Thank You for the Hard Times

By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia

ALEX ORDOYO, 33, of Santa Barbara, Iloilo, is an accomplished watercolorist. But as a teacher-artist, he evolves as he experiments with his art by applying the aesthetics of realism and impressionism.

He could vividly portray realities and magically convey emotions in his paintings.

Ordoyo undoubtedly possesses a higher level of artistic talent. But sadly, his father passed away while he was young.

As far as he could remember, he discovered his talent when he was in kindergarten after his teacher noticed him drawing on a board.

His talent in singing and dancing emerged when he was in elementary school but he chose to enhance his art.

With the help of the Sta. Barbara Artist Guild and various mentors, he was exposed early to art events such as workshops and competitions.

Ordoyo considers art contests as his bread and butter as he could financially support his education using the prizes he won.

He was also a scholar of Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) and took up Architectural Drafting.

After graduation and a year of travels, explorations, and art workshops, he went back to studying.

He took units in education and attended night classes. During the day, he is a scholar of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in an animation course.

The difficult times he experienced made him appreciate the value of hard work and understand the state of maturity.

He passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) and now teaches arts at the Iloilo National High School – School for the Arts.

He also has a family of his own.

Ordoyo said he is fulfilled and contented amid the trials he went through.

To the world, all he wants to say is “thank you” for the hard times, for without them, he would not be a successful person.

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