Posts tagged ‘Carina del Rosario’
Thanks to those of you who have asked about my family since Typhoon Haiyan (also referred to as Typhoon Yolanda) devastated the central and southern Philippines. My family lives in Luzon and I am grateful that they were out of harms’ way. But many families of my friends are among the masses who have lost their homes, livelihoods and loved ones. As difficult as it is to fathom such trauma, I know we don’t want to be paralyzed by it.
Would you please join me in taking action, in following our impulse to help and to extend hope?
Waiting for You: “Waiting for a Prince” Raffle
Eligibility: Anyone in the continental United States and Hawai’i may enter.
Each Entry is $10, but you can donate as much as you want, i.e. $20 is 2 entries, $30 is three entries.
Prize: One lucky winner will receive “Waiting for a Prince” (digital photograph, image size 8″x12″, matted 16″x20″). I will pay for shipping of this matted print.
Donation/Entry Process: Between Dec. 1 and Dec. 15, 2013*, please make a donation to the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns. Every $10 you give is an entry for this contest. You MUST forward your confirmation email from NAFCON to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and please include your name and preferred contact information. I will reply with your entry number and contact you if you win!
I will take “donations” until midnight PST on Dec. 15. The winner will be picked via Random.org and I will post the results of the drawing on Dec. 16.
* I know many of you have already donated to different Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts. THANK YOU for your quick response! The survivors of this super typhoon have a very long and hard road to recovery, so there is still a need for monetary support for temporary shelter, food and other necessities as local people work to rebuild. This raffle is meant to spur new donations to help with the on-going need, so donations must be made between Dec. 1 and Dec. 15, 2013 in order to qualify as a raffle entry.
About Waiting for a Prince
In September 2011, I returned to my birthplace. I was in Manila when Typhoon Pedring hit Luzon. It was nowhere near the force of Typhoon Haiyan, but it did break through the seawall. While I was waiting for the waters to recede, I saw strangers on this jeepney helping each other: Men would carry a passenger on their backs, deposit them onto higher ground, then go back for one or two more before moving on with their day. After Typhoon Haiyan, Filipinos continue to help each other. They aren’t necessarily waiting for princes to come to the rescue, but they are relying on each other and the global community to provide whatever resources we can share so they can take charge of their recovery and rebuild on their own terms. Please join me in supporting their efforts.
Maraming salamat po.
The City of Kent purchased these two photographs for its permanent collection. Thank you to the Kent Art Commission for this honor, and to jurors Molly Magai and Minh Carrico for putting together the annual Kent Summer Art Exhibit at the Centennial Center Gallery. The exhibit features over 21 visual artists working in various media and is on display through August 31st. Congratulations to Juan Alonso-Rodriguez and Adele B. Eustis, whose works are also now part of Kent’s collection.
In the gallery, these photographs are displayed across from Juan’s photographs of Cuba. We created our respective works at the same time, September 2011, under very similar circumstances. I had returned to my birthplace after a 22 year absence, and he to his after over 40 years. We have commiserated since about what it’s like to go back, to confront reality with our memories, to see what we left behind and also to recognize what we still carry with us. It’s been 10 months now since I walked along a rooftop in the center of Manila, looking out across the crowded, colorful city filled with so much contradiction. I’m still grappling with how that trip affected me, but I am so glad to have had a chance to go, to reconnect with family and with parts of myself long dormant.