Get to know our artistic Donnanians (Part 1)

In this post, we’ll feature three Donnanians who are artistic and talented and have created their own works of art that’s related or inspired by Donna Cruz!

Charcoal drawing of Donna by Manzen "Chin" Castillo

     

Tell us what inspired you to draw/create this masterpiece? What is the story behind your artwork?

“This is a charcoal drawing of Ate Donna Cruz Y. Larrazabal. I drew Ate Donna at a time I was trying to learn how to do charcoal drawing. The photo reference is a colorful one, which kind of became a challenge to turn it into a charcoal drawing. I mustered courage to draw her details especially that her eyes are my favorite. I did try my best to achieve the expression in her face from the photo.”
I grew up drawing her and I am still going to draw her until I grow better as an artist. She will always be my muse and my idol.
“I also wanted to combine the knowledge and skills I learned from watching Youtube on how to create a good portrait. She's been my muse since the time I tried drawing. In fact, she is one of the two faces I could draw ever since I began drawing. I've done ballpen, pencils and even oil pastels. I grew up drawing her and I am still going to draw her until I grow better as an artist. She will always be my muse and my idol.”  
Manzen "Chin" Castillo is from Bacoor, Cavite. Chin is currently self-employed and loves drawing, painting, and writing.
 
 

Webcomic character by Manuel Fernando Fernandez

     

Tell us what inspired you to draw/create this masterpiece? What is the story behind your artwork?

"I created Olesie in 2018. The character, named Angela, is the light in a world of darkness. I based Angela off a friend was much younger than the character’s age, so it was hard to see a huge part of Angela's person until I became a fan of Ate Donna in 2021.”
I hope to create something out of Ate Donna’s personality and career which I hope inspires others in a new way she probably never thought she would be able to.
“I saw a lot of Angela in her. That led me to mold Angela to be reminiscent of Ate Donna. Examples are that she originally did not wear a headband, but now she does. Also, I knew even back then that Angela becomes a celebrity, much like Ate Donna, because of her heroic acts. But now, she has a hit single in the story, Tumitibok-Tibok, inspired by Kapag Tumibok ang Puso. I hope to create something out of Ate Donna’s personality and career which I hope inspires others in a new way she probably never thought she would be able to."  
Manuel Fernando Fernandez is from Cainta, Rizal. He is 22 and a Graduating AB Political Science student in St. Paul University Quezon City. Manuel likes writing, playing musical instruments, and collecting vinyl records and cassette tapes.
 
 

Portrait of Donna by Noel Niño Matias

   

Tell us what inspired you to draw/create this masterpiece? What is the story behind your artwork?

“I’m a fan of Donna since she started her career, she has a sweet and beautiful voice that stands out. That inspired me to do a masterpiece, I’m a huge fan of her. I love her voice and her sweetness. I also love it that she is true to herself. Not only that— she is also a great actress. “
She has a sweet and beautiful voice that stands out. That inspired me to do a masterpiece, I’m a huge fan of her.
Any unforgettable moments with Donna?
“I was mesmerized when I first met her in the Net 25 studio. I couldn’t believe she’s in front of me with a sweet smile on her face! I thought I was dreaming. I asked her to sign all my collections, including her 1st and latest album. She smiled to me and said how nice my collections are including the VHS tapes of her movies, she chuckled and also added candidly ‘napaghahalata ang edad natin’.” (translation: “these kind of give off our actual ages”)
Noel Niño Matias is a teacher from Gapan City I, Nueva Ecija. He loves listening to music especially Donna’s songs.
 
 

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