Friday, June 12, 2009


"Love is patient, love is kind. It always protects, always hopes, always perseveres. Love is kind." - I Corinthians 13: 4, 8- the Bible
"Relish love in your old age! Aged love is like aged wine; it becomes more satisfying, more refreshing, more valuable, more appreciated and more intoxicating."- Leo Buscaglia


INSPIRATION FOR THE PAINTING: This is one of the oil paintings exhibited during my solo art show last September 2008. This colorful oil painting was inspired by our wedding day, on June 12,1971. Today the 12th of June, marks our 38th wedding anniversary. Wow! It just seemed yesterday when we walked down the "I -Do - Avenue." It was a beautiful summer day on June, when Rhod and I exchanged our marriage vows in a lovely church named First Baptist Church of West Los Angeles in Southern California. Our theme color was yellow. All the bridesmaids and flower girl wore yellow. My bridesmaids sewed all their long gowns. I did the dress for the flower girl and my sister Ofel's gown, who was my maid of honor. My auntie, a good seamstress from San Francisco, made my simple wedding gown. It was her gift to me. I created the bride maids bouquets, flower girl baskets and ring bearer's pillow ring. I also made my own bouquet and beaded my headdress. It was a very creative wedding day where we put our resourcefulness into action.

Many details on the painting are true to the real event. Some are imaginary to make it more vibrant and elegant. I painted the church in purple, with complementary yellow color. The wedding reception was held at my parent-in-law's backyard in Van Nuys (San Fernando Valley), California. I painted the buffet tablecloth in bright yellow. I like to use contrasting colors such as yellow and purple, green and red, orange and blue. There were the traditional, festive Filipino foods like lechon (whole roasted pork), rellenong bangus, embotido, etc. Filipino desserts included leche flan and fruits were there. I substituted foods that are good to look at and delicious to paint. The yellow-buttery cake was home-baked by one of my aunts. She prepared real butter icing, and it was very divine. There was wine till you dropped. My colleague's son played the violin to the delight of the guests. Then my husband & I left the reception after we tossed the bouquet and garter. We flew to Honolulu, Oahu for our honeymoon.

OVER THE YEARS We celebrated our anniversaries in many different ways. Every five years starting with our 30th, we took family cruises with our children & grandchildren. It's two weeks of family fun & togetherness. Of course, my husband & I have time to bond and rekindle our love. During cruises, we always separated ourselves from the children during the day. We do our own thing and only meet our family during dinner.

This year, we plan to celebrate our anniversary with friends at the "Filipino Independence Day Celebration" at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. June 12 is the Philippine Independence Day, but the big date will be celebrated on June 13th, a Saturday. We look forward to dinning on a 10 lauriat Chinese courses. Sounds very yummy! I better not eat for the next two days, so I will enjoy this great feast.