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Chickens is a 1968 artwork in acrylic on wood. This painting is a part of Anita Magsaysay-Ho's series portraying women who are harvesting fruit, are gathering sheaves of grain, and are selling fish in the market.[1] The canvas measuring 60cm x 54cm is part of the Robert C.F. Ho Collection.


In Chickens, Magsaysay-Hopictures the commotion of six women feeding or chasing chickens with eager hands, the chickens cackling, and their feathers rustling.[1]

History and context

The painting is part of a series of works by Magsaysa-Ho showing women busy at work harvesting fruit, threshing or pounding rice, gathering shells, cooking, sweeping, sewing or vending in the marketplace.[2] It hearkens back to her childhood and other life experiences, when she went fishing with her mother or joined her brother in working with fishermen, picking fruits and planting, among other activities in rural life.


  1. 1.0 1.1 CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art, 1st ed. Philippines: CCP Publications Office, 1994.
  2. Pinto, Sonia. A Look Back at Anita Magsaysay Ho: Her Life, Art, And Philosophies. Philippines Tatler, 2020. Accessed on 5 May 2021.



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