Happy Birthday, Ynna!

Ynna, 14" x 11", Red pencil on white Strathmore paper

Ynna, 14" x 11", Red pencil on white Strathmore paper

Today is my sister Ynna’s birthday!

Hi, Ynna! I’m greeting you a most wonderful, blessed, HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
I hope that you’ll have a most enjoyable day and that your birthday wishes will come true!
GOD Bless you always, Ynna!!!
Happy Birthday to you again!!!
From all of us here: We love you!!!
Take care!!!

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Pac-Man is the man!

Photo courtesy of ESPN

Photo and title courtesy of ESPN.go.com

Once again, the pride of the Philippines, Manny Pacquiao— more popularly known as Pac-Man, or the People’s Champ, or Pambansang Kamao (National Fist), or the “Mexicutioner” (Mexican executioner)– has won a convincing, one-sided victory against a legendary opponent in the person of the Golden Boy, Oscar De La Hoya, by way of an 8th-round technical knockout in their welterweight non-title bout! This win practically sealed the title of boxing’s current best pound-for-pound fighter for Manny Pacquiao. It also proves that talent tempered with serious training will always give one an edge even against an intimidating foe in the caliber of Oscar De La Hoya! Plus, I believe the Golden Boy’s age (35) had finally caught up with him. The 29-year old Pacquiao was just too fast and much stronger and more methodical than De La Hoya. I felt sorry for the beating that Oscar got from Manny. But such is gladiator sports like boxing– you gotta give it all you got until you’re the only one left standing! Now, only the British boxer, Ricky Hatton, stands in the way of Manny Pacquiao before all of boxing undisputedly crown Pac-Man as today’s ultimate greatest pound-for-pound boxer! And as the only way the sweet science of the manly art of boxing decides and settles once and for all its true champion: there can be only one! Congratulations, Manny, for your convincing victory! You’ve given the Philippines yet another great honor and a source of pride and inspiration to all Filipinos around the world! Keep it up, thank you, and mabuhay ka (long live), Manny! GOD Bless you and all Filipinos for this triumph!!!

that's the way glove goes, 11"x8.5", color pencil and graphite on Winsor & Newton 65-lb paper

that's the way glove goes, 11"x8.5", color pencil and graphite on Winsor & Newton 65-lb paper

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Thank You!!!

Thank You!!!, 11"x8.5", crayon on Winsor & Newton 65-lb paper

I drew this interpretation seven years ago of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, after feeling so grateful and happy about some events that happened in my personal life. In hindsight, I realized that at each moment I was in most need of help, I always called upon His name. And even during those times when my limited mind was wont to conclude that He didn’t heed my prayers my own way, I always believed in Him. Why? Because through Him (Jesus Christ), I understood my own personal belief in God. To some, the concept of God as real is difficult to fathom and even more complicated to explain. But to me, it is as real as you and me! When someone asks me who my God is, I answer that my God is the Father of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! That is how I came to understand the existence of God– because Jesus Christ Himself is real!
And this Thanksgiving Day, I offer once more my praise, worship and gratitude to God for all the blessings that my family and I received and for all the trials that we overcame through the grace and saving power of His Son, Jesus Christ!

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ, 11"x8.5", acrylic and crayon on Winsor & Newton 65-lb paper

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

So happy! Barack wins U.S. presidency!

Barack Obama wins US presidency

picture courtesy of the Chicago Tribune. Click for more photos of that historic night!

I’m so happy that Barack Obama won the presidency! And in a very convincing manner! History has been made indeed! As the first African-American (and the 44th) president of the United States of America, he defied practically all odds! It is truly a very exciting time for this country! What matters now is no longer the color of our skin but the call of our conscience. Now the road to recovery has begun for all Americans and I am very confident that President Barack Obama will lead the way to a better change. GOD Bless him and the United States of America!Barack Obama’s victory speech video in Chicago on election night, part 1 of 2Barack Obama’s victory speech video in Chicago on election night, part 2 of 2

Click on this link to read the full text of Barack Obama’s victory speech.

Give Change a Chance

kripi, 12"x9", ink and charcoal on Strathmore 400-series, 60-lb Sketch paper

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hellish effort, 12"x10", color pencil on Mead 75-lb drawing paper

the Unbearable Recurring Load seems massive but still I can raise it up and though i am sure it is heavy somehow i can tell it is being lifted yet the burden i am experiencing is leaden and even so i feel being elevated i do not understand it must be a hell of an effort to carry something i really have no grasp of

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she boom!

My tooth aches

triggeready

Celeritas

my hideaway

go, yeti!

out into the rain

These are some more pen-and-ink drawings that I did using the Rotring ArtPen. I do not use the ink in any of the original cartridges that came with the pen because it’s not permanent, waterproof and dense enough. Instead, I completely empty the ink in the provided cartridge first, or replace it altogether with a piston-fill converter. Either way, I can then just fill it up manually with Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph Ultradraw Waterproof Ink using a 5-ml syringe tipped with a 21-gauge needle. The ink is fluid enough to be used with a fountain-type drawing pen like the Rotring ArtPen because this is the same ink that draftsmen use in their more demanding and complicated technical pens.

All works are 11 inches by 9 inches in dimension and drawn on medium-weight white paper.