Sorry, Nemiranda

My mom once sneaked me and my brothers into the Nemiranda House.

We posed as a family looking for some art classes. We couldn’t afford it so we just snooped around.

There were plenty of paintings but I think he does sculptures with much much more emotion. 

I got lost and ended up in one of the bedrooms. With all that art around, it was easy to forget that the place is actually a house. I don’t know whose room I got into. Nemiranda has all of his kids living and creating art in that one big house.

The family’s art was all around. I saw an unfinished Bob Marley portrait on a sky blue background. I bet it was from one of the kids.

Here’s one piece that was especially endearing to me.




I’m writhing in misery because I missed this.


Angono is home to National Artists like Maestro Lucio San Pedro (for Music) and Carlos “Botong” Francisco (for Visual Arts). I place it on top of Malate and Baguio as one of my favorite bohemian spots in the Philippines. I love love love Angono, Rizal.

I love it so much I had a crush-crush* on one of its sons and a crush-crush-crush** on one of its daughters. The guy was an artist and the girl was a musician. A few years back, the girl invited me to their town fiesta and I was blown away.


The Higantes Festival has roots in the Spanish Colonial Era. The farmers thought it would be cool to caricature their hacindero masters with huge paper mache effigies.

Viva San Clemente! Patron Saint of Angono


I also loved the food! Fish and shellfish is great, straight out of the Laguna Bay. Then there’s fried itik, which is a local Rizal delicacy.

The restaurant/gallery/giftshop Balaw-balaw is a favorite of tourists and exotic cuisine lovers. I happen to like the laid-back atmosphere of Scrapyard Cafe.

And of course, there’s the art:

It all started in a cave somewhere in Angono.


So it went from this….


To this:


Here are some more cool links

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More Artworks

Cafes, Restos and Bars

 And from a fellow blogger:


*crush-crush = crush due to looks and talent

*crush-crush-crush = crush due to looks, talent and attitude

so a crush is just looks

Thank you B.C. !

Thank you Ivan About Town

Midwifery Board Exams in the Philippines begins Tomorrow

Tomorrow I will take the Midwifery Board Exams.

Jumping the medical bandwagon is another uso here in the Philippines so we can get better pay abroad. Most students would opt to be nurses because it is one of the most lucrative jobs out there. According to the news, there are 100,000 unemployed nurses here in the country. 89,000 more will take the Nursing Board Exams this November.

That sounded like a lot of competition so I opted for Midwifery. It’s a shorter and easier course. I never had the guts or brains enough to be a nurse. Nurses face a lot of death and disease; midwives face a lot of …well, life.

On some days I do regret not joining my friends who shifted to nursing. I felt left out again. But on most days, I feel like i could do the most good as a midwife. There’s nothing better than giving primary care to the community.

Oh wait, there is something better: Holding that newborn and handing it to the new mom.

I am praying for that license.

thank you

Ambitious Trend-Tripper

I am starting this blog for several reasons:

  1. It’s uso (Tagalog meaning ‘trendy’)
  2. I need to know if there are other young Pinays with 32″ waistlines.
  3. My dad thinks I should write more just because I wrote for my high-school paper.

I’m actually quite busy so there will be sporadic blog diarrhea followed by bouts of oligoblogia (medical term for lack of blogging)

This blog will chronicle my views on self-image, on the dual nature of my career and all things uso.