Lola Onor (Grandmother)
Our dearest Lola (Grandma) Onor.
She gave me a bible to read, the illustrations were
heavenly - the writing on the other hand was equally
beautiful though I found it hard as it was in ilokano
dialect that was deeper than our usual daily converse
. In schools we were taught Tagalog dialect and
American-English too - much to history and
colonialism would have enjoyed learning Baybayin
It was a blessing to be surrounded by relatives who
taught us 'manners'. To respect the elders and be
grateful for what we have. It was joyful to remember
the whole family gathering together and though am
not religious it was nice to see everyone pray before
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.