Taking a trip down someone’s memory lane is one of my favorite activities. Tita Noni Zabala, a friend, close relative, music educator and performer wanted to clear her wardrobe of a few near-vintage items. These were fashion basics but they are fabulous in their simplicity. I can always use brass bangles from southern Philippines and I love to have an armful of them sometimes. Fine silver filigree is also one of those pieces often seen in the collection of grand Filipina dames like my Tita Noni. A faded tambourine neckpiece can still be made new if she brings it to a jeweler’s shop, I told her. That’s what made her decide to keep it instead of giving it away. However, for the many other pieces she allowed me to keep, I will be forever grateful. There’s this pin with lot’s of amethyst – colored crystal, an imitation tortoise shell hair clip with rhinestones, bracelets, chains, charms (that now adorn my fancy bracelet), beaded combs and dangling earrings! Do I have the head (and panache) to wear all these? Probably not a performer’s flair but I simply treasure all of them! Auntie Noni said she’s tired of awards and trophies but I hope that this blog will serve as a tribute to her forty years of teaching music and singing on stage. Cheer up Tita! You’re still beautiful, you have grandchildren and a loving husband (a retired military man and an honest one at that). Oh, but it’s nice to sit around her wonderful garden! I just admire her trees and her tiny jars among the plants. I definitely look forward to more afternoons with a person whose art continues to fluorish in her golden years. Let’s all sing to that fellow UP Philippine Association of University Women! Let’s also give Aunt Noni an encore!
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