I wasn’t able to post for several days as I got busy with a few things. First off, a very good friend from my college days in St. Joseph’s College, Quezon City, died last May 27. I went to Manila to attend the wake and the Mass that we offered for him. After I came back from that trip, I got so busy catching up with all the articles I had to write that I didn’t have time to draw or post anything here. But I’m back now. And I’m starting again from where I stopped.
I was gone for a total of 11 days, so I’ll be posting Days 5 to 15, and then I’ll move forward. I’ll try my best to post two drawings in a day.
For the Day 5 challenge, I went back to using Paint and drew some sort of symbols of what I remember most about my childhood. Again, they’re not the work of an artist, but they’re perfect representations of my most memorable childhood memories.
The first drawing, the one on the left most side, is a representation of White Island (which was always in the form of letters -especially the letter “C”) and Camiguin, where I spent endless summers of fun with my cousins. We went to the beach every day, played patintero in the streets (and even in the tennis court and the old airport) and we sat by the big windows every night, silently watching the townspeople pass by. We did a lot of fun and memorable things that I will forever treasure in my heart. The best thing about these memories, of course, are the people I was with – people dear to my heart.
The drawing in the middle represents our life in Manila. Back in the 70s and again in the late 80s and 90s, we lived in Makati and then in Quezon City. They’re memorable because we stuck together as a family despite some very trying times (especially in the late 80s). The years in Manila also helped me become the person that I am today; and helped me realize what I was capable of achieving.
Some of my most unforgettable memories happened in the 70s, when my sister and I would go with our Mom to DBP, where she worked. We’d spend practically the whole day playing around the building – with the elevators and the escalators, and whatever else we found interesting. DBP was basically our playground!
Finally, the last drawing is a representation of our ancestral house in Corrales Avenue, which was sold around 1994 and turned into Consuelo Restaurant. It is now where Meet Shop and Karomata are. The house in Corrales, which we referred to as 192 Corrales Avenue, was where I grew up with my Fortich cousins, my aunts and uncles, and my dear Lolo Titang and MammaIn. They’re some of the happiest days of my life! No matter how many times that house is remodeled or passed on to a new owner, my beautiful memories of it will stay forever embedded in my heart.
So now that you know what each drawing represents, get ready to see my “masterpiece”!