Artist Noe Tio passes away

Noe, 46, suffered a stroke Saturday morning and had a brain surgery that same day. Joey Ayala, who rushed to Baguio with wife Jessie, communicated with friends on Sunday that Noe was already on life support system.

To keep Noe's spirits up, Joey repeatedly sang to him and accompanied him until the doctors pronounced him dead at 2:55 a.m., February 11.

Noe, who did those beautiful murals and paintings of Lumads which are the main feature in his Noe's Ark shirts,  was in Baguio since December for a commissioned work. He had been based in Palawan for nearly a decade, with his two very young sons.

His wake will be at the La Funeraria Paz along Naguilian Road in Baguio City, until the 16th.

His remains will be buried at the Heaven's Garden in Loakan, Baguio City.

Noe's friends in Manila and Mindanao are busy preparing for fundraising concerts to helppay for Tio's hospital bills, funeral expenses and assistance to his two boys.

An email from a colleague to Tio's friends  who will be attending the funeral rites, says "bring instruments, food, memories, tuition for his kids (Bandoy and Pasyong), etc.."

In Davao City, please contact artist Popong Landero, Cecil and Oca for details about the fundraising concert scheduled on February 25 at the Matina Town Square. (MindaNews)