GSK 2017 at the MoNA

We are happy to share with you what we have lined up for this year’s GABII SA KABILIN CELEBRATION at the Museum of Naive Art [MoNA] . For a fun-filled GSK stop with us, please follow the steps outlined below:

Special Feature: RANGOLI and Indian Arts
Special Guest: Indian Artist YASHA DABAS
GSK at the MONA 2017 HIGHLIGHTS

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Activities Listing for GSK 2017 at the MoNA

We are happy to share with you what we have lined up for this year’s GABII SA KABILIN CELEBRATION at the Museum of Naive Art [MoNA] .

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“Mga Alidong” (Ceb.)
GSK 2017 at the MoNA
West Gorordo Hotel

The circle “alidong” (Ceb.)-a simple closed shape with unlimited possibilities is the focus of our GSK celebration this year. For a fun-filled GSK stop with us, please follow these steps:

  1. Buy GSK ticket
  2. Register
  3. Get the activity sheet for the MoNA TRIVIA BUZZ
  4. “Let’s Dance” Concentric Art Photo Booth
  5. Learn KENDAMA – a traditional cup and ball skill toy
  6. Browse and shop at the Indian Bazaar (Winnia Products International)
  7. Color a Rangoli Design
  8. The Dot – Storytelling, Movement and Artmaking  (Facilitated by St. Michael’s Play Garden, Steiner Waldorf education in Cebu)
  9. TULDOK: Ukulele Sing-along with Venus Seno-Bernaldez of TURTULELE
  10. Watch brief introductory video of the Museum of Naïve Art [MoNA]
  11. Visit the MoNA and complete the TRIVIA BUZZ for a chance to win exciting prizes
  12. Visit MoNA Studio Gallery
  13. Meet and Greet with MoNA’s featured artist Paulina Constancia
  14. Learn about the CEBU- INDIA Cultural Connection     
  15. View the art of our visiting Indian artist Yasha Dabas
  16. View the RANGOLI Art created by Yasha and her workshop participants
  17. Meet and greet with visiting artist Yasha Dabas
  18. Enjoy some FREE LINGIN-LINGIN snacks
  19. Get your TRIVIA BUZZ Activity Sheet checked and claim your surprise gift
  20. Visit our other permaculture-inspired museums:
    Museum of Heritage and Folk Art (MoHFA) at The Mayflower Inn
    Capitol Site, Cebu City
    Museum of Bicycling (MoB) at the Elicon House
    Cor. P. Del Rosario and Junquera Streets

 

Kita-Kita ‘ta sa Gabii sa Kabilin on May 26

Gabii sa Kabilin~GSK (Heritage Night) is happening on Friday, May 26th. We are happy to inform you that we have prepared a very exciting program for this year’s GSK.

The circle “alidong” (Ceb.) -a simple closed shape with unlimited possibilities is the focus of this year’s GSK celebration at the MoNA. Highlighted this year are the concentric works in the museum collection. Workshops and other activities lined up give the GSK goers a chance to explore the world of circles, dots and rangoli. This year MONA also has a special featured artist- Indian naïve artist Yasha Dabas who will share rangoli and Indian arts with us.

We also have another happy news for GSK goers .  This year our sister permaculture-inspired  lodging establishments will be officially opening their in-house museums.

The Mayflower Inn (A Heritage and Permaculture Inspired Hotel ) will be opening the Museum of Heritage and Folk Art (MoHFA). It seeks to promote our diverse cultures and shared humanity. The Elicon House (An Ecological Living Conservation House), on the other hand, will be launching the Museum of Bicycling (MoB). It promotes the bio-psycho-social impacts of bicycling.

Check out the poster below for more info:

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Cross-Cultural Workshop at UP Cebu (3 of 3)

The last activity required pair work in which the students were tasked to describe in Korean as well as make a fingerprinted portrait of their chosen partner.

Here are the photos of the pairings and their fingerprinted creations… (please click on individual image to enlarge)

And the last part of the workshop… Korean snacks, of course!
Wae Seon brought some kkul ttok (“kkul” means honey and “ttok” means rice cake).

For those of you who are wondering what kkul ttok tastes like .. well, it’s like our local “masi” just thicker rice flour skin and a slight salty taste on the outside but still the same sweet peanut paste filling.

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Paulina Constancia, Professor Edna Lee and Wae Seon Yun with the Psych 155 Class

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Happy spirits!!!

It was a great cross-cultural experience for both the facilitators and students at today’s workshop at the University of the Philippines- Cebu! Thank you for the opportunity to connect and to share with warm and enthusiastic spirits, Prof. Edna!

Cross-Cultural Workshop at UP Cebu (2 of 3)

The workshop continued with Wae Seon teaching the class Korean words to express their unique traits and that of their chosen activity partner. This was complemented by fingerprinting activities facilitated by Paulina Constancia.
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Here are photos of the students busy fingerprinting portraits.  (Please click on individual image to enlarge)

Who else is busy making art? Ju Hye, 3 year old daughter of Wae Seon.

Here are some of the fingerprinted self-portraits: (Please click on individual image to enlarge)

Check out the next post for more photos from the Cross-Cultural Workshop at University of the Philippines- Cebu…

Cross-Cultural Workshop at UP Cebu (1 of 3)

Today MoNA went to the University of the Philippines – Cebu to present a cross-cultural mental health workshop with Paulina Constancia co-teaching with Wae Seon Yun, a Korean Language and Culture Mentor from Busan, South Korea.

This workshop was made possible by an invitation from Professor Edna Lee for her Psych 155 Class – Abnormal Psychology.

The session started with Wae Seon introducing the students to Korean culture by means of the most famous Korean song – ARIRANG.

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There are many versions of the Arirang. Here are the lyrics to the commonly known one: (Source: sweetandtastytv.com)

Korean
아리랑, 아리랑, 아라리요…
아리랑 고개로 넘어간다.
나를 버리고 가시는 님은
십리도 못가서 발병난다.

Romanization
Arirang, Arirang, Arariyo…
Arirang gogaero neomeoganda.
Nareul beorigo gasineun nimeun
Simnido motgaseo balbbyeongnanda.

English
Arirang, Arirang, Arariyo…
Crossing over Arirang Pass.
The one who abandoned me
Shall not walk even 4 kilometers before their feet hurt.

Click on this link to hear Arirang and learn more about the meaning, history and significance of this song among Koreans (both North and South Koreans)

After teaching the class about ARIRANG (how to sing the song and its meaning),  Wae Seon talked about the unique characteristics of Korean culture. Then, of course, since the workshop’s  focus was on mental health, she moved onto the challenges that Koreans face – Korean women in particular. Among the topics mentioned were: depression, alcoholism, body image/aesthetic surgery..

Wae Seon mentioned  “200 Pounds Beauty”, a South Korean romantic comedy that highlights radical and extensive cosmetic surgery in the pursuit of dreams and happiness.

Wae Seon then taught the class how to express emotions in Korean with Paulina providing an activity for the students to interpret these emotions.

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Sorry not many photos to show of the fingerprinted emotions, this was the only one captured on camera

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Just to give you a better  idea how the activity goes- here’s a worksheet completed by Lucas (Paulina’s son) made during the workshop

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Check out this photo of Wae Seon and Paulina with their sons in the background…

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And here are Ju Eon and Lucas busy doing their own art while their Moms were teaching…

Check out succeeding posts for more photos from the Cross-Cultural Workshop at UP Cebu.

Messing with Yarn Catalogue Now Available On-Line

A few months ago, we announced that Paulina’s  art was selected as one of the pieces for an exhibition called “Messing with Yarn” at the Textile Arts Factory (TAF) Gallery in Greece. We are pleased to announce that TAF has published an exhibition catalogue and it is now available on  amazon.com

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Messing with Yarn Catalogue Cover

Paulina’s info and work are on pages 46 and 47.

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Page 46 of the Messing with Yarn Catalogue

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“HEARTFELT”, Art by Paulina Constancia, on page 47 of the Messing with Yarn catalogue

Learn more about the fascinating story of this gallery- Textile Arts Factory in Greece.

ACMC Group Visits MoNA

A few days ago a group of little folks from Minglanilla with their parents and teachers came to visit the MoNA. They were from the Alchemist Child Minding Centre (ACMC).

The visit started off with a talk and workshop with Paulina and then a museum tour. Here are some photos from their visit.

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Little Workshop with Paulina for the little folks and their parents and teachers

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The ACMC Group at the MoNA

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ACMC Teacher Rhonenette Abatayo and Founder-Director Joice Villareal as MoNA flying hearts…

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ACMC Teachers and Admin

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ACMC Teachers and Admin with Paulina Constancia

Check out ACMC on Facebook

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!

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.

Kindai Uni students MoNA workshops (2 of 4)

Here’s Paulina with her co-teacher Lucas (her son) during the Welcome Workshop with the Kindai University students.

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have a fruitful stay song

Paulina teaches the group a special song she wrote to wish them all a Fruitful Stay in Cebu!

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Kindai Uni students MoNA workshops (1 of 4)

A group of Kindai University students led by their professor Andrew Atkins is in town for a sustainability tour in Cebu. The Psychology Volunteers on Bikes, The Cebu trio of permaculture hotels: West Gorordo Hotel, Elicon House and Mayflower Inn and the MoNA are teaming up to give these students meaningful experiences during their visit to Cebu.

Here are some photos of the welcome workshop facilitated by MoNA’s Paulina Constancia. The workshop was intended to give the Japanese uni students tidbits of the local culture by means of an ntroduction to fruits and expressions. Paulina aptly called the session “Finger Fruits: (pun on Finger Food)…not too much, not too little, just a teaser…

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Paulina with Kindai group distributing FINGER FRUIT worksheets

Here’s the group learning about Cebuano expressions…

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Learning about local fruits…

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Doing the FRUIT SALAD Dance: Watermelon (2x) Papaya(2x)Banana(2x)FRUIT SALAD (2x)!!!

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Now combining local fruit and expressions…

Busy, busy students..the enthusiasm and hard work is incredible considering most of them just slept 2 to 3 hours..

Let’s see the work.. Paulina’s son Lucas wanted to take part in the activity so here he is getting his turn for SHOW & TELL (like all the other participants)

Check out next post for the workshop output…

More STC HS students visit the MoNA

This month we had the pleasure of welcoming a few more groups from St. Theresa’s College(STC) High School Department .  They came to West Gorordo Hotel and the MoNA for a green hotel and museum tour.

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The MoNA was filled with warm, vibrant energy!

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Comfy pose at a cozy corner at the MoNA.

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Warm young spirit adding colour to an already colourful museum.

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A birthday serenade for  Lucas (Paulina’s son) That just made his day! Thanks girls!

Expressive Fingerprinting with MRH

It was a lovely afternoon of art making at the MoNA with My Refuge House girls. Resident artist Paulina Constancia showed the girls how they can make art just using their fingers.

First, they were made to explore emotions through fingerprinting…
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Then there were more exercises in creating fingerprinting design, but the main output of the session was the creation of a peacock using fingerprints..

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Check out the MRH girls’ masterpieces – simply amazing!

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Thank you girls for inspiring us at the MoNA with your rainbow renditions of the majestic peacock.

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We had a special guest dropping by during the workshop – retired Professor Thelma Lee- Mendoza, She was formerly professor and chairperson of social work in the College of Social Work and Community Development of the University of the Philippines, from which she retired in 1999 after 37 years of service. One of the girls who’s a Social Work student happened to recognize her–“you are the author of my textbook!”
FYI- Thelma Lee-Mendoza is Paulina Constancia’s auntie.

Spontaneous Strokes exhibition now open

MONA is happy to announce a new exhibition -SPONTANEOUS STROKES- on display at the lobby of West Gorordo Hotel starting January 10th. Scroll down for more information about this special display.

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Spontaneous Strokes
January 10- March 31, 2017
West Gorordo Hotel Lobby
Cebu, Philippines

Art created by 13 young girls rescued from difficult situations
Expressive Arts Workshop Facilitated by Paulina Constancia

This exhibition is made possible by the Paulina Constancia Museum of Naive Art [MoNA], West Gorordo Hotel, the Psychology Volunteers on Bikes and My Refuge House (MRH)


About the Collection

The works on display here are outputs from a recent expressive arts workshop facilitated by Paulina Constancia for 13 girls who have been rescued from difficult situations. The girls were tasked to make random brush strokes on paper using watercolor. At first, they were confused with what they were doing  and where their art was going. However, when they were done painting in the colors and were asked to look at their work from different angles, they were able to figure out the hidden message amid the layers of colors. The girls were quite surprised how a simple activity afforded them a window to their inner world.


The Crusade for the Rights of Women and Children

West Gorordo Hotel (WGH), through the Museum of Naïve Art [MoNA] Outreach Program, is a shining example of how a private institution can crusade for the rights of women and children.

MONA partners with the Psychology Volunteers on Bikes to facilitate expressive and experiential therapy for different women’s rights groups and their community partners.

Art is a constant agent of transformation and is indeed the soul’s drive to health.
– Cathy Malchiodi
The Soul’s Palette: Drawing on Art’s Transformative Powers for Health and Well-Being”

Paulina’s Art in Greece Exhibition

Paulina Constancia has shared with us the great news that today, the 23rd, until the 3oth of December, her art, alongside the works of a few selected fiber artists, will be exhibited at the Textile Arts Factory in Thessaloniki, Greece.

The exhibition is called MESSING WITH YARN. The artists are presenting various themes but the unifying part is the use of knitting, crocheting and lace.

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Paulina used yarn for her work “Heartfelt”, and this is how it looks:

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About the Art:

HEARTFELT
Yarn stitching on canvas
12 x 12 inches
Art by Paulina Constancia
Singapore, 2016

“HEARTFELT shows heads, hearts and hands fused together because this symbolises the commitment that my husband and I have to love and nurture our child. I have often told him that I still cannot believe that I could ever love someone as much as I love our child. He would often respond..”I feel exactly the same way.” Most parents can relate to this love and would agree that it burns like the flaming red in this painting. It’s a love that warms and inspires and also keeps you centred and grounded on what matters most in life…” – P.Constancia

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“Heartfelt”– detail 1

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“Heartfelt”– detail 2

Here are the selected international artists participating in the “MESSING with YARN” exhibition at the Textile Arts Factory in Thessaloniki, Greece:

Ali Holloway

Αli Pate

Anahita Younesi

Anna Astapova

Anna Matejcek

Ayanna Proctor

Brooke Marks-Swanson

Canan Erdönmez

Ceyda (Jeyda) Oskay

Eero Tiittula

Heather Schulte

Jeannette von Itter

Laurin Guthrie

Leslie Robison

Lily Lee

Liz Ensz

Mujgan Emre Eroglu

Mustafa Kula

Nesem Ertan Ayata

Paulina Constancia

Pelin Demirtas Dikmen

Piotr Pandyra

Sam Lane

Tenee’ Hart

Trey Gehring

Wendy Kawabata

Exhibition Curator:  Vasiliki Asaroglou

Learn about the curious history of the gallery TEXTILE ARTS FACTORY

Waves of Hope Workshop in Moalboal- Part 3

We come to last feature of the Waves of Hope/Mga Balud sa Paglaum expressive arts workshop recently facilitated by Paulina Constancia on the beach in Moalboal for the Cebu Technological University World Literature students of Miss Robbie.

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The last activity was “STAR of HOPE”.  Paulina taught the group PAGLAUM, a song she composed en route to Moalboal, and it goes this way: (ukulele chords provided)

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Paglaum, paglaum sa atong kasingkasing
Isibya, isidlak ngadto sa uban
Kalipay, kadasig sa atong kahimtang  (sung as kahimta-ang)
Paglaum, paglaum sa kalibutan

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Lovingly translated for you, Miss Robbie…
Hope, hope in our hearts

Spread and shine onto others
Joy and cheer to our existence
Hope, hope onto the world.

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Now let’s form a star…

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A star in the making…

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Paulina’s brother Joel Lee accompanies the group singing of PAGLAUM

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The group forms a star and sings PAGLAUM

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Sunset at Club Serena Resort, Moalboal with Robbie’s World Literature Class (Cebu Technological University- Moalboal Campus)

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Paulina’s son Lucas joins in the group photo shoot…

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HOPE it all starts in our hearts…

A heartfelt gratitude to Robbie and her CTU students for the wonderful enthusiasm and cooperation. May your lives be your message of hope within your home, circle of friends and wherever your life journey takes you…

Waves of Hope Workshop in Moalboal- Part 2

We continue with the Waves of Hope/Mga Balud sa Paglaum expressive arts workshop recently facilitated by Paulina on the beach in Moalboal for the Cebu Technological University World Literature students of Miss Robbie.

So the first activity was Stories from the Sea, followed by Message in a Bottle.  The third activity was Self-Portrait on the Beach. The instruction was -Reflect on your best trait as a person. And then answer and portray this…How can your life be a message of hope to others?

Here are the participants with their portraits in progress…

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Paulina checking out the portraits in progress…

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Miss Robbie happily working on her own portrait on the beach…

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Busy bees on the beach…

And here are their PORTRAITS on the BEACH: Click on individual image to see large picture.

These are 18-19 year old college students and it is nice to hear they believe their happy and courageous spirits will be their message of hope to the world. Bravo to you Robbie and your World Lit class at CTU-Moalboal!!!