R A I N B O W by Leah Catherine

Rainbow by Leah Catherine

When I was young, I overthink and wonder why a rainbow only appears after the rain. Science explains how a rainbow is formed. After it rains, the air in the atmosphere is filled with raindrops. Each raindrop acts like a tiny prism. Sunlight that passes through raindrops coming at different angles form the rainbow that we see. It splits into an arc of colors of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

As I grew up, the rainbow resembled a lot of positive things to me. Those superimposed colors for our eyes to behold are seemingly representations of life as we live it.



RED
Like blood, it is life, it is love. It represents strength, courage, vigor or confidence.
In as much as the fiery shade is visible even from afar, the warmth of its passion cannot be taken for granted. Our journeys in life are to be trudged with a heart filled with the valor of faith and eagerness to find our worth.

ORANGE
Fusion shades of red and yellow.
Can you feel the energetic joy within you in each day that you are alive?
Pleasing the vision with fascination, one can almost be enthused to smell it like sweet success. Savor the small wins in life, those are more than enough badges to aid you in your claim for higher battles as you move forward.

YELLOW
The joyful color of sunshine and happiness. Choose to dance to the welcoming sight of positive hopes.
A cheerfully definitive shade to offer clarity and balance when weariness takes its toll. Cheerfulness costs nothing but it’s worth is priceless.

GREEN
Freshness, like the leaves of spring.
Either the birth or renewal of hope. Healing after any hurt, pain or disappointment will surface if
gratefulness refreshes the heart. It’s a complicated world, let’s not pass off this chance of living with worth rather than just carrying on our existence.

BLUE
The sea and the sky.
I am amazed by the beauty of how they remain parallel with each other, yet blending of both would be far from possible. Each in their own spirits but their movements and effects complement each other with much ardor. In times of rage, the storms cloud from above but kept in sync with the messed-up blanket of waters under it. And on a perfect season, be it sunrise or sunset, what’s not to love, than the waves sounding like happy laughs while the sky admirably gazes down at the sea at play.

INDIGO
The emerging color between blue and violet. It is said to be associated to devotion and impartiality. Some say it denotes magic and intuition. We all have an inner voice, our personal whisper from the universe. All we have to do is listen, feel and sense it with an open heart. Dare to listen with your heart.

VIOLET
The blended colors of blue and red.
It represents royalty, dignity and wisdom. We must never be afraid to make mistakes because the best lessons we ever learn are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom and success of the future.

Although I consider myself as a pluviophile soul, I love both the rain and the sun. Their union gave me the hope of seeing a rainbow. And even if there won’t be any, I make it a point to paint one within my heart.

Life is like a rainbow, painting the universe beautifully. The pot of gold at the end of it could never equal to the uplifting attitude you have brought upon yourself to look above and thankfully dance under the sight of the spectrum of colors.

For Art’s Sake by Leah Catherine

When my children started their grade school years, that was also the time when our family started to fancy bonding activities which included art and history appreciation. At least once every year, we would visit art galleries, museums or historical landmarks. Here are just a few of our personal favorites:

1. RIZAL SHRINE

FORT SANTIAGO/INTRAMUROS, City of Manila 

  

Also known as the “Walled City” or “Ciudad Murada”, Intramuros is the oldest district and historic core of Manila, Philippines. It was the seat of government when the Philippines was under the Spanish Empire. Fort Santiago houses the central plaza (Plaza de Armas) surrounded by walls and ruins of barracks. Formerly the nerve center of the Spanish military presence in the Philippines, the fort’s military barracks has now been transformed into Rizal Shrine, a museum that chronicles the life of our national hero, Jose Rizal. 

Although Rizal’s life and works are not unfamiliar to us, we enjoyed learning much more than his role in Philippine history, but also his childhood and adulthood as well, through his personal memorabilia that were preserved in the museum. 

2. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE PHILIPPINES, City of Manila

    (Pambansang Museo ng Pilipinas)

Located at Padre Burgos Avenue near Rizal Park in Manila is the National Museum which houses various national art collections featuring the ethnographic, anthropological, archaeological and visual artistry of the Philippines.  Every Filipino should take pride and purely appreciate the massive collection of artworks by various national artists on exhibit. 

We, and probably all of those who visited the museum, have stared in awe and high admiration, at the “Spoliarium” painting by Filipino artist, Juan Luna. This 166” x 302.2” oil in canvas painting, currently displayed in the main gallery at the ground floor of the National Museum, is the first work of art that greets entering guests in the museum. 

3. PINTO ART MUSEUM, Antipolo City

Conceptualized by a group of art enthusiasts and art collectors, the private property of a highly-accomplished neurologist, Dr. Joven Cuanang, who is also an art collector, has been opened to the public after it has been transformed into a haven of free-flowing art from almost every preference one could imagine and nestled them into different galleries in a somewhat hidden garden inside a quiet subdivision with a backdrop of the hills of Antipolo City. 

The place itself would stir some emotions of sort, romantics or not, you’ll fall in love with the architecture which is Greek-inspired. The artworks are impressive collections and every concept in each of the galleries is truly a subject worth discussing. 

4. BENCAB MUSEUM, Baguio City

Located at Metro-Baguio, at the town of Tuba, Benguet, the four-level building houses the works of National Artist, Ben Cabrera. He is known as BenCab, as inscribed on almost all of his artworks. 

His paintings breathe as you gaze upon them. You could feel his artwork even as you stand speechless in front or side by side with them. I was mesmerized the most with his creative collection of artwork mostly featuring “Sabel”,  BenCab’s iconic muse. In her simplicity and plainness, I can think of a number of storylines from BenCab’s paintings of Sabel. 

One of the interesting pieces was the Bulol (Ifugao rice god) collection carved out of narra wood, which represents wealth, happiness and well-being. The Erotica Gallery, from its name alone stirs up one’s interest, should not be missed as this is one of the popular room in the building. 


During my childhood years, the notion of art for me has always been the ability to create something out of the ordinary, different from what the norm of things should be or even some out-of-this-world expressions. Maybe that thinking has been brought about by my carefree childhood and the simple day-to-day living in our small town (Pateros) here in the Philippines. 

As I grew up and my world widened, in terms of my interests and experiences in life, I realized that art has a multitude of facets, of meanings and interpretations based on each and every individual’s perspective. I have read somewhere that art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. Within me, I felt that way about it. All of us are forms of art. We should not create what we only see in us but what we would make others to see as well. We ought to strike that balance to appreciate the worth that we should convey to others and to our own individual selves. We should fervently nurture that inspiration to blossom within us and let it inspire others to do the same. 

Dear All, My parents got my name from a local entertainment magazine. An actress thought she would be giving birth to a baby girl and planned to give her the name. But alas, it was a boy! And Leah Catherine was born, not to celebrities but to an auto part’s salesman and a public school teacher, who grew up in Pateros, a small town in Manila. Currently, I joggle as an associate for a financial institution on workdays, a homemaker on weekends, a loving mother to my three grown-up children and keeps a hopeful romantic LDR with my husband. Thank you for reading my blogs. Stay safe and healthy. Your Pilya blogger, Leah Catherine

THE SINGING POET’S STORY BY BLES CHAVEZ-BERNSTEIN. “Spring Bles-sings” is the theme of Pilya Blog Magazine’s April 2021 with Bles Chavez-Bernstein as Cover Girl. For 18 years, Bles struggled between two major careers, that of a professional nurse and a performing artist. Beauty and music were her constants. Singing became her meditation. She found quiet refuge on stage with its blinding lights, almost protective of her in the most private moments. She learned to define the role of art in her life as a performing artist. Bles Chavez-Bernstein shares with PILYA BLOG Magazine a snapshot of her beginnings and the roads she took to realize her childhood dream. Bles Chavez-Bernstein is the author of “In The Typhoon’s Eye”. This is a story of beginnings, love, sacrifice, forgiveness, and healing. It is available in Amazon. If you would like to know more about Bles Chavez-Bernstein and her books, please visit her website, http://www.blessingingpoet.com.

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