“SOLIDARITY”: Meet the DLS-CSB student behind the viral, touching painting of Pia and Maxine

  • The artist behind the viral painting of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach and Miss Philippines 2015 Maxine Medina is a college student
  • Neal Alday, a De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde student, uploaded his work on Instagram
  • The artwork was noticed by comedian Vice Ganda and was reposted on the official Facebook page of the Binibining Pilipinas

A painting which features Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach and Miss Philippines Maxine Medina while hugging each other after the pageant has been circulating in social media. But do you know who the artist is behind the viral artwork?

In an article written by Sofia Dearos of ABS-CBN News, it was disclosed that the lovely piece of art was created by Neal Alday, an art student from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.

The painting shows Wurtzbach and Medina sharing a hug while wearing red and blue gowns. He also put a splash of yellow to create a halo effect, as well as stars — calling to mind the image of the Philippine flag.

Alday uploaded his masterpiece on Instagram, where it was noticed by comedian Vice Ganda who has more than four million followers on the aforementioned social networking site. It was also shared on the official Facebook page of the Binibining Pilipinas pageant.

The image has been used to call for unity among Filipinos, and to discourage others from bashing Medina for her answer during the Miss Universe pageant’s question and answer portion.

“I haven’t chosen a title yet but ‘Solidarity’ has a nice ring to it, so that’s that. I mean, even Maxine’s message is, ‘We are one’ — win or lose,” said Alday.

Check more of Neal Alday’s work on his Instagram account.

After the pageant, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach searched for Miss Philippines 2016 Maxine Maxine Medina in the crowd. Here’s why:

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