Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Old Quirino Bridge Across Banaoang Pass

Old Quirino Bridge Across Banaoang Pass
Dr Abe V Rotor 

Old Bridge across Banaoang Pass in acrylic (60" x 41") by the author. 
Painted for Dr Laurence (Rencie) Padernal), April 29. 2012

Past your golden age, three generations have passed, 
Once in your prime, and also was mine; 
The world over the horizon across your span, I sought 
For dreams the sweet goal of time. 

While across your other end leads to home, sweet home, 
For loyal sons and daughters in homage, 
Returning to childhood memories, to peaceful repose, 
Gateway indeed you are to every age. 

And in between, fleeting were the years, but never 
Lost - dream fulfilled, or never was - 
Matters but little in your own world, bright and windy, 
As the sun rises through the Pass. 

And if a lonely soul comes to your world, gazes around 
And high, the strength of the towering 
Rocks, the sharp, gentle slopes of green and golden
In their pristine - they're Nature blessing. 

From the cliff down the ravine, the great divide 
Of the rugged Cordillera, surrenders 
To a mighty river born in a fertile valley, gathers 
Strength as it flows and meanders. 

You are their peacemaker and guardian, oh, bridge - 
And rather than a bridge of sigh, 
You tame the wind; you tame the river, the mountains, 
And every day countless passersby. 

Bearing their weight and their load uncomplaining, 
Their pain and joy of going and returning; 
And seeing yonder farmers and fishers in their work - 
All’s well ‘til the sky sent the river roaring. 

Now it is your time to rest, the wind, river, and mountains 
And I, to bid you goodbye in the setting sun; 
But your ruins rise a monument seen by all and from Above, 
Where once a boy with dreams crossed your span. 

Presentation and unveiling of the painting to the birthday celebrant 

Quirino Bridge is named after President Elpidio Quirino, a great Ilocano leader. It spans across the mighty Abra River passing through Banaoang Pass, and joining the towns of Santa and Bantay both in Ilocos Sur province. The bridge survived a recent strong typhoon but was soon retired and replaced by a new bridge. Its beauty however, cannot be equaled.

Twilight view to the East, source of the mighty Abra River
Sunset view to the West where the river empties to the South China Sea

Cirrus clouds over the Cordillera Range; promontory partly blocking the bridge's view to the West. 

Placid river in summer, fisherman on raft steers for home before dark.

Exuberance of youth meets sunset on the edge of Banaoang Pass, as the Cordillera turns to amber and the Abra River to emerald. ~

12 Ways to Enhance your Personality

Dedicated to the late Jesus T Tanchanco, former minister and administrator, National Food Authority (1971-1986)

Dr Abe V Rotor

1. Live in the present. Live today. 

2. Forget the mistakes of yesterday. Yesterday has gone forever. 

3. Stop criticizing yourself and stop criticizing others. 

4, Yearn for self-improvement. 

Dr and Mrs Cecille Rotor exchange pleasantries with former NFA administrator Jesus T Tanchanco (right) during the last homecoming of former NGA-NFA employees.  It was the last meeting with this great man.    

5. Hold on to your self-respect by appraising yourself honestly. 
6. Learn to listen to other. It helps remove bias from your opinion. 

7. If you have a goal, reach for it. 

8. If you make a mistake. try again. 

9. Don't be timid in conversation. 

10. Exercise your imagination creatively to achieve success. 
11. Do one thing at a time. Shoot for one goal at a time.

12. Believe in the Providence not for luck but blessings.

From my old files I found this article designed for framing, so that it can serve as a daily personal reminder. Spontaneously as I thought of my boss for fifteen long years, the admirable and respected Jesus T Tanchanco, former administrator of the National Food Authority under the regime of President Ferdinand E Marcos.  During his time the Philippines became not only self-sufficient in rice and other major agricultural commodities, but a net exporter as well. The Philippines attained the status as exporter of rice in Tanchanco's time like Thailand and Vietnam today.   I realize that the success of a leader - a government official - depends largely on personality which is the embodiment of all qualities of a person.   

Monday, April 25, 2016

The Last Rose of Summer Lyrics

Painting vy Dr Abe V Rotor  

Composition by Friedrich von Flotow (1812-1883)
Same lyrics in two styles
"The Last Rose Of Summer"

'Tis the last rose of summer left blooming alone
All her lovely companions are faded and gone
No flower of her kindred, no rosebud is nigh
To reflect back her blushes and give sigh for sigh

I'll not leave thee, thou lone one, to pine on the stem
Since the lovely are sleeping, go sleep thou with them
Thus kindly I scatter thy leaves o'er the bed
Where thy mates of the garden lie scentless and dead

So soon may I follow when friendships decay
And from love's shining circle the gems drop away
When true hearts lie withered and fond ones are flown
Oh who would inhabit this bleak world alone?
This bleak world alone

"The Last Rose Of Summer"

Tis the last rose of summer
Left blooming alone
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone

No flower of her kindred
No rosebud is nigh
To reflect back her blushes
And give sigh for sigh

I'll not leave thee, thou lone one
To pine on the stem
Since the lovely are sleeping
Go sleep thou with them

Thus kindly I scatter
Thy leaves o'er the bed
Where thy mates of the garden
Lie scentless and dead

So soon may I follow
When friendships decay
And from love's shining circle
The gems drop away

When true hearts lie withered
And fond ones are flown
Oh, who would inhabit
This bleak world alone
This bleak world alone

Red, Red Summer

Dr Abe V Rotor

I am Summer, come to lure you away from your computer... come dance on my fresh grass, dig your toes into my beaches. ~Oriana Green, @NatureSpirits

Fire tree in acrylic, on-the-spot painting by AVR, Jamboree Site, UPLB Laguna

Umbrella Tree or Talisay loses leaves for new ones to grow in place

Bangar or kalumpang tree in bloom

Leaning fire tree, Fairview QC

Lobster's claw plant

Cadena de Amor, UPLB Laguna

Medinilla, UPLB Laguna
Flower craft, Sampaloc, Manila

Flower arrangement, QC
Fireworks, UST Manila
Pongapong (Amorphophalus campanulatus) flower, SPQC
Red dragon fruit
Red gummamela

Bride in red
Achuete flower, Silang, Cavite

Nymphaea, a water lily

Still life by Anna;
Eyes, abstract AVR
Red coral in acrylic, AVR
Ornamental pineapple
Balloon, Ferenbrook, Parañaque MM
Red orchid by Anna; Bouquet by AVR

Basketful of strawberry
Doña Trining (Musaenda)
Nangka Queen
Passion of Christ, stain glass
Upo with achuete dish, at home
Marlo with Dragon

 Firetree in bloom

If it could only be like this always — always summer, always alone, the fruit always ripe... ~Evelyn Waugh

And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the blue sky, is by no means waste of time. ~John Lubbock, "Recreation," The Use of Life, 1894