Lolo Pedong (Grandfather)
LOLO (Grandad), the silent man, the great.
“Lolo is a silent type person. He kept on working
in the backyard. He even dug a fishpond at the
back of the house” – Levie Pagador, Mami Love.
He even dug his own fishpond?! I mean wow!
He’d wake up earliest from the family, disappears
into the forest – no idea what he does there to this
day. Comes back home to eat and disappears into
the forest again.
He certainly is a man of few words, he has kind
eyes and warm smile. He’s a very hands-on type of
The family business such as ‘fish vendors’ side
is named after him with the initials “A.P”.
The initials played a large part with the rest of the
generation including mine. Most of my friends in
the UK knows me as “K.P” = My signature on each
paintings. Thanks Grandad, my subconscious was
very touched with your presence- I admired you
from afar- I wish we spoke more, would have loved
to hear your adventures when you were still alive.
With love, your grand daughter, K.P.
It was the season to fish and the family allowed us
children to go fishing in Grandad’s fishpond.
We used baskets to catch them though I caught one
by it’s sharp fin, I never tried to catch the fishes since
and bought from the market instead since it’s easier
and ate them.
ILOKANO mixed with TAGALOG:
Idi aldaw nga pangisda ket napan kami nag karas dyay fishpond ni Lolo Pedong. Adda ti basket tapnu makaala ti ikan ngem adyay lang ah ket naiggamak ti matalim nga parte ti ikan, isu nga simula noon pa haan nak nga naghuli ti ikan ta mangan latta nu kwan wen nu mapan dyay tiendaan ta mas nalaka pay.
About Digital Portrait Series
My recent family visit in the Philippines in August
2019 has got me thinking, reflecting and very much
in a limbo of being born from the east and most of
my adulthood in the west.
Dedicated these digital drawings to my family as a
form of celebration in unity and love.