These are some of my father’s paintings of the Philippines.
A Fishing Village. I don’t know what it is about this painting, but I really, really like it!
Boracay. Way back in 1996. Now if you go to Boracay, you’ll probably see a less rustic scene. There has been much development in Boracay over the years. I haven’t been in a while and I would like to think that it hasn’t been “over-developed.” I remember the water to be very clear and you could go very far out into the sea and still be only waist-deep in water. I remember the sand to be very white and powdery fine. If it’s not so inconvenient to get to from Hong Kong (no direct flight), I’d love to take the children there for a beach holiday.
Villa Escudero (Philippines). A coconut plantation /resort. While I remember going there with classmates from high school, I don’t remember too much beyond eating our lunch on a long table, right on the stream, with water running over our feet.
Village After Eruption of Mt. Pinatubo (Philippines). Oh, I remember this. Ashes, ashes everywhere. The entire place was just covered under several feet of ashes. Mount Pinatubo last erupted in 1991 and is "the second largest terrestrial eruption of the 20th century (after the 1912 eruption of Novarupta)" --according to Wikipedia.
Another fishing village. I never noticed before that as signature for this painting, my dad put his initials on the side of the outrigger!
Mines View Park, Baguio City. Baguio City is the summer capital of the Philippines.
Jones Bridge, Manila. BuiIt in 1701, it was formerly known as Puente de Espana (Bridge of Spain). It was rebuilt by the Americans in 1916 and renamed after Atkinson Jones, a member of the U.S. Congress and chairman of the Insular Affairs Committee who sponsored the Philippine Autonomy Act in 1916. Jones Bridge was once hailed as Manila's queen of the bridges until it fell into neglect and disrepair in the 1980s. However, some partial restoration has preserved the elegance of its neoclassical architecture (from Wikimapia).
Have a good weekend!