Journey through art

2015. I set up my brush calligraphy classes to incorporate watercolor. I was relatively new in the watercolor industry but somehow, the people who enrolled in my classes trusted me and my capabilities to help them learn the craft too. People started signing up and Ice Idanan was one of them. She cancelled on her first class because her mom has cancer. I actually thought she wouldn't attend anymore but then she booked for the next class. That was March 29, 2015. The final artwork I asked them to do was to write a movie to add to my #TypeYourMovie series in Instagram. She wrote "Sakaling Hindi Makarating" and said that will be her movie, someday. I just looked at her in awe. Somehow, our souls connected.

A few months later, she contacted me. She said she's finally making the film that she has been writing for so long and that the film will require postcards, just like how the Griffin and Sabine book is. I didn't really think about it, to be honest. Favorite book ko kasi yon. I just said "GAME" immediately. That was August.

The rest of 2015 seemed like a  blur to me. I never would have thought that the movie she wrote during our watercolor calligraphy workshop back in March is actually happening, and oh boy, it was happening fast. I was submerged in unknown waters. I had zero knowledge on film making! I was juggling so many things: a broken self, an art career, a lerler and complicated relationship that was nothing but uncertain, a stint in a new industry I never thought I'd really be in. Akala ko masisiraan na ako ng bait, especialy during those LERLER days! I just kept telling myself: Tiwala lang. Repeat. 1 million times. 1 billion times more.

If you must know, back then, I had zero experience in painting landscapes but being my normal risk-taker self, I just said, Game kaya ko yan. So I did it. I remember I was in Dipolog for a series of workshops. Every night, at the hotel, I would paint the postcards for the film. Sabay-sabay, malapit na ang deadilne eh. It was my first time to paint landscapes, and even though I've seen the film a million times, I still feel giddy when I see my artworks to be part of this beautiful love letter to the Philippines. I want to cry, seriously. I guess, when you trust yourself that you can do it, you really can. And of course, if people around you trust and believe in you as well, then the more you will succeed. So thank you, Ice, for letting me be part of this wonderful story of yours. I am forever grateful!

Every time I think about 2015, I smile. That year might have been both the best and worst I've had so far but now I understand that there is a purpose for everything and that the universe brings people together for a reason. This is the reason.

Fast forward to 2017. We finally made it! What a journey this has been. Hindi pa tapos! Today we are screening in 26 cinemas. Tomorrow, I pray, it will multiply by a million!  

You can check all the other updates here.

Thank you for watching, thank you because I know you will watch :)

 

 

Magalawa Island

Exploring the Philippines more is one of my targets for 2015 and to start the year, I headed out to a small island off the coast of Palauig, Zambales. I didn't really know anything about the area until I randomly saw a Facebook post about "Magalawa Island" and it got me all curious - "Wow may ganung area pala sa Zambales?"

Panoramic View of the Sandbar in Magalawa Island

Panoramic View of the Sandbar in Magalawa Island

Travel time from Manila to Palauig (NLEX + SCTEX) is about 6 hours. Boat ride from Oslet Armada fishdealer compound to Magalawa is just 10 minutes. (More details on how to go there on this link)

The Oslet Armada compound has parking slots at Php 150/night. It is gated and secure. I left my car there for 3 days and they even washed it for free!  Here's quick snapshot of the mini-port in the Armada compound:

There are only 2 resorts in the island. I stayed at the Magalawa Island Armada Resort. There are campsites, fan rooms, and rooms with aircon. Not all rooms have restrooms inside. Also, the restrooms have a manual flush a.k.a buhos mode of flushing. If you are a bit picky with bathrooms, you might not like it here :p We got the Php 3,500 package for a 3d2n stay. You can view the rates in this link: RATES

The resort offers a package deal: accommodation and meals. They have a nice floating restaurant and the food servings are very very big! 

Floating Restaurant in Armada Resort

Floating Restaurant in Armada Resort

We did a bit of a tour of the island and spotted some sites for spearfishing and snorkelling. My only comment is that there are a lot of jellyfish in the area and when you're not wearing rash guard, it will be a stingfest for them!

Fresh Urchin as snacks

Fresh Urchin as snacks

I used to be afraid the ocean. Last year, I pushed myself to swim without lifejackets and take risks. Been doing these crazy underwater stints since then. I still have A LOT TO LEARN. 

Spot the jellyfish

Spot the jellyfish

Trying some breath hold

Trying some breath hold

Summer is here and I can't wait to explore more beaches in the Philippines!

xo

North Trip: Part 3

December 29: During my stay at Buscalan, I met new friends from MNL too (JC, Kate, Rey, Rainier, and Jerica). We all had no concrete plans on where to go to next so we randomly decided to head out to Sagada, instead of going home. 

Things to note:

  • Buscalan village to drop off point: 30mins-45mins trek.
  • Drop-off point to Bugnay: 20-30mins via Jeep. Fare is Php 45 each.
  • Bugnay to Bontoc via Jeep: 2 hours. Fare is Php 100 each.
  • Bontoc to Sagada via Jeep: 45mins. Fare is Php 100 each.

Spent most of the afternoon in Sagada sleeping (I was too exhausted to check out the hanging coffins and go spelunking). My legs were pretty much numb from all that trekking and walking from the previous days of adventure T_T

Sagada, Mountain Province

Sagada, Mountain Province

The weather is so damn chilly, I must say. Tried some lemon pie for the first time (Post-birthday celeb). First time to celebrate my birthday with people I barely know (but are my friends now, hihi). FUN <3

Photo from Rey

Photo from Rey

After that, beers and bonfire! There was a curfew, though. So we had to go back to the Alapo's View Inn by 10pm. Rate is Php 250 for the night, with hot shower (VERY IMPORTANT!).

December 30: Witnessed the beautiful sea of clouds just before sunrise. WHAT A SPECTACULAR VIEW!

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Breakfast Time: Lugaw, bread, and some brewed coffee!

One last group photo before the bus ride :) Cheers to making new friends!

Photo from Rey

Photo from Rey

Lined up for the bus trip back to Baguio at 7am but got to ride only at 8:30am. 

  • Lizardo Bus Php 220 fare
  • Travel time from Sagada to Baguio: 6 hours with a Lunch stopover
View from the bus window

View from the bus window

BYE SAGADA, Hello, BAGUIO!

Mt. Cloud Bookstore

Mt. Cloud Bookstore

 

December 31: Bye North. Off to Manila!

Here's to another year of adventures!

 

xo