drawing, dancing, and all the fun stuff in between!

Month: February, 2012

again, bondage

Whenever I say ‘bondage’, most people have this weird worried look on their face. I guess bondage just has this negative connotation. Much like the negativity attached to ‘pole dancer’ before.

Today I tied someone up for my next art project. And it was a very beautiful experience for him. Starting out very rigid and tense, he slowly opened up, let loose, let go. He started using his imagination, exploring possibilities of his body, pushing those limits further. And most of all, he learned how to have fun.

Here’s our conversation after:

Me: Bondage doesn’t have to be about pain, or subjugation….

Him: Or sex.

Me: Yeah. It can be about exploration. And form, lines, shapes…

Him: And freedom.


Watch out for my next show. In the meantime, here’s my most recent work.



100 self-portraits

2011 was pole year. I took a hiatus from art to focus on pole. Art was becoming more like work, plus I had so many pole ideas which I had to just do, so it just seemed the right move was to take a step back from art and pursue pole.

But after Polarity (my dream of dancing with an orchestra came true!), I stepped down as creative director of Polecats Manila to focus on art again.

And so here we go.

Tonight was the opening of Imaging Identity : 100 Filipino Self Portraits ( A Selection from the Paulino Que Collection). I’m one of the 100 artists commissioned by collector Paulino Que to make a self portrait.

arm candy pong with my work

entrance of Finale Art File

view from upstairs

A pretty book was published in commemoration of the show.

(Manuel Ocampo saw me with my book and said, “I’ll sign your book.” Ok, we don’t know each other, but sure. He then proceeded to draw on my book, asking, “Do you want pussy?” To which I answered, “I’d rather have dick.” So there, I have his drawing of a dick in my book.)

It was my first time to meet Paulino Que. Thank you Vita for introducing us!

I also met several people who have my works on their walls. Wow. I am still in awe when that happens. Or when people ask me to sign the book. I guess I’ve never really processed what being an artist means. I just draw, and everything else I don’t really mind.

I usually hate openings, even my own, but I’m glad I went to this one. I’m so grateful to be a part of this show, and a part of this community that continues to inspire me. 2012, watch out. I’m back.

Exhibit runs until March 3, 2012 at Finale Art File, La Fuerza Compound, Pasong Tamo, Makati City. 


And it’s still Christmas!

Merry Christmas Niner and Nicole 🙂

Thank you for trusting me with your tattoo design.

Tattoos by Katz Lorenzana. Thank you to Emme for the photos.

Up next, Mackie’s tattoo!

p.s. Do not ask me for tattoo designs unless we are super close. ok 🙂

weekend challenge #1: ask someone out

To fully imbibe the spirit of this blog– saying YES to life, taking chances, opening yourself up to the world– every Saturday I’ll be posting a challenge, for all of us to do.

This week’s challenge– ASK SOMEONE OUT.

Woohoo! This should be fun! And just in time for that dreaded Valentine’s Day .

If you’re attached, then DON’T ask someone out for a date. But maybe you can ask someone you admire out for coffee, and ask him/her about his/her fascinating life.

Deadline is Friday next week, Feb 10.

Post your experiences here! Good luck, have fun and just roll with it! 🙂

my favorite word

YES is the title of my blog because YES is my favorite word.

1998. My thesis classmate Clar asked me to join her in a summer film workshop in Mowelfund. I said YES.

1999. My drawing teacher asked me to exhibit at Ayala Museum. YES.

2000. Yasmin asked if I wanted to show at Surrounded By Water. YES.

2004. Did I want to design some movies? YES.

2007. Mich asked if I wanted to try pole dancing. YES.

2008. Isa asked if I wanted to join Silverlens. YES.

2009. Bianca asked if I wanted to try yoga. YES. Maybe I could put together a pole dancing group?  YES.

2010. Did I want a whole wall to myself for the biennale? YES.

2011. At 35 years old, could I be a pro pole dancer and perform with an orchestra? YES. How about baking some cupcakes? YES.

The only things I’ve said NO to are: 1. a marriage proposal in 1999. 2. if I wanted to dance for FHM.

Because of this, I’m the most kaladkarin person, which also means I’ve been to random places at random times for random reasons. This also means I’ve tried out a lot of things. And because of this, I’ve made wonderful interesting friends. I’m very lucky like that– that I have been given the chance to experience so many fun exciting sometimes nonsense silly things.

This has made me a very grateful person. And to show gratitude, I pass it on. I offer experiences to others, that they hopefully will say YES to. (You want to go to Tacloban? When? Now. What’s there? Who knows? / Come take my pole class! / Let’s tie you up! / How about some archery?)

The world opens up to you when you say yes.

Just try it. Say YES.