i met this character in boracay. he asked me if i knew how to fight and without waiting for my answer lunged at me...we both ended on the ground..sand all over us, human espasols...we hit it off right away and had "kapatid" tatooed in "baybayin", better known as "alibata", on our arms. this is hadrian mendoza or better known to his close friends as adee...
i call him mr. clay for his mastery of his artform. a big influence on my life and music... adee showed me a lot, taught me things i would never have found out for myself...a teacher but most important a student of life.
i have seen his many personae and alter egos..."adee" the hermit.. to the wild but colorful "shardman"...hadrian is fearless in the search for his own fusion of different ethnic styles..yet all his work is original and sure as hell definitely filipino.
hadrian mendoza...co-writer of the hit song "noypi", "mr clay" and "as the music plays the band", is most important of all.. one of the best the philippines has to offer in one of the oldest artforms in the world...he is my brother,teacher and confidant.
kapatid i am proud of you...show them bastards what excellency in one's craft means...
in the words of hadrian mendoza: "if your not goin' to be the best at what you do..then just stop it and become a politician".. hahaha