cleans the air around it—very much like a tree but in overdrive. I thought EDSA could really use Supertrees since it’s a very busy road.



Source photo by Photo by Patrick Roque



Photo courtesy of Bryan Keith Aranda


What is your favorite piece so far?


I only edited two so far and I’m planning to do more. I only made this very recently. My favorite would probably be the EDSA Shrine.


Is this project something you would like to focus on someday?


I think so. I’d like to think that what I’m doing gives the Filipino people hope of what the Philippines could be in the future.


Three words you want this project to be in the future.


Make it real.


Can you edit one for this article?



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This interview has been edited for clarity and brevity.

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