MANILA, PHILIPPINES — On July 31, Google gave Philippine artist, feminist, and activist Pacita Abad with her very own Doodle to commemorate the day she made history back in 1984, as the first woman to receive the Philippines’ prestigious Ten Outstanding Young Men award.
An Ivatan Philippine-American artist known for her bold use of color and mixed media in expressing global themes, Abad dedicated her life to improving the world through art. Her 1979 series “Portraits of Cambodia” was all about raising awareness of societal issues. In 2003, she channeled her passion for public art with her “Painted Bridge” project, where she covered Singapore’s 55-meter Alkaff Bridge with 2,350 vibrantly colored circles.
Abad has over 5,000 pieces of art displayed in over 70 countries; her legacy of vibrant passion for social issues lives on through her work.