• Creativity,  Visual Poemts

    Visual Poems by Roqué

    This summer, I am releasing short digital art pieces that I am calling “Visual Poems”.  They will generally be no more than one minute in length and will include video footage with any combination of spoken word poetry and/or original music. They can be viewed exclusively on my new Youtube channel, and I will announce on all social media when new poems are released. Why am I doing this? I want to explore different ways of expressing my ideas. I have always been a musician, visual artist, and writer/poet.  As such, why don’t I combine all of these skills into something that is textured and multi-dimensional? Why stick to only…

  • Creativity

    My Summer of Art and Creativity

    It’s June!! Now that summer is upon us, I am feeling blissfully excited to create magical, beautiful things. There is a small handful of projects I want to take on over the next three months, and I’ll be sharing my progress on Instagram and social media. Here are the upcoming projects in a nutshell. Creative Thesis Project The biggest project I am tackling is one related to school. This is a sizable undertaking that will require a large amount of thought, time, and effort. Work begins this month. More on that later. Photography Some of you may have noticed the photos of flowers I’ve been posting on social media. Those…

  • Creativity,  Culture and Society,  Intention

    Asian Representation in Popular Culture

    I recently wrote a post about the dominance of White people and culture in every facet of society here in America (you can read the post HERE.), and I have been thinking a lot lately about Asian representation in popular culture. Surely there are more than just classic martial art films? (Cue the sound of crickets endlessly chirping away.) I look over at the African-American community. They have come such a long way. Last year, the film Moonlight won best picture. They have won Oscars in all of the major acting categories. They have formidable pop stars. (Beyonce and Rihanna anyone?) Rap, R&B, and Hip hop have become mainstream mainstays.…

  • Creativity,  Filipino Food

    Delicious Filipino Food on The Splendid Table

    This week, I wanted to highlight a recent episode of NPR’s  food and cooking show The Splendid Table in which they explore the growing Filipino food movement here in America. Being a Filipino myself, I grew up eating some of the most delicious and flavorful foods from my home country. I have always been sad that Filipino food is not as ubiquitous as Chinese or Japanese cuisine, but maybe this is actually a blessing.  Dishes like adobo, sinigang, and lumpia can continue to be the best kept secrets that they are, and they can be spared from becoming generic and homogenized. Here is the episode from The Splendid Table.  Its…

  • Roque in Bloom blog, creativity
    Creativity

    Creativity and Identity: To Be is To Do

    I have learned to redefine what I believe a creative person is.  It is not solely about the label of being a “performer”, “musician”, “inventor”, or “sculptor”.  As one’s identity relates to creativity, it has less to do with an actual title and more to do with an active state of doing creative work. A creative person performs music every day.  She works on developing a new invention on a regular basis.  She has designated times to work on a current sculpture or 3-dimentional concept.  He is constantly tweaking a new business plan or marketing strategy. A creative person is actively engaged in the work and craftsmanship of creating. To…