Monday, April 27, 2015

Rare Native Dishes

Dr Abe V Rotor

Caliente or ox hide, softened and sliced,
served with onion and fresh pepper.

Ngarusangis (small seashells)

Appetite drives the will wild and free
To satiate hunger, more so curiosity,
Where the edge is just a step away,
Beyond adventure lies eternity;
Puffer or grub or some crustacean,
It's dare or delight to the epicurean.


Pesang Dalag (snakehead)
Native chicken tinola
Arusip or lato (Caulerpa), served fresh, with tomato and onion






The Two Faces of Fire


Dr Abe V Rotor


Painting in acrylic, AVR 2004

Fire is life, fire is death;
nature's first invention, 
ultimate destruction,
yet comfort by the hearth.

Fire is wild, fire is tame,
source of prime energy,
or friend turned enemy;
or glowing wand of fame. 

Fire bares all, covers all;
creeps under, runs uphill;
in summer or in chill,
all things short or tall. 

Fire, the first whim, last cry,
at home, in battlefield;
the first arm, the first shield,
the worst fear, the last sigh. ~ 

Sea Cavern Mural


Dr Abe V Rotor 
 Living with Nature - School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid with Ms Melly C Tenorio

738 DZRB AM, 8 to 9 evening class Mon to Fri
Wall Mural at SPUQC painted by the author, ca 2000

Visit a submarine cave of the tropical seas
through a mural of the imagination -
pristine, unspoiled, undiscovered eversince;
or one, the remnant of exploitation,
man’s endless pursuit of power and riches,
and his concept of the art of creation. ~

What make Children's Art beautiful and meaningful?


Leo Carlo Rotor's art lessons, part 2:
What make Children's Art beautiful and meaningful?
  • Simple and colorful 
  • Meaning and message
  • Contemporary style
  • Experiential 
  • Freedom of expression 
  • Personal style
  • Linkages in topics
  • Thorough and complete
  • Defined and specific
  • Sense of Achievement  
These ten attributes make children's art a wholesome experience, and worth all the honors a young artist aspires for. They set the beginning of a career and good character - and preparation for the children's bright future.  
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The word MODERN itself can be depicted by the way it is expressed. 

An experience on graduation day - in the past or in the future.
Prize - it comes in many ways: gem, ribbon, trophy, necklace, ring, and the like. 
Involvement - prelude to maturity, building the foundation of good citizenship.
Entertainment - where and when reality and fantasy are one, reason and imagination converge.
Work also means obligation and responsibility, mother than output and reward. 
Surrealism, a postmodern art, may not mean anything, nonetheless challenging to the viewer to interpret,
Food - but why are the tools bigger than the food itself? Interpretative art challenges the viewsr and relates the hidden message to contemporary issues.
Wonder of the world, the Rice Terraces of Ifugao, now in a state of disrepair, it has been demoted in the UNESCO Heritage list.
Frivolous celebration is not good, and it does not enhance joy and success of an occasion how special it may be
Religion and tradition, Christianity and paganism, are too early to teach children. But it is their innocence that moderates conflicting beliefs and philosophies.

Dichotomy


Dr Abe V Rotor


Glass painting, AVR c. 2005

I wonder what the world is like without you:
     . the seed wakes up  to a new life
       only when weaned strong;  
     . trees without branches and stems
       would be like palms and ferns;
     . horns not in pair make defense futile,
       save the rhino, and the unicorn;
     . unpaired limbs, claws and wings 
       make the reptiles and fish rule;
     . plants in the garden would not
       submit to Fibonacci's sequence;
     . flocks, herds and colonies grow
       unless resources are short;           
     . the living minutiae, the amoeba
       and its kin would be more mean.
  these and others unheeding your call -
  would they rather make a new realm?    

I wonder what we humans are like without you:
     . where truth from falsehood rises
       yet unseen by mob or the strong;
     . to decipher beauty and defy
       contrast and morality;
     . to travel on the Augustinian road 
       not of man but of God;
     . why men die for their beliefs,
       at the end, proved to be right;
     . why half of the world suffers
       while the other has too much;  
     . cries and laughter echo from halls
       and altars, in war and peace;       
     . yet humans live and die as one race
       repeatedly in history.  
I wonder if dichotomy is a grand design
of unity and diversity in continuum,
and make the world go on and on. ~

Photography: Silhouettes and Filters (University of Santo Tomas, Manila)


Dr Abe V Rotor
Monument of founder: Fr Miguel Benavides
Tower and icons on UST main building.

Just impression of your faith,
before the close of day,
your profile in silhouette
to remind me to pray. ~

Wednesday, April 15, 2015



False kindness: Never help a chick to hatch, a pupa to become a butterfly

Dr Abe V Rotor
And never touch animal babies before they are weaned, otherwise they will be devoured or abandoned by their mothers.

Don't help a flower bud to open. Don't help a chich get out of its shell,  Paintings by AVR.

But curious kids we were, we would surreptitiously smuggle puppies from their mother while she is away. They are simply irresistibly cute. So with kittens and rabbits. But the smell of humans is enough cause for nursing animals to kill and even devour their newly born offspring as in the case of rats. A mother cat simply transfers her young to another place difficult to discover. Dogs refuse to nurse their puppies if disturbed.

And beware. Nursing animals are by instinct ferocious, and even turn against their own masters, as in the case of the dog, and more so in the wild. A brooding cobra will surely strike at any intruder. Nursing cows and horses chase man or animal that threatens their young. A brooding hen is ill-tempered, ready to attack, so with hawks, eagles and other birds. Among lower animals the paper wasp or putakti is a classical example of collective assault. Just keep away at bay.

What happens to the chick assisted to hatch from its shell instead of leaving it to struggle on its own?  It will be sickly and most likely lame.  And how about the butterfly helped to metamorphose from its chrysalis?  It will never be able to fly.~ 

Hide-and-seek Game

Dr Abe V Rotor
Pet fish, Oscar, at home QC

Everyday it is our casual game, 
with Oscar, my pet and friend;
until one day I saw the reeds
as cold iron bars, and I, a fiend.~

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Rip van Winkle Junior

Dr Abe V Rotor
 Rip Van Winkle, the legendary character in Washington Irving's short story of the same tile.  Acknowledgment: Wikipedia, Internet.

A balikbayan was visiting his hometown. He wanted to relive his pleasant childhood. There is something irresistible, a homing instinct that draw many balikbayan to come home in the later years of their lives. Some wish to be buried in the town of their birth.

His townmates call him Tatang, a courtesy to a much older person who is like a father. In fact Tatang means father. To earn this title is not easy.

“You must be part of the people,” a Filipino sociologist said. “And you must have the respectability and touch.” But the most important qualification he mentioned is that you have to have children of your own who call you tatang in the biological sense. In the case of Tatang Ramon, his title is sociological.

Which gives essence to the term kapamilya, connoting extended family. Indeed that’s how small the hometown of Tatang Ramon is. Kinship is by consanguinity, affinity and by being a kababayan, rolled in one.

Tatang Ramon felt easy with the people especially the children, and he felt reciprocated. Well, this what you call touch. Tatang Ramon had the touch when he talsk, even with a slight slang that gives an inkling he is a balikbayan from the states. He had the touch when greeting his kababayan and talking to them. And he had a good memory; he could relate people to one another, at least people in his generation, with something interesting about them.

He is indeed a balikbayan – he is bringing out beautiful memories weaving them with the happenings of a changing world. He even talked of post-modern living, giving emphasis to the prefix, to stress the fact that we are "living in the future." What with space exploration, the Internet and cloning - but he did not dwell much on these for fear he might not be understood.

One day Tatang Ramon found a young man scratching the ground with a stick. He was reminded of his bible. There is a part where Christ was meditating scratching the ground with a stick – which up to now no one knows what he wrote. Around him were angry people who were about to stone a woman to death because she committed a grave sin. Christ rose and said, “He who has no sin casts the first stone.” No one dared. The people left and Christ said to the woman, “Go and sin no more.”

Tatang Ramon approached the fellow who was seemingly in deep reflection. He didn’t know what attracted him to do so. Apparently the fellow was sad and lonely. He needed comfort, at least company. He was writing something on the ground which could not be deciphered. To his surprise, he found out that the fellow is the son of a classmate of his in the elementary.

“What’s you name, young man?” he asked

“Jun,” he quipped, “Jun po … Tang.” Short for tatang. And he talked about his father.

“Why, you look like your father.”

You can imagine how the two fell into a familiar conversation, such as what Tatang Ramon and Jun’s father Tatang Juan had in common, what they did in school, but more important what they did after school. Oh, they fished in the river, rode bicycle together, played sipa and competed in nearby towns. It’s a novel if you are patient to hear everything. Tatang Ramon cut the story, “…then I left for the states … finished college … raised a family … found a good job … my children are on their own now… and here I am, a balikbayan.”

Jun did not say a thing. He heard Tatang Ramon all right.

One qualification how the title Tatang is earned is to be able to advise effectively. Even if you are not a sociologist this is basic. And what do you think Tatang Ramon did?

He gave an unsolicited advice. He cleared his throat, sat beside Jun like a father should to a troubled son.

“You see Jun, when you finish college you will meet people and visit different places. You will find a good job. And you will free yourself from the cares and worries of the world.” He paused, waiting for a response. There was none.

“You will simply enjoy the leisure of life.” The balikbayan flashed a friendly grin, thinking he had driven well his point.

The simpleton momentarily stopped scratching the ground, looked at his new mentor and casually spoke.

“And what do you think I’m doing now, 'Tang?"

Tatang Ramon felt he does not deserve the title – what with Jun’s response?

His mind found solace in his readings. He realized Rip van Winkle is still alive. He is in our midst.

Rip van Winkle is the principal character of a short story of the same title written by Washington Irving in the late 17th century.

Rip van Winkle was a very lazy person, a hempeck husband who left home and went up the mountain on a leisurely hunting and did not return until twenty years later. He fell asleep for twenty long years!

“Who am I?” who asked the villagers when he found his way back to his village. Everything changed, it was a new era. America was now an independent nation. Madam Winkle had long been gone. When he finally reached his old home, a young man was scratching the ground with a stick. His house was still there but was falling apart.

“I am Rip Van Winkle!” The old man cried. “Can’t anyone recognize me?” He paused and got closer to the young man and examined him from head to foot. He looked familiar. "And who are you?"

“I am Rip van Winkle,” came a wry answer.

x x x

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Takong - the Nest-Building Sow

Dr Abe V. Rotor

Crossbred offspring shows traces of its native parent - the domesticated wild pig

When I was a farmhand I watched Takong – mother pig, build a nest. She gathered dry banana stalks, rice straw, leaves, and if there were clothes or blanket on a sagging clothesline, they would likely end up as nesting materials.

Takong was a native pig and carried much of the features of baboy damo or wild pig. Her fangs were long, protruding and curved outward, resembling amulets. Her snout was long, her skin dark gray and loose, her hair wiry. She was seldom without caked mud over her body because she loved to wallow. She strayed on the farm, subsisting on rice bran, fruits and vegetables, or whatever leftovers there were after threshing or milling.

“Our sow is ready to give birth,” my dad announced. Takong had been in her nest and if it were not for her gray color, heaving and grunting, you would dismiss her nest as a mere pile of rubbish. That night I heard grunting and squeaking. Our sow was giving birth. The piglets came out at intervals.

As the first rays of the sun peep through the den, I cautiously searched how many piglets our   sow had delivered. There were ten piglets in all! But none was wholly black like the mother. They had shades of white and gray, their snouts were shorter and upturned. Their father was of a foreign breed, stocky and bigger than Takong with snub nose and flappy ears. Takong laid on one side and obediently nursed her litter, each taking possession of a teat. "Just don't get too close." my father warned.

Father knows that even if animals have been domesticated, they still carry the evolutionary gene designed to protect their young against any enemy they perceive - which may include their own masters. Animals are most dangerous at nesting time and after giving birth until the young are ready to be weaned. Another warning my dad emphasized is that never touch the young, more so to take them away from the nest or litter.

We can't resist picking up newly born animals, like kittens and puppies, because they are lovable. Their mother can easily sense our intrusion. She may abandon the poor cute thing, or even kill or eat it. Or she takes the whole litter away to a safe place.

In the wild, animals can sense danger that may threaten the whole litter, if not the whole herd. According to sociobiology as proposed by Dr EO Wilson, altruism and sacrifice are actually part of behavioral instinct which is important to the survival of the species, to the extent of sacrificing its individual members. Murder and cannibalism among animals may be explained with this theory. So with sudden attacks on people by pets, by animals in zoo and circus.

Takong's offspring soon reached weaning time. Dad sold them as growers, leaving one to become our next sow. It bore less features of the mother than the father. " It got more blood from her father," said Anding, our caretaker. I named our future sow Turik, meaning multiple spots. We built a pen for Turik to protect her from the sun and rain, and from other animals. Feeding and watering troughs were made for easier work. Twice the local veterinarian came to give Turik immunization.

I miss Takong, I never saw a sow build a nest again. ~

The Nipa Hut - A Living Memory

Dr Abe V Rotor

The Nipa Hut - A Living Memory

Take me under your thatched roof away from the aircon room,
Let me lie on your slatted floor, not on a bed of foam; 
Let me see the world through your windows and open door,
And hear the crickets in the dark, the birds at dawn. 

Take me away from the city, and lead me back to my home,
Away from the busy lane, to where an old road
Ends to the open where the fields are a vast of brown and green;
Lead me to the legends the old folks once told.   
Take me to Nature I've long missed in my youthful years,
When the monsoon surrenders to the golden grain, 
A rooster crows to herald the dawn atop your nipa crown,
That rustles in sweet notes with the breeze and rain. 

Take me back where dreams are born, where they grow,
Where one day, like the river flowing down to the sea,
Take many a  child to where the world lies in hope and obscurity;
To return or not, you remain in him a living memory. ~

Bahay Kubo version with home garden (Painting in oil by author)

 




Tree house, Rosario La Union
 Garden hut, Florida Blanca, Pampanga
Typical Nipa Hut, Florida Blanca Pampanga
Nipa Hut at IRRI Museum, Los BaƱos, Laguna
Nipa house and cottage for handicraft and storage (back), 
San Juan, Ilocos Sur
 Nipa Hut for stage play, SPU Quezon City

Floating Nipa Hut, Bohol 


Philippine Folk and Classical Music Revival: Sa Kabukiran (In the Countryside) and Other Songs

Compiled by Dr Abe V Rotor 

                                                         Painting by Fernando C Amorsolo  

Sa Kabukiran was a Spanish song that was translated into Cebuano. The famous lyricist Levi Celerio wrote Tagalog words for it, which were then popularized in a recording by Sylvia La Torre in the 1940's. It became such a hit that a movie was made with the title Sa Kabukiran in 1947. 

 TAGALOG SONG LYRICS
 ENGLISH TRANSLATION
 Sa kabukiran, walang kalungkutan
Lahat ng araw ay kaligayahan

Ang halaman kung aking masdan
Masiglang lahat ang kanilang kulay 
In the countryside, there is no sorrow
All the days are joyful

When I look at the plants
Their colors are all cheerful

Ang mga ibon nag-aawitan
Kawili-wili silang pakinggan

O aking buhay na maligaya
Busog ang puso at maginhawa

The birds are all a-singing
It's entertaining to listen to them

Oh, my happy life
My heart is full and at ease

Paruparong Bukid
Field Butterfly
Paruparong bukid na lilipad-lipad
Sa gitna ng daan papagapagaspas
Isang bara ang tapis
Isang dangkal ang manggas
Ang sayang de kola
Isang piyesa ang sayad

May payneta pa siya — uy!
May suklay pa man din — uy!
Nagwas de-ohetes ang palalabasin
Haharap sa altar at mananalamin
At saka lalakad nang pakendeng-kendeng. 


This song compares a certain woman to a mountain butterfly.

Santa Clara

Santa Clarang pinung-pino
Ang pangako ko ay ganito
Pagdating ko po sa Ubando
Ay magsasayaw ng pandanggo

Abaruray! abarinding!
ang pangako'y tutuparin!
Abaruray! abarinding!
ang pangako'y tutuparin!

Santa Clarang pinong-pino,
Ako po ay bigyan mo
Ng asawang labintatlo
Sa gastos ay walang reklamo!

Santa Clara
(English translation) 
To the very refined, Saint Claire
This is my promise
Upon reaching Obando Town
I will dance the pandanggo.}

To the very refined, Saint Claire
I pray that you grant me
Thirteen spouses all in all
To the costs, I won’t complain at all!


Filipino Folk Song  
Rice Planting
Planting rice is never fun
Bent from morn till the set of sun,
Cannot stand and cannot sit,
Cannot rest for a little bit.


Planting rice is no fun
Bent from morn till set of sun,
Cannot stand, cannot sit,
Cannot rest a little bit.

Oh, come friends and let us homeward take our way,
Now we rest until the dawn is gray,
Sleep, welcome sleep, we need to keep us strong
Morn brings another workday long.

Filipino Folk Song
Pandangguhan
I
Manunugtug ay nangagpasimula
At nangagsayawan ang mga mutya
Sa mga padyak parang magigiba
Ang bawat tapakan ng mga bakya
II
Kung pagmamasdan ay nakatutuwa
Ang hinhin nila'y hindi nawawala
Tunay na hinahangaan ng madla
Ang sayaw nitong ating munting bansa
III
Dahil sa ikaw mutyang paraluman
Walang singganda sa dagat silangan
Mahal na hiyas ang puso mo hirang
Ang pag-ibig mo'y hirap makamtan

Kung hindi taos ay masasawi
Mga pagsuyong iniaalay
Kung hindi taos ay masasawi
Mga pagsuyong iniaalay
IV
Halina aking mahal, ligaya ko ay ikaw
Kapag 'di ka natatanaw,
Ang buhay ko ay anong panglaw
Halina aking mahal, ligaya ko ay ikaw
Kapag 'di ka natatanaw,
Ang buhay ko ay anong panglaw
V
Kung may pista sa aming bayan,
Ang lahat ay nagdiriwang
May letchon bawat tahanan,
May gayak pati simbahan
Paglabas ni Santa Mariang mahal,
Kami ay taos na nagdarasal
Prusisyon dito ay nagdaraan,
Kung kaya't ang iba'y nag-aabang
May tumutugtog at may sumasayaw,
Mayrong sa galak ay napapasigaw
Ang pista sa bayan namin ay ganyan,
Ang saya'y tila walang katapusan.
(Ulitin ang I)

(English Rough Translation)
 I
The musicians have began
And the maidens dance
Seems to be destroyed In the tramp
To each trample of the wooden shoes
II
If you look is so amusing
The refinement were not missing
Really admired by the people
The dance of our small country
III
As of you muse Pearl
Nothing as beautiful as to the east sea
Dear beloved jewel your heart
Your love is hard to attain
If you are not sincere is perish
Affection offered
If you are not sincere is perish
Affection offered
IV
Come my dear, you are my happiness
When I do not not see you,
My life is dreary
Come my dear, you are my happiness

When I do not not see you,
My life is dreary
V
If there is feast in our town,
Everyone is celebrating
There are letchon in every home,
There is decoration in the church
The release of Saint Mary dear,
We is sincerely praying
Here Procession is passing,
So the others waiting
There are playing instruments and dancing,
There are shouting to the delight
The feast in our town like that,
The happiness seems endless.
(Repeat I)


Ilocano Folk Song
 Manang Biday
            

Manang Biday, ilukat mo man
’Ta bintana ikalumbabam
Ta kitaem ’toy kinayawan
Ay, matayakon no dinak kaasian

Siasinnoka nga aglabaslabas
Ditoy hardinko pagay-ayamak
Ammom ngarud a balasangak
Sabong ni lirio, di pay nagukrad

Denggem, ading, ta bilinenka
Ta inkanto ’diay sadi daya
Agalakanto’t bunga’t mangga
Ken lansones pay, adu a kita

No nababa, imo gaw-aten
No nangato, dika sukdalen
No naregreg, dika piduten
Ngem labaslabasamto met laeng

Daytoy paniok no maregregko
Ti makapidut isublinanto
Ta nagmarka iti naganko
Nabordaan pay ti sinanpuso

Alaem dayta kutsilio
Ta abriem ’toy barukongko
Tapno maipapasmo ti guram
Kaniak ken sentimiento

Philippine Songs
Mabuhay Singers



      Lawiswis Kawayan
      Leron Leron Sinta
      Carinosa
      Aking Bituin
      Chit-Chirit-Chit
      Kataka-taka
      Sinisinta Kita
      Paruparong Bukid
      Halina't Magsaya
10     Tugtuging Bukid
11     Sarung-Banggi


12     Sa Libis Ng Nayon

Success comes with old age. Take it from these famous people

Organized and compiled by Dr Abe V Rotor

Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM Band, 8-9 evening class, Monday to Friday  

1. Charles Darwin published his masterpiece in his old age, more than 20 years since he started his research. He was a late bloomer, did not pursue medicine but became a naturalist.

Darwin 

2. Benjamin Franklin was past 80 when he helped draft the constitution.

3. Chief Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes was in his 80's when he wrote some of his classic legal opinions and he served well into his 90's.

4. Artist Pablo Picasso as well as cellist Pablo Casals were active into their 90's.

5. Moses led his people from Egypt, and lived to a very ripe age. He became suddenly mature
and old when he brought the 10 commandments from Sinai. Grandma Moses began her art career in her late 70's.

6. Victor Fankl, after second world war, and released from the Nazi camp, founded logotherapy, and a book A Search for Meaning. in his old age.

Frankl 

7. Greek shipping magnate Onassis was already very old when he married the widowed Jacqueline Kennedy

8. Michelangelo designed St. Peter's Cupola when he was 83 and remained active until he was 89.

9. Tandang Sora is called with such respect because of her age coupled by high quality of leadership – trust and confidence.

10. Sister Mamerta Rocero SPC went back to school for her PhD in her sixties, because one of the few Filipino ethno botanist, died at the age 94.

11. Dr Fe del Mundo, past her 90s continued to inspire doctors and those in the health profession.

12. Dr. Dioscorro Umali until his death at the age of 73, was IRRI’s visiting scientist to China; he held the highest position as regional director of UN-FAO.

13. I am fortunate to have studied under these famous professors in their old age. It is indeed a rare honor and privilege.

 Dr. Deogracias Villadolid Stanford Fishery expert, introduced tilapia.
• Dr. Nemesio Mendiola, Luther Burbank of the Philippines
• Dr. Gerardo Ocfemia, formost plant pathologist
• Dr. Velasquez, formost Filipino phycologist
• Dr. Eduardo Quisumbing, author of the most popular on medicinal plants.
• Prof. Leopoldo Karganilla, entomologist
• Prof. Emiliano Roldan, plant pathologist
• Dr. Juan Aquino, soil scientist
• Dr. Eugenio Cruz, agricultural engineer, invented the evaporator air-con.
• Dr Rufino Gapuz, animal husbandry expert
• Dr. Francisco Fronda, father of the poultry industry of Thailand.
• Prof. Domingo Paguirigan, horticulturist
Dr Salvador Araneta, President of Araneta University 
  Prof. Jose Lansang Journalist, Lyceum of the Philippines 
  Dean Juan Torres, agriculturist, Araneta University
. Dean Jose Adeva, Lyceum of the Philippines

  Dr. Ernesto Franco, Management, Lyceum of the Philippines  
  Prof. Amando Doronilla, journalist, Lyceum 
  of the Philippines 
. Prof Francisco Claridad, plant geneticist

14. Marlon Brando came back to the screen when he was in his seventies appeared as The Godfather and won a second academy award.

15. Spencer Tracy was the old man of Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea.

16. Anthony Quinn was Zorba the Greek and appeared as the old man in Harry Potter series.

17. Oliver Cromwell retired on the farm, then fought for the rights of England in his old age, deposed the kind – but restored the monarchy after.

18. Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, and looked at his characters as himself. – Fagin and Ebenezer Scrooge.

Longfellow

19. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow became the most respected professor in Cambridge in his old age – yet experimented on new style of poetry. Translated Dante’s Divine Comedy , Song of Hiawatha (Finnish meter), Evangeline (hexameter only for Latin and Greek Iliad) died at 75 very old in his day’s standard

20. Ludwig Beethoven experimented on the Sonata – Moonlight Sonata

21. Handel wrote Alleluia when he was already old

22. Wise Kings – King Solomon, King David; the Three Kings, pictured as old men (promotion of Christianity among old people, and the rich and powerful – but they were not made saints.

23. Confucius and other ancient Chinese philosophers are pictured as old men - dignified, wise and humble.

24. Ronald Reagan was the oldest US president when he was elected, and became one of the best contemporary presidents of America. 

15. Goethe
, philosopher; Matisse, modern painter; Keats, poet; Mao Tse-tung, Chinese communist leader - these, and thousands of old people of their kind, make our world a wholesome and promising one. ~


16. Severino Reyes, aka Lola Basyang, wrote his first story for children - Plaiutin ni Periking - at age 75.  He lived long to be able to finish more than 400 stories for children, which were adopted in Komiks, movies, stage plays, books and magazines.
Severino Reyes aka Lola Basyang


Please add more to the list.  Include those who may not be as popular as those mentioned.