I did not know Maningning before she passed away.
I was minding my cargo forwarding business and as a pilot, was teaching
people to fly while she was producing works of art.
If I had been an artist, I would have known that few among us could
accomplish her achievement. Viewing her works truly confirms the uniqueness
of man, who was created in the image of God. Indeed in her art, one
can see the hand of the Creator-God.
It is fulfilling to be involved in a foundation whose mission is to
help young artists in Asia find the way toward the culmination of
artistic achievement in painting and poetry. As counselors and cheerleaders
to these gifted young men and women, we hope to encourage and help
them rest their souls on the shoulder of that higher Being whose worthy
representatives they are.
When Mario and Alma mentioned that
they intended to put up a foundation in memory of Maningning,
they invited me to help in organizing it. God moved
and the Maningning Miclat Art Foundation, Inc. (MMAFI)
came into being and was officially founded on Easter Sunday, April
15, 2001, coinciding with Maningning's birthday. I felt more like
a conductor as I unofficially directed this symphony of accounts and
revelations from the lips of the organizing group as they expressed
their appreciation of God's amazing gift to Maningning.
Someone had to direct traffic, as the vision and mission of the foundation
unfolded in our minds. Chuki, Edna, James, Joaquin, Mario
and Alma, Herman, Ding, and Linda all made their inputs according
to their lines of expertise. Fellow artists gave their commitments
to support the foundation with donations of their own art works to
be exhibited and auctioned and the proceeds donated to the foundation.
The foundation envisions to form a Pan-Asian community of young artists
exemplified by Maningning. Our mission is to recognize,
nurture and promote Asian, especially Filipino artists 28 years and
below through awards and creative programs. We will organize and fund
annual awards in poetry and in painting. To nurture these young talents
in the arts, programs will be developed and organized, available resources
will be tapped. The annual Maningning Miclat Award
for poetry and painting will be given to deserving young artists.
The foundation will collaborate with other organizations to put up
art exhibits, poetry-readings and book launchings. We shall urge philanthropic
and civic-minded people in the realm of business to see beyond financial
statements and get involved in the lives and triumphs of our young
artists. Our program includes documenting art works of Maningning,
her memorabilia and to artists to read other young artists' works
that the foundation will choose.
We took the first step by publishing "Beauty for Ashes"
( a compilation of poems, elegies, letters and essays). By God's grace
and with your involvement, we will accomplish our goal of remembering
Maningning and helping deserving young artists like
From "Beauty for Ashes: Remembering Maningning"
2001 pp.xvi - xviii