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Weaving for Freedom

Weaving for Freedom

Handloom weaving is an art form practiced for centuries by the indigenous people spread all across the 7,641 Philippine islands. Its’ expression of design varies from culture to culture, and their respective traditions. The textiles produced are most commonly associated with dreams and encounters with the spiritual realm, while others are used for rituals and traditional dances of war, healing, harvest, marriage, and even death. Different colors and patterns sometimes also dictate one’s identity and standing in the community. Through the years of industrialization and globalization, the practice of handloom weaving and its purpose has transitioned more into a means...

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The Two of Swords

The Two of Swords

Earlier this year, I was presented with an opportunity to work for the art department of a production company. It was for an international reality T.V. series which was to be produced in the Caramoan Islands for a few months. On the one hand, I saw it as an escape from the mundanity of everyday quarantine life which we've all been stuck into since March 2020. On the other, I have a fully running business with 4 workers that was entirely dependent on me for movement and progression.  This was my crossroads.      The decision merited a heavy weighing of thoughts, but I had to decide...

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(Be)Coming Home

(Be)Coming Home

Hey, It's been a while. The past year hasn’t been easy; we’ve all been through quite a journey. It seems that everyone has been learning to live more intentionally, choosing to focus on the fundamentals of life; on the areas that truly matter. Survival, loving relationships, health, inner balance, contentment, a comfortable home. In these very wearying times, it's the simple joys that anchor us to remain buoyant.      Within this pandemic era, I found myself getting lost in the air of change and uncertainty. As I tried to navigate myself out of the flux, I happened upon a crossroads. I decided to...

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