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FLORAL SYMPHONY of Manny D. Baldemor

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:55 am    Post subject: FLORAL SYMPHONY of Manny D. Baldemor Reply with quote

Flower power
By Manuel Baldemor

Flowers are an indispensable part of the Filipino landscape. Grown in gardens, hung in our windows, offered in religious shrines/festivals, used as food or medicine or even used as playthings, they are a universal tool for expressing the pure principle of Beauty.

In the Filipino context, the flower is most often used to beautify our homes and, occasionally, ourselves.

The giving of flowers can be a most serious business in other parts of the global village. For example, before rushing off to buy flowers for your sweetie, there are several rules and superstitions one should be aware of. If you’re not handling a huge bunch of flowers, you should take note of the total number of stems in a gift bouquet. An odd number is ideal but an even one is specially reserved for the dead. Unless you intend to send a rather morbid significance to your date, one should avoid this social gaffe at all costs.

Roses are the most popular flower and it is perfectly acceptable to hand over a single rose as long as the rose is red. White flowers represent death and, like before, avoid giving such especially in the provinces unless you’re attending a funeral. Obviously, one should never give an older man or woman any white flowers. Blue flowers, on the other hand, represent wealth and are generally considered impressive but not coupled with yellow, which represents jealousy.

Interestingly enough, yellow roses are also the choice for the gay and lesbian crowd, something to keep in mind depending on your… preferences.

Orchids due to their long life span represent longevity, while lilies are good for showing respect.

Flowers are subjects often used in paintings, magazines and poetry. They are used to soften the hearts of men in battle gear, promote peace and mend broken relationships.

During stressful moments, one cannot find peace in one’s mind. In this state, you tend to lose sight of yourself, lost in an illusion of constant change and pressure. Through looking at nature and seeing one’s self as part of the big picture, you can find your center and be at peace. A simple flower illustrates this principle nicely. It is centered, crowned with its own distinct elements and arranged orderly, giving it a certain peace and tranquility you can absorb into yourself.

Any act of creation comes from within. In art, elements such as brushes, paints, paper and canvas along with the vases and flowers themselves, constitute the tools and materials with which the artist works. They revolve around the artist as petals are to a flower. The artist combines these elements, his inner self-reshaping these into a cohesive whole. The end result is the flowering of his essence, or what we call the artwork.

Flowers are universal and a symbol of love and peace. They speak directly to our hearts and have their own secret and unspoken language of diplomacy.

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Manuel D. Baldemor’s “Floral Symphony” opens on Dec. 3 at the SM Megamall Art Center in cooperation with Galerie Y. The show is on view until Dec. 16.
Rojilyn "Mutuk" Quiachon Bagabaldo
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 9:32 am    Post subject: Congratulations to Manny, our great artist Reply with quote

Hi Manny,

I like your Flower Symphony paintings. And your description in "Flower Power" enhanced the beauty and enchantment that flowers bring. I remember your article about that famous flowering tree in Japan. I am glad I bought one of your paintings which is called "Mayflower Festival." More power to you!

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 6:18 am    Post subject: Congratulation! Reply with quote

Hi Dad,
Galing ng mga flowers mo,,,sayang di ko nakita agad yan sana nakakuha agad ako, makopya hehehe...joking... madala maisabit sa bahay..
sana marating ko rin narating mo kya lang di ako kasing sipag mo lagi....alang tulugan, walang kapaguran at higit sa lahat hinde nauubusan ng talento at idea..
you are really a prolific artist...
.MY IDOL!!!!!
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