Barcelona - Journalist and Researcher - Antipolo, CALABARZON, Philippines

Noel Barcelona

Antipolo, CALABARZON, Philippines


Journalist and Researcher

  • Part time


With adequate experience in the fields of journalism and academic research

Work History

homebased writer

Wooka Interactive

From March 2011

Content Writer

CreativeLynx International Inc.

February 2011 - March 2011

Filipino Instructor

The Center for East Asian Languages

From April 2011

Tagalog Language Consultant and Cultural Expert

The Online Languages Society

From September 2011

Diocesan Correspondent

CBCP News Service

From February 2008

Section Editor

Prometheus Publishing Corporation

December 2007 - June 2008

Senior Correspondent

Pinas Global Newspaper

From May 2006


Alipato Publishing, Inc.

January 2005 - July 2009

Media Officer

Kapihan sa CyPress

January 2003 - January 2008

Porkchop Duo Entertainment International



Beauty in Morbidity: Young Camille de la Rosa Swims in the Sea of the Surreal

If the saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is universally acceptable, it can thus be said that there’s real beauty in the “morbid” canvases of the young painter in bloom, Ms. Camille Jean Verdelaire D. de la Rosa.


If the saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is universally acceptable, it can thus be said that there’s real beauty in the “morbid” canvases of the young painter in bloom, Ms. Camille Jean Verdelaire D. de la Rosa.

She now departs from her usual themes of gardens, landscapes and “real” people. The 26-year-old impressionist artist, Ms. Camille de la Rosa, escapes from the “happy” faces and places of her artistic world.

With torn flesh, skulls, and distorted faces, combined with beasts’ body parts, De La Rosa’s canvases now bleed with different moods and expression of the human face – thus remaking the concept of beauty, of dreaming, of chaotic and peaceful realities.

Unknown to many, De La Rosa’s inclination toward the surreal isn’t new. She began to paint the bizarre in the early 2000s while she was introducing herself to the world of expressionism. She even won an award for her work then, she told this writer when he paid a visit to her home at the back of one of the oldest universities in Mandaluyong.

A compound statement of artistic genius

Her Hordes of Charlatan is a compound statement of how brilliant and what a genius the painter is. It is both a philosophical and a political statement. It is about how she views the world, in its entirety and particularities, and how she reexamines the relationships of humans to each other and to the world.

De La Rosa’s Hordes of Charlatan (Contributed photo)
The piece was exhibited at the SM Megamall, at the S.O.N.A. Group exhibition spearheaded by another great artist, Joel “Welbart” Bartolome, which ran from Dec. 28, 2008 to Jan. 5, 2009.

“It’s a statement about greed and quackery,” De la Rosa thus describes her work of interlocking bones, overlapping skulls, multi-legs, and phantom-like images. Greed is now the wheel driving this society of ours and the author will not disagree with how it was depicted in De la Rosa’s pieces.

In today’s society, politicians are not leaders but undertakers; judges are guardians of sepulchers; the businessmen are worms eating the flesh.

Wittingly or unwittingly, the painter had put into her painting all the elements of what “human society” is today and how the human mind is being molded by the decaying culture of greed, selfishness, and of the praise of money.

However, Hordes of Charlatan, which can be considered as one of De la Rosa’s magnum opuses, can be interpreted in many other ways.

The mystical and the mythical

The skull with the cross-bones is not actually a symbol of death but rather of life. As the Apostle Paul said, “For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality” (1 Corinthians 15:53).

It is by the death of Christ (crossbones) in the Mountain of Skulls (Golgotha) that everyone who believes is being restored into his or her original state, as the Apostle Paul told the Romans: “For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living” (14:9).

To make it simpler, the bones and the skull symbolize the death, burial and resurrection of the lamb, which is called “Christ”.

If one will reexamine De la Rosa’s work, one can see in it the symbols of the said ancient mystery of Christ.

That De la Rosa would tackle this theme is not a surprise: her father, also a renowned painter, is a student of the Occult – a subject which, its students say, can help us to understand more of ourselves and can be a reminder that everything and everybody will fade or pass away

But de la Rosa’s crossbones and the skull can also mean death to the said enemies of faith. It serves as warning to those who wants to go astray to repent and to go back to the basic tenets of the faith taught by the Teacher, Christ.


The picture that the young De la Rosa painted also fits the meditation of Carl Jung, a famous psychoanalyst, on death:

I have often been asked what I believe about death, that unproblematical ending of individual existence.

Death is known to us simply as the end. It is the period, often placed before the close of the sentence and followed only by memories of aftereffects in others.

For the person concerned, however, the sand has run out of the glass; the rolling stone has come to rest. When death confronts us, life always seems like a downward flow or like a clock that has been wound up and whose eventual “running down” is taken for granted.

We are never more convinced of this “running down” than when a human life comes to its end before our eyes, and the question of the meaning and worth of life never becomes more urgent or more agonizing than when we see the final breath leave a body which a moment before was living. How different does the meaning of life seem to us when we see a young person striving for distant goals and shaping the future, and compare this with an incurable invalid, or with an old man who is sinking reluctantly and without strength to resist into the grave!

Youth — we should like to think — has purpose, future, meaning, and value, whereas the coming to an end is only a meaningless cessation.

If a young man is afraid of the world, of life and the future, then everyone finds it regrettable, senseless, neurotic; he is considered a cowardly shirker. But when an aging person secretly shudders and is even mortally afraid at the thought that his reasonable expectation of life now amounts to only so many years, then we are painfully reminded of certain feelings within our own breast; we look away and turn the conversation to some other topic.

The optimism with which we judge the young man fails us here.

Naturally we have on hand for every eventuality one or two suitable banalities about life which we occasionally hand out to the other fellow, such as “everyone must die sometime,” “one doesn’t live forever,” etc. But when one is alone and it is night and so dark and still that one hears nothing and sees nothing but the thoughts which add and subtract the years, and the long row of disagreeable facts which remorselessly indicate how far the hand of the clock has moved forward, and the slow, irresistible approach of the wall of darkness which will eventually engulf everything you love, possess, wish, strive, and hope for — then all our profundities about life slink off to some undiscoverable hiding place, and fear envelops the sleepless one like a smothering blanket.

With this, De la Rosa’s Hordes of Charlatan can be a monument, a constant reminder that we must always reexamine our conscience, the truth or what we believe to be the truth, and the life we are living. For it is hard to when you are in your deathbed and no one can hear your agony, your pain, except your self – which is about to vanish from the face of the earth. (

Aglipay Priest Hits P-Noy's Tepidity on NDF Peace Talks

ANTIPOLO City, Nov. 3, 2010-An Aglipayan priest scored Pres. Benigno C. Aquino III's for his alleged arrogance and non-committal stance towards resuming the impending peace talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front, saying his indifference is hindering the release of all political prisoners (PPs) in the country.

Fr. Dionito Cabillas, secretary general of Samahan ng mga Ex-detainees Laban sa Detensiyon at Aresto (Selda) has criticized Aquino for saying that he would not face National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace panel chair, Luis Jalandoni and Coni Ledesma, also a member of the NDFP panel, if they would give him a visit at the Palace.

Earlier, Jalandoni and Ledesma have expressed their willingness to meet the 50-year old chief executive but the latter says he would not and would consult first his adviser on the peace process, Teresita "Deng" Deles about the matter.

"While NDFP has shown goodwill and seriousness in pursuing just and lasting peace, Pres. Aquino's rebuff of this effort and his non-committal stance on the release of political prisoners, despite mounting calls for their immediate release, is an act of conceit. It undermines the efforts of church workers, peace advocates and human rights organizations for the resumption of the peace talks between the NDFP and the GRP. It is indicative of the continued injustice being inflicted on the political prisoners," Cabillas stated.

For Cabillas, the resumption of the peace talks is very crucial for the immediate release of the political prisoners, especially those who are considered, NDFP 'consultants.'

Among the jailed NDFP consultants were Angelina Bisuña Ipong (Provincial Jail, Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental); Alfredo Mapano (Provincial Jail, Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental); Jaime Soledad (Leyte Provincial Jail, Tacloban City); Glicerio Pernia (Albay Provincial Jail, Legaspi City); Eduardo Serrano (PNP Custodial Center, Camp Crame, Quezon City); Eduardo Sarmiento (PNP Custodial Center, Camp Crame, Quezon City); Jovencio Balweg (PNP Custodial Center, Camp Crame, Quezon City); Efren Dela Lamon (Bulacan Provincial Jail, Malolos City); Emerito Antalan (Cabanatuan Provincial Jail, Cabanatuan City); Leopoldo Caloza (Cabanatuan Provincial Jail, Cabanatuan City: and Randy Malayao (BJMP Ilagan, Isabela).

"They were abducted, illegally arrested, tortured and charged with fabricated criminal charges. Their cases constitute violations on the GRP-NDFP Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) and the Hernandez doctrine, which all state that so-called 'political offenses' or the exercise of political beliefs should not be criminalized. Their constitutional rights to due process and against torture are severely trampled upon. They should be immediately released in the interest of justice and lasting peace," says Cabillas.

Earlier, the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform has expressed its support on the resumption of the peace talks between the Maoist Communists and the GRP as it will resolve the militarization problem in the countryside.

Even the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya), a national alliance of small fisherfolks' organizations, is persuading Pres. Aquino to get the ball rolling in the issue of peace talks.

Gerry Albert Corpuz, Pamalakaya's public information officer said, the resumption of peace talks means a better life for the marginalized sectors like the small fishermen for part of the said negotiation is agrarian and fisheries reform, that is beneficial for the people living in the countryside. (Noel Sales Barcelona/CBCPNews)

Qualifications & Certifications

Trinity school of apologetics and theology

Catholic Home Study Service, Perryville, MO

Asian Development Bank Institute

Polytechnic University of the Philippines

Governor Andres Pascual College

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