Excerpts on my ART / by Glenn Bautista

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The Uncommon Art of Glenn Bautista

by Alice G. Guillermo

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Total and spontaneous creativity is the principle that moves Glenn Bautista, wide-ranging artist who resist tested formulas and whose prodigious work in diverse media, two-and three-dimensional, build a universe of striking, haunting images that continually tease and challenge the mind. If landscapes, his painting do not have the placidity and finality of familiar land-and-sky vistas but have the uncommon quality of concealing and revealing at the same time. If abstracts, his work, never facile, pose riddles and enigmas that resist categorical answers. If three-dimensional works, they defy conventional expectations in order to extend the meaning and experience sculpture. – Alice G. Guillermo, Art Critic
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Woodscapes by Glenn” – On my way to school, I almost tripped on this “half-cut tree” when I was walking up across the park. (Brooks Institute of Fine Arts, Santa Barabara, CA / 1970-73)

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1972 March – Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California, U.S.A., Three-Man Show”, Glenn Bautista, with Artists John Cushing & Stephen Samerjan
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I was just browsing through my old files looking for significant works I may have done in the past and have bumped into this one oil painting, “On My Way to School“. It carries this title, since, because of this half-cut tree that I almost tripped on walking up across the park (located between the place where I lived and my school along Alameda Padre Serra also known as APS by people from Santa Barbara, CA), I decided not to attend my painting class under Prof. James Jarvaise, but paint this tree instead. It was a well-liked piece I did so I decided to include it for the school’s annual show at the end of the year. Because of this piece, I was inspired to do a series of works related to this theme which I entitled,Inner-Light series” (wood-scapes).
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After two years of painting at Brooks, my works were included in a group show of artists from Santa Barbara – – John Cushing and Stephen Samejan, exhibited at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA). It was Art Curator, Ronald Kuchta who made this significant group exhibition of three young artists from Santa Barbara a possibility. This group exhibition coincided with the Impressionist Master Childe Hassam’s Retrospective show at the Santa Barbara Art Museum (SBMA).
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This is what Curator Ronald A. Kuchta wrote about Glenn’s works exhibited at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
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“Glenn’s works have reached a considerable maturity of aesthetic vision and technique. He expresses himself in contemporary idiom which owes much to surrealism and conceptual art”Ronald A. Kuchta, Art Curator, Santa Barbara Museum of Art / 25 March 1972.

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On My Way to School” – 1970
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Missed my painting art class with Prof. Jarvaise when I bumped into this half-cut tree – – walking to school across the park. I opted to sketch instead and headed back home to paint .

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Glenn’s Early Sketches

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I was trying to balance to my left so as not to fall down the hill. The upper area across the street is where Brooks Institute is, and the lower, where I had to walk a bit more to the left is where my art studio was. Clyde took this photo from my Motorola cell phone. He accompanied me all the way from where we parked (1575 Alameda Padre Serra – my former art studio) to my school, and back. Thanks so much, Clyde. (May-June 2013 CA visit)

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With my UHS mates (in front of my former art studio in Santa Barbara, California) – Before I even flew in to Los Angeles, somehow, Lynne Paulino Alba & husband, Jack, Mila Abesamis Emerson and Jane Love Alba, had already asked me about the places I wanted to visit during my two-week stay in California – a trip that was made possible by their invitation, and Brooks Institute of Fine Arts was one of those places. It wasn’t easy to find my former art studio and school, but eventually, my visual memory of those places brought us to the door of my art studio (during my student days in Santa Barbara, California).
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(to enlarge, click on the images)

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Ed, Lydia, Lynne, Jack, Mila and Clyde - deiberating whether to enter the Old Mission Museum or eat lunch at State street in Santa Barbara, CA

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Ed, Lydia, Lynne, Jack, Mila and Clyde – deliberating whether to enter the Old Mission Museum or eat lunch at State Street in Santa Barbara, CA

We did both, viewed the museum exhibit then ate somewhere along State street, at a Mexican resto.

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We did both, viewed the museum exhibit then ate somewhere along State Street, at a Mexican resto.

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Remnants of Glenn’s
First 2-Month Tour of Europe
when he was a Student

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. (1972) A scanned super-8mm celluloid film of me walking across from the St. Peter's basilica in Rome, the only remaining documentation of my sojourn in Europe after a house invasion at my home studio in Imus, Cavite.  I visited most of the countries in Europe, using a 2-month Eurail pass, except Istambul , Turkey for I refused to have my hair cut. I was a student then on my way home from the US.  I got to extend my stay for several months more after playing at the Playboy Club Casino in London. I revisited Europe when I lived in Dusseldorf, Germany for five years. There I learned lithography at the "Kunstakademie":

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(1972) A scanned super-8mm celluloid film of me walking across from the St. Peter’s basilica in Rome, the only remaining documentation of my sojourn in Europe after a house invasion at my home studio in Imus, Cavite.
I visited most of the countries in Europe, using a 2-month Eurail pass, except Istambul, Turkey for I refused to have my hair cut. I was a student then on my way home from the US. I got to extend my stay for several months more after playing at the Playboy Club Casino in London, c/o an American friend, Karl Kanalz.
I revisited Europe when I lived in Dusseldorf, Germany for five years. There I learned lithography at the “Kunstakademie” and a bit of German life.

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Organicomp ’91 – A vertical composition from my series of 
Folded-Cut-Torn Pastels” 1980-’89

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glenn's home-crafted Litho-press ("Pressy"), and two lithographs he editioned in Dusseldorf, Germany; one of many lithographs produced in  Paranaque, Philippines, making use of available local materials.

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Glenn’s home-crafted Litho-press (“Pressy”), and two lithographs he editioned in Dusseldorf, Germany; and one of many lithographs produced in Paranaque, Philippines – making use of available local materials and wooden litho-press Glenn, together with Sonny and Tony created.

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Having reach a high level of artistic development, the artist visited Germany in the early Eighties and specialized in lithography at the Kunstakademie in Dusseldorf. In the stimulating climate of the school, he enthusiastically plunged famed Bauhaus traditions. Thus, during this sojourn in that country, Glenn Bautista produced a series of art works for which he won critical recognition, his works becoming part of the permanent exhibit at GalerieArt204 at Rethelstrasse, Dusseldorf, in the distinguished company of Joseph Beuys and the Masters Ernst, Chagall, Dali, and Miro. He returned to the Philippines in the mid-eighties to resume his active participation in the art scene by working on innovative pieces – – he has held a number of solo exhibits since then – – sharing his technology with younger artists. Since the eighties, his work has continued to develop at a remarkable rate, unceasingly manifesting new artistic concepts and insights, introducing technical innovations for rare and nuanced effects and thus expanding and refining the vocabulary and expressive resources of the visual arts. (Alice G. Guillermo)

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Dusseldorf, Germany / 1980-85

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Early morning tomorrow, I will have to go to the photo shop to get a film for my litho-drawing entitled Coralscape. Only after doing this can I go to the Kunstakademie to work on transferring it to the surface of the stone. First, I’ll try to explain to you the simplest way I can what stone lithography is all about. We have here either a square or rectangular stone – – it is basically called a limestone. But, there are many types of litho-stones. Some are hard and some are soft. The harder stones are better to use. They are normally medium or light gray in color. With pencil or crayon, tusche or litho-kreide – – all contain some amount of wax or grease, I draw on the stone. So, can you imagine now a rectangular stone with a drawing on it? For lighter areas in the drawing, I use a number 5 litho pencil. As it goes darker, the pencil number goes down to 4, 3, 2, 1. Now we have the finished drawing. I will have to apply, rather carefully, a little amount of talkum so that the next chemical which is called atzgummi in German ( a mixture of gum-arabic, nitric acid and water) may be applied without destroying the drawing. Atzgummi will have to be applied quite thinly, if we have a very sensitive and light drawing. Otherwise, it will just eat up all the grease which is the drawing itself. After applying it, we must wait for it to dry. After the first application has dried up, we can now apply just a little more atzgummi and while still wet, wash it out with lithotine or turpentine oil. This will have to be done repeatedly until totally clean. By now, the drawing can only be seen quite faintly. Cornelin or asphaltum is now applied. This will help the areas to be printed, receptive to the ink later, as the atzgummi is there to resist the ink application. Here’s how it looks when we look at it more closely. After rubbing the cornelin on to the drawing, we can now, little by little, take it out with clean absorbent paper or cloth. After the stone is totally wiped clean, we may now, with a clean sponge and a lot of water wash out the cornelin. The drawing will now be more apparent. With a little bit of water layer remaining on the stone, we can now charge it with ink to prepare for printing, or, for the whole process, from the application of talkum, and on . .to be repeated for better stability in printing. I guess, I’ll have to go and get some sleep. It’s now 3:15AM. Tschuss ! In German , it means bye, so long, see you next time and many more.

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“Coralscape” by Glenn A. Bautista

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Monday, Dec 6, 1982 / 8:15PM – I came in about two hours ago and had eaten fried squid your mother prepared for me. It was really good. We had avocado for dessert. After meal, we lazily played one game of darts. You may learn about the game when you are big enough to throw the darts. For one to be able to play it well, one must learn to concentrate and have a lot of patience. I consider the game as form of medication. One has to be totally involved in playing it but in a very quiet and precise way. One has to practice regularly to focus in and hit the target. It is not quite different from life. For a lot of reasons, I have not been able to do what I planned to do last night. But just the same, I also worked hard this afternoon. It’s an earlier stone I was working on.

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Persistence ’69 – by Glenn A. Bautista (UPCFA Art Student)

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The artwork is entitle Persistence ’69. I’ll tell you more about it as soon as we’ve exhausted what I have to write about – – Coralscape. I have, in this drawing, departed from a small coral your mother chose to collect when we were in a beach in Cebu, Philippines. The beach is called Moalboal. There, we picked out a lot of shells, corals and other things from nature which were not perfect but, will be good subjects for drawing.

Not too perfect, even the more imperfect and natural objects, are the more exciting objects to collect and draw – – just like a broken shell. If it’s perfect, it’s only the exterior that you see. Whereas if it is not, you would get a glimpse of how it is inside and understand more the form it displays. Also, being worn out and old, there seems to be something more about it than just a nice looking perfect shell. All the other elements, like salt, water, wind, heat and a lot more, have made it to what it is by the time you pick it up. A closer look at these natural objects would open one’s yes to infinity as if the details, like the inside of a shell, would not end. One gets the idea that from where we are, we both look towards infinity – – looking out or looking in. And so, I guess, as the line goes, nature is still our best teacher. It tunes us in and makes us one with the whole universe. It guides us to focus in and realize that we are not apart from them.

The late National Artist, Cesar Legaspi, liked the piece, Coralscape so much, that I gave it to him as a gift for his birthday. That old man was so humble that he even asked me, “Can you teach me how you go about your pastels?” I don’t normally give away my artworks, but, how could I have refused an art master, much more a dear friend and a Christian brother. God bless you, ‘Mang Cesar‘.

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Glenn’s Etchings and Lithographs

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"The Uncommon Art of Glenn Bautista" by Alice G. Guillermo

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“The Uncommon Art of Glenn Bautista”
by Alice G. Guillermo

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In time it became clear that the art of Glenn Bautista is not one for the academically conservative and tradition-bound, rather it extends an invitation to the adventurous, being avant-garde in a quiet unobtrusive way. Even more, it has made a lasting mark on figurative art in the country today as it has opened numerous options, at the same time that it has engaged in the lively in an exciting ang highly original synthesis. (AGG)

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Vertical and horizontal compositions from my series of ”

Folded-Cut-Torn Pastels ’80-89

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I was in Dusseldorf, Germany from 1980-85 just sketching, painting with pastel and oil, and a bit of woodwork – – all part of my Cut, Folded and Torn Series. Through the kindness and courtesy of Brigitte and Manfred Schmidt of Galerie Art204 (strasse) I was accepted as a guest artist where my works were properly framed by Manfred and exhibited together with my lithography professor’s works, Rolf Sackenheim and a few others of my favorite European Masters. Then, I had the urge to write in a very personal way, that I imagined writing to a fictitious daughter who I fantasized we would eventually have, being married to Ulli Tellbach, a homeopathie student, then, now a heilpraktiker. Looking back now, obviously, this did not materialize for I am now writing from Pearland, Texas with a Filipina wife, Lorna- – a physiotherapist. Our son, David is now busy and happy with his career in networking with Philippine Electric Corporation. These diary pages will continue to be written as long as I am able to. But this time, Lorna and David as my inspiration.

 

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From the “Old Mission” to a restaurant near State Street

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SBMA - Santa Barbara Museum of Art - along State Street

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Fresh Market, Street Music – Santa Barbara Museum of Art

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I exhibited here, together with two young artists from this county. 1972 March – Santa Barbara Museum of Art , California, U.S.A., “Three-Man Show”, with Artists John Cushing & Stephen Samerjan / 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, California

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Santa Barbara Museum of Art Poster 1972 an unclear poster of our group art exhibit at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Participants: John Cushing, Stephen Samerjan, Glenn Bautista. SBMA Art Curator: Ron Kuchta
In 1970, under the Crusade Scholarships of the United Methodist Church, New York, NY, Bautista went to the United States to continue his art studies at the Brooks Institute of Fine Arts in Santa Barbara, California. After two years, upon the invitation of Curator Ronald Kuchta, he joined a Group Art Exhibition with John Cushing and Stephen Samerjan at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. At the same time, the works of the Old Master Impressionist Childe Hassam were on display at the next gallery room. Glenn’s works consisted of abstractions in diptychs and triptychs done with the airbrush – – one of which, entitled “Diptych” he donated to the museum, now part of SBMA’s art collection.
His participation at the Art Exhibit was critically acclaimed which earned him a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts , Major in Painting, with honors.

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As Ronald Kuchta, Art Curator of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in California attested even then in 1972 - "Glenn's works have reached a considerable maturity of aesthetic vision and technique. He expresses himself in contemporary idiom which owes much to surrealism and conceptual art". - Ronald Kuchta, Art Curator / Santa Barbara Art Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California"On My Way to Brooks" / oil on canvas - 36" x 36" inches / 1970 - Alice G. Guillermo..

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I was just browsing through my old files looking for significant works I may have done in the past and have bumped into this one oil painting, “On My Way to School“. It carries this title, since, because of this half-cut tree that I almost tripped on at the park (located between the place where I lived and my school along Alameda Padre Serra also known as APS by people from Santa Barbara, CA), I decided not to attend my painting class under Prof. James Jarvaise but paint this tree instead. It was a well-liked piece I did so I decided to include it for the school’s annual show at the end of the year. Because of this piece, I was inspired to do a series of works related to this theme which I entitled, “Inner-Light Series” (woodscapes). After two years of painting at Brooks, my works were included in a group show of artists from Santa Barbara – – John Cushing and Stephen Samejan, exhibited at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA). It was Art Curator, Ronald Kuchta who made this significant group exhibition of three young artists from Santa Barbara a possibility. This group exhibition coincided with the Impressionist Master Childe Hassam’s Retrospective show at the Santa Barbara Art Museum (SBMA).
This is what Curator Ronald A. Kuchta wrote about Glenn’s works exhibited at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art:
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Glenn’s works have reached a considerable maturity of aesthetic vision and technique. He expresses himself in contemporary idiom which owes much to surrealism and conceptual art.”
Ronald A. Kuchta, Art Curator, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 25 March 1972

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Video: Benny & Glenn on d LA, CA Freeway 

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September 28, 2013 – Maria Antonieta Vasquez Salazar, Joe Galvez, Benny Uy, Mavi David, Patt Alejo-Nievera, Louie N Jane A, David Bautista, Lcristina Bautista, Rodolfo Samonte, Camero Celeste Breeze, Arthur Belarmino Uy, Phillip Ner like this.

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Arthur Belarmino Uy: YOUR RIDE LOOKS VERY FAMILIAR
Glenn A. Bautista: Naku, Arthur, nabisto na ang usapan namin ni Benny bro . . . lagot ka ngayon, Benny!
Glenn A. Bautista: Arthur, d truth will be revealed after you watch d video . . . laking gulo nito!
Benny Uy: The truth will set you free! (Lol)
Glenn A. Bautista: Hala ka, lalo kang lagot, Benny bro . . .

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Video on Glenn’s 1965-1985 SKETCHES

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. Retrospective Solo Art Exhibition of Glenn A. Bautista / Gallery Genesis, SM Mall, Makati, Philippines

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Retrospective Solo Art Exhibition of
Glenn A. Bautista

Genesis Gallery / SM Mall, Makati, Philippines /
Ribbon-cut by Mrs. Baby Angara.
Guests:
Senator Manny B. Villar, Artist Mauro Malang;
2nd image – Artist Glenn with Pres. Fidel V. Ramos, a fellow Rotarian – Manila Hotel.

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 Glenn A. Bautista: My trip to Santa Barbara, CA, together with Lynne & Jack, Mila & Clyde, Lydia and Ed. UHSmates '63 - Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness, support and appreciation. Love, - glenn  Mary Ann Sagarbarria, Susan Zurek, Joanie Veza, Rick Protacio, Edgar Inocentes, Louie N Jane A, ArthurandConnie Abrantes, Lory Faye, Missy Pearson, Brian Alvin, David Bautista, Maria Antonieta Vasquez Salazar, Leslie Bocobo, Imelda Angeles Reantaso, Brian Alvin,  Ablaza Oscar and 6 others like this. Link on FB: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151739060272732&set=a.10150878576462732.424611.728647731&type=1&theater


Glenn A. Bautista: My trip to Santa Barbara, CA, together with Lynne & Jack, Mila & Clyde, Lydia and Ed.
UHSmates ’63 – Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness, support and appreciation.
Love, – glenn*
Mary Ann Sagarbarria, Susan Zurek, Joanie Veza, Rick Protacio, Edgar Inocentes, Louie N Jane A, Arthur & Connie Abrantes, Lory Faye, Missy Pearson, Brian Alvin, David Bautista, Maria Antonieta Vasquez Salazar, Leslie Bocobo, Imelda Angeles Reantaso, Ablaza Oscar and 6 others like this.
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4 responses to “Excerpts on my ART / by Glenn Bautista

  1. Roland Rosacay, Willie B. Laureano and Mitch Samonte, Lcristina Bautista, Maria Antonieta Vasquez Salazar, Fidel Sarmiento Nestor Olarte Vinluan, Maria Antonieta Vasquez Salazar, Tony Perez, David Bautista, Nonon Padilla, Sarah Geneblazo, Peng OlagueraIan Lomongo, Princess Wooden, Cherry Nadres Montemayor-Escanan, Christine, Teves Ignacio and 9 others like this
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    Glenn Bautista: Thanks, Willie . . trying my best to learn this WordPress app. I’m getting there. Take care.
    Willie B. Laureano: I Love this series Uncle Glenn.
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    Willie B. Laureano: Take care Uncle!
    Glenn A. Bautista: Please help complete – – > link, artwork, portrait of Efren Lopez. Artists featured may submit another portrait, artwork or link.
    Rodolfo Samonte: Galing, Glennbro. Maraming salamat.
    Glenn A. Bautista: RodS, the least I can do for our great Pinoy artists . . . Rod pala, do you have portrait or artwork images and links of Manny Soriano & Efren Lopez? Kulang pa kasi ito . . .
    Mitch Samonte: Glenn, i used to work with Manny Soriano at Design Center Phil, where I also met Rudy, my husband. Ang galing niyang artist din.
    Glenn A. Bautista: That’s good to know, Mitch . .
    Nestor Olarte Vinluan: hi glenn, kumusta ka na…oo nga parang naisip ko maganda siguro kong reunion exhibition tayo?ano kaya …pwede! anyways ,kita tayo pag uwi mo sa pinas…havent seen you in ages …god bless and ingat
    Rodolfo Samonte: Sali ako diyan,
    Nestor Olarte Vinluan: excited ako sige lets talk …that would be great if most of us thirteen if not all!
    Rodolfo Samonte: May mga pumanaw na, Nestor. Ikaw nandiyan sa Pinas. Pwede mong sigurong asikasuhin. Siyempre sa CCP ang exhibit. I’ll be in Manila early next year around February. Baka pwedeng itaon around that time, hehehe.
    Glenn A. Bautista: Sige, NestorV, RodS . . pave the way for this exciting exhibition of the 1974 Thirteen Artists. I am quite ready for artworks to exhibit. A matter of flying back there to dear Pinas . . . RodS bro . . sino yung pumanaw na?
    Nestor Olarte Vinluan: will put that in mind…will try to trace and keep in touch with our thirteen of 1974 habang physically present pa pero pwede pa rin naman mask slaws na todits sa physical plane baka borrow na lang …problem though kung ccl medyo di basta madali ang sked,so with the good galleries …will see mga bro..!
    Glenn A. Bautista: Ok, NestorV, it’s good to hear from you after all these years . . .
    Rodolfo Samonte: Glennbro, si Manny Soriano passed away.
    Glenn A. Bautista: Ah, ok, RodS . . kelan?
    Rodolfo Samonte: oh, not sure maybe 4 or 5 years ago.
    Glenn A. Bautista: Ok, thanks, RodS, NestorV, . . we should have our 1974 Thirteen Artists’ Reunion Art Exhibit soon, bago mabawasan pa, hehe . .
    Rodolfo Samonte: Baka sa UP Vargas museum pwede. Malakas si Nestor doon. Dating Dean.
    Glenn A. Bautista: Pwede rin . .
    Rodolfo Samonte: At taga UP ka pa, Glennbro.
    Dindo Angeles: Kumusta glenn, nestor and rudy. Masaya ako at nagkita tayo dito. Sang-ayon ako sa mungkahi ni rudy na gawin sa vargas museum. Dapat lang na matapos ang mga taong nagdaan
    Dindo Angeles: …magkikita tayo sa labas ng CCP.
    Rodolfo Samonte: Eto pala si Dindo. Anong ginagawa mo ngayon Dindo?
    Dindo Angeles: Rudy, directing pa rin, pero ng mga ads. Walang theater muna. Naghahanda para sa isang film project. Ikaw, kmsta?
    Rodolfo Samonte: Okay lang, still in the arts.
    Dindo Angeles: That’s great rudy! Ituloy natin ang reunion. Give my regards to all
    Rodolfo Samonte: Yes, tuloy natin, masaya yun.

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