Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I want this book! The Life and Art of Botong Francisco

My first recollection of Botong Francisco's paintings is seeing a faded and worn print of the well-known Katipunan painting fixed to my late grandmother's wall in 1996. It hung there unceremoniously, dusty, and crumpling from the humidity with the rest of her old magazines and albums. My Dad asked to take it home with us to Winnipeg along with a faded calendar of Botong's work. In the days that followed, I remember my Dad holding that image and flipping through the pages of that calendar reminiscing about his childhood and the celebrity Angono received as home to this master, this national artist.

If you don't know Angono, it is renowned as the country's official "Artists' Paradise." In my numerous sojourns "home," I would argue that each child is raised there with the same reverence for art as football might be for the average American. I recall music and art surrounding me and I dare say there isn't one Angono child who is not raised without either. Public spaces are filled with the sounds of Lucio San Pedro especially during All Saints Day and giant murals of Botong's work exists in each barangay. This was my dad's Philippines. This is why I want this book.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Unveiling of Dr. Jose Rizal Park this Saturday June 21

Dear Kabayan,
Good day everyone, with the completion of the Knights of Rizal Winnipeg Chapter (KoR-W) and Rizal Memorial Committee's project the day is better than good, it is to be celebrated. It had been in the back of the mind if not desired by Filipino community to have a park that will symbolize our community. There is no better figure in our history that can symbolize our dreams and ideals other than the Philippines National Hero, “Dr. Jose P. Rizal Memorial Stone” will be sitting on a patio that politically symbolizes our motherland in Dr. Jose P. Rizal Park at Sewa Crescent.

We invite you, your family and friends to join us in the “Public Unveiling of Rizal Memorial and opening of the Park” on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 10:30AMan hour of program and another hour of social activities with light lunch will be enjoyed with our community, Knights and Ladies of Rizal, KoR-W Executive Council and Rizal Memorial Committee are counting on your attendance, thank you very much.

Respectfully yours,
                         
Sir Felino de Jesus, KCR                                Sir Dr. Tom Colina, KGOR
Chapter Commander                                       Western Canada Area Commander
Knights of Rizal Winnipeg Chapter                   KoR Canada Region
                                                                                           
Sir Councilor Mike Pagtakhan, KCR                Sir Mohamed Alli, KCR
Incoming Chapter Commander                        Pursuivant
Knights of Rizal Winnipeg Chapter                  Knights of Rizal Winnipeg Chapter

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Revisit M2M before it closes this week!

http://unitedwaywinnipeg.ca/2014/06/celebrating-the-filipino-community-in-winnipeg/
A preview of M2M Revisited at the United Way Building (580 Main Street)

Monday, June 9, 2014

Stories from the ethnic food aisle


When white bread just isn't white bread - it's Pinoy Tasty!
I’m not really a cook, but I’ve been known to dabble. Like any novice Filipino-Canadian cook trying to satisfy a craving for home cooking, I know my staples. I can cook rice (measured the Filipino way with the finger and not with a measuring cup). I can cook sinigang, adobo, kare-kare, and various forms of nilaga. In the morning, I know my silogs and my tsamporado. Whether it’s anything tasty or authentic I leave that for you to judge. All my life, shopping at the ethnic food aisle and the ethnic food store has been a regular part of my weekends since childhood. It’s dawning on me now how rich these places are for an oral history intervention.