Kidlat de Guia

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Kidlat de Guia (28 May 1975 - 9 March 2022) was a visual artist, photographer and filmmaker. He was the son of renowned independent filmmaker and National Artist Kidlat Tahimik (born Eric de Guia) and German artist and academic Katrin Gottlieb-de Guia.[1]

Early life and career

De Guia was born on 28 May 1975 in Munich, Germany.[2] His family later moved to Baguio, where he grew up. De Guia studied at the University of the Philippines Diliman, as did his father and namesake.[3] He often collaborated with his father, particularly in filmmaking. He appeared in and was a co-writer (credited as Kidlat Gottlieb Kalayaan) of his father's 1994 film Why Is Yellow the Middle of the Rainbow?[4] The film chronicles important events in the Philippines from 1980 to 1994 as it follows the filmmaker and his son.


As an individual artist, De Guia was known for his photography which he manipulated to create intriguing works.[5] One of his techniques involved the weaving together of photos, akin to the traditional craft of weaving in his native the Cordilleras.[6]


De Guia was with his family in Spain when he died on 9 March 2022.[7] The family was wrapping up Kidlat Tahimik's six-month exhibit on the Spanish colonial rule in the Philippines at the Palacio De Cristal when de Guia died. He was finalizing his documentary Rangtay Papan Idjaybangir ('Bridge to the Other Side'), with the support of the Film Development Council of the Philippines, at the time of his death.[8]



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