Lo writes of his first encounter with the impressive artwork, "Moved by the sad and empty faces of the children in the painting, with our conscious pricked [my friend] Raoul and I watched Hapag ng Pa-asa nearly teary-eyed with mounting curiosity noting how Jesus appears so comfortably at home with his table mates, engrossed in the breaking of what looks like a pizza-pie."
Lo immediately bought ten copies of the painting and mailed them off to friends and family members. Several recipients told him that the painting haunted them for days.
Others told Lo that it was "disquieting".
Lo, a well-known writer in Manila, noted, "The one [image in the painting] who touched me most was the little boy bent over under the table, sharing what could be crumbs with a (presumably) stray cat."
The child, Lo adds, is "looking so emaciated and no better than a rat devouring a piece of stolen cheese."
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