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Siya Nga!

Christian Reflections with Art

Jose Ramon T. Villarin, SJ is the 30th President of the Ateneo de Manila University. Ordained a priest in the Jesuit order in 1991, Villarin has a doctorate in Atmospheric Sciences from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1997 and was one of the scientists of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change who, with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work on climate change in 2007.

David Jonathan Y. Bayot ( is the co-author or editor of over twenty books, and is the general editor of the Critical Voices series published by Sussex Academic Press.

“Siya Nga!” is a Filipino expression of wonder and, thus, of openness to possibilities. It is an expression of epiphany and eureka! This book offers the readers short reflections by Jose Ramon T. Villarin, SJ on fifty-two “familiar” terms in the Christian faith — terms that the author and editor deem significant in the life and living of those who share the Christian faith, either by religious affiliation or by spiritual aspiration.

The reflections are elucidated by images of eighty artworks by fifty-four Filipino artists. The reflections seek to make these terms of faith —Incarnation, Trinity, Word, Freedom, even Christmas, for example — once again unfamiliar. In that way, and in Fr. Villarin’s own words, “the newness of God will never grow old, and the bigness of his love … will never grow small.” Reflection, etymologically speaking, means “bending back.” The bending back of perspectives allows readers to dwell once more on Christian wonder, openness, possibility, and epiphany.

About The Publication

“Siya Nga!” was published in paper format by the De La Salle University Publishing House in 2019:
ISBN (cloth): 978-971-555-680-4
ISBN (paper): 978-971-555-679-8

This ebook edition is a revised and enlarged edition from the original paper publication, and will be available in all the main ebook formats (Kindle [Mobi], ePUB, PDF) worldwide. The Kindle version will be on Amazon, and the other e-versions available for download purchase via other web vendors.

eBook ISBN: 978-1-78284-710-6
eBook Price: £15.99 / $19.99
Release Date: December 2020
Page Extent / Format: 140 pp. 200 x 200 mm
Illustrated: Seventy-seven colour illustrations


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