In 1957, Francisco Borboa was promoted to priesthood and was soon sent to station in Taichung, Taiwan.
The Catholic church across the Taichung Tunghai University needed a mural on their wall and with the skill that Borboa has learned from architecture and civil engineering; he was able to complete his first mural in 1959.
Francisco Borboa was invited to create a mural for a brand new church in Chiayi county and he went back to Taichung for the need of a bigger space to work on the mural.
Borboa borrowed an auditorium in Providence University and at the same time there was a group of children with their teacher practicing on the stage for Mother’s Day performance.
“She was very beautiful and everything about her captured my attention,” he said.
The next day, Borboa saw that a part of his mural have been ruined by the kids; so he walked to the first classroom and saw Ana.
“Immediately my anger relinquished through her smile,” Boroba profess during the interview that it was love at first sight for him. After so many years, Ana insisted that it wasn’t love at first sight for her nor did she thought Borboa was handsome but only because of his kindness that captured her attention. However, Borboa proudly said that he knew she liked him.
Though Ana wanted a family, however, she knew that she needed to keep a distance from Borboa. Suddenly, Borboa took up the courage and wrote letters to the head priest of his church and the Vatican to ask for a leave of his status.
Once the letters were sent out, he was forced to move to Hong Kong and was not allowed to say good-bye to anyone.
After being forced out of Taiwan, Borboa settled into Hong Kong where he didn’t know anyone and was only able to use the skills he learned to make a living. Thus, he created a workshop and starts to create murals for hotels, churches, schools, hospitals and many other facilities in Hong Kong and Macao that you can even see them to this day.
Borboa traveled to many places as: Australia; Mexico; Spain; and different parts of Asia to build his murals using wrought iron, fiberglass, and ceramic tile. As of now, there are over hundreds of Borboa’s works that can be seen globally and often, he could combine the Chinese water ink and the vivid colors of Mexico as a part of his creations.
In 1966, the Roman Vatican finally relief Borboa’s status in the Catholic church. Through the 4 long years of letter communications, Ana finally packed up her bags and headed for Hong Kong.