So my husband had an exhibit that opened last April 11.
It was a huge success and the response to his work was overwhelming, encouraging and humbling. I was so proud of The Painter.
At the exhibit we met Fr. Matthew, an art enthusiast who has been trying to track Orley down in the last 4 years. They finally met.
We had a great conversation and he invited us to have dinner soon after the exhibit. He said, “Madam” might join us. I didn’t think anything of it and looked forward to a nice evening. Little did we know we were going to have dinner with an icon.
The quotable quote of the night: “It’s very hard to be hated. But it’s even harder to be envied.”
She gave Orley this plate with a print of her portrait by Claudio Bravo.
Whatever your politics may be, it doesn’t change the fact that Mrs. Marcos is a compelling, charismatic, warm and gracious lady. I have respect for her and the way she values art. Support for the arts in this country has never been the same since her time. I will always admire her for that.
Thank you for the unforgettable evening, Madam. I do hope we meet again someday.
Catch the tail-end of “Into The Light” featuring paintings by Romulo Galicano and Orley Ypon at the Altro Mondo Gallery. The gallery is located in Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati. Exhibit runs till May 10, 2013.