Hi! I recently won in the design contest of Animahenasyon 2011 and I just want to encourage you to join your animation works. Animahenasyon is a Philippine Animation Festival now on it’s 6th year. If you guys have any original animation work whether it be stop motion, claymation or whatever, you can join it in this year’s Animahenasyon! The grand prize is Php 100,000 plus other cash prizes.
Tomorrow is the start of my last semester in college (well, hopefully). It’s despairing to enter my last semester in college for the reason that last week I just lost a family member. As a matter of fact, it’s my first time to lose a family member.
It’s the -BER months as well—I should be celebrating to commemorate my last semester. For some reason, college was never fun for me. Most people have this notion that college is all about partying and being wild. I never had that luxury of time rather I spend it at home or do something productive or just plainly rest. Family is always top priority that is why, I would believe, that I did not experience the total college experience. Do I regret it? Not a single bit. It is just painful to think that I lost a member of the family because they are my only real friends.
I experience a sharp pang of grief when I recall the times I spent with my Tito. His name is Jonas Maniquis. Our family has a complicated situation but we can safely say that he has become my beta father since my biological father left when I was around 8 yrs. old. We had this unspoken relationship of kindness. He is nice to my family and in gratitude we welcomed him to our family. He helped me throughout my adolescence. It’s funny how we only call to mind the good things a person has done for us when it is too late. Sometimes we take people for granted and that is why when they are not there anymore it feels like there is a piece of the puzzle that is missing.
He taught me how to paint and be confident of my abilities. I had doubts of pursuing a career in the artistic field because of several reasons. He, however, supported me and pushed me to pursue what I really want in life. In my first year in college as a fine arts student he would always lend a helping hand even if he was busy with something else.
In a way he is the great equalizer of our home because our family is mostly composed of girls. He would stand as the man of the house who would handle different house duties like fetching me in Pasig at Mik’s house or doing the grocery. He is more a part of this family that anyone ever was. Although we were not blood related, we had this mutual understanding. It is just sad that I didn’t have the guts to tell him all of this when he was still alive.
It was all too sudden.
The night before he died I was with him along with my family. We went to my province in Bataan not to spend All Souls’ Day but because I forced my family to. I wanted to go to Bataan for my thesis. He did not tell me he was feeling ill during that time because if he did I wouldn’t have been so makulit to them about it. Even if he was enduring pain, he gave time to my family.
“Sama ako sa shoot mo ha” He said. He was always there to help. I did not have to ask.
Hence I dedicate my thesis and my last semester to him. To the person who loved my Mother and my family dearly, we will miss you! Memories will always be treasured!
R.I.P. Jonas Maniquis (March 1967-October 31, 2011)
Hello Vacation! (Sembreak for me starts on the 22nd)
If I’m lucky, this will be my last semestral break.
It’s actually bizarre that I am hampered by pursuing my dreams. As an artist, it is of paramount importance to invest time to flourish your talent. College is always important and a degree is nice. But what is crucial is actually flourishing your talent, building your portfolio, your career, and not hindering yourself from pursuing your dreams. Go for it! This is in connection to my pending graduation (by pending I mean I haven’t received my grades yet LOLd). I realized one thing… if I do get a chance to graduate, I get to boast about something I worked hard for for 4 straight years. If not, I reckon I can still pursue my dreams even without it. Point of the matter is… don’t let anything or anyone curb your dreams. Fight for your dreams and some day.. some how.. someone will recognize the talent you have.
Here is a business card I made 2 weeks ago for a client-friend. Since my friend does not want to disclose any information, I used my name as to show how the calling card looks like with the complete information. I kinda went berserky on the illustration at the back… very whimsical looking…
…It wants to say ‘Hi!’
Currently finishing my thesis while also currently dying of curiosity of what the future holds if I do get to graduate this year… Meh.
I designed a poster for Cinemalaya 7’s “ANI Shorts” an exhibition of short films! Watch the Best Shorts from UP CFA VisComm on the 21st of July, 9:00 PM at the Tanghalang Manuel Conde (Dream Theatre) CCP.
**Also, if you have time, the gala night of the Competition Short Films B (where my short film “Debut” is grouped) is on the 21st of July, 6:00 PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre).
I designed/layouted a poster for Cinemalaya 7 Short Films Programme B! Please do support the Cinemalaya Film Festival. Come and see all the films! Here is the screening schedules for the Short Films B at CCP and Greenbelt 3:
Programme B: (In order)
HANAPBUHAY by Henry Frejas; OLIVER’S APARTMENT by Misha Balangue; IMMANUEL by Gio Puyat; DEBUT by Pamela Llanes Reyes; HAZARD by Mikhail Red.
16 July/Sat, 9:00PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
17 July/Sun, 3:30PM at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
18 July/Mon, 12:45PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
19 July/Tue, 4:00PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5
20 July/Wed, 12:45PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute
21 July/Thu, 6:15PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre) **(GALA NIGHT)
21 July/Thu, 9:00PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3
22 July/Fri, 6:15PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute
23 July/Sat, 11:00AM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5
24 July/Sun, 3:30PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
HANAPBUHAY: A day in the life of a man who’s trying to make a living for his family as he is confronted by the ironies of the realities of life. And death.
OLIVER’S APARTMENT: This short film is about a man named Oliver who has not left his apartment over seven years. An obsessive-compulsive germaphobe, he has everything delivered to him and he lives each day the same. One day he receives a postcard and things start to unravel.
IMMANUEL: Immanuelis set in speculative Philippines where air pollution has reached irreparable proportions. Air pollution has rendered breathable oxygen scarce. This makes it the main resource around which society revolves. The film follows to protagonists: Leo Sagaysay, a young father and husband who works at the Oxygen Factory, and his wife Rubi. Together they have a son, whom they struggle to support. The appearance of an ex-factory worker at their door sets off a chain of events that leads to the downfall of the Sagaysay family.
DEBUT: An adolescent girl awakens to the first day of the rest of her life.
HAZARD: While out driving together, a father and his son discover that they share different principles and perspectives in life. Upon reaching the city’s outskirts, they make an even more disturbing discovery that will push their unstable relationship to its limits.
To my friends/family/everyone, please reblog and spread the word! You can post it in your Facebook or Tumblr! Just credit me as the designer. :) Thank you!!!