Marcos Antonino Arsenio ‘Ding’ Royales XI (b. 1974) is a nurse by profession and training. He attended his first art workshop dubbed “Reviving the 1590 History Art Workshop” in 1985 under Angelito De Guzman. His works are mostly mural-sized and have a very distinct style and vivid colors that evolved from his long experience with mural paintings. Some of his works can be seen at the Nagtahan flyover, Manila Ocean Park, and at the Santuario de San Pedro Bautista. As a volunteer artist for Bahay Nakpil-Bautista in Quiapo, Manila since 2013, Royales creates works related to the propagation of the structure’s sustainability including an upcoming musical exhibit on composer, Julio Nakpil. He has also conducted art classes at Bahay Nakpil-Bautista, a Quiapo landmark. Currently, he is taking his second degree, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Sculpture at the University of the Philippines, Diliman.
The painting connotes the strong Filipino devotion towards the representation of Mama Mary in form of Nuestra Senora de la Salud and Nuestra Señora del Carmel de San Sebastian. The painting housed in the form of the Basilica structure made it more reverential, having the rust appear on the corners, represents that the threats are everywhere and it is our strong faith that will help us to conquer it.