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Copy of Hapag ng Pag-asa by Joey Velasco
Transcript of Copy of Hapag ng Pag-asa by Joey Velasco
•It is a make-shift table
•“This painting reveals a story of greater hunger than a plate of rice could satisfy. What these children are starved for is love.”
•Tinay is the only child looking directly at Our Lord. She is more ragged than her doll; she was raped by her father.
•One child is clutching a bag; parallel to Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of Last Supper where Judas Iscariot is holding a pouch full of coins
•“The idea of painting Hapag ng Pag-Asa — The Last Supper, Christ with street children — came when I felt the need to remind my children about counting blessings and appreciating the food served at table.” – Joey Velasco •Artist and businessman
•most known for the painting Hapag ng Pag-asa
•He died because of kidney cancer complications on July 20, 2010 at the age of 43
•During the first night of Joey Velasco's wake, the children from the painting prayed for him and thanked him for saving them from the streets.
•Velasco had denied he was an artist, calling himself a "heartist" instead
•Joey Velasco painted it because he felt the need of reminding his children about counting blessings and appreciating the food served at table
•Velasco kept on saying to the children to save money and think of hungry people but it seemed that his words fell on hard ground because they wouldn’t listen.
•As a father whose life was in danger, he wanted to share with his children in a few weeks what he has been telling to them.
•Joey Velasco believes that the words were not enough, so he thought of giving them a visual reminder by painting that was big and provocative Inspiration and Reason for doing the painting 2.What happened to him after doing the painting?
•Velasco had created a sequel, Hapag ng Pag-ibig, which shows "the same children now enjoying a bountiful feast, the reward for never losing hope and faith."
•Joey Velasco had also published a collection of stories of the children included in Hapag ng Pag-asa entitled They Have Jesus: The Stories of the Children of Hapag where the proceeds went to a foundation that assists underprivileged children.
•He got connected with Gawad Kalinga
•At first, Joey Velasco regarded the children as found objects, because he had never known them personally. But whenever he looked at his painting every morning, he would hear voices. He would hear that painting speaking to him.
•Joey Velasco said, “I was not looking at the ragged children. They were looking at me, they were observing me, and they would keep on haunting me."
•After one year, he looked for every one of them and started to know them intimately and to consider them his friends. He really saw the treasure in each one of them.
•He learned a lot of things from these children that he had never learned from the university or from rich people, from powerful people. He now views things in a different way and the relationships became deeper.
•He learned heroism, bravery, courage, even Gospel truths from each of the children.
•He wrote a book which tells the stories of the children where the title of the book came from a young woman who was mentally handicapped. He called the book: “They Have Jesus: The Stories of the Children of Hapag.” •The painting depicts the story of poor homeless children, despite the despair and poverty that surrounds them, still carrying on their lives with Jesus as their only hope
•The painting reveals a story of greater hunger than a plate of rice could satisfy. It also shows that what these children are starved for is love.
•These poor people hold on to the truth that God will never abandon them, even if the walls of the earth crumble down.
•“Father, Heal Our Land” that shows Jesus Christ in prayer with a Filipino flag draped across his forearms
•“You are my Strength, My Lord” that portrays a naked old man clinging to Jesus Christ in a tight embrace while clutching His crown of thorns
• “Hapag ng Pag-ibig” that depicts Jesus sharing an abundant meal of Philippine fruits and native dishes with Filipino children on a tree trunk table and Gawad Kalinga houses in the background. Similarities of his painting What is in the painting? Stories in the Painting Nene
•She is a street child, everyday she begs in Mayon, goes home at 11:00 in the evening, stopped schooling and when former classmates see her she just says she lives in the cemetery, at first she was ashamed of this but she eventually got used to it
•Cemetery is her domain, Kariton is her hapag, her life – from her playpen and cradle to her mobile kitchen of garbage food
•Child who lives in a public cemetery and cleans graves and niches for a living
•Believes that the Last Supper was her way to talk to Jesus and tell Him about her concern about being forced to steal by adults
•What she would tell Jesus: “Jesus, tulungan nyo po ako… namimis ko po ang magulang ko” Itok
•11 year old boy who lived in La Dakila: the hub of villains and murderous gangs that police or politicians hire for a delicate job which they code as operations
•Was chained up in his own house by his mother in order to discipline him as he has been involved in a robbery
•Collects (or steals) from garbage dumpsites and junk shops, and when he is caught goes to jail
•In jail, co-prisoners talk to him, box him and bump his face against the wall
•He can open the padlocks in jail, jewelry shops and vehicles
•Dreams of becoming a lawyer someday in order to prove and make others feel that Jesus made us and loved us equally
•Works hard because his other siblings have defects such as head continuing to increase in size, being run over, born with no limbs and being injured after falling off a toilet bowl Emong
•Goes to the river connecting the Angat dam to get fish called the “Kataba”, which is not really edible but which they cook with vinegar and sweet sauce and eat with rice
•States that numerous children have drowned and died in this river swimming and hunting for creatures under water
•Ready to risk his life swimming and hunting for creatures in the deep river and scavenging for empty bottles of mineral water in the middle of a road even when a zooming car passes by
•Believes that Joey Velasco’s painting was about Jesus being so tired and the children had invited Him to eat with them Jun and Roselle
•Both are currently studing in a public school and work for their allowances in school by disassembling drums, selling tires and arranging paper
•Their house was built on walls made out of cigarette cartons
•Their family has no other furniture but their hapag – a small dilapidated table
•To them the hapag was a symbol of the power to unite a family
•They were poor children but rich in faith Onse
•Youngest brother was sold to a childless couple who practices five-six (loaning to others at high interest rates) for Php3,000
•Laughing stock of adults and children because he stutters and his mother is a strip dancer and singer
•Despite their poverty, his parents use their money earned to buy drugs
•He is unable to go to school but wants to become a doctor to help people
•He believes the Jesus loves us all because He is our Father – one day when he went to Quiapo and saw the person who crucified Jesus, he wanted to stop him because Jesus gave his life to all of us and he did not understand how could a person betray Jesus like that Tinay
•A little 5 year old girl, who just nibbles her thumb and caresses her dusty worn-out gray doll
•She prefers to be alone and gives-off blank stares and no one can respond to her because she as well does not respond to others
•She was neglected and no family to care for her, her mother working abroad, her father a playboy and an addict and all her other sisters married and caring for their own families Michael
•A chef of garbage cuisine
•Eats pagpag: a dish with a mixture of different kinds of meat boiled then fried, but if you don’t want it fried it could be cooked with vinegar and soy sauce, he explained, which at times tasted spoiled already but which he considers special because at least he still has something to eat
•He adds, he does not really mind the smell because he admits he can even eat human waste Buknoy
•A boy selling sampaguita, picking up bottles and begging for money in the highway
•A malnourished boy whose gaze is characterized by his deep hunger for food
•Beaten up by his father when he does not bring the supply of food he was assigned to bring home
•Poured with hot water on his head by his brother when he moved the latter’s side car without permission Dodoy
•Lives in a koob-koob: a house as small as a pigpen and about one meter high, just enough for them to survive horizontally for they would bump their heads standing up
•They built their housed under the walls if the bridge where there was no room to stand
•They have been moving from a different village under the bridge to another for their homes were frequently demolished Joyce
•Had sexual intercourse at the age of 14 and delivered a baby at the age of 15
•The person whom she had sex with is now in jail but she mentioned that that guy often beat her up, hit her on the face, strangled her and hit her on the jaw Unknown Sudan boy
•Similar to the picture of this boy from the picture of the Pulitzer Prize winning photo taken in 1994 during the Sudan Famine by Kevin Carter
•Symbolized Joey Velasco himself because he was a child that preferred to stay underneath than to stay with Jesus and all the other children •He can relate to the child because they both were like desperate people, eating the crumbs and crumbling his way toward the light – crawling their way in attempt to reach something worth of their journey
---The Sudan child crawled his way to safety in the campsite but we are unsure if he made it
---Mr. Velasco crawled his way to discover himself as he was going through the different challenges in life such as his illnesses (physical and chronical discomfort)
•At his journey to get better, he sought guidance from a quack doctor because he was afraid of dying, the doctor said that he is not dying and that he should devote himself to St. Anthony, patron saint of the lost
•True enough, he was lost and needed to see the light of the Christ
•At the time in his life when he was truly ill, he decided he needed to do something productive in his life and he decided to make a painting of the Last Supper Message of the Painting • Different from Da Vinci’s Last Supper because children’s eyes were preoccupied with filling their stomachs and satisfying their hunger, failing to acknowledge the presence of Jesus
• Message: Jesus is a God who does not only pay attention to those who look at Him but also cares for those who do not pay attention to Him
• Christ invited these poor children to the table to show that He is not a hard-to-reach God but a very near one
• God loves us all unlimitedly and unconditionally