Monday, January 28, 2008

MORNING PAPER

Wiping away the mottle of gunk from my eyes and still shaking my brain out of its drunken stupor, I tried to read the text message that woke me up this morning from Delan. "Read today's edition of Manila Times. It's about your exhibit."

A few minutes after, a few splashes of water on my face and a gargle, I stepped out to buy the paper from Bong, the friendly Chinoy down the street who sells race track results, komiks, old candies, soft porn and the ubiquitous text loads.

"Bosing, nakita ko sa Manila Times paintings mo ah (I saw your paintings on Manila Times)," Bong flashed his coffee-stained smile and disappearing eyes at me as I approached his stand.

"Talaga? Buti ka pa. Ako, di ko pa nakita eh (Really? I haven't seen it yet)," I said.

"Heto oh. Huwag mo na bayaran. Libre ko na sa iyo (No need to pay. It's free.)," he offered as I was about to give him 20 pesos to pay for the paper.

"Pa-load ka ba?" he asked.

"Sige. Singkwenta. Alam mo na numero ko. Mamaya na lang pagbalik ko yung 30 ha? (Yeah. 50 pesos. You know my number. I'll return with the 30 bucks later ha?)," I told him while giving the 20 pesos I had.

When I got my load and about to walk away, Bong called out, "Sikat ka na ah. Huwag mo ako kalimutan (You're famous. Don't forget me.)"

I just smiled.

When I got back to my apartment, I made some coffee, sat down at my desk and read the article. This is what I saw...





... hehehe, sarap ng feeling!

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Anyway... I have to remember to pay Bong the 30 pesos I still owe him when I go down later.

24 comments:

Sidney said...

You deserve it!
Nice painting, talented artist!
Keep going.

Kiks Phulumulu said...

now aint that really a feel-good morning holler?

Coldman said...

wow! great work of arts!

congrats!

Love life na lang ang kulang. dyuk. =)

palma tayona said...

@ sidney : thank you. when this came out, i have more energy for the next show. watch out for it. :-)

palma tayona said...

@ kiks : yes it was. somehow, libertad and the surrounding environs became less grungier to my eyesight after reading that article. this is cloud nine part 2.

palma tayona said...

@ coldman : Lovelife? ano yun? kasing-sarap ba yun ng yema? hindi na uso ang love-love na yan. bukod sa masakit sa bulsa, eh palagi ka lang sisipunin (sa kangangawa sa isang sulok kapag nabasted).

magpipinta na lang ako nang magpipinta. :-)

salamat pala sa pagbisita mo tol. aliw na aliw ako sa mga ipinopost mo sa iyong blog.

ignoramous said...

galing mo tol!!! idoooooL!!!

Ebb Tide said...

Hi!I know and share your feelings. The pride and joy when one is given artistic awards or being published and recognized on magazines, papers as good artists. It is exhilarating. Repeat those times many more and you're in cloud nine#100. Congratualtions again. You know, I am still having problem w/ my comment box. I saw you dropped a comment in my blog but somehow it dissappeared. I don't know if I click something wrong. Sorry,I was not able to read your comment. Could you drop by again?

Senor Enrique said...

Not at all surprised by this auspicious write-up. I had always known that sooner or later the world will acknowledge your art.

I had updated my recent post about your show to reflect this article :)

http://senorenrique.blogspot.com/2008/01/palma-tayonas-first-one-man-show.html

palma tayona said...

@ ignoramus : Tenk yu po.

palma tayona said...

@ ebb: i feel like it's christmas. hehehehe. i'll check out your blog again. though i am not sure at which post i left a comment in and don't exactly remember what i said. :-)

palma tayona said...

@ ebb : hope you read this. i went through your blog again but unfortunately, i can't recall what post it was i left a comment in that you weren't able to read. (hehehe, i tend to just check out what you write randomly and comment about them the same way i check them out - randomly too)

shoots, sorry. :-(

palma tayona said...

@ eric : auspicious indeed. it's a slooow journey for me but eventually, i'll get to where i want to be... somehow. :-)

thank you eric. :-)

luna miranda said...

Congratulations to you! I'm really sorry I was not able to visit your exhibit. I've been sick, my dog's sick, hayyyy! I hope I'd get to see your next exhibit.:)

palma tayona said...

aaaw... i am sorry you're sick. :-( hope you get well soon!

rhodora said...

Wow, congratulations! But as Eric said - it's no surprise at all. As a saying goes - a precious gem always shines out. :)

I really hope to see your next show. :)

Ebb Tide said...

Hi!I notified you that I accidentally clicked something on my blog and it was your comment that dissappeared. I didn't have the chance to see that title. It happened so fast. I guessed you posted a comment on my latest blog. I only post once a week. You had written a "novela" on my past post. Bida ka doon. I am sure you don't want to do repeat that.

malounicart said...

Dan i didnt know you had an exhibit... anyway i sent you the files of joeys creations from my google account eon of years ago. Im VERY VERY VERY PROUD of you . I witmessed the struggles youve been through since we were 16 yrs old. You made it.Mwah.....

Nance said...

what a nice write up! I learned more about you from that article.
You are indeed a very talented and gifted, dan!

palma tayona said...

@ mmnicart : thank you dear :-)

palma tayona said...

@ ebb: yeah, i know. i have a tendency to write long. i am teaching myself how to write a bit shorter. hehehe... incidentally, i am a notebook-person. i suppose i was born with a short memory, so to keep ideas that pop in my mind every now and then, i always carry a little notebook and pen with me.

palma tayona said...

@ nance: thank you nance! i saw the slideshow you posted in your blog. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! you and your family rock! :-)

coldman said...

bitter ka ah?! hahaha!

masarap yatang may nagmamahal.

Kamown???????

palma tayona said...

slight... hahahahaha