As a kid, when asked to draw a planet, Alvin Villaruel would always put a ring around a spheroid disk, as though all planets are Saturn, its rings essentially typifying what/how planets should be - an alien celestial body that is nowhere near earth in form, in size, and in material composition - mostly of silicon and oxygen compounds, and at its core a combination of gases.
Nothing is abandoned in the pictures. Or, in fact, it is a recovery and, or, salvation. “Abandoned” is Soler Santos’ double take on scenes of encountered derelict sites in the rising, iron metropolis commonly known as Manila. A continuity on a set of premises and, or, (once again), an entirely separate idea altogether, it adds to the ongoing ruminations on ghost tableaus where things are forsaken and linger.