Friday, July 10, 2009


We consider ourselves lucky in a weird way. During our Iloilo trip, we met Tiny. In our Zamboanga trip, we met Rameer Tawasil. Rameer is a Tausug painter born in Jolo during the siege. His huge painting on that should be the Guernica of Mindanao. His paintings can be described as as colorful the vinta but he chose them (as well as his images) deliberately and there are memorious stories behind them which you can relate to if you know your Mindanao history. Here are some of his works for the Ina/Ani. Here is his note on the Yellow Violinist:
A woman playing her violin as part of her other profession. In a traditional tausug wedding, women musicians (3 ensembles) are being hired to entertain the groom and the bride during their celebration from early afternoon till the early morning. I called them "timeless musicians."


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