Sometimes it takes some distance for you to really appreciate your home. That’s basically what happened to Edon Tuazon Fabreo. Although he’d been interested in miniature scale models since he was a kid, it wasn’t until a trip back to Manila after spending a few years in Saudia Arabia as an OFW that he decided on combining the two loves.
“During a short stay in Manila in 2012, the urban reality of the Philippines caught my attention,” he explains. “I wondered why nobody (as far as I know) was making scale models as advocacy of sorts.”
That’s when he got serious about building these models. The pieces are mostly hand-made with scraps and art materials. Edon says he’s into paper and cardboard because it’s easier to manipulate and a lot cheaper. Printed materials are very helpful too, since they save a lot of time.
A lot of the pieces are based on current events that he reads about online via news posts or things his friends and family are talking about back home. He’s certainly not afraid to get political, depicting scenes of protest over demolitions or polluted canals. But he also has a lot of fun with them, as evidenced by the frequent use of his cat Julia in pictures for scale.