Monday, December 13, 2010

leeroy new

I was really lucky enough to catch sculptor Leeroy New preparing for his Opulescence exhibit before he flew off to Singapore! His work is absolutely amazing & definitely progressive... you just can't stop staring at his art pieces. I'm totally lusting after his Sacred Heart wall pieces! Hehe. :) 

Check out the space where artist Leeroy New's creations come alive!  

Leeroy New
(Quezon City, Philippines)

Occupation: Artist/Sculptor/Designer

Website: still in the works courtesy of Dan Matutina, in the meantime visit You can also check out my designs for Delirium at 

Favorite toy as a child: I didn't really play with toys but instead I had your typical art materials... and I climbed trees a lot.

Favorite toy now: Clays and Polymers

Turn-ons: Humor, vision, articulate x substance and extra large toes...?

Turn-offs: No humor, no vision, no substance, short toes

What are 5 things that inspire you right now? The latest technologies overlapping with contemporary industrial design, architecture, and fashion. Does that count as one or four?

Top 5 movies: I don't really have a top five, I feel it would be unfair to the other films I like...

Top 3 books: The same concern applies to books...

Music you listen to: It really depends on my current empire state of mind

5 Favorite websites: I don't really surf that much to have a top 5

When you're not busy with work, what do you do in your free time? Bum around, eat a lot of really good food, and drink like there's work tomorrow but you just don't care

If you were to choose a different job, what would it be? If it were really up to me, I'd be a ninja assassin. The Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon X Naruto kind.

If you can have any super power, what would it be? Jumper!

What is the biggest problem of the world right now? The insecure human condition as inhabitants of this infinite universe... and potholes

What do you think is the solution? Threatening alien life forms (as illustrated in Alan Moore's Watchmen)

What's the most important life lesson you've learned so far? Most inspiring statement/moment (heard/said/read): I feel these two questions have more or less the same answers for me... "Everyone has to choose/have their own battle to fight", "Excellence in everything you choose to do", & "With vision comes responsibility"

Sunday, December 12, 2010

anik-anik love recognized at the 2010 philippine blog awards

Can't believe Anik-Anik Love won Best Culture and Arts blog at the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards!!! :D Thank you PBA for the recognition, thank you to the anonymous supporter who nominated the blog, thank you to the avid readers, and a heartfelt thank you to the artists who willingly open their space & life to Anik-Anik Love! 

*Congrats to Von Cuerpo for winning one of the Top Three Posts of the Year! Check out his winning post here. :D

Thursday, December 2, 2010

gilda cordero-fernando

Her story "A Wilderness of Sweets", a heartbreaking tale of a young girl's experience of war, blew me away when I read it back in college... been a fan ever since. I was really excited when she agreed to have her place photographed. 

We spent an an entire rainy afternoon just talking about life, love, and art. She asked me if I can contribute a picture to support an article she was writing, of course I said yes! Check it out here. :) That afternoon was one of the most enlightening days of my life!

She's an award-winning writer, artist, cultural icon, and an inspiration. Enter the realm of the colorful, warm, and utterly hip Gilda Cordero-Fernando!

*Tita Gilda is so original that she created her own questions to answer in the blog! Hehe. ;) 

Gilda Cordero-Fernando 
(Quezon City, Philippines) 

Age: 80 going on 30 

Sex: Female (latent cougar) 

Status: In antique relationship with same old boyfriend for 58 years 

Occupation:  Writer, late blooming artist, erstwhile publisher, and theater producer (lugi, of course)

Interests: The arts, Filipiniana in all forms, fashion, learning from young people 

Favorite toy as a child: A teddy bear that we buried 30 years after because the stuffing was coming out

Favorite toy now: The boy-toy I married 59 years ago and still love above all

Aversion: Boxes and labels 

Top 5 movies: La  Strada (Fellini), Babette's Feast, Seven Samurai (Kurosawa), Ganito Kami Noon (Eddie Romeo), Andg Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros

Books presently on my bedside table: Rage by Alfredo Roces, Tagbanwa, Palaspas

Book read lately: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (Pulitzer Prize), Reinventing the Body Resurrecting the Soul by Deepak Chopra, the trilogy of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo  

Music you listen to (and dance to): The classics, tangos, Phil. bands, Susan Boyle, Norah Jones

What frightens you most: Any machine!

Ambition: To join a cosplay

When you're not busy with work, what do you do? Hang out with young friends. Why? You learn so much from them as long as you know how to listen. I prefer them to old people whom I'll soon see anyway, while it will eons before I see my friends again in my next lifetime.

If you were to choose a different job, what would it be? I'd be a fashion designer of cuckoo clothes. 

If you can have any super power, what would it be? I'd be a billionaire and fund all ground-breaking theater pieces and projects. 

What's the most important life lesson you've learned so far? Not to follow everybody else's advice. To always be true to one's own self. 

Most inspiring statement/moment (heard/said/read): "Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional."


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