In January, the university gave me the opportunity to move out of my current residence at Balay Sa Alumni, and relocate to the university housing condominiums called, Greyhound Village. This move came along with the commitment to lead the next Estudio Damgo design/build project, signing onto a full year to live and teach in the Philippines.
My new home is located about 6km from Dumaguete business core and inland from the coast. It's higher in elevation and more rural setting where there are breezes to catch and less noise from pedicabs and the bustle of city life. Being a country girl at heart, I love the natural surroundings of bamboo, palms, grass, and listening to the birds. At night I get a very clear view of the star-filled sky. It's peaceful to come home after a busy day of teaching and the heat, noise and congestion in Dumaguete.
Because the house is a two-story, two bedroom unit, there is more than enough space for my limited belongings. It's the largest space I've ever lived in on my own without other renters. The layout makes it a perfect space to live/work. In this case, I'm teaming up with Hersley-Ven Casero to create a working art studio and exhibition space where we will have a gallery opening every-other month. Hersley and I have coined this the HA? Experiment.
On February 28, the HA? Experiment debuted Hersley and my first art works created for the HA? Experiment. We had nearly 20 friendly patrons visit the house that night. Hersley's uncle, brother and cousin played drums, flute, and other hand crafted instruments filling the house with a earthy beat and adding an invigorating element to the party! I am very excited about these developments with this new home and art exploration.