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Part 1: Creation

My name, given at birth in a province of the Philippines, was in honor of the President of the United States. I was my father’s American dream of freedom from the very beginning. Through the rough passage of immigration and my confusing childhood, first culturally and...

Part 2: My travels

I was born to immigrate. My family came to the United States with dreams in their fists, ‘The Promised Land’. My father gifted his children opportunities that he never had. To become an artist is a privilege that few dare to accept. Being a true artist is not simply...

Part 3: When Love Inspires

When love inspires one to put forth all their talents and understanding of beauty, and when love is the intended art form, it transcends romance and becomes magic. I’ve created a number of nest sculptures to uphold our highest intentions. Through the years, I’ve...

Part 4: Movement

Surrendering to the emotions and expressing the rhythms of our bodies, Dance allows us to “let go” and embrace the authentic, intuitive self within. Change and transformation in our lives can bring forth difficulties and abstractions that we carry in our bodies. We...

Part 5: Love

In a time when I was creating for months on a solo exhibition, I fell in love with a man that was my dream muse as well as my equal. One night before his departure to Thailand, I orchestrated a dinner on a secret beach where only he and I would sit while being served...

Part 6: Hitchhiking

Hitchhiking is easy in a dream. Strong winds blow the world sideways, trees grow reaching limbs angled as in wanting and the hopeful coastal walker is a leaf following in the gust. One long road to Ka Lae, the South Point of the islands, taken alone as the sun goes...