Our responses to who God is, what He has done and continue to do for us,in us, through us, and around us.
Spreading across social media platforms in the Philippines especially on Facebook is a photo of a woman named Coleen Gabrido who has been reportedly missing since December 6, 2011. What moved me is the letter of a child to his mommy.
Coleen’s son “Yuri”, a 6 years old student at a private school near Project 6, Quezon City wrote this letter to his mom a few days ago…
This is Coleen Gabrido, Yuri’s mom in the photo…
According to Coleen’s husband, his wife left home at about 1pm to attend to a review class and never came back. Coleen is a registered nurse and is recently attending a class for her IELTS (International English Language Testing System) for their family’s plans to go abroad (Australia/Canada). Before she left their house, Coleen messaged her husband at about 12:40pm on December 6 saying, “Dad, papasok na ako. (Dad, I’m going to school)”. That was the last text he received from her. The review center is just 15 minutes away from their home.
Coleen’s husband tried to contact her mobile phone upon finding that his wife hasn’t returned yet nor replied back to his messages. Her phone was still ringing in December 6 but next day, December 7 after 5pm, she can no longer be contacted.
Coleen is about 5’4” tall with an estimated weight 120-125lbs. The young mom at 26 had with her, her Nine West black shoulder bag, mobile phone, books and wallet. She did not leave their house with any extra clothing to dispute thoughts that she might have run away. From her review class, Coleen usually arrives at around 10-10:30pm but she did not get to come home since the night of December 6, 2011.
The Gabrido family has already filed a police report but it has been 8 days now. Yuri is very sad and very worried about her mom. Please help Yuri find his mom… it’s his only Christmas wish. Have a heart to help in the search.
If you have seen Coleen or if you have any information about her whereabouts, please contact immediately +639159013848 / email email@example.com
Thank you and God bless!
Disclaimer: All information and images were provided to me by Mrs. Coleen Gabrido’s family.
Fifteen years ago, when I was working as an assistant to the director of Socrates Sculpture Park, I remember typing out all our correspondence on a really old dusty Macintosh. Our office was in a trailer, Our power came from yards of extension wires leading to the next door, our files were all kept on floppy disks. We had no cellphones. We had no internet. Our letters were written only in Arial font. We didn’t even know how to attach a jpeg onto a doc.
But despite it all, that boxy beige thing sitting in the corner was integral in keeping our organization functional. We needed hat computer to ask for money, to print an invitation, or to type out an artist’s statement. That macintosh was also very integral in blocking the view of myself napping on my desk after lunch. And even though I didn’t notice it much nor know how to use it to it’s full potential, it was very much a part of our lives at Socrates Sculpture Park.
Years later, I would find that same model in the design collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
And it was pretty enlightening.
I mean, it’s amazing to realize how I interacted with a work of art but yet never thought twice about it. Art as function. Accident by design. It was a decadent concept and I didn’t see it.
It’s just like using a Picasso sculpture as a flower vase.
Or as a chair.
But then again.
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