Two greats bid good­bye

Sun.Star Davao - - PULL OUT! - BY STELLA A. ESTREMERA / Colum­nist PHO­TOS FROM FACE­BOOK POSTS

THE art and de­sign scene in Davao City was still reel­ing from the pass­ing on of twotime Palanca Awardee poet-artist Tita La­cam­bra-Ay­ala, the po­etry men­tor of many, last Jan­uary 9, 2019 after bat­tling com­pli­ca­tions fol­low­ing a surgery for her frac­tured fe­mur in De­cem­ber 2018, when it was again stunned by the sud­den pass­ing of Archt. Manuel Ng Chiew, the men­tor of many a Davao ar­chi­tect, who suf­fered a stroke just last Satur­day, Jan­uary 11, 2019.

Both have im­pacted the lives of many. Tita in the writ­ten world as she pub­lished the Roadmap se­ries fea­tur­ing Davao artists and po­ets since 1981. Be­ing fea­tured in Tita’s Roadmap se­ries was the dream of ev­ery as­pir­ing artist of Davao for the past decades.

It is in her work with the roadmap, that she con­nected gen­er­a­tions of artists to­gether through all these years. It was from her daily chores in her fam­ily -- artist Jose M. Ay­ala (de­ceased), and the brood that in­clude the mu­sic icons Joey Ay­ala and Cyn­thia Alexan­der, Mon­ica, who stood as her con­stant chap­er­one in her later years be­ing a reg­is­tered nurse, Al­fredo “Pido”, and Laura Is­abel. An­other son David passed away in March 1995.

While she pub­lished sev­eral books of po­ems, the ex­panse of her thoughts is cap­tured in a 2011 col­lec­tion “Tala Mundi” pub­lished by the Univer­sity of Santo To­mas and edited by Ri­cardo M. de Un­gria.

Her cre­mains are at Ponce Suites Gallery Ho­tel for those who want to pay their last re­spects.

Archt Chiew, on the other hand, was the ar­chi­tect that ev­ery as­pir­ing ar­chi­tect wanted to be as he built one iconic struc­ture to an­other, in­clud­ing the San Pe­dro Cathe­dral. His house de­signs in the 1970s car­ried a “trade­mark” of sorts -- a canopied drive­way, which ev­ery home­owner dreamed of hav­ing.

He has evolved to be­come a highly-re­spected ar­chi­tect who men­tored many in a God-cen­tered way, and they all say, it was awe­some.

Way past re­tire­ment age, he men­tored on as prin­ci­pal con­sul­tant of Manuel N. Chiew Ar­chi­tects and En­gi­neers, the com­pany he built in his prime.

Archt Chiew was one of nine Ba­lik-Tanaw Awardees in 2008, the United Ar­chi­tects of the Philip­pines Col­lege of Fel­lows awards for dis­tin­guished ar­chi­tects in the coun­try. Or­ga­nized in 2006, the award aims to rec­og­nize the life­time achieve­ment of its mem­bers.

He has been a widow for years now after his wife Veron­ica passed on. He is sur­vived by his chil­dren Mil­garos, An­thony, and Rita. Two other chil­dren Manuel Jr. and Ma. So­corro have al­ready passed on.

Wake is at Si­cily Room of Cos­mopoli­tan Fu­neral Par­los at Ca­mus Street, Davao City.

The pass­ing of these two art and de­sign greats leaves a big hole in the hearts of those they touched, but their in­spi­ra­tions live on in those they men­tored.

The pass­ing of these two art and de­sign greats leaves a big hole in the hearts of those they touched, but their in­spi­ra­tions live on in those they men­tored.

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