Trash bin-sighting! Throw trash at my work!

They are out there! And they have my name on it!

Hide and Seek
Near the corner of 3rd Ave. and 28th Street, near Mind Museum.

Near the corner of 30th St. and 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
Near B8 of Bonifacio High Street

Go ahead, throw trash at my work!

Thanks to Ma. Victoria Herrera of the Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc.


Press Statement of Fr. Jose T. Villarin, SJ – In Response to the Advertisement of the Chamber of Mines against the Ateneo School of Government

Press Statement of Fr. Jose T. Villarin SJ,
President, Ateneo de Manila University

In Response to the Advertisement of the Chamber of Mines against
the Ateneo School of Government

I issue this statement in response to the half-page advertisement of
the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines in the Philippine Daily
Inquirer (B2, 22 November 2011) where the Chamber criticizes the
Ateneo School of Government (ASoG) for hosting an academic conference
today on The Future of Mining. The advertisement labels the conference
“a farce” and accuses ASoG of not including the industry in the
conference, that “all the presenters are known to be against mining”
and characterized the papers as “all expectedly expressing
anti-mining views”. The Chamber concludes by describing ASoG as having
“allowed itself to be an unabashedly biased institution in the ongoing
debate of the revitalization of the mining industry”.

I have conferred with Dr. Antonio La Viña, Dean of the Ateneo School
of Government, and have reviewed with him the assertions of the
Chamber of Mines. On this basis, as President of the Ateneo de Manila
University, I make the following points:

First, the Chamber of Mines has misunderstood the nature of the
academic conference ASoG convened. This is a peer review conference
where the purpose is to review academic papers and where there is no
intention for a shared output. This is an academic exercise where the
result is an intellectual product of the school. We welcome all
stakeholders reviewing the ASoG papers but the final product is solely
the school?s and will be published in due time.

Second, I reject the accusation that all the presenters are known to
be anti-mining: except for Dr. La Vina and one senior writer, most of
the research team (the whole team consists of 7 people) that presented
papers do not have a reputation or a public record on mining. In fact,
they were chosen precisely because of their ability to be objective
and independent.

I also reject the characterization of the papers being presented as
anti-mining. In fact, the compiled papers concludes that responsible
mining is possible but certain governance conditions must be fulfilled
to make this a reality. The ASoG report identifies these conditions
and calls on the national government to impose a moratorium on the
approval of new mining agreements and operations until such conditions
are met.

We would like to reiterate the invitation to the mining industry to
dialogue with us. Instead of attacking the school and the conference,
we ask them to come to the table and sit down with us to tell us where
ASoG did not get it right and how to improve our research.

Ang INK 20Taon

I joined Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (The Children’s Illustrator) two years after it was founded in 1991 by a talented group of artists who were drawn (pun intended) to pour their creativity onto celebrating and educating the younger generation of Filipinos.

It was a creative group unlike others I had joined. Most studio artists are morose, bore loads of angst, and tend to be temperamental. While most creative writers I knew were serious 24/7 and guarded their ideas with an insecurity that rivals the local Central Bank. Must I mention the way they critique, my God! It was like you did a crime and ought to be shot. But INKies (that’s how we called ourselves) were a happy, cozy bunch. Generous with ideas and techniques, we love to show off what marvelous things we can do… and we don’t mind if the other INKie might do it better. In the end, what was most important is that we communicate to children.

I served as past President once, almost 3 years. That was a blast.

This year, Ang INK celebrates its 20th year with a retrospective exhibition at Ayala Museum, one of the country’s prestigious cultural institutions. Only near-death artists, dead artists, or artifacts are exhibited there. And yet there we are!

The most precious thing about the opening night 2 nights ago (Nov. 21) was that a boy came up to me after people started viewing the works and asked, “Are you the one who made Boy with No Face?” I said, “Yes, I am. Why?”

“Because that is my brother’s favorite book.”

God bless you. I needed to hear that.

Photos from the exhibit opening below. Exterior shots are by Liza Flores, one of the few gifted people I know who carries a smile while all of her one hundred arms are busy doing separate things.

The concourse toward the Ayala Museum front door.


We have street banners!
At the exhibit area entry.


With young illustrator Victoria Laguindanum. She is funny, quirky, with her own sense of style (both fashion-wise and illustration-wise).

Watch out, world, for Pergylene Acuna. She is re-defining what needles and threads could do. Same goes for narrative illustration.

With James Abalos, seemingly quiet but his works sing symphonies! His illustrations for Tsinelas ni Inoy published by Lampara Books are on his left.

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