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April 6, 1976
Boac, Marinduque, Philippines
BSc Physical Therapy, Emilio Aguinaldo College, Manila, Class of 1999
Currently Manager of Fit For Women Gym in Surrey, BC
I have always loved art and began drawing at the age of six. Even at an an early age my drawing was winning awards in both elementary and high school, including best freehand drawing in high school. Upon graduating from high school, I won a scholarship to study Fine Arts at Far Eastern University in Manila. Coming from a large family with elder siblings who are medical professionals, my family encouraged me to follow their lead and convinced me to study Physical Therapy instead.
Although during my post secondary education I wasn't studying art, my devotion to it never withered. I developed a passion for sculpting and my family's medical background would now prove to be an asset. I secretly plundered my sister's dental supplies and my first sculptures were carved from dental wax. At first, my sister never noticed her missing wax until numerous wax sculptures began lining the stairs in our family home.
Since moving to Canada, my love of art has continued and I've had the opportunity to study at Emily Carr. I've taken up acrylic painting, welding and have continued drawing and sculpting. I no longer restrict myself to just wax though, as I've completed several bronze casts of my sculptures, learning from instructors at the Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle. I passionately enjoy sculpting especially the intricate detail work involved.
As well as art, I enjoy extreme outdoor adventures such as rock climbing and mountaineering and with my friends I have summited several peaks in the Northwestern including Mt. Baker and Mt. Adams.I love fitness and the outdoors, I enjoy hiking, camping and biking. Although I'm from the Philippines, I also embrace Canada's winter months as an avid snowshoe hiker. I always take my paints and easel with me camping, my love of nature and art combined.