Aptly billed "Mystical and Magical Mindanao". the book feature a collection of richly portrayed lyrical paintings of the tribal people of the south,powerfully combining imagination and interpretation of the subjects' thoughts and emotions.
"I want urban people to feel the pulse of these hardworking and warm souls who exist in an almost extinct, but genuine world generally unknown by the public," Alfon says of the works which profoundly capture the mystical aura of southern tribes like the T'bolis,Bagobos, Higawnons, Matigsalogs, Mamanuas, Tasadays, Bila-ans, Tirurays, Mandayas, Mansakas, Badjaos,and Maranaos.
For this collection,Alfon again documents his experiences among the indigenous people of the south with whom he had interfaced,while immersing himself in their actual environ. "I have always been fascinated by these people's inner strength,love for colors, and capacity to reach out to others," Alfon says.
Aside from his past 31st one man shows, Alfon has also participated in as many group art exhibits in both Mindanao,Visayas and Metro Manila, where his works (featured in various art books) have been acclaimed and sought after by art collectors and enthusiasts.
In "Mystical and Magical Mindanao," Alfon takes liberties in the human form and exaggerates them because, in his own words, "I want to emphasize the great traits of these special Filipinos who have touched me in ways I can only describe through painting."
Specialties:Aside from being a painter, the artist is also passionate about the multi-ethnic backgrounds of his people and their diverse cultural practices by chronicling them through the unflinching lens of his camera.
As a photographer, he immerses himself with his subjects, a unique quality not common to photographers, whose relationship with the subjects is distinctly divided between art and professionalism.