Sculpture at the Cu Chi Tunnels, Saigon, Vietnam

So what’s with the title of my blog? “Itaga sa bato” is a Tagalog idiom that translates literally as “cast in stone”. It means to remember something forever.

You could take that to mean a couple of things.  A blog is essentially a journal.  It’s a way to remember in words what you were thinking and feeling at a particular moment in time.  You can also remember things visually.  Photography, for me, allows me to create a permanent image of how I see the world; I’m casting that image not into stone, but into computer pixels and paper & ink. You can argue that a digital image is never permanent, that is true; but my photos take my mental and visual  perceptions and make them permanent.  Besides, I suck at digital post-processing!

My Lola and me, November 2005

The title also refers to my Filipino heritage. I don’t speak Tagalog (although I do understand it), and I regret that. I am also a bit sad that I don’t even have a basic understanding of my parents’ dialects: Bicolano and Waray-Waray. When I was in the Philippines in November 2005 and again in May 2010, I realised just how separated I’ve become from my heritage. I need to remember what I can, and create new connections to the Philippines and to the family and culture I have there.

The title is also a tribute to my grandmother, Lola Monica, who passed away May 18, 2010. I will remember her forever.

My Lola at her 100th Birthday - May 4, 2010

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