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brawny beauty through a ballerina’s legs

My first taste of ballet was in St. Paul University. I was under the tutelage of Ms. Pam, Fr. James B. Reuter’s dance choreographer for his theatrical play “Women with a Heart” .

Every single person in that production, particularly the cast, were placed on rigorous training every day after classes or work. For serious ballet enthusiasts, a girl as young as 3 years old is placed on ballet training. The reason behind this is that it helps their muscles and bones form in accordance to the discipline of the dance.

If I’m not mistaken, I was already a junior in college taking up Communications by the time I auditioned for Fr. Reuter. Fr. Reuter was already one of the Philippine’s renowned theater play writers, so you could just imagine my delight when he accepted me in the cast. But being accepted in the cast was not even half the battle, we had to prove ourselves on stage. I struggled with the dance. Ballet is not as easy as they make it out to be. I still adore the dance and have mad respect for those who perform it. Ballet is an art form, and the training no question, involves stamina fit for an athlete.

Brawny beauty through a Ballerina’s powerful legs as sketched above.

A ballerina’s legs are strong as hell. When they dance, they may have the grace and elegance of a swan, but those legs are like that of a powerful stallion’s! I hope my sketch captures the force, energy and restraint of these artists. Powerful, fit and tough, a ballet dancer’s legs are a force to be reckoned with.

Supporting our PH Front liners

From April 1 onwards, I will be using this space as a way to support my fellow Filipinos especially our health workers in their battle to contain the COVID-19 Virus. Some of the charities I personally support are the following :

KAYA NATIN! Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership – bit.ly/forCOVID19frontliners

Philippine General Hospital –
What: Surgical masks, N95 masks, gloves, surgical gowns (alternative: Daiso raincoat), 60 to 80% Ethyl alcohol, hand sanitizers, goggles or face shields, surgical caps and shoe covers
How: Direct your donations to Dr. Mia Tabuñar, coordinator for resource generation. Trunk line (02) 8554 8400 Local 2004, cell contact (0919) 350 6917

Mental Health PH
What: Mental Health PH is providing Hugot Packs to healthcare workers. Each pack contains vitamins, coffee, power bars, energy drink, trail mix for snacks, hand sanitizer, personal hand soap, tissue, ecobags, small notes of appreciation and support.
How: Those who wish to participate in the call may send cash donations through its Go Fund Me account: https://gogetfunding.com/help4health/. Those who will provide in kind donations and letters of support may contact Dr. Denese De Guzman at +63-917-5191406 or via email at help4health@gmail.com.

As human beings, no matter where you are in the world, we are all inter-connected. Currently, there are so many Filipinos (even the world over) that are going through some very difficult times. Basic needs are not completely met, with ongoing threats of depression and a deadly virus that does not discriminate.

As of today April 1, PH Covid cases have jumped from 538 to 2,084 overnight.

Please reach out to the charities mentioned above. They can help protect the health and sanity of our medical workers who are now our front liners to help contain this disease.

I appreciate you took the time to read through. Be safe, stay healthy and follow the protocols given by your LGUs.

Paula

Female allure : A 5-part series

Hope this lock down gives everyone the chance to just be still and reflect on our respective lives and the choices we’ve made through the years.

I have to admit, year 2020 is no walk in the park. I made so many personal and professional risks this year and so far, I am still alive, breathing and thriving, thank goodness!

But the year’s not over yet! I look forward to the moment when a brighter and better day will come out of this global pandemic. Despite what everyone is going through, my advice is to stick to a routine that works best for you, to avoid going through ‘cabin fever’ as they call it.

Did a small art project while waiting for this COVID-19 Apocalypse to pass. I can’t focus too much on the news. It’s depressing and debilitating knowing you are powerless over everything that’s going on. This small project was inspired by my fascination with the human anatomy particularly a woman’s. I am not to explain myself over sexual preferences but just for the record, I am not gay or bisexual. I appreciate the beauty of the female figure and what it’s capable of. I think it’s about time we celebrate our female sensuality and shape. These 9×12 pencil drawings seeks to recognize the beauty, fragility and sensuality of the female body. I call it ‘Female Allure’.

Hope you enjoy the pictures and stay home!