The string of events that's been happening at the Oarhouse since around two weeks ago have been nonstop, and to put it all in summary has been, first, the short homecoming visit of Bobby Coloma of Agence France-Presse who's based now in Singapore dropped by with the company of photographers Melvyn Calderon, Bullit Marquez, Luis Liwanag, Mon Acasio, and Joe Galvez along with old friend Mike Yabut. And since it was the last weekend of Nico Sepe's exhibit, their friends from way back, Speedy and Connie Veneracion and their kids came from across town to have dinner at the Oar with Nico's brother Jun.
It was their first time to see the place, and am glad they finally made the visit.
Then on the day after Labor Day, it was time to mount the next exhibit by australian-based Deborah Ruiz Wall, whose images of nature and people from Oz and her homecoming to Manila after 30 years abroad was launched by poetry readings from Tessie Tomas and Ebong Joson in front of a well-attended crowd of guests and friends of the artist, many of whom had not been back for many years to see the Oarhouse in its resurrected form. But since the title of Deborah's exhibit is 'Pagbabalik' which means 'a return'–then certainly it was a night of welcoming old friends who'd been long gone, back home again. :)
-- Ben Razon