Ferdinand Cacnio: Pursuing your Passion

Ferdinand Cacnio flamenco dancer

We have all heard that pursuing your passion brings you the greatest joy and your biggest success.  And it's always inspiring to hear this old adage take fold in real life.

I'm very honored to meet and get to know visual artist, Ferdinand Cacnio, who pursued his passion despite the odds.  He is best known for his intricate sculptures inspired by dance.

His dancers exude beauty, grace, passion and life.  I like the fluid motion of the sculptures and the fine details he breathes into it.  I'm not an art collector but I think I know beauty when I see one.  And beautiful,  they all are.

Ferdinand Cacnio Odette

Ferdie, as his friends call him and as I call him (naks! close) didn't have any formal training in the arts,  but he grew up surrounded by art.  His father is highly acclaimed visual artist Angel Cacnio.  As a child, he drew with both his hands, created fabulous clay sculptures and made some of the best looking kites in the neighborhood.

Parent Says, Son Follows

Mr. Angel Cacnio, Ferdie's father, is best known for his watercolor paintings and was listed in the Who's Who in International Art.  He is also the artist behind the one centavo coin, the 50 centavo coin as well as our current 20 and 100 peso bills.

Angel Cacnio's paintings

Much coveted paintings of Angel Cacnio

Although Mr. Angel Cacnio was an artist, he didn't want his son to experience the hardships he himself faced as an artist.  Ferdie's mom expressed the same sentiments.  Both mom and dad wanted Ferdie to become a doctor.  When eldest son, Ferdie, expressed his interest to enter UP Diliman as a Fine Arts major,  his dad said " ‘Kung mag-fine arts ka lang ‘wag ka na mag-aral."   (If you’re just going to take up fine arts, you might as well not study.)

Being an obedient son, he took up BS Psychology (pre-med) in UP Diliman but upon graduation decided not to pursue Medicine due to health reasons.   Wanting to make it up to his parents, he went back to UP and graduated in another course - Civil Engineering in 1985. He then went on to work the UP Transport Training Center but art's call is loud.  He became an art dealer, took over the design projects of his father and in 1989 put up his own design studio.  For the next 20 years he had a profitable graphic design company, designing for big pharmaceutical companies.  It was profitable but he is seeking something more.  His turning point to become a visual artist came when art critic, Cid Reyes, pointed out that though all his designs were all over stores, nobody knows, nobody cares and it is thrown right after. But painting, sculpture or art when it is bought, it is kept and you will go down in history.

Pursuing His Passion

Ferdinand Cacnio

In 2004, Ferdie, took the leap and decided to do what his heart desires most - he went back into art.  He started painting and making sculptures again (but now in metal).  Using the welding method,  Ferdie would create his own vision of how a sculpture must look like - beautiful, fluid in motion.  He created graceful ballerinas and fiery, passionate flamenco dancers using brass, copper, stainless steel and Corten steel.   In 2005, his first exhibit, The Dancer in 2005, was a great success.   Since then, has won the Art Association of the Philippines’ annual art competition (2005), has numerous international and local solo exhibits, gained recognition from art collectors and fellow artists.

Stories behind the Sculptures

Ferdinand Cacnio ballerina

Ferdinand Cacnio's Michael JacksonFerdie back in his heydays was the life of the party.  He won several dance competitions and can do the meanest moonwalk and can float you through the swing.   That is why he knows how a dancer moves, where the skirt sways, where the muscles contract, how sensuality is exuded in every step.

Ferdinand Cacnio Trees

Ferdinand Cacnio tree

His tree collection is based on his childhood reminisces of climbing up on trees.

And his horse collection is based on the days he hangs out at the Sta. Ana race track with his Tito's who own horses.

I love that his story exemplifies how true passion when pursued, despite all the adversities, would give you what your heart desires.

MCHS 89 exhibit with Ferdinand Cacnio

My Maryknoll highschool batch has commissioned Ferdinand Cacnio to create a series of limited edition ballerina sculptures entitled “Turning Point, Change with Grace.” These ballerinas are in distinct poses and don tutus in colors of orange, blue, white, green, yellow and red. The colors represent the values espoused by the Maryknoll sisters.

Meet the Man behind this beautiful art on May 24, 2014 between 11am-1pm at the Avida Showroom, Glorietta 4.  RSVP only.  No RSVP, no entry. RSVP me by commenting below.

His beautiful collection will be available for public viewing at the same venue on May 24, 2014 between 1pm-7pm.

Another plus, passion is the elixir of youth.  Ferdie, looks much younger than his age!

Another plus, passion is the elixir of youth. Ferdie, looks much younger than his age!

Indulging in Art,

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Throwback Thursday: Sweets ng ating Kabataan! (Sweets of our Childhood)

We were once children too!  Here is a photo collection of the sweet things we used to munch on, back in our days ...

Image credit amazon.ca

Image credit amazon.ca

Remember this pink gum with ridges on it?  It was hard to chew but who cares,  we wanted the comic strip inside:-)

Image credit www.bacontunamelt.com

Image credit www.bacontunamelt.com

Everyone had their taste of first communion with these fruity Chinese hawthorn discs.

Image credit whyhellomel.blogspot.com

Image credit whyhellomel.blogspot.com

We would buy these from school or from the sari-sari store and start popping them in our mouths by pushing them at the middle with our fingers.  Naka-stapler pa nga ang dulo, tamang-tama sa bata:-)  (The end is even stapled at the end,  just right for kids).

Image credit pepper.ph

Image credit pepper.ph

Bago pa ang Cadbury,  I had my sweet tooth on Serg's Milk Chocolate.

Image credit alohagourmet.com

Image credit alohagourmet.com

Kendi na nakakain ang wrapper!  Magic!  The edible thin wax wrapper made out of sticky rice made eating this creamy and chewy candy irresistible.

Image credit raquelbyginquelrus and mommyginger.com

Image credit raquelbyginquelrus and mommyginger.com

My fave in the world!  I always looked forward to my mom coming home from the palengke (market) with these.  It used to come in vertical plastic bags with usually 10 pieces stacked inside.  Crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside.  Yum!

Image credit checaparas.com

Image credit checaparas.com

Who doesn't love the buttery caramel taste of Peter's butter ball?  It is a little bit weird to roll such a big ball in our tiny mouths but we loved it.  Kendi Mint was my first taste of mint candy.  Up to now,  when I take my mints I still miss the chocolate surprise in the middle.

Image credit daisybubbles

Image credit daisybubbles

Orange jelly candy covered in sugar for our sweet cravings.  The closest thing to the gummy bears of our childhood.

Image credit oldtimecandy.com

Image credit oldtimecandy.com

Chewy, chocolate candy that stubbornly sticks to our teeth.  As in seriously,  with my dirty, chubby fingers I always had to dislodge stuck tootsie roll in my teeth.  Eeww!

Image credit spiced.com

Image credit spiced.com

We loved munching on these tablet-shaped chocolate and malt candies.

Image credit blog.candy.com

Image credit blog.candy.com

And syempre,  mawawala ba si Chicletin mo babe?:-) (And of course,  we cannot miss Chiclets baby)

Did I miss any childhood sweet fave?  How about you, what food/snack/sweets brings back childhood memories?

Reference:  10 Kiddie Snacks we Can't Forget by Macy Alcaraz for Spot.ph

Minsang Bata,

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Close Encounter with Manny Pacquiao


TheGoMom with Manny Pangyaw

Woohooo!  Mabuhay ka, Manny!  Unanimous Decision. Score: 116-112 (x2), 118-110.

Since we are on the Manny streak,  I had a close encounter with Manny a month back.

I was in the UNTV studio for TheGoMom's first TV appearance.  On my way up to the studio, I was speechless when I saw Manny Pacquiao!!! I stopped for awhile, unsure who it was and started screaming OMG, OMG, OMG! Hands shaking, heart palpitating, voice 10 decibels higher. I hugged him, made beso (kiss) and had my picture taken several times.  When I recovered from my shock,  I shook his hands and told him I'm a fan and how happy and proud all Filipinos are of him.  I called my parents to check if they have time to come over to the studio to have the once in a lifetime chance to have their photo taken with the Pambansang Kamao.   They were busy and couldn't make it.  When I got to the studio,  I was still ecstatic and told everyone, "Go down, Manny Pacquiao is at the 2nd floor!"  No one was as excited as me.  I was thinking to myself, "Ano ba naman, walang respeto sa pambansang kamao!"  And then one guest told me, "Relax,  he is Manny Pangyaw.  He is a TV host here at UNTV."  Huwhaaaaaat?!#@?!   I don't know whether to cry or laugh.  I laughed.

Another side kwento on Manny,  while watching the fight yesterday with my family and friends,  a friend recounted a story of Manny's remarkable kindness.  LBC has been one of Manny Pacquiao's sponsors.  However,  LBC doesn't have the budget right now to sponsor Manny's current fight so they said they cannot be a sponsor anymore.  Manny apparently said, "Ay hindi pwede yan.  Sinuportahan nyo ako sa umpisa, tatapusin natin ito magkasama."  (That can't be.  You supported me at the start,  we will finish this together).  Yesterday,  the LBC logo was still on Manny's shorts even without a sponsorship.  Saludo kami sa iyong tapang, determination, galing at higit sa lahat sa iyong kabaitan!

Muli, mabuhay ka Manny!

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Sosy Taxi Driver

Image from www.wheninmanila.com

Image from www.wheninmanila.com

I took the cab the other day because the non-color coding car is with my son.

Driver:  Where to Ma'm?

Thought Bubble:  Aba, inglesero si Manong.

After putting down the phone following a conversation with a friend on my recent trip to Hongkong.

Driver:  Did you go up Victoria Peak Ma'm?  I have been to Hongkong three times and that is the best place for me (in Hongkong).  But I liked Shanghai too.  Ang ganda!

Me:  Wow!  Hindi pa ako nakakapunta ng Shanghai.

After exchanging notes with him on where to go to Hongkong on my next visit.

Driver:  Ma'm sa EDSA Shangrila ba or Makati Shangrila, kasi sabi niyo Heat (overheard from my phone conversation) tapos Makati Shang, medyo nalito ako.

Thought Bubble:  You are the man, manong!!!!

Ride Happy!

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TheGoMom’s First TV Appearance

Louelle de Cordova, TheGoMom, Chef Madrigal and Jenny Fajardo

Louelle de Cordova, TheGoMom, Chef Madrigal and Jenny Fajardo

I'm happy to share with you that TheGoMom had its first ever TV appearance this morning at the Rise and Shine morning show at UNTV with Louella de Cordova and Jenny Fajardo.  They interviewed me on the pros and cons of tutoring your own kids at home.  I also shared some tips on making tutoring a little bit less stressful for both mom and child:-)

TheGoMom with Manny Pangyaw

On my way up to the studio, I was speechless when I saw Manny Pacquiao!!! I stopped for awhile, unsure who it was and started screaming OMG, OMG, OMG! Hands shaking, heart palpitating, voice 10 decibels higher. I hugged him, made beso (kiss) and had my picture taken several times.  When I recovered from my shock,  I shook his hands and told him I'm a fan and how happy and proud all Filipinos are of him.  I called my parents to check if they have time to come over to the studio to have the once in a lifetime chance to have their photo taken with the Pambansang Kamao.   They were busy and couldn't make it.  When I got to the studio,  I was still ecstatic and told everyone, "Go down, Manny Pacquiao is at the 2nd floor!"  No one was as excited as me.  And then one guest told me, "Relax,  he is Manny Pangyaw.  He is a TV host here at UNTV."  Huwhaaaaaat?!#@?!   I don't know whether to cry or laugh.  I laughed.

Thanks to Rise and Shine for the wonderful experience!  And to Manny Pangyaw for the momentary thrill.   It was hilarious!

Till the Next TheGoMom Adventure,

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Red Carpet of EDSA

red sidewalk of edsaHi!  Did you guys notice the pinkish-red paint they are painting over EDSA sidewalks?  My daughter comically calls it the red carpet of EDSA.

I tried researching why in the world they are painting the sidewalks, and red for that matter, but there is no write-up on it.  I hope they have a scientific explanation, otherwise it is just an excessive waste of people's money.  It did not beautify plus I don't know how they would maintain it.  I think our MMDA czars should also have a team of landscape designers, with good taste, to advise them.  Years back they painted the bridges dark pink with dark baby blue, now sidewalks in pinkish-red???

Pink and Blue MMDA Bridges courtesy of Wikipedia

Pink and Blue MMDA Bridges courtesy of Wikipedia

Nagmamahal sa Bansang Pilipinas,

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A Bright and Blessed CHRISTmas to everyone!

CHRISTmas craft

Wishing all of you a bright, merry and blessed CHRISTmas!

I told my daughter to give a gift to Jesus and she made the nativity scene using just paper and chopsticks.  Happy birthday Jesus!

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Pacquiao is the Man!

Image from Yahoo News

Image from Yahoo News

Joy amidst tragedy! Pacquiao you continue to make the whole Filipino Nation happy and proud!

You are the Man!

Image from Yahoo News

Image from Yahoo News

My son posing in his much photographed Manny Pacquiao mask.  For wonderful photo coverage of the happiness Manny brought to Tacloban click Yahoo News!manny pacquiao mask

Nagmamahal sa Bansang Pilipinas!  Loving the Philippines!

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Help Victims of Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines

Photo: Reuters/Romeo Ranoco/November 9 2013/Tacloban City, Philippines

Photo: Reuters/Romeo Ranoco/November 9 2013/Tacloban City, Philippines

"I am only one, but I am one.
I cannot do everything, but I can do something.
And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do."  -- Edward Everett Hale

The devastation of typhoon Yolanda (international code name Haiyan)  is beyond words.  One day everyone was optimistically reporting zero casualties and the next day hundreds are dead and thousands are reportedly missing. The most powerful storm to hit the earth in recent history, with maximum sustained winds of 235 km/h,  swept across Visayas wiping out entire towns.   It has brought death, sickness and lawlessness in some villages.  Catastrophes like this may bring out the survival instinct of men but it also brings out the kindred spirit of mankind.   The enormity of the damage may look utterly hopeless,  how does one even begin to help?

By every little donation of money, non-perishable food, usable clothes/slippers/blankets, medicines and time.

Donations can be coursed through the following organizations:

Philippine Red Cross
Hotline: 143
Trunkline: 527-0000

*You may also SMS donations by texting REDAMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart)

Bank accounts for Donations:
Banco De Oro
Peso: 00-453-0018647
Dollar: 10-453-0039482

Peso: 151-3-041631228
Dollar: 151-2-15100218-2

Philippine National Bank
Peso: 3752 8350 0034
Dollar: 3752 8350 0042

Unionbank of the Philippines
Peso: 1015 4000 0201
Dollar: 1315 4000 0090

All Check/Cash for the account of Philippine Red Cross (Swift Codes)
Banco De Oro

Bank of the Philippine Islands


Philippine National Bank

Unionbank of the Philippines

Please fax the bank transaction slip at nos. +63.2.527.0575 or +63.2.404.0979 with your name, address and contact number for your donations to be properly acknowledged.

Ateneo de Manila Disaster Response and Management Team

Details on how to donate here.
Contact numbers: (632) 426-6001 locals 4051, 4054, 4099

For a full list of organizations click this.  Your children's schools would most likely have relief operations as well.

Tulong-tulong babangon ang Visayas!

Nagmamahal sa bansang Pilipinas,

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Ateneo Exits yet Still Emerged Winners

ateneo basketball gameWin or lose, it's the school we choose ... Hindi man ako Atenista,  I feel your pain.

I have always felt closely entwined with Ateneo.  My brothers are true blue Ateneans.  I spent my pre-school to high school right beside Ateneo.  My first big crush is from Ateneo.  And my entire high school social life was with Ateneans.  Ironically though,  all my past relationships are with La Sallites and I married a La Sallite.

Anyway,  my affinity with Ateneo has never wavered.   Yesterday,  as I watched the Ateneo vs. UST game in Araneta center, I wore blue and cheered with the heart of a Blue Babble Battallion!  It was flashback time when the thunderous all too familiar drum beat of Ateneo echoed Araneta. I high fived with the college student beside me, at the back of me and my palms are still sore from all the clapping!

I have always been in awe of the Ateneans burning zeal for their alma mater.  And my highest respects are with these people who are a "Man for Others."   As they raised their clenched fists and move their raised arm to the beat of their Alma Mater song, in my heart I know,  being an Atenean makes them a winner all by themselves.

Blue Eagle Spelling ... Halikinu Kinikina Yeabo, Yeabo Ateno Rah!!!

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Million People Luneta March Aug 26 2013: Should I be there? Should my kids be there?

Image from Philippine Collegian

Image from Philippine Collegian

When I was in grade school,  my dad took me to every significant Ninoy Aquino rally in Manila.  It all started when we lined up in Sto. Domingo church to pay respects to my modern day hero that is Ninoy.  Donning my school uniform,  it was rally, after rally, after that.  I missed school, but patriotism came alive for me in those days.

Fast forward to today,  I have my own grade schoolers and my indifference has taken a plateau. I even became indifferent to indifference.  Does that make sense?  Anyway,   I don't watch the evening news except when there is a calamity.  But to watch politicians wrestle it out with each other - waste of time and wrinkle inducing.

I was jolted to reality when a friend called me asking me if I'm going to the march on Monday.  "What march?"  And she went on and on why I should attend the event.

I mulled over it based on the following questions:

1.   Do I believe in the agenda of the protest?  Can I explain it to my kids?

Agenda:  Abolishment of Pork Barrel

My Opinion:  Pork barrel is funding projects of Congressmen for their constituents.  Necessary?  Yes? Out of someone's pocket into another?  Yes.  Who will disburse those much needed funds?  The national government?  What ordinary people need to do is to come up and collate suggestions on ways to decrease corruption in government.  How to increase transparency and accountability?  How to educate people to vote based on character rather than popularity?  When brilliant suggestions are crafted,  then we march to have them voted into law and watch their implementation.

2.    Will the protest yield the objectives of the protest?  Can I proudly tell my kids this is what might happen after the protest?

Maybe.  Maybe they will abolish pork barrel and replace it with :

Holistic Lawmaking for the Development of all Filipinos (HOLDAF)

Budgetary Allocation for Collaborative Outreach Nationwide (BACON)

Countrywide Universal Priority Initiatives Treasury (CUPIT) Fund

Maybe, the corrupt government officials will say "Hot tayo ngayon,  lie low muna.  Next month na ang ghost project."

3.   Who is organizing the protest?  Is there even a program?  After going to the event,  will my kids' hearts be ignited with patriotism or confused to death?

They say it is organized by ordinary citizens disgusted with all the corruption in the Philippines.  Ok I'm one of those.  And then what?  What do we do when we get there?

4.    If my kids and I don't join,  are we letting our beloved Philippines down?

This is the only part I feel compelled to go.  I want to go because I puke at corruption and I want to be in solidarity with the people of the Philippines as we puke together at this evil.

Will I go?  1 out of 4 for me.  And yet, a very compelling 1 that defies reason.  What is yours?

Nagmamahal sa bansang Pilipinas,

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Domain Name is Registered under Different Domain Extension: TheGoMom Goes Global

worldwide webA week ago I received an email from two companies based China informing me that another company, also based in China, has filed TheGoMom as their company brand name.  I replied by informing them that I have not authorized nor is giving permission to that company, or any other company to use the name TheGoMom.

They politely responded by saying that the company registered all the below (11) names and will push through with it unless I register all of it or unless TheGoMom has a trademark (TM). I don't have a TM.  I'm a housewife preparing meals and tutoring my kids! I tried going to GoDaddy to register it and tada most are registered already.  I researched a bit and it says that domain names can be registered by anyone as long as they don't carry the TM.  In short,  small companies without trademarks (who can afford trademarks? Nestle, P&G, Colgate etc.) can have their names grabbed by any domain extension they don't have registration for.  To date, as per Wiki Answers, there are 280 domain type extensions.

The internet is a very helpful, free but scary world.  I fumed and had sleepless nights over it but that's life.  I don't know how this would affect TheGoMom.  I guess they would appear first in Google's search engine because they obviously have more money to pay for search engine.  For those who know me already please just type in www.thegomom.com.

In every situation,  my friend  said there is always a silver lining,  in this case the .COM, the mother of all domain extensions is mine:-)

With you in this Happy Chaos called Parenting!

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Emergency Vehicle Signs: Have Compassion. Step aside.

emergencyMy family and I were on our way to Stilts, Batangas and on our lunch stop in Royal Tagaytay my 11 year old boy vomited several times.  He couldn't walk and was vomiting every few steps and his last vomit he was shivering.

We decided to find the nearest hospital which was still at the Tagaytay Rotonda maybe 25 mins drive back.  The whole time he was screaming and crying in pain.  My son has a very high tolerance for pain and rarely cries and seeing him in this much pain broke my heart.

On our way back,  my brother who was driving the van was in hazard, had his bright lights on, was doing emergency horn honking while my mom was waving her hand out of the car but people were oblivious to our state.  No one,  not a single vehicle stepped to the side to let us through.

Lesson:  If someone has his hazard on and doing all those emergency motions,  naman,  please have the compassion to move to the side.  It can save someone's lives and surely when you are in a similar emergency you would want them to do the same for you.

I was imagining a ruptured appendicitis and I wanted to go for Asian Hospital in Alabang but he was in so much pain we decided to head to the ER of the Uni-health Tagaytay Hospital.  GOD is very good,  it turned out to be just a severe case of indigestion.

The medical staff of Uni-Health Tagaytay Hospital were effective in controlling the pain.  They injected him (oral medications will just be vomited) with a pain reliever, Ranitidine (an antacid to decreases stomach acid production) and Buscopan (treats stomach spasms).

To spare me from cold sweats when the next stomach ache attacks,  I decided to read up on appendicitis, dyspepsia and food poisoning in kids.   Please click this if you want to read my blog about Tummy Ache in Kids:  When Should we Press the Red Button.

With you in this Happy Chaos called Parenting!

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Torture: Having a sheet of bubble wrap you can’t Pop!

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There are somethings that are meant to be like feet into shoes and bubble wraps are just meant to be popped.  Whenever we get a package with a bubble wrap,  my kids and I scramble to get to one side of the sheet and start popping away.  There is an inexplicable joy of popping those bubbles.  So,  imagine my dismay when my husband brought home a sheet of bubble wrap to line a part of our storage area and said "Ep, ep,  no popping!"  It's like your most favorite ice cream is dripping in front of you and you can't even lick it!  The torture is just too much!:-)