For the past few months I’ve been sending some of my works to online magazines and websites to get my artworks, photographs and writings featured but no such luck came to me and all I received were emails saying I didn’t make the cut or nothing at all. Nevertheless, I didn’t let it hinder me from finding more opportunities to get my works out there and inspire people through my works.
Last Monday, November 6, I was stressed and in a hurry to compile all of my blockmates YouTube links for our Job Interview Activity for our Media and Information Literacy subject and send it to our professor by 5pm. Of course, like I anticipated it, some sent their link later than my deadline. After pouring my disappointment in our class group chat and while waiting for the others to send me their links, I decided to check my email and make a draft explaining and apologizing to our professor why I wasn’t able to send the complete list on time.
Tapping the mail icon on my ipad, I instantly saw two unread emails but something caught my attention, one was from an odd email address that is surely new to my eyes; it wasn’t from the usual email addresses I receive containing newsletters and updates. It was an email from firstname.lastname@example.org. My heart fluttered because I wasn’t expecting a reply. I sent my artworks to the team on the day of its deadline and I wasn’t even sure my works are worthy to be placed in an exhibit after not making the cut for Woman Create’s 365 Wonders planner and ALPAS Journal’s literary magazine. And then I remembered ALPAS Journal’s email regarding my job application last summer and my submission for their second issue informing me that they won’t be able to move forward with my application and that they won’t be able to include my works in the upcoming issue of ALPAS Journal.
I tapped to read the whole email and while it was loading, I lowered my expectation and expected the worst. During those few seconds I said to myself, “Maybe this is another email informing me that my works didn’t make the cut, I am so used to rejection that I won’t be surprised if that email states that my artworks won’t be included in the art exhibit”
So the email finally loaded and as I read through the message, my jaw dropped. I stood my from my seat and spun around like Hermione during the Yule Ball scene in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire after spending a wonderful night with Viktor Krum. I read the letter twice just to make sure and process all the details. Once I knew that I wasn’t dreaming and the email is legit saying that filed is happy to take care of the printing and inviting me to drop by the event to see my works displayed, I ran into the next room and asked my mom if I could go to Century City Mall in Makati to go to the event on Saturday. Her eyebrows knitted and I knew she was about to question my reasons since first, I have no idea where the venue is and second, she already has plans on Saturday. But her face lit up once I told her that Filed included my artworks for their Planner Launch Art Exhibit.
It was the day of the event and though I wanted to be a walk-in to register and listen to the inspiring and talented speakers who will give talks about business, freelance, branding, blogging and entrepreneurship, I sacrificed it and skipped it to attend my classes.
On our way to the event, we experienced a lot of bumps and bad luck. We had to go through severe traffic caused by road blocking for the ASEAN Summit 2017. It took us three hours to arrive in Makati Circle, from there we went walking around in circle trying to find a ride to Century City Mall.
We arrived at the venue at 4:30. I instantly saw my visual artwork of Holland Roden. After taking a few pictures, I was kind of disappointed because we went through all that trouble just to see a miniature printed form of my artwork but then I saw my watercolor typography of a quote from Rainbow Rowell’s book, Eleanor and Park and my heart jumped seeing it and right beside it was the collage I made for our Contemporary Philippine Arts from the Regions class. Finally, at the very top right corner of the wall, I saw my newly edited artwork of Wonder Woman/Gal Gadot. I was smiling from ear to ear seeing all four of my artworks displayed in an art exhibit.
It was the first time my artworks got included in an art exhibit and I would definitely like to thank Filed for making one of my goals in life come true; getting my artworks displayed in art exhibit. It was an exhausting day but the heat, the traffic, the long walks and the pain of my aching legs were worth feeling the euphoria of seeing my artworks displayed in an art exhibit together with my fellow artists as we inspire and bring happiness to the attendees of the events through our artworks.