Whenever I pass by Freeway…
…I can’t help but remember my two favorite purchases from a couple of years back.
I call this my “Joo Yoo Rin Jacket” for Lee Da-hae sported almost the same one in the popular Korean drama My Girl.
And of course the heart-shaped pendant that I’m sometimes seen in, also came from there. I ditched the tummy-long chain though in favor of this short, tiny alternative.
But that night, my usual window shopping became a lot more interesting when I saw this poster dubbed “Freeway Honors National Artist F. Sionil Jose.” It’s pretty refreshing for a clothing company to have come up with this one-of-a-kind idea of combining literature and fashion. Whoever thought of this certainly had inside him or her a fervor for the arts, history and our country in general.
On the lower portion of this black mini, a portion of F. Sionil’ Jose’s (December 3, 1924) writings is seen:
Same thing is done in this gray mini…
A closer look revealed this brilliant statement by the national artist:
Isn’t that how true freedom is really achieved? More about Freeway’s fashion forward move in this Sarimanok.ph Coverage: Freeway Presents F. Sionil Jose.
I have been very much interested in Mr. Jose’s works for sometime now ever since I attended this seminar entitled Hamon ng Lahi made possible by Creative Futures and HistoryKo.org…
…last August 21, 2010 held at Crossroad 77 in Mother Ignacia, Q.C. It was a three-hour discussion with a group of curious learners from HistoryKo.org asking Mr. Jose about what he thought on a variety of subjects ranging from family to Pacquiao to our colonized minds. What I loved about him was his candor, honesty and unusual wit brought about by a deep introspection about life and nationalistic spirit for the past 87 years.
Here’s a summary of some of the things that he said which certainly made an impact on me:
HOW DID PACQUIAO SUCCEED?
Although he has displayed a lack of understanding on some things, he succeeded as a boxer because of these three elements:
a. Hard work and discipline.
b. He competes in the field that he’s good at and gives it his all.
ON HIS WRITING TECHNIQUE:
* If you think my book is easy to read, it’s because the writing part has been difficult.
ON JAPANESE CRAFTSMANSHIP:
Japan is Japan because japanese industry and craftsmanship have been honed since childhood.
ON PHILIPPINE NATIONALISM:
* “Liberty is in the heart, when it dies there, no constitution can ever revive it.”
* “Our sense of history is close to our sense of nation.”
ON FILIPINO COLONIALISM AND MIGRATION:
* It takes a foreigner to appreciate us because of our colonized minds.
* The migration of Filipino musicians to Singapore has helped fill its symphony orchestra by around 50%.
Proof is this must-read article: An Open Letter to Noynoy by F. Sionil Jose. If you are a truth-seeker and remains unbiased, you’ll understand that Mr. Jose’s best gift is telling the truth as it is. Mark these statements:
* Give the best education you can ever give to your kids.
* Talk to your children about life on the dinner table.
* Tell them not to waste any type of food served on their plates.
* Tell them that the food they just ate came from honest labor: “Walang nakaw, galing sa pawis!”
Many regard Mr. Jose as a sage of our times to whom we should continually learn from while he is still with us. It’s really a good thing that Creative Futures and HistoryKo.org had the foresight of holding that wonderful table talk which later on created nationalistic waves in mainstream media. After all, we really can’t get enough of F. Sionil Jose’s fascinating take on life that’s why we need more venues to promote his writings to our kababayan who still don’t know much about him despite his decade-long popularity abroad.