I am very much a work in progress and cannot claim to be a master. My goal is to remain a zealous apprentice of the arts (and life itself), while humbly working toward the fulfillment of a simple dream — to pay tribute to my beloved “kababayans” in my homeland Philippines and to all Filipinos in the diaspora by promoting our very rich cultural heritage through my visual memoirs and personal expressions in Filipiniana-themed art and Baybayin-deepened poetic art, concrete/visual poetry. I also want, in my own little way, to be part of this new revolution of promoting our beautiful ancient script Baybayin, as well as spread the joy of using coffee (together with other nonconventional/nontraditional stains like wine or tea) as an artistic medium.
I am not a history or culture connoisseur, thus, I leave the endeavor of representing our legitimate past to my more eligible, well-researched and better-informed contemporaries. Instead, I seek to play a part in this new wave of nationalism by bringing Baybayin and all things uniquely Filipino to the forefront through artistic expressions inspired by my very own memoirs and personal nostalgia and marrying these with the different faces of Philippines as we see them today (or as I remember it): the places, practices and the people — a beautiful, kind-hearted, enduring and ever-resilient race that always manages to smile at the end of each day despite the worst of adversities. This uniquely Filipino “gift”is something I have been blessed to encounter, fall in love with and acquire while growing up in the Philippines. It is the same gift I always seek to translate in my art. What many may try to knock over, trample upon or disregard, I choose to heal, humor, change and give strength to. Suffice it to say, all my dreams will come into fruition when one day it can be finally said that I am making Philippines (and the whole world) a better place in my own small way for everyone I encounter, hopefully with each piece that I make. Doing my Philippines proud will be icing on the cake.
When you buy any of my paintings, jewelry and other artwork, you are supporting my current charity of choice. 28% of net proceeds from every piece (including commissioned work) go to a fund for special feeding programs at the Lingap Pangarap ng mga Paslit Center, Inc. in my hometown Batangas City, Philippines. Our joint efforts might not yet set the children for life, but we are doing this to make their world a happier place and tide them over with a good meal or two. US dollars are converted to Philippine Peso so you know that your kindness and generosity surely go a long way. I am aiming to help other organizations in the future so please visit my website for updates.
Thank you so much to everyone who supported my art in the last quarter of 2014. Know and remember in your heart that your support made it possible for me to send over some simple joys to children with special needs in the Philippines via The Autism Society of the Philippines-Santa Rosa in an event they held 11/22/14. In behalf of the kids and all the loving and dedicated organizers, MARAMING MARAMING SALAMAT PO!
Releasing some of my original “Apophenia Art” pieces aka my “Littles” mostly 8×10 or smaller on mounted canvas and canvas boards to support my Project Little Happy HeARTs: a personal program (which will hopefully grow into a foundation in the near future) benefiting two causes that I’ve always supported and are closest to my heart at the moment: basic needs and happy moments for sampaguita kids and other streetchildren in the Philippines and art supplies/art activities for children with Autism. They are $ 25 per piece, nothing goes to my pocket, all profits (yes, 100%) will go to funding little happy heARTs.
PS. I have big plans for this. My vision is to invite other artists into the project as soon as everything is set up. Let me know if you’re interested to help or would like to give back by acquiring one of my Project Little Happy HeARTs pieces for a good cause. Thank you!
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Thank you for helping me help them!
Lingap Pangarap ng mga Paslit Center, Inc.