Posts tagged ‘Philippines’
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 Philippines and Madagascar are about 5,500 miles (9,000 kilometers) apart, separated by the Indian Ocean, but that distance has been bridged culturally and linguistically through trade and migration. People from Borneo, the Philippines southern neighbor, were the first settlers in Madagascar, so we share similar physical characteristics and as well as Austronesian language roots.
When I travelled to Madagascar for the first time in 2012, I was struck by a sense of familiarity. I had returned to the Philippines in 2011 and the sights, sounds and smells of my homeland were still fresh in my memory when I landed in Madagascar a year later. Many Malagasy people reminded me of my cousins, not just in looks but in also mannerisms. A rice soup brought back memories of home. Local children teaching me to count in Malagasy made me realize some of the numbers in Tagalog were similar.
An Ocean Apart is my solo exhibition at Geraldine’s Counter in Columbia City (4872 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle 98118), through Nov. 10th.
Other Fall 2013 Exhibitions
My “Passport Series” is part of Under My Skin: Artists Explore Race in the 21st Century at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, through Nov. 17th.
Additional photographs from “An Ocean Apart” will be part of a group show presented by IDEA Odyssey Collective and juried by Juan Alonso at City Hall Galleries, through Jan. 3rd.
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.
Balik/Ibalik means come back, restore in Tagalog, my first language. In September 2011, I returned to the Philippines after a 22-year absence. I came back and the language that had been unused for so many decades emerged from my tongue. The connections with relatives I thought were frayed to mere threads by time and an ocean were restored. And the ideas I had about my birthplace were deepened, made more complex by the people I met, the places I explored and the experience of being back.
Balik/Ibalik will be exhibited at IDEA Odyssey Gallery (666 S. Jackson St., Seattle, 98104), Feb. 2 through Mar. 31, 2012. The opening reception is Thursday, Feb. 2, 5 – 8 pm. Another special event is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 11, 1-3 pm. For additional gallery hours, please check the IDEA Odyssey Gallery’s website.