Tuesday, April 08, 2008

A Homecoming and Celebration, April 6, 2008

'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


glenlorndave said...

Hi Ben,

Happy to be part of your birthday celebration as well as Edd Aragon's "Prima Digitalla" art show at the Oarhouse - - not to forget the rare meeting with Engr. Tante Tagamolila and with our dear Artist-friend Edd Aragon, a.k.a. "eddA" in Banggaan (internet group). Meeting old friends like Willie Nepumuceno , Peggy Abeleda and some UP schoolmates was equally delightful.

Mabuhay and BANGGAAN!

-glenn (www.yessy.com/glennbautista)

Redster said...

The best pose was Ben stabbin' the damn cake: "Eto sa 'yo!!! Eto pa isa! Ha? Ah? Slice lang ba?"

Ronny said...

Pretty Shots!

Missing Oarhouse already, but I cant leave my baby orchids down here in Tacloban. Ive missed them so much.

Looking forward for more pics from good old Oarhouse.

Reg, dont forget to checkout our website www.ronandfiresplace.com

Jurb said...


I really like Oarhouse. I come by every now and then. I even wrote an entry about it. Hope you like it. :) You may read it in www.slingshot2004.blogspot.com.

Here's to the cold beer, the great food, and the wonderful art.