About Lakbay ng Lakan

Artist, Designer, Advocate, Historian, and Educator: I am John Paul ‘Lakan’ Olivares, and my work is inspired by my travels around the archipelago and living with different urban, rural and tribal communities. In these travels, I have searched for the Filipino spirit, which I try to share in all my activities.

In the past, I had never bothered to document my travels, for the following reasons:

  • The limited amount of photographs that could be taken with film
  • The cumbersome nature of bringing an SLR around
  • The need to experience an event, without the distraction of trying to capture it on camera

However, I realized later on that with each experience; I had so much to share to others about the art, history, heritage, and culture of the places I have gone to and the people that I have met. Yet with social media and digital photography, I wasn’t yet so convinced to share my experiences, until I was privileged to travel to Europe. So now this is my simple attempt to share the wealth of my experiences, and maybe inspire others to go experience these places for themselves.

“To me there is no past or future in art. If a work of art cannot live always in the present it must not be considered at all. The art of the Greeks, of the Egyptians, of the great painters who lived in other times, is not an art of the past; perhaps it is more alive today than it ever was. Art does not evolve by itself, the ideas of people change and with them the mode of expression.”

Pablo Picasso, 1923

“Lakbay” means ‘to travel’ among the Tagalog people of the Philippines, whereas “Lakan” means chieftain/warlord, which is the nom de plume that I have given myself.

17 thoughts on “About Lakbay ng Lakan

  1. Hello Lakan,

    I read your feature on Pres. Laurel Avenue in the UP Campus and I am impressed by the detailed information it contained amd the side bars. Hope to read more from you! I have noted a few points, however, that need to be changed. Pls contact me through my email address below, you may delete this comment as soon as you have read this and noted my email address. Maraming salamat.

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  2. I’ve seen many historical sites here all over the Quezon City but apparently u missed one historical site here in Quezon City. the Sanctuario de San Pedro Bautista.. This Church is one of the Oldest Church in the Philippines Founded 1590 by the Franciscan himself Saint San Pedro Bautista, maybe can check the history here in google. Thanks


    1. Actually I am not finished writing about the Church of San Francisco de Monte. As I am writing from district to district, and street to street. And once I finish the New Manila / Aurora Boulevard / Cubao articles, then I will move on to the E. Rodriguez the EDSA articles. After that would be the Kamuning / Kamias / Quezon Avenue / etc. Thank you for sharing your concerns


  3. Great articles! I enjoyed reading and browsing through them….I grew up in Project 4 and really appreciate an article that brings back many good memories of the community. Thank you, Lakan.


  4. I was doing some research about an artist, Estano
    A specific painting signed Estano 1963. Your work came up and I ready about a Fatoy Estano.
    Do you have any further knowledge about him?


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