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Angelo takes art at New York’s Port Authority Bus Terminal


Angelo Maristela’s rendition of former president Barack Obama holding a bread on display at Times Square in New York in a show titled: The Bread Series.

By Abner Galino

FILIPINO artist Angelo Maristela has taken his art to the busy New York’s Port Authority Bus Terminal in the world famous Times Square, presenting a preview of a special project he labeled: The Bread Series.

The Bread Series is Angelo’s collection of popular known and ordinary people whom he thought have shared their proverbial “daily bread” with others.

“These people have inspired others with their lives or have somehow touched the hearts of people by giving selflessly,” Angelo said.

Angelo believes that the world has more than enough resources to sustain humanity.

“Sadly, due to the greed of some, a lot of people are left with nothing.”

The collection is Angelo’s way to send across a message.

“People may not heed the call, but the important thing is for the message to be heard,” Angelo stressed.

Angelo said he believes there is a well-meaning purpose for his existence and God-given talent that he needs to fulfill.

The Bread Series is a two-month solo art exhibition in Times Square where Angelo’s works are secured and enclosed in glass cases in the terminal’s 500 square feet of art display area.

Angelo is the first Filipino fine artist given the chance to exhibit in the said venue.

The art exhibit will run from December 1, 2018, to January 31, 2019.

After living and working in the Middle East for seven years, Angelo came to the US in April 2016 with his wife and three children. With his exemplary art credentials and sound advice from colleagues who believed in him, he filed a petition for permanent residence under the highest employment-based category, Alien with Extraordinary Ability.

This category is one of the fastest routes to a green card, yet with the strictest of requirements.

Just a little over a year since the filing of his petition, Angelo and family got the highly sought-after green card.

In barely three years of living in the US, Angelo has launched several art shows, solo and group exhibitions. He has also received recognition and awards for his arts.

This year, Angelo received a Citation of Honor for excellence in the field of Arts, from the Office of the President of the Borough of Queens, New York.

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Abner Galino
The author is a poet and a writer. He was a cultural worker before he became a reporter for Tinig ng Masa and Malaya Midday Edition during the Marcos regime. He later became a reporter of People's Tonight shortly after 1986 EDSA Revolution. He went on to become its Chief of Reporters, City Editor and News Editor. He retired after 15 years in the Journal Group of Publications. He now writes for Weekend Balita and the US Asian Post (USAP), weekly Filipino-American newspapers based in Los Angeles, California.

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