Guys, let me share with you an article from MANILA TIMES (dated September 11, 2009, oo ngayon nga!). its about the games we used to play and brought laughter on our childhood. hindi na ako magpapaligoy-ligoy pa, copy and paste na!
Lost youth on canvas
By Sherma E. Benosa
When I saw Eli Avellanoza’s painting and digital renditions of traditional Filipino games on his website several months back, I recognized myself in them at once. Between the playful colors and over and beneath his fluid strokes, I could see fragments of my childhood and hear the laughter of my youth.
I did not even have to look at the paintings’ titles. I knew them by heart. Sungka, luksong tinik, luksong baka, patintero, siatong, sipa—I played them all as a young child.
Avellanoza, a painter cum digital artist whose works are mainly on Filipino symbols like kudkuran (coconut grater) and banga (pot), started drawing as a young child, but it was only when he joined the Samahang Makasining when he was still a second year agriculture student at Central Luzon State University (CLSU) that he turned to painting. Samahang Makasining is a school-based organization of visual artists in CLSU in Muñoz, Nueva Ecija. “I want my artworks to be very Filipino,” he shares.
When Elito Circa, then chairman of the association, invited him to join an exhibit about traditional games, he was sort of “forced to paint those kinds of subjects.” But then, while on the exhibit, he started having a change of heart. “I realized that I should continue doing those kinds of paintings because [painting about our traditional games] is a form of preserving them. I also want to promote and create awareness on our traditional games. Many kids no longer know about them, especially those born in the digital age,” he shares.
Eli has been inactive for two years, but he now plans to have a comeback. This time, he plans not only to work on traditional games but also traditional toys like the tirador (slingshot) and the sumpak. He has done a digital rendition of a toy he played as a child, trak-trakan (car toy made of tin cans), and is now working on sketches related to the subjects he plans to work on in preparation for his planned comeback in the arts scene.
“I realized that traditional games are a reflection of my childhood so I’ve made it my personal commitment as an artist to continue working about them. It makes me feel young because my paintings send me back to my childhood.” read more…
nakakatuwa rin kase sa pamamagitan nito, magiging masmalawak at masmabilis kong maipapaabot ang mensahe na nakapaloob sa bawat obra kong ito. mga mensahe na nag-ugat sa simple at payak na anyo ng mga laro natin noon na unti-unting nalilimot na natin sa ngayon. siguro dahil ito sa pagkauso ng mga video karera, PSP, at online games. at syempre lalo na ngayong nauuso ang pagsasaka online (ha..ha..) ano ngang laro yun?
tulad ng larong tumbang preso, sa bawat paghagis ng tsinelas (syempre dapat makapal at hindi kasing nipis ng papel) dapat may sapat na lakas at nasa tamang direksyon upang tumama ito sa lata. gayun din naman pangarap kong (parang LLM lang ni otep ah) maiparating ng tama at mahusay ang mensaheng nakadikit sa bawat obrang ito.
salamat kay sherma dahil binigyan niya ng pagkakataong makapaglayag ang mga obra ko upang maabot o masagi nila (ng mga obra ko) ang isipan ng masmarami.
salamat nga pala sa mga naka-EB ko nung September 4 sa Tivoli garden
Otep (salamat din sa t-shirt)-otep.wordpress.com, Rye (salamat sa pasalubong) – flamindevil.wordpress.com, Ax (salamat sa paghihintay)- axrealm.com, Alvin livingstain.wordpress.com, Jason da birit hamster jasonhamster.wordpress.com, joycee- http://joyceish.com/ , Bernard – bernardumali.wordpress.com, at may dalawa pero hindi ko sasabihin kung sino. haha secret!
May mga post sila ng picture namin sa eb kaya dalawin n’yo sila..sige na, dali!