Mothers and Passings

Shortly after National Artist Napoleon V. Abueva passed in February this year, Fr. Jason Dy, a Jesuit and an artist himself, paid tribute to the "Father of Modern Philippine Sculpture" by dedicating his homily to Abueva's religious works. We share this homily with you to honor this great Filipino artist whose body of work is immense and timeless.

The past week saw the demise of three outstanding Filipinos and we join the Filipino nation in mourning their passing and celebrating their legacies:

National Artist for Literature Cirilo F. Bautista, 76, poet/essayist/author/critic/
columnist/literature professor and Palanca Awards Hall of Famer, died on May 6.

Architect and world-famous heritage conservationist Augusto "Toti" Villalon, 73, the first Filipino member and past president of the International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), died on May 5.

Read Again our recent feature on him:

Ed Maranan, the most awarded Filipino writer (33 Palanca Awards in multiple categories both in English and Filipino) and PF contributor, passed away on May 7 at age 72.

Read Again two of Ed's pieces:

Amidst the sadness, it's also Mother's Day week and we're not going to let it pass without paying tribute to mothers:

PF Correspondent Myles A. Garcia recalls the most memorable family trip of his life, courtesy of his mother in "Of Mom and Maritime Memories."

Millennial poet Janice Sapigao shares her heartfelt essay about her mother and their struggles together in "Me and the Little Girl Inside Me."

We compiled a variety of links for you in our In The Know section this week:

Humans were in Philippines 700,000 years ago

A Transgender Paradox, and Platform, in the Philippines

Back to Batanes—where there’s still no garbage on the roads

Christian Louboutin's Latest Bags Feature Philippine Textiles fashion/christian-louboutin- has-released-a-line-of-manila- themed-tote-bags-a00192- 20180503

And our Happy Home Cook recipe is for Krispy Pata and Liver Pate Sauce from Chef Angelo Lubiano of E + O Food and Drink Restaurant in Mount Prospect, Illinois.

Our Video of the Week is fitting for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month: honoring Minerva Tantoco as one of the outstanding Asian American women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino