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Visions of Dune

February 28, 2016

  

Visions of Dune is the painting thesis of Matthew Odon Yrad. These works serve as a culmination of the time he has spent in school and in reading the famed science fiction series by Frank Herbert, Dune.

Each work represents an aspect of the books’ characters that can be well attributed to the artist himself. The philosophy applied to the works, from the concept of the figures to the usage of colors can be ascribed to the premise of the books and also the principles of Herbert. An eccentric blend of striking and solemn, each painting emits an atmosphere of its own that catches one’s attention, not with the colors alone or the strength of the line of work, but the suffering embedded in it.

This exhibition is not a mere juxtaposition of 2d and 3d forms or a display of contrasting pigmets, but ultimately stands as a declaration of one’s burden of purpose when on a quest for the truth.

– Francine Varca
  

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Back to work

February 18, 2016

Despite the pouring rain and the fog — government duties, do not delay.

Went to see one of our assisted producers in the Municipality of Calatrava for a Davao client.

Thelma Canillo — she makes native bags from Pandan leaves and to date, I’m proud to say that she has been supplying for Kultura (SM) and exporting to Japan, Hawaii and Germany.

Anyways, on the way home, there’s this new restaurant in Don Salvador Benedicto that you’d pass just on the side of the road. And I was like, wow! Finally a decent resto in DSB! So I went to check it out.

The place looked good, cozy. Interior was nice. And I’m very proud to say that all the furniture here were made also by one of our assisted producers, Gerry Gerandoy, also from the Municipality of Calatrava. He makes furniture from hardwood and he’s grown over time. Lunch with a view. The food could be better and improved.

Mountain View Bar and Resort

Brgy. Igmaya-an, Don Salvador Benedicto

Call +639064537212

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Sugbo | 2016

February 10, 2016

Titas of Bacolod go on a trip.

We were thinking of going out of the country this year but since election period is nearing, some of us (that’s you and me, Mika) have to stay put. This was initially supposed to be a Vigan trip, I’m not really sure how we ended deciding on Cebu. Two were flying in from Manila and the rest of us hitched a ride with Aissa’s brother to Cebu. We left round 1AM because we took long at McDonald’s. When we arrived at San Carlos City, we missed the 3AM trip. Rode the 5AM and docked at Toledo port round 7AM I think.


From Toledo, it normally takes an hour and a half to Cebu (via SRP) but everyone decided to pass by Simala first. The Marian Shrine they say is miraculous, people flocking the place to ask for intercession. When we got in, my first impression was wow, this is some theme park. People were swarming. I felt like the essence of the place was lost because it somehow became a tourist spot.

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But anyway, I lit my candles and said my prayers. I thanked God for a safe trip and wonderful weather.

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As we were about to leave, we found out that these two got engaged. Somewhere between the bustling of people, wiping statues and lighting candles, he popped the question and we saw her jump hug him. Congratulations Manong Jun and Tin!

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Saw this yellow moth at the banyo. Luck? Sign?

Arrived in Cebu quarter past 12, I think. Had lunch and got drunk on coffee. At this point, I haven’t had any sleep.

When those from Manila arrived, we went to Ayala to do some shopping of course. It was just right across the hotel we were staying at, how convenient.

After shopping, we had dinner at Brique,

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and vino at Maya.

Aissa wanted to go clubbing (hahaha I’m not kidding) but the rest of us titas just wanted to chill. This was at Crossroads. Last time I was there, Vudu still existed (lol). So long ago.

Beach please.

When we decided with Cebu for this year, we planned to just go to the beach. When February neared, we found out that there was a long weekend so we grabbed that so for those of us working won’t be filing leaves anymore. First place we checked was Shangri-la but it was fully booked, so was Bluewater, because well the long weekend was Chinese New Year. Most of the hotels were full so we opted to stay in Cebu then a day trip to Mactan. Checked and decided on Movenpick since their day pass was cheaper compared to Shangri-la (add about 2,000 and you already get a room).

Movenpick Hotel, Mactan Island Cebu 
Day Pass: P2,500 – beach, pool, game room, lunch buffet and ice cream

Place is nice, beach is small though. Weather was perrrrrfect.

They accommodate a maximum of 100 people per day for the day tours and we were lucky enough to have availed since they did not accept reservations for walk-ins and when we called earlier, they only had 5 slots left. We arrived round 11AM and welcomed ourselves with ice cold beer.


Somewhere in this parallel universe, sunlit skin and names in grains.


Story of the fortune cookie

We were finishing lunch and I noticed Guada had a fortune cookie. So I got up and got one. When I opened it, it was empty, no fortune paper inside, whatever that is called. So I went to get another one and when I opened it, it still had nothing in it! Guada got up and got herself another one just to check if it would also be empty but when she opened it, it had paper in it. So I went the last time and got another random fortune cookie. This would be my third cookie. And when I opened it, it had this.

How weird that all three would be in the last cookie I randomly get. Oh and unlimited mimosas.

We stayed until sunset and went back to the hotel when the beer and mimosas were starting to kick in.




Went to Rico’s for dinner but they ran out of lechon so we went to Zubuchon instead in Escario. Hit the Casino after and it was so full! All those people (including us) trying to get lucky because it’s Chinese New Year. Did a few slots and had a beer at the bar.

Homebound.

Before heading to the port, we passed by S&R to buy some junk to bring home (lol). Lunched at Bigby’s because everyone was missing it. All its branches in Bacolod has closed.

And another fortune cookie. Feels of the moment.

Arrived in Toledo and what’s new, we missed the 4PM trip. Killed time at McDonald’s and took the 6PM home.

Half a face because I’m all red and sunburnt.

Sugbo, bye for now.

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Perfect Score

February 9, 2016

Matt Yrad | Artist

Matt Yrad (b. 1992) is a traditional artist from California currently based in Bacolod. His collection of work deals with philosophy, science, various social commentaries and man’s pursuit for peace and enlightenment mixed with a playful and whimsical sense of religious iconography.

Yrad has participated in various group exhibitions both in Bacolod and California, including Untamed Territory (October 2015) and The World According to Us (2014) at Gallery Orange – Bacolod, My Own Lisa at Art District (Bacolod, 2014), and the Orange County Fair Art Show (CA, 2010). He was also a semi-finalist during the 2015 Metrobank MADE Art and Design Competition. He is currently on his last year as a Painting student in La Consolacion College.

(Source: http://galleryorange.ph/artists/matt-yrad/)

Recently, last February 5, 2016 to be exact, LCC Arfien had their 19th Thesis Deliberation and I am so so so proud to say that my cousin earned a perfect score!









I keep a couple of his works at home. AAAAnd (Donds) I’m so looking forward to you putting up a show in New York. Congratulations!

Check out his works and connect with Matt!

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