Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Bohol’s Homage for the Grand Dame of the Visual Arts

 Nang Nene as painted by her son Gene Lungay
Hours before  Boholana artist Hermogena “Nang Nene” Borja Lungay, Grand Dame of the Visual Arts, was sent off to the Great Beyond where there is eternal sunshine and where pain is unheard of, friends, family & Bohol's cultural & literary arts circle were at the Bohol Cultural Center for her tribute. 

The Province of Bohol & the City of Tagbilaran honored her with a tribute that recognized her outstanding talent in painting and her immense contribution in uplifting the image of Bohol through her treasure trove of artwork. 

Her priceless watercolor & oil pieces captured the rustic charm & pastoral idyll of rural Bohol, its people, its traditions and culture.

Mitzi Lungay, Rose Rara, Corazon Logarta, Rosario Corales,
 Cindy Logarta & Equit Butalid
Born on September 2 1929, Nang Nene had her formal training at the School of Fine Arts at UP Diliman where she was the only lady in the class and whose classmates included fellow Boholano Billy Abueva and painter Jose Joya who both rose to become National Artists.  

Paul Vistal, R Prudente Monreal, Prof. Butch de Juan

 Castelar Fortich, Sylvia Dagami- Fortich, Gie Gallares, Carmen Gatal
Although she skipped the last semester of her senior year and thus had to graduate a year later, she graduated Cum Laude and was awarded “Art Student of the Year” by the Arts Association of the Philippines. 

  with Maleth Zafra of After Five Weddings & Events who
facilitated the funeral arrangements
During the tribute held at the Bohol Cultural Center, commissioned Nene Lungay paintings were on display thanks to proud owners like Atty. Lucas “Doy” Nunag, Enriqueta Butalid, Norris Oculam and the Magaro Family. 
 Tatay Billy Tongko with CCAD’s Bernadette Manigque & Vida Tirol De Juan
Overseeing the funeral arrangements was events planner Maleth Zafra
 Ric Ramasola, Paul Vistal & Marianito Luspo
 UB CAFA’S Archt. German Torero & Prof. Lourd Pocon  
 Doming Manigque, Rosario Corales & Liux Corales
Well- known Boholano artists like Ric Ramasola, Corazon Logarta, Madame Enriqueta Butalid & adopted Boholano son Joshibiah de Juan were on hand to give their respects through their testimonies and their art form.

Even Gardy Labad and the Loboc Children’s Choir were on hand all the way from Taiwan.
 Art patron stops to admire Nene Lungay artworks

Lungay grandkids Maude Recemilla & Roan Badillo with Nadia Lagura
Her younger sister Rosario “Inday” Corales shared some poignant reminiscences about her Ate Nene about her artistic temperaments, her aspirations and how her introverted nature which made her turn down a scholarship grant to study in an art school in Spain.

Two of Nang Nene’s children Gene Lungay and Nellie Lungay expressed their wholehearted gratitude for the outpouring of love and admiration for their Mama. 

But more than the accolades and honors she has given to Bohol, the greatest legacy that she has bequeathed to Bohol is the Udlot Summer Art Workshop that she organized in 1985.

The longest- running art workshop in the province has discovered and nurtured the talents of many promising young artists who have pursued their artistic inclinations.

Among these former Udlot students were Kerwin Bumaat, Lilian Nalupa- Divinagracia,Chris Ramasola, Dr. Jay Vergara- Bongcac & Mr. Keneth Bongcac.

As we bade Nang Nene a final adieu that bright sunny afternoon at the Victoria Memorial Park, there was nary a tear of sadness nor grief.

Instead, there were smiles and utterances of gratitude as those present realized that friends, family and contemporaries have gathered to celebrate the life of a well- respected Boholana artist whose passion and interest in the arts has influenced and touched the lives of many a Boholano.

Special thanks: Sir Romy Tagaan & the CCAD staff, the Bohol Provl Govt, the Tagbilaran City Govt, & After Five Weddings & Events Planner Maleth Zafra & staff

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Jemar & Maria Luz: Loving Thy Neighbor

They followed God’s commandment “Love Thy Neighbor” literally. After all, they were neighbors who fell in love when they were both in high school.

 Jemar & Luz: First & Last
Many skeptics thought it was just puppy love and would just peter out. But no way Jose!  Jemar Paga and Maria Luz Manito who became sweethearts in July 21, 2005 or exactly 11 years ago decided to tie the knot on the day of their 11th anniversary. Jemar proposed to Luz on July 21, 2015 ten years after they became an item.

 A scene straight from a romance drama film

Both Jemar & Luz came home from Singapore for the most romantic day of their lives. Fr. Vengie Laguros was the officiating priest when the lovers became one at the IHMS and entertained their guests at the Bohol Tropics Resort.
Lovebirds kiss before entering the reception area
Reception Venue: Bohol Tropics Resort

MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN: Rey Ihalas & April Descallar
were an unforgettable pair in the Garter Ceremony 
 with officiating priest Fr. Venjie Laguros
Coordination services provided by Budz & Bagz Boutique & Bridal Coordination Services

Monday, August 15, 2016

Boholana Wins Miss CNU- TC 2016

It’s true. When a door closes, a window opens. Such is the case of Bretziel Llanzaderas Laurel, the towering 5’ 9” beauty who represented Loon in the 2016 edition of Miss Bohol where she was unplaced despite an outstanding performance.

Bretziel is beautiful with or sans make up

Egged on by classmates, teachers and peers to join the Miss Teacher’s College Quest in Cebu Normal University, Bretziel almost backed out when she was informed of the sad news that her dear lola Cita Comajig Laurel had passed away hours before the pageant finals.

with the big winners in Mr. & Ms. CNU- TC 2016

Love for her lola, duty & responsibility prevailed when she realized that it was her lola who wanted her to become a beauty queen.
Your Roving Eye with Miss Laurel

 Miss Laurel during Miss Bohol 2016
Before the night was over, she was proclaimed as the new queen who will represent her college in the campus- wide search for Miss Cebu Normal University this September. 

With her lola to guide her in the upcoming pageant that selects CNU's bets for the regional and national competitions, Bretziel is in good hands.

Coincidentally, the Miss CNU title is currently held by Jessanie Mangaron who also represented Loon in the Miss Bohol 2014 Pageant.

Photo Credits:

CNU Herald
Vic Nielen Renegado

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