There was a sudden splurge of posts in Amul-amul Bukidnon (Bukidnon gathering), the e-group my friends from Bukidnon and I put up last year. One of the members of the group, Oona Barreto, was included among the “scholars” of the Pinoy Dream Academy aired over ABS-CBN.
Naturally, many sent congratulatory notes and waxed affinities to Oona. I learned that Oona is very talented and beautiful (sorry I still have to figure out how to post photos here). She is also the younger sister of my good friend Chico Barreto. Chico is the Bukidnon-based visual artist who critiqued the Kaamulan festival in 2003 in his works mounted with the Bansagen art exhibit opened during the festival. But he is now working in Cebu.
News of Oona’s inclusion and Chico’s hearty confirmation sent steam. It was a big celebration in the loop. Of course, its not everyday that the youth of Bukidnon get a chance to be in the limelight of national television to show talent. Earlier this year, another young lady from Bukidnon, Clair, was among the final housemates of Pinoy Big Brother.
If this should mean anything, I think the countryside is a potent source of talents. Congratulations Oona and the Barreto family of Fortich Street Malaybalay City!