I want to thank Manilatown Heritage Foundation for supporting the Arts and giving the community a place of belonging and also, Evelyn Luluquisen, Nancy Hom, Dianne Bueno, Matthew Lew and Roy Recio for welcoming me into the Manilatown family. Exhibiting my first solo show here is an honor. My farther arrived in Manilatown in the 1920’s, was a founding member of Caballeros de Dimas Alang, a Filipino American fraternal organization which began in San Francisco around 1921. The name honors Jose Rizal the Philippine national hero whose pen name while writing revolutionary tracts was Dimas-Alang. I grew up just a couple of blocks away and went to Jean Parker Elementary School, I played at Portsmouth Square and attended summer day camps at Cameron House. This is my home and it’s only fitting that my first solo exhibit be at here at Manilatown. Finally, I want to thank my friends and family for their love, endless support and encouragement.
The nature of birds is to fly. There are no borders, no restrictions, only that of which we impose.
Home could be near or far. We carry things with us on our journey: physical weight, others who are with us, representations of what may be ourselves.
My father was a member the fraternity called Caballeros de Dimas-Alang. It was a fraternity formed by Filipino men in San Francisco in the 1920s and named in honor of Jose Rizal, the Filipino whose revolutionary writings inspired the fight to end Spanish colonial rule in the Philippines. Dimas-Alang was Jose Rizal’s pen name.