Monday, February 10, 2014

Tado Tributes: Farewell to an Artivist, Farewell to Arvin Jimenez

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"The wake of Arvin "Tado" Jimenez will be on February 9-11 (Sunday to Tuesday) at the Paket Santiago Funeral Homes, V.Gomez corner E. Dela Paz, San Roque, Marikina near the Our Lady of Abandoned Church. His remains will be cremated on Wednesday, 9am at Loyola, Marikina.
Public viewing shall start only beginning 2pm today, February 9, Sunday.

We appeal to the public and friends from the media to respect the wish of the family for private time with their beloved "Ama" this morning.
Strictly, no taking of photos and videos inside the chapel.

To those who want to extend support to Tado's family, please send your donations (in cash or in kind) through Dakila. Contact Dakila at 09151780240

Indeed, everyone who loved him, one way or another, is in deep mourning. But we all know that he wouldn't want us to be lonely, in fact he prefers that we be celebrating  - for he is now with the our heavenly father.

Below are what seems to be fitting tributes and memories of the man known as "Tado" whose real name is Arvin Jimenez, the "artivist" (from the combination of artist and activist). The very first one was a comic I created for Be Kind To Us Trolls (now called Be Proud of Us Pinoys) a few years ago starring Tado Jimenez and Mae Paner (more popularly known as Juana Change). Tado has tickled my fancy even before I personally met him, thus he will be missed so much.



Arvin Jimenez, more popularly known as “Tado” passed away on the morning of February 7, 2014 in a bus accident in Bontoc, Mountain Province. Tado had been working on a series of travel-themed video projects titled “40 Mountains”, another one of his many advocacies for the environment.

Tado is one of the co-founders of Dakila – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism, a group creatively inspiring social transformation. He established Dakila in 2005 together with Lourd de Veyra, Noel Cabangon, Buwi Meneses, and Ronnie Lazaro.

Tado, as we know him, is a true artist and a dedicated activist.

His thought-provoking lines, witty commentary and signature style commanded the attention and rebellion of the public that sought for alternative heroes. His ideas, bordering from the insanely absurd to downright brilliant, spawned outstanding works that continue to influence this generation.

His unusual creative mind blurts out genius campaign ideas such as Dakila’s “Ang Mabuhay Nang Dahil Sa Iyo”, a play on the Philippine National Anthem’s last lines to emphasize the brand of heroism Dakila advocates.

The untimely demise of Tado will truly leave a great void in the hearts of his family, friends, colleagues, comrades, fans, his fellow Marikenos, the art and culture community, and the Philippine social movement.

While Tado is known to many as a public figure, his most important role is being “Ama” to his wife Lei and to his daughters, Taja, Diyosa, Indi, and Tila. He did so with excellence, passion, and dedication that greatly surpassed his greatness as an artist and nobility as an activist.

To Dakila, his is a life worth lived. He is our modern hero. We honor him by treading the same path so that the nobility of his life will live on.

Ang mabuhay nang nagbibigay pugay sa iyong buhay!

Dakila – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism
8 February 2014

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