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Here is a short documentation of our hour long Filipino dance & music performance in Hilo, Hawaii, for the 52nd Annual Merrie Monarch Hula Festival. I was part of the FIRST EVER Filipino group to ever perform for the prestigious Merrie Monarch festival. Our float even won 2nd place in the parade! We made history in Hawaii & we are ambassadors of our rich culture. I’m proud, lucky & happy to have shared a special stage with so many talented & beautiful performers.

Our fav neighbourhood cat came to visit again this morning & gave me some positive healing cuddles. 😻
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So, for those of you who don’t know, I was in a terrible hit & run accident on 02/22. I had several broken bones, had to have surgery on my right leg to repair it & will need another surgery to repair damaged ligaments in my left knee. My medical bills are stacking up… I’m low income & I don’t have proper health insurance. I just received an ambulance bill for $1500, that we cannot afford… I am asking that if you please have the means to donate to my recovery, even just $5 will help me & my family… my PayPal is nica.u.aquino@gmail.com or you can forward me $ via fb messenger. I also have this amazon wishlist if you’d like to send me some toiletries & art supplies to help me heal mentally during this nightmare. I have been bed confined for nearly three weeks now & it’s easy to get depressed…
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Hi. Check out this list: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/WPMCNNY0NUQ8/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ip_wl_o_FJRXybY87TV12
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Please if you can help, I would really appreciate it a lot. Thank you

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Happy PFAD! I’m Nica Aquino; first generation Filipina (Ilokano)-American, analog photographer & multidisciplinary artist currently based in Manchester, United Kingdom & originally from Los Angeles, CA. I am pursuing my MFA in Visual Culture at the School of Art in Manchester Metropolitan University.

👆🏽Today, I celebrate the 12th of June with the completion of one of my pieces I made as part of a larger series of works for my dissertation, due this coming September! It is a Cordillera (Northern Philippines) inspired crochet blanket/skirt made from wool yarn, acrylic yarn, glass beads & mother of pearl.

If you’re interested in seeing more of my work & the progress of my MFA, you can follow me at:

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Thanks for reading! 🇵🇭

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45RPM
35mm Photographs
Kodak Ektachrome Color Reversal Film
Portland, Oregon
Nica Aquino, 2010
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Here are some photos from around the time I first moved to Portland. Experimentation with expired color slide film…

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Bike Adventure Series: Bike Rides Through Country Club Park
35mm Photographs
Fujicolor Superia X-tra 400
Shot with my Olympus Stylus Epic
Country Club Park, Los Angeles, California
Nica Aquino, 2014
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The moon makes a cameo…

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Adventures in San Fernando Valley
35mm Photographs
Fujicolor Superia X-tra 400
Shot with my Olympus Stylus Epic
San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California
Nica Aquino, 2014
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College
Digital Photographs
Portland, Oregon
Nica Aquino, 2011
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Going through my hard drive and revisiting old work from college. It was difficult times for me in terms of my photography. Since digital was mostly required for a lot of my photo classes and I’m not good at digital, I constantly had those “failed artist” breakdowns. I was a photo major, receiving all C’s and D’s in all my projects. I was over it. But, at least now I can say I’m versatile and know enough around digital to be able to get a job.

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Port Angeles (Thanksgiving 2009)
35mm Photographs
Kodak Portra 160VC
Port Angeles, Washington
Nica Aquino, 2013
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This is the beauty of film! The other day, I was dropping off color film to get processed and I had a miscellaneous roll that I was like “Eh, let’s throw this in the mix too!” I had no idea what was in there and I thought it’d be something entirely different. Little did I know, it was a roll from a trip I took up to Port Angeles with an ex-boyfriend nearly 4 years ago! It was my first Thanksgiving in Portland. I had no friends, no family, nowhere to go. This boyfriend at the time invited me to go visit his family up in Port Angeles, Washington for Thanksgiving. The experience was definitely different for me. Coming from Los Angeles, I never experienced what it was like to be in a small town. It was also my first interaction with a white family, being with them in their cabin in the woods and I remember it being the weirdest feeling ever.

What I’m trippin’ out on right now is how the hell did I end up with a roll of Kodak Portra 160VC back then? I wasn’t even shooting color back then. Where did it come from?

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Street Vendors
Exposition Park
35mm Photographs
Fujicolor Superia X-Tra 400
South Central, Los Angeles, California
Nica Aquino, 2014
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