Music, Art and Friends!

In February, we had a very special visit from two of Paulina’s closest Japanese friends – Mizue Kikuchi- Hoshi and Masatomo “Tomo” Toyoda.

They all met in the 90’s in Battig (ancestral home of the Sala Family and headquarters of both the Salvador and Pilar Sala Foundation and the Cebu Youth Symphony Orchestra/CYSO). Paulina was a pioneering member of the orchestra playing the flute while Mizue and Tomo were Japanese volunteers teaching and playing the violin and cello respectively.

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At the Lobby of West Gorordo Hotel – Mizue, Tomo, Pau and Lucas

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At the Lobby of West Gorordo Hotel – Tomo, Mizue, Pau and Lucas

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At WGH’s Journeys Cafe – Mizue enjoying some fried bananas, her favourite snack while a volunteer here in Cebu in the 90’s

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Pau and Tomo in front of cello-themed art at MoNA

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“I found it! This art belongs to me…I’ve been wondering all these years who stole it from me!” Tomo jokingly said to Paulina since this piece was hanging in his apartment the whole time he was a volunteer here in Cebu. Paulina had loaned it to him so his walls would not be so bare.

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Three friends brought together by music and now reunited with art in the background..

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Mizue, Pau and Tomo at the MoNA

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You two are going to be angels, ok?! Pau said to Mizue and Tomo.

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Paulina with Mizue and Tomo, the flying heart birds

So why were Tomo and Mizue in town? To participate in the reunion concert of the CYSO with our beloved mentor/founder concert pianist Madame Ingrid Sala-Santamaria. Check out concert poster below..

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Poster of Ingrid: Grand Finale Concert

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During rehearsals: Quick photo with Madame Ingrid L-R: Dennis Sugarol, Tomo, Paulina and Lucas, Madame Ingrid and Mizue

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Photo with another CYSO pioneer Hannah Magdadaro and her daughters

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Rehearsals at USP Lahug

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Ingrid: Grand Finale Afternoon concert.

Thank you Mizue and Tomo for dropping by the MoNA! Keep playing music and stay in touch with us- your friends in Cebu! See you again!

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ABS-CBN Kapamilya Features the MoNA

Maayong Buntag Kapamilya Segment Producer Nichee Orocio recently interviewed Paulina Constancia for a special feature on the ABS-CBN morning program. The segment was televised on Friday, February 24th.
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Kapamilya Segment Producer Nichee interviews Paulina at the MoNA

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Nichee interviews Paulina about MoNA’s expressive arts workshop conducted for marginalized women and children.

There was special interest in MoNA’s  on-going exhibition “Spontaneous Strokes” which was an output of an expressive arts workshop facilitated by artist Paulina Constancia for young survivors of violence and human trafficking.

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Producer and cameraman pose with the birds at MoNA

Maayong Buntag Kapamilya aired the MONA feature on Friday, February 24th.
Click on this link to watch episode on ABS-CBN

Kindai Uni students MoNA workshops (4 of 4)

Thank you Professor Andrew Atkins and students of Kindai University for making MoNA a part of your sustainability tour of Cebu. Thank you for the opportunity to share a little bit of Cebuano arts and culture with you.

Here are our photos taken inside the MoNA.

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Kindai University group led by Professor Andrew Atkins at the MoNA with artist Paulina and son Lucas

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Photo at the MoNA with Paulina, Lucas and Edna Lee of the Psychology Volunteers (far left)

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Another photo of the Kindai University group with Professor Atkins, artist Paulina and son Lucas

Daghang Salamat!
Thank you very much!
Arigatou gozaimasu!

Kindai Uni students MoNA workshops (3 of 4)

MoNA’s Paulina Constancia had the pleasure of providing welcome and closing workshops for a group of Kindai University students led by Professor Andrew Atkins during their Sustainability Tour of Cebu.

Below are some photos from the Closing workshop led by Paulina called “Lasting Impressions”:

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Show & Tell- always the best part of a workshop! Here’s artist/facilitator Paulina with her co-teacher Lucas listening to one of the Kindai uni students

And here are their Lasting Impressions of Cebu:

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Many shared that having seen how Cebuanos in difficult situations still manage to smile and be friendly, they feel that they too should pledge to smile often and be grateful for all their blessings. Another common reflection shared was how the experiences have opened their eyes to the harsh realities of the third world and that it is important for them to commit in their own ways to be an instrument or bridge for change and help to reach those in dire need in the Philippines.