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I was born in the Philippines in 1970. I was adopted at 9 and moved to Atlanta, GA. I lived in Orange Park, FL from 1984-1986 and moved to the NYC area. I finished H.S in New Jersey, took art classes at The School of Visual Arts, and earned my BFA in Painting & Drawing at Purchase College. From 1995 to 1998,I served in the US Army's Signal Corps. In 1998, I got my Honorable Discharge and moved back to NYC. I live in East Harlem today and work as a firefighter in Manhattan. You can find my profile on LinkedIn and stay updated on Twitter.

PHOTOGRAPHY The first photographs I looked at were probably from newsprint and eventually the Time Life 50th Anniversary book. I like both B&W and color. I like Bruce Davidson, Robert Frank, Karl Blossfeldt and Eugene Smith. Photography was graciously introduced to me when I was 9 years old. It was introduced to me alongside Super 8 home movies. Most of my photographs on Flickr are under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 US License.

ILLUSTRATION I like Albert Durer. I took figure drawing classes at the School of Visual Arts. I must have had three years of classical and figurative drawing. I finished my BFA degree at SUNY Purchase. Drawing remains a basis for all of my work. I grew up around reproductions- mostly Cezanne, Dali and religious Renaissance prints. Seventeen years later I was going to The School of Visual Arts, sharing a railroad apartment on S. 2nd and Bedford across Engine 221 Ladder 104. NYC was not as nice back in the mid 80's to early 90' because of the drug war. Three people were killed by guns on the block within a 6 month period. Williamsburg's Southside was low rent back then. In 1992, I left Brooklyn to finish my BFA degree in idyllic Purchase College. My favorite painting teacher back then was Juan Gonzalez, who taught at SVA. I like Peter Brueghel, Hieronymous Bosch, and Frida Kahlo.Joseph Cornell, Kurt Schwitters, and Max Ernst are among my favorite collagists. A contemporary artist Maggie Taylor is my current favorite. Her photo assemblages are beautiful, her color palette is phenomenal.

VIDEO SKETCHES I started a video web log (vlog) as a web creative outlet with the help of Freevlog.org and the Soho Apple Store in October 2005. Node 101 gave additional support. I posted the following series of videos before on Archive.org. Later, I switched to Blip.tv for its easier uploads, more features, and faster free hosting.

I believe in conditioning. I go by the idea that people's behavior are influenced by conditioning. Therefore if you are brought up well, you too will become caring. I asked war refugees questions about surviving. This is original order of the questions. I believe it's better to work towards coexistence and peace through non-violent, non-lethal dialogue especially in a world getting smaller. I finished a video series of World War II survivors in my family. I watched Shoah in March 2005. I felt strongly that I had to sit down and make something for my family. Some of them grew up as refugees in WW II's Pacific theatre. So as my nod to Claude Lanzmann's very important work, I made this home movie to give to my interviewees and their children.

Shoah is available for rent on Netflix, if you are looking for it.

StoryCorps.net is of great help. Thanks to Thislife.org especially Elizabeth Meister for answering my e-mail and turning me on to Storycorps' wonderful site.

Below are .mp4's hosted on Archive.org and 3 mirrored .flv's hosted on Blip.tv.

  1. Who were war collaborators?

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  2. Did you know any war collaborators?
  3. Did collaborators associate with anyone after WW II?

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  4. What was their (collaborators') justification?
  5. What happened to your friends and neighbors?
  6. What day did the war start?
  7. How did your father die?
  8. How was your relationship with the Americans?
  9. How old were you when the war started?

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  10. Do you remember the day it ended?
  11. Did anyone get sick?
  12. Where did you live?
  13. Were there any times of peace?
  14. Did you ever encounter the Japanese?
  15. Was this the first time you encountered the Japanese?
  16. Did you see cruelty towards civilians?

"[T]he greatest loyalty and obedience to culturally ritualized forms of behavior must not be mistaken for responsible morality"- Konrad Lorenz

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