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Friday, November 25, 2011

Sculpture: An Art That Surprised Me

Since I was a child, I was exposed to different kinds of art.  My Dad is a profound painter and musician, and my Mom sings really well.  My eldest brother is good in drawing, and he used to paint and act for PETA. My second eldest brother is a tattoo artist.  Same goes with most of my uncles, aunts, and grandparents, all are into visual arts, music, and literature.  Arts have been a part of me growing up in a family of different talents.  But there is this art that I’m familiar with but haven’t actually witnessed one in the making. The art of sculpture.

Sculpture didn't actually capture my interest since I find it a bit boring (this is just  me speaking), I never really paid attention to this art.

When I visited Davao last October, I stayed with a family friend.  We visited his sister’s house and introduced me to his brother-in-law, Mr Harold Soriaga, later on.  At first look, he looks like a regular guy who is one of those who hunt to survive in the corporate jungle. You wouldn't expect him to be this profound artist.  Serious man! If you meet a confident, high-ranking, Mechanical Engineer, Chinese guy…what would you expect?  Or am I just stereotyping here?  

Going back to the story, I got stunned when my friend took me to Harold’s art underground base.  As I was going down the stairs, a really magnificent art welcomed me at the entrance.

Monday, November 21, 2011

God Spoke and Poke

For the last few weeks I’ve been full of worries.  There’re some family issues, problems with finances (I’m calling out to those people who has utang, pay me!), and some problems that somehow fretted me.  I always thought that these issues are so big and it’ll take time before it could cave in.  Distraction gushing from me interrupted a lot of my activities.  I was blinded by it.  My mantra that I got from the movie “Three Idiots” which is – all is well – can’t seem to help, and sometimes I even forget to say those three magical words because of the drama: "I’m covered with the blanket of despair."
Last Sunday, I was invited by some close friends of mine at their house warming party.  The food was great, we had the best laughs, a lot of "booosh" and "pah" (inside joke), and the never ending remember-the-time-when stories during our college days.  We had a grand moment; time swooped without us noticing.  

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Angono Fiesta Celebration

The celebration of the Feast of San Clemente also known as Higantes Festival is nearing.  The ala feast of San Juan wherein basaan is done happily and aggressively  hehehe.  Starting November 19 (which just passed by hehe) there will be bigger events that will happen (refer to the website of angono for details), with some side tracks as well.  There will be other organizations in Angono that will have their own mini events – but I’m not sure if I should call it “mini” since some other events are also big and sponsored.

The young artists of Angono, the Neo-Angono Artists Collective (NAAC), is one of the few organizations that will be having a series of events together with the main events of Angono.  There will be public art displays: the body painting and the tattoo competition, installation arts, henna, etc.  The group will alsobe  producing their own gig with a lineup of bands that are from Angono and outside. 

I will be announcing more of this schedule in my blog or in the upcoming blogsite of NAAC, (which I’m still working on the last few bits of details)

If you are near our beloved town, you are very much welcome to visit this grand event.  We will be happy if we could share our culture, our arts, our passion, and our celebration with you.

photos by: owners

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Oh C'mon Man...Not Again?


I’m not really a fan of complains and whining, but this bug really BUGS me! 
First off, one of the main reasons why I rested blogging last few months ago was because of the bug or the glitch in the system that I can’t comment on any blogs I follow, worst part is...I can’t even comment on my own blog!  Now that was fixed, HALLELUIA! But here comes the creepy crawler again.   

Two of the blogsites I really itch for seems to be missing in my “blogs that I follow” every time!  I keep on adding them again and again for the nth time for crying out loud!  The next time I will check my blog? Poof! They’re gone again, and I have to go to the whole process of adding them again. Jeez man!  I mean…these two blogs pa talaga! Argh!  I am SPARTA!! – Huh? Hehehe.

Anyways, I hope does something about this, it’s starting to really piss me off.  Please admin guys, work on this one.  If you won’t, well, I want you guys to know, not that I'm threatening you, but I happen to have relatives in Siquijor…and I tell you guys…no one in the Philippines messes with the folks in Siquijor. Don’t try me! Whew!

Sorry for this negative post :)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Be Still: An Art Exhibit

Yesterday, I went to see an art exhibit, in which one of my closest friends is a part of.  He was the exhibit.  No, just kidding.  If you have read my blog about a friend of mine who is a painter, well, that’s…him.  Joseph Christephen “Jay” Valente.  It was not a grand exhibit but it was nice.  Jay introduced me to the other contributing artists in the said exhibit, which is titled “Be Still”.  The other artists are nice, they are sociable animals and I can say they are all “conartists” or “conyo-artists”.

 There were different styles of painting: dark ones, cartoony ones; and there were mosaics as well.  I later found out that the artist of the mosaic was the babe I was checking out (no picture of her, argh!).

But one thing I can say to the exhibit.  Awesome.
(I'm beginning to over use the word "exhibit" haha)

One of my closest friends also was there, Carl “musca” Cuezon, the guy who got hitched in Davao (my previous blog entry).  We had fun taking pictures and talking about some of the paintings.  As usual, we were all laughing and makulit the whole time.  I had fun on the few minutes I spent there.

Jay had to go to church after a couple of minutes I arrived, so me and Carl went to Seattle’s Best in greenbelt to have coffee, to chat, and to wait for Jay.  We started off with the very recent topic, “Ondoy” pffft!  Then eventually developing our conversation to what is happening and what are the plans for this month (me and Carl will be turning 30 at the end of this month, by the way).

We then head off to take the bus. Went home. Hit the hay.  It was another short but ecstatic time of the day.

Photos by: Jay Valente

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