Mathematics and Panay Bukidnon Women in Alan Cabalfin’s Paintings


Rosemarie G. Galvez


This case study analyzes of Alan Cabalfin’s paintings from a mathematical
point of view. Specifically, the subjects of the paintings are the women of
Panay Bukidnon, an indigenous group living in the island of Panay in central
Philippines. Purposive sampling, mathematical investigation, and interview
complemented the use of mathematical software in the analysis. Mathematical
concepts such as square, perspectivity, golden rectangle, and ratio served
as the mathematical lens through which the paintings were interpreted.
Recommendations on the use of paintings for arts integration in mathematics
instruction are discussed.