The Triangle Man and the Flightless Diwata

A little strange, a little odd
Isn’t he a little flawed?
A triangle head and no wings,
Isn’t he an ugly beast?  

Clumsy and tall and fat,
A funny nose, the body of a rat.
How can she fly if she’s that big?
How can she fly if she eats like a pig?

With Triangle Man and the Flightless Diwata, Kate Osias asks what it means to be different. What happens when it is a “bad” kind of different, the kind that is not tolerated by one’s peers or community? And what if that kind of different becomes a reason to be the butt of jokes, and then, taunting. And then suddenly, it’s not a joke anymore.

In a time of Mamasapano, yaya meals, and LGBT news, Kate’s story is ever so timely, and is one that should be read to and with our children (and not a few of our so-called “leaders”). We hope that this book can trigger much needed conversations that ultimately will teach empathy, value diversity, and and help to build a nation founded on genuine respect and inclusion.

selections fromthe backroom

CANVAS' online backroom, featuring selected artworks from our exhibitions that you may have missed. If interested in any of the artworks, please call 216-7750, or email


The Center for Art, New Ventures & Sustainable Development (CANVAS) is a non profit organization that works with the creative community to promote children's literacy, explore national identity, and broaden public awareness for Philippine art, culture, and environment.

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