Gimbap Fun

A couple of weeks ago, the MoNA, in cooperation with the Psychology Volunteers on Bikes, West Gorordo Hotel and  My Refuge House, facilitated an intercultural workshop for a group of  young girls in difficult situations.  The workshop was facilitated by Wae Seon Yun, a Korean Language and Culture Mentor from Busan, South Korea.

Here are some photos from the workshop. As you can see everybody had a lovely time expressing themselves by means of the Korean language and cuisine.

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Learning to speak Korean…

2-Korean food

Here is Wae Seon teaching the girls how to prepare GIMBAP/ KIMBAP

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The girls were so happy to learn to prepare GIMBAP/Kimbap with a little help from Korean facilitator Wae Seon

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Assemble, roll, cut and eat…

감사합니다. Kamsahamnida.
Thank you.
Daghang Salamat, Wae Seon!!!

Post-GSK Rangoli Workshop with MRH

On Saturday, May 27th, the day after Gabii sa Kabilin, MoNA’s visiting Indian artist conducted a special rangoli workshop for a group of young participants from My Refuge House.

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The girls checking out the fabulous display of rangoli from the pre-GSK community workshop facilitated by Yasha Dabas

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Yasha talking about the rangoli tradition and giving instructions for the afternoon’s collaborative art making

2-The Making with Ms Yasha

The girls busy with their intricate rangoli designs

There were 7 rangolis created plus an extra one made by Paulina’s son who asked to join the workshop. Below are photos showing the process of creating the individual rangoli:

Rangoli # 1- “The Love of Nature”
Materials: beads, stones, flowers, leaves
Created by: Mandy and Loren

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Rangoli  # 2 – “Art of Peace”
Materials: shells, flowers, beads and pebbles
Created by: Stephanie and Alexandra

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Rangoli # 3- “On The Wings of Love”
Materials: flowers, pebbles, rangoli coloured powder, beads
Created by: Jacky and Cindy

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Rangoli # 4- “Nature Garden”
Materials: beads, stones, flowers,  rangoli coloured powder
Created by: Chloe and Nicole

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Rangoli # 5 – “Beauty of the Flower”
Materials: flowers, pebbles, rangoli coloured powder
Created by: Faith and Jessica

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Rangoli # 6 –  The Sun and the Seashore
Materials: plastic beads, petals, shells, pebbles, stones, rangoli coloured powder
Created by: Kim and Gaga

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Rangoli # 7- “The Beauty of Life” 
Materials: flowers, beads, shells, pebbles, rangoli coloured powder
Created by: Shane and Ashley

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Rangoli # 8- “The Flower on the Beads”
Materials: cowrie shells, leaves, pebbles,  rangoli coloured powder
Created by:  Paulina’s son -Lucas, 7 years old

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show and tell with yasha

Show and Tell. The girls said that when they saw the display from the workshop yesterday they wondered if they could possibly make something so beautiful. And they did! Their works were just beautiful!

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Love and gratitude to MoNA’s visiting artist YASHA DABAS for sharing her time and talents with the girls. ..the time together was memorable and the work- -simply amazing!

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23 Rangolis in 1 Room! The mini rangolis of the MRH girls displayed alongside the bigger rangoli art created from the previous day’s community workshop, also facilitated by MoNA visiting artist Yasha Dabas

Read about the facilitator YASHA DABAS
Read about the  program at My Refuge House

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

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”

Spontaneous Strokes Workshop with MRH

Monday, December 19th, Paulina Constancia conducted an expressive arts workshop for 13 young girls from My Refuge House. The participants were asked to do some spontaneous strokes using watercolor on paper without any specific images/details in mind, just to give the subconscious the opportunity to speak up and let itself be known. Afterwhich, participants were made to look at their painting from different angles and try to figure out what it’s about and what it means to them.

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Poster-invite for Spontaneous Strokes workshop

Here are the girls working on their Spontaneous Strokes:
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Here is a sample output of the workshop.

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Spontaneous strokes by Mandy, 22

Title :  Wild Life of Elephant

Artist’s Name :   Mandy

Age :  22

A Little About My Work 

I drew this painting because of my experience before and after MRH.  I felt tense while I was drawing this painting because I remembered my struggle, and how I have accomplished things that make me proud of myself.  I’m getting nearer to the future.

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Mandy, 22 sees an elephant in her painting

The output of the Spontaneous Strokes workshop will be on display at the lobby of West Gorordo Hotel. Exhibition details will be posted very soon…

Project Baby Pink Turn-over

Sept 10th at the MoNA.

Paulina Constancia had the pleasure of turning over the Project Baby Pink collection to My Refuge House (MRH). Present at the simple turn-over ceremony were Rose Anne Obenque of MRH, American Psychologist Dr. Yvonne and husband Wig.

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The Project Baby Pink collection is seen here turned over to Rose Anne Obenque of My Refuge House and American Psychologist Dr. Yvonne.

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Paulina showing some of the PBP collection and title cards to Dr. Yvonne.

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“Very powerful images from a psychological perspective”, says Dr. Yvonne.

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Here’s a photo of the Project Baby Pink collection while on display at the lobby of West Gorordo Hotel.

Learn more about Project Baby Pink (PBP), watch this video

Learn more about My Refuge House

Paulina Constancia on CCTN

Yesterday, Paulina Constancia had the honor of being a guest on TV. The show is called “Sa Mata sa Kababayen-an” (In the Eyes of Women) on CCTN- Cebu Catholic Television Network (CCTN)
Program Host: Atty. Virginia Palanca-Santiago, President of Law Center Inc.
Co-Anchor: Fe Cabatingan
Photos courtesy of Charity Escoton (Production Assistant- Media Advocacy, Law Center Inc)

The program provides psychosocial and legal advice to women in adverse circumstances like domestic violence, human trafficking, marital discord, separation, child custody… Paulina Constancia was interviewed in connection with the Paulina Constancia Museum of Naive Art [MoNA] and its efforts in providing expressive arts programs for women and children in different circumstances including those who are survivors of violence and human trafficking.

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The interview begins…

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Nice monitoring, Charity Escoton!

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PC talks about The CURVE Project and other MoNA outreach projects

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It was a live show and there were viewers calling in…

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Photo op after the show

Photo op after the show: (L-R) Dolores “Lolet” Alino, Exec Director, Law Center,Inc., Fe Cabatingan co-anchor and Head Psychosocial Unit, Law Inc, PC, Atty. Virginia Palanca- Santiago, President, Law Center, Inc. and Charity Escoton (Production Assistant- Media Advocacy, Law Center Inc)

The full length interview will be available on youtube very soon…