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St. Pedro Calungsod, 17th century Filipino martyr, is depicted wearing a traditional barong tagalog. His right hand holds a spear–the instrument of his martyrdom–while his left hand holds a copy of the catechism used by the Jesuit missionaries he assisted. The spear and halo are inspired by traditional Filipino designs.
St. Peter Damian wields the awesome paternal authority of a holy prelate, offering a symbolic choice between penance and damnation. Read the full story of the painting.