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.