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Mami Love

Mami Love

Mami Love is a primary teacher in Cagayan Valley.

She also taught me as if I was her own daughter.

She let me sleep with her until I was 13. To this day

she's still the mother of many children to come- that's

where her nickname came from-

she literally is made of Love <3.
'Sharing' is one of the things that I grew up learning.

We grew up in this spanish collonial style house where

there'd be sliding doors - delicately made along with

it's metal decor that resembles a stem that's about to

grow, wooden floors from Narra Trees- overall it was a

pretty solid house that was shared amongst my

grandparents, uncles, aunts,cousins and later generations.
The layout is changed now but nostalgia kicks in pretty

good. Mami Love's chores for me was to wax and

clean the wooden floors with coconut shells -

I genuinely loved it- making the floor shine and she'd

be happy.
She taught me manners and how to fold the mosquito

net. She'd take me to church on Sundays, she'd let

me sit on her lap and she's prepared motion sickness

bags because I was always 'ullaw' (Ilokano') or

'Nahihilo' (Tagalog) - basically I was sensitive to

movement as a child- luckily with time it has improved!
We'd nap, have meriendas (Snack) , and she'd remind

me to be a good person.
Every time I return to the Philippines she ask nothing

more than my wellbeing and my heart leaps with joy.

I love seeing her laugh and tell the story that I would

wake up early morning before school and buy freshly

homemade 'putok' bread, make her maggi for

breakfast and coffee.



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.


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    Mixed Media Artist

    & all things wonderful

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