|'Sunspots' © Edd Aragon 2008|
|Edd Aragon, self portrait, 2007|
It was a day long awaited, of two simultaneous occasions whose most personal elements of which last Sunday for me were of Sydney-based artist Edd Aragon's invitation of his old friends and classmates to his opening exhibit on digital art, and of bringing my friend and colleague Mon Acasio back to the Oarhouse after he suffered a near fatal stroke at this same time last year and for the efforts of the photographers and generous friends who pitched in to raise more than half a million pesos to take care of his medical bills and a year of physical therapy which enabled him to walk again and to continue his road to recovery.
In effect this wasn't so much about an exhibit or a birthday, but of a special homecoming welcome for an artist returning after 30 years to his city and country, and of my celebration of friendship that is as valuable as family to me.
It was not so much about Edd or me but more about how we have gotten to know people and almost unconsciously -- reconnected and consolidated many seemingly different parts and separate elements of our lives.
The true gift is how the character and spirit of a place such as The Oar has inspired a community of great human beings and the reality of last Sunday's celebration under the small modest roof of 'OUR house' on Mabini Street.
That sense of family naturally inspires a communtiy, and the community can give to the rest of those who have had neither -- that gift that we have.Ben4.08.08A big SHOUT OUT and THANKS to Reg, Anabel, Wilson, Abel and the crew of The Oar.
The great food and nonstop flow of drinks along with the presence of Krip Yuson, Sylvia Mayuga, Sol Vanzi, Heber Bartolome, Glenn Bautista, Tante Tagamolila, Marne Kilates, Claro Cortes IV, Jaime FlorCruz, Wally Gonzales, Willie Nepomuceno, Butch Perez, Red Constantino, Ronnie Lazaro, Dodo Lim, Apa Ongpin and the North Syquia residents of Malate out in full force coupled with the invisible spirits and vibes of Pepito Bosch and Santi Bose were all present in one way or another to sanctify the occasion.Maraming salamat uli sa lahat. :-)
Photographs by John Javellana, Claro Cortes IV, Glenn Bautista, Constante Tagamolila