TEODORO V. ABUEVA

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ABUEVA--Teodoro Veloso (Teddy); died peacefully, March 11, 2013, at the home of his brother, Jose V. Abueva, in the Philippines. He was 89 years old. Teddy came from a family distinguished for its political activism, intellect and artistic talent ranging from statesmanship to the arts. He joined his parents, Teodoro and Purificacion Abueva, in resistance to the Japanese occupation. After the war ended, he completed studies at the University of the Philippines and worked in public relations. He did graduate work at the Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Later, he was appointed Director of the Philippine Pavilion at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. On his way back to Manila, he stopped in New York, decided to move there, and remained until 2001. A cultural omnivore, he reveled in all manner of art, theatre, dance, music and food, discoveries he shared with his many friends. He created fabulous feasts and gardens. His artistry, generosity, kindness, joie de vivre and sense of humor will be missed by his friends around the world and his loving family who cared for him in his last years. He is survived by his brothers, Jose and Napoleon Abueva, two sisters, Amelia Martiinez and Terasita Floro, and many nieces and nephews.

Published in The New York Times on Mar. 20, 2013