My name is Rowena “Apol” Laxamana-Sta.Rosa. I am 32 years old, a full time mother/housewife, and a freelance illustrator. I am a United Methodist Church member and currently reside in Cavite, Philippines. I became a volunteer after typhoon Ondoy hit the Philippines in the year 2009, along with ecumenical and church people. At that time I discovered my talent in painting and contributed some of my artwork to women’s fellowship activities and other Church programs.
I love to draw women as my subject, because it reflects the struggles of being a woman – being a mother for her children and being a wife for her husband. All women are beautiful; observing different emotions and gestures helps me to create my piece. Women empowerment motivates us to be strong and fight through our struggles. I have no background in fine arts academe. I study on my own and open my mind for great ideas. But studying fine arts is my dream too.
Painting and sketching is part of my daily routine. I used to practice every day when there was time for me to paint. I love to express my feelings and insight; it became a sort of art therapy or meditation. For me, it is very important to be creative because it gives me a healthy mind and a refreshing soul/heart. It is like an abundant resource, a dance, you express emotions with the brush to paint your visions. I really like to explore. I use different mediums such as acrylic, oil, pastel and charcoal pencil.
I encourage all women to paint and express their feelings and to not be afraid to draw and mix some colors. After all, it all starts with a dot (.) and ends with a beautiful masterpiece.
God gave the Philippines abundant resources, both human and material. God is the great provider and provision is for all of creation. This is God’s display of economic justice in contrast to the economy where the strong and powerful take God’s resources for themselves and their families. The kingdom of God provides for all, even for those who do not acknowledge it.
The church continues to remind people that all are welcome in the kingdom, as the open long table with food symbolizes access to God’s provisions. Jesus said “I have come that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)