Postcard Series 14: “Tokador”

What a simple yet beautiful artwork by Filipina artist Marilou P. Deniega entitled Tokador.

Tokador is a Tagalog (Filipino Official Language) word to mean a ladies dressing table with large mirror or a chest or set of drawers with a mirror. It is originally from a spanish word: tocador (m) meaning: (cรณmoda) dressing table or (cuarto) dressing room.

It has the same meaning when it was used in the Philippines during the Spanish occupation in the 1600s but over time, the word evolved to mean other types of furniture such as a wooden cabinet as depicted in this painting, showing a dish cabinet to refer to “tokador.”

The painter according to the notes at the back of the postcard is a gifted artist who has Cerebral Palsy. Her husband and son are also talented artists like herself and painting is their means of livelihood. I can only wish I am half as creative and even one fourth talented artistically as Ms. Deniega- but I am not and I am normal (whatever normalcy means!). She is truly gifted!


As for the sender of this great postcard, I thank Deb!! I owe you! This is way overdue! Please accept my BIG thanks and apology. She sent this on March 14, 2008. I was in the Philippines and Sacramento, CA vacationing until mid-May! Yaiks! (You have some great stamps as well depicting Filipino artists. How do you get them? They don’t have a marked amount on it. Are they commemmorative stamps? Really nice… )

Please send me your home address so I can return the favor by sending you a postcard from here… the least I can do. Thank you again.

Created by dmeemai » Posted on June 26, 2008 » Filed in Featured Countries, Postcard Series, The Philippines » Link

4 Responses to “Postcard Series 14: “Tokador””

  1. Deb Says:
    June 27th, 2008 at 5:11 am

    Hi Mae!
    Glad you liked the card ๐Ÿ™‚
    The stamps – they are special edition from the Tuberculosis Society of the Philippines. They have no postage value, but I agree they are very very nice!
    Email you my address ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. thepostcardcollector Says:
    June 27th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    I really do! It’s not the type of postcard you can just buy in National Bookstore!

    I was trying to look for specialty Philippine postcards and stamps while I was there. I guess I didn’t look hard enough! Besides that, I was more really engrossed to traveling to as many tourist spots as I could! LOL

    Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Angela Says:
    June 28th, 2008 at 3:08 am

    collecting postcards!
    my daughter actually does this, think it would be something fun for us to both do.
    you’ve inspired me :]
    i like this blog, just found it :]
    check out mine! hehe.


  4. thepostcardcollector Says:
    June 28th, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    Yes! This is the beauty of postcard collecting (and other forms of collecting for that matter), there’s no age limit to it!! LOL Kids and grown ups alike can enjoy it.

    Is she a member of postcrossing? it’s the best for postcard collecting!

    Thanks for stumbling on my blog! I just visited your site. Way to go! I think you have something great going there… ๐Ÿ™‚



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