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Sandra Colis

“What do you do when you fall down? You get up. And if you fall down again? You get up again.” I am Sandra Colis. When I was 9 years old, I had a fainting spell and awoke with a high fever. My condition was diagnosed as Tetraparesis and it…

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Malu Deniega

Marilou Deniega “Malu” was born with mild cerebral palsy, which has kept her in a wheelchair with limited mobility of her hands. As a young girl, Malu would remain indoors while the other children went out to play. However, Malu stayed by her mother’s side and would watch her create…

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Romeo Tarine

For Romy Tarini, illustrating comics is his speciality and first love. He enjoys drawings which tell a story. Romy has transferred that same love of story telling to painting scenes on jeepneys, each a picture of the Philippines. The endless possibilities and the infinite beauty of the Philippines offer opportunities…

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Marie Concepcion

Marie feels that the consequences of polio do not in any way keep her from accomplishing on a par with anyone fully abled. She discovered her gift for the visual arts when her 6ht grade science teacher ask her to draw leaves on the chalkboard. In Marie’s worlds. “I’m very…

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Wilfredo “Fred” Ibanez Jr.

Fred was born in 1979 in Bacolod. At the age of 2 he got polio which affected his right leg. Consequently, Fred became aware at an early age that his disability would make an already difficult life more difficult. However, he doesn’t let this bring him down. You see, Fred…

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Francis Candole

I drew while my playmates ran around in the fields. I drew late into the evening by candlelight. I drew during study time. I drew on every scrap of paper. I drew on rocks. I drew on walls. I drew on tabletops. I drew on the floor. Beautiful scenes filled…

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Juanito Mingarine

Juanito is married and has three children. After a bout with measles at 8 months of age, he lost the ability to move his legs. His talent for painting was confirmed for him when he won the Phizer Philippines painting contest. As he expresses himself through his art, he feels…

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Purification Elks Mingarine

Elkie is married and has three children. During an excruciating battle with bone cancer in 1989, her right leg was amputated above the knee. By 1991, she was fitted for a prosthesis. Through she has been fond of drawing and coloring since grade school, it is only now that she…

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Alandino Deniega

Alan has a wife Malu and a son Mardin. He began painting in 1984 after meeting Malu—the “LOVE of HIS LIFE”. Paint-ing the huge canvas filled Alan with ex-citement, as a challenge of such magni-tude in art was a first for him.

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Mastervic V. Fagtanan

A teacher and an artist, Mastervic has been painting since he was a child. His inspiration comes from the desire to express what is in his mind. For Mastervic, painting is his form of communication. Landscapes are a favorite although he is not partial to any specific style as he…

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Roy Llenares

Roy is married and has one son, Boyet. Through a polio victim. Roy feels that he is fully abled. He knew as far back as elementary that he was fond of painting. His talent was confirmed for him after entering an amateur painting contest. Roy is happy painting, as throughout…

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Joseph Asoque

Jojo suffered a vehicular accident in 1980 which left him differently abled. He has loved painting since grade three and pursued his passion through completing a course in architectural drafting. Through his love for Nature, his imagination was stirred and expressed with his hands in a myriad of colors. As…

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Joel Cruz

At age two he fell victim to polio. In grade five his talent was discovered when he began joining painting competitions and exhibits. The big canvas was challenging but at the same time gratifying, as the work allowed him to express his ideas and share his talent. His paintings are…

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Ramon Samuel Nacar

Born in Manila, Samuel’s speciality is acrylic paintings, specifically “kultura” Filipino. Most recently, Samuel painted a Mindenao folk dance – the Ilaw Dance. “I like to share the origins of our Filipino ancestors,” Samuel proudly explains when asked about the inspiration of his work. It is important for Samuel to…

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