TITLE OF PAINTING: "50 YEARS OF MAGNIFICENT MARRIAGE AND MEMORIES"
MEDIUM: OIL ON CANVAS
SIZE: 30" x 40"
PAINTED IN 2008
This is one of the paintings I exhibited during my first solo art show last September 2008. This painting is inspired by the memorable 50th wedding anniversary of my parents, Atty. Gregorio C. Dirige and Lourdes Villa Dirige. It was a lovely day in June 1987, over twenty two years ago. The beautiful ceremony and renewal of vows was held in the same church where my husband and I got married (First Baptist Church of West Los Angeles). It was an emotional ceremony to witness our parents, who had remained faithful to each other for 50 years. What a great love & accomplishment! My parents passed away but they made it to their 53rd wedding anniversary.
The last week of May brings back the beautiful memories of this magnificent event. I coordinated this event and suggested the rainbow colors for our theme. All the six daughters and three grand daughters wore a "terno" (traditional Filipino gown with butterfly sleeves). We had our gowns custom made in different rainbow colors. We wore floral wristlets. The men and ten grandsons wore "barong Tagalog" (a traditional Filipino outfit for men). The barong all came in beige color with white floral embroidery. My mother wore a lovely white "terno" and my father a white barong. A lavish luncheon reception with a Hawaiian Luau theme was enjoyed by family and hundred guests. It was held at "Don The Beachcomber" in Marina Del Rey, California. The setting was gorgeous overlooking the ocean. The food were very colorful and artful. This is a painting that I enjoyed creating.
I am blessed to have parents who made it to their 50th wedding anniversary. My husband's parents made it through their 50th anniversary and more. Last April 2008, they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with family members. And that was the last anniversary celebration they had. Thanks to both parents as models of enduring and successful marriage.