The Cebu-India Connection

The Cebu-India connection

Why an Indian showcase on Gabii sa Kabilin? Because, believe it or not -there’s more than a little bit of Indian in our Cebuano heritage…

Did you know that the Rajahnate of /Kaharian sa Cebu was established by Sri Lumay who was half-Tamil and half-Malay? 

We are quite familiar with the Malay people.But for many of us who don’t know about the Tamil people here’s a little about them:
The Tamil people are an ethnic group from South Asia. They have a written history of more than 2,000 years. Traditionally, they have been living in the southern parts of India, and the northeastern parts of Sri Lanka.

Why did Sri Lumay come to establish a Kingdom?

Sri Lumay or Rajamuda Lumaya was a minor prince (regional governor)  of the Chola dynasty (a long-ruling dynasty in the history of southern India) which occupied Sumatra.  He was sent by the Maharajah to establish a base for expeditionary forces, but he rebelled and established his own independent rajahnate.

Was Rajah Humabon related to Sri Lumay?

From our research, we have found two  theories on Humabon’s connection with Lumay. One theory says,

“Sri Lumay was succeeded by the youngest of his sons, Sri Bantug, who ruled from a region known as Singhapala, which is now Mabolo of Cebu City. He died of disease. Sri Bantug had a brother called Sri Parang who was originally slated to succeed Sri Bantug. But he was a cripple and could not govern his polity because of his infirmity. Parang handed his throne to Sri Bantug’s son and his nephew, Sri Humabon (also spelled Sri Hamabar), who became the Rajah of Cebu in his stead.” (Read more)

Here’s another theory…

Rajah Humabon, later baptized as Don Carlos, was the Rajah of Cebu at the time of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan’s arrival in the Philippines in 1521. He was the son of Sri Bantug and the grandson of Sri Lumay. (Read more)

So, now we know — we Cebuanos are more connected with India, having been established as a kingdom by Sri Lumay who was sent by India’s Chola Dynasty,and if that’s not enough of a connection check out this partial list of Sanskrit-loaned words in the Cebuano-Bisayan language: (*ancient language in Hinduism)

For sure the seafaring merchants from India did not only bring their wares to our shores but also their language and culture. And Sri Lumay ,the  half-Tamil & half-Malay who established the Kingdom of Cebu must have some part in this linguistic influence as well.

Religion:

Skt. : bhattara, “noble lord”
C. Bis : bathala’,  “God Almighty”; also Balahala, “deity” (old form)

Skt. : devā  devatā,  ‘deity deities”
C. Bis. : diwa diwata “spirit, worship of spirits”

Skt. : upavasa,  “a day of fasting ” also “fasting”
C. Bis. : pu’asa,  “fast”

Skt. : vāçā, “sacred text, holy words”
C. Bis. : basa, “to read” (root of pagbasa)
Relations

Skt. : tata, “Father” (informal address)
C. Bis. : Tatay “Father” also Tatang (informal address)

Skt. : nanã, “Mother”
C. Bis : nanay “Mother”

Skt. : vamsa, “lineage, race”
C. Bis. : bansa, “state”
Also : bansagon, “family name”


Food

Skt. : patola, “a gourd,” Tricosanthes dioeca
C. Bis : patola, Luffa cylindrica Linn.

Skt. : māmsa, “flesh meat”
C. Bis : mamsa, “a kind of large fish”

Skt. : tapa, “to scorch, burn”
C. Bis. : tapa,  ‘‘to cook by smoking or roast­ ing” (root)

Skt. : çukra, “vinegar”
C. Bis. : suka’,  ‘‘vinegar’


Household

Skt. : karpasa, “cotton ” Gossypium herbaceum (sci.name)
C. Bis : gapas “cotton,” Gossypium herbaceum (sci.name)


Other matters

Skt. :  bhānda,  “goods”
C. Bis. : bahandi,  “property, wealth”

Skt.:  dhāra, “bearing”
C. Bis. : dalà, “to bear, to carry”

Skt. : mutya, “pearl”
C. Bis. : mutya, “a gem, a pearl”

Skt. : vānija, “merchant”
C. Bis : baligya,  “goods, ware” baligja (Bohol-Leyte variant)
Also :  banyaga,  “scoundrel” which seem to suggest an antipathy to­ wards traders          and foreigners

Skt. : sankha, “conch shell used as a trumpet”
C. Bis : sungka, “a mancala game of the Bisayans and other Philippine ethnic groups in which cowrie shells are usually used’

Skt. : lala, “saliva”
C. Bis : lala, “venom from the sting of an animal or serpent ’ also lawa-lawa. “spider,” laway “saliva”
Note: More often Bisayans pronounce the word as laa.

Skt. : chāya, “shade luster, reflected image”
C. Bis : hayag “bright” usually— kahayag: “brightness”

Skt. : mantra, “sacred text, formula, charm’’
C. Bis. : mantala’ “root of pagmantala^ “to announce” also mantalaan “newspaper “

Skt. : buddhi “intellectual faculty, design”
C. Bis : bùdhi  “to betray” (root of pag- budhi)

Skt. : bhaya, “danger of all kinds”
C. Bis. : baya’ “an expression warning some­ body of danger, also as a word of emphasis”

Skt. : sāksī, “witness”
C. Bis. : saksi, “witness

Skt. : sajja, “ready”
C. Bis. : sadya “cheerful, merry”

Skt. : sama, “the same, equal, like”
C. Bis. : sama, “the same, equal, like”

Skt. : lagna “horoscope”
C. Bis. : tagna’ root of pagtagna’’ “to guess, to foretell”
              Also:  manalagna’, “fortuneteller”

Skt. : mahā, “great”
C.Bis. : mahal, “expensive, beloved, exalted, noble”

Skt. : vrtta, “an incident”
C. Bis. : balita “news report”

Skt. : pandya, “learned, wise”
C. Bis. : panday, “a carpenter, blacksmith”

Skt. : lambita, “hanging down”
C. Bis. : bitay, “to hang” (root)
              Also:  kumbitay, “to cling” (root)


Weather /Climate

Skt. : vāha, “stream, river”
C. Bis. : baha,  “flood, overflowing of a river”

Skt. : vāyu, “wind”
C. Bis. : bag’yo, “a tempest, storm”

Animals

Skt. : pasū, “cattle”
C. Bis : pasung, “manger, stable” also pasungan “stable”

Skt. : pārāpātī, “turtle dove”
C. Bis : salampati “dove”

Skt. : hamsa,  “goose”
C. Bis : gansa,  “goose”

Skt. : srnga, “horn”
C. Bis : sungay “horn”
Also : sungag “to gore” (root)
sungu, “beak”
sunganga “to direct something against” (root)

Source:
The Sanskrit Loan-Words in the Cebuano-Bisayan Language
by Jose G. Kuizon, 1964
University of San Carlos Cebu City
(may be viewed on-line:
https://nirc.nanzan-u.ac.jp/nfile/646)

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Celebrating our Cebu-India Connection (and heritage!) at the Museum of NaÏve Art during Gabii sa Kabilin. Photo shows: (L) Indian artist Yasha Dabas and (R) Cebuana artist Paulina Constancia in front of West Gorordo Hotel –thank you folks for dropping by the MoNA!

GSK sa MoNA Highlights

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Thank you so much to all the GSK Goers who made the Museum of Naïve Art a part of their GSK adventure on Friday, May 26, 2017, 6 pm to midnight. We would also like to extend our deepest gratitude to  our visiting artist Yasha Dabas and our volunteer facilitators; namely: St. Michael’s Play Garden -Steiner Waldorf Education in Cebu, Turtulele, Winnia Products International. Special thanks also goes to the West Gorordo Hotel staff who manned the different activity rooms and to The Detox Bar for sharing some healthy drinks for our GSK goers.

Here is the activities listing of the GSK at the MoNA:

  1. Buy GSK ticket at any of the participating sites or at the registration counter upon arrival at West Gorordo Hotel
  2. Register upon arrival
  3. Get the activity sheet for 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 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 at the registration counter and claim your surprise gift
  20. Visit our other permaculture-inspired museums:
    Museum of Heritage and Folk Art  (MoHFA) at Mayflower Inn
    Capitol Site, Cebu City
    Museum of Bicycling (MoB) at Elicon House
    Cor. P. Del Rosario and Junquera Streets

And here are some photos from GSK sa MoNA:

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Paulina joins GSK goers at the Concentric Art Photo Booth

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GSK goers from Moalboal: US Peace Corps volunteer Robbieana Leung jammin’ with her students from CTU-Moalboal Campus

Kendama

GSK goers learning how to play Kendama, a traditional cup and ball skill toy

2-The dot workshop

The Dot: Storytelling, Movement and Artmaking facilitated by St. Michael’s Play Garden Steiner Waldorf Education in Cebu

3-Ukulele Workshop

TULDOK sing along and ukulele lessons with Regie and Venus Bernaldez

4-Rangoli Coloring

Rangoli Coloring Workshop

5- Indian bazaar

India Bazaar (Winnia Products International)

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Teaching GSK Goers about the CEBU-INDIA Connection

8-Rangoli Workshop display

Exhibition of the Rangoli art created during the Pre-GSK afternoon community workshop facilitated by visiting Indian artist Yasha Dabas

9- Yasha with GSK goers

GSK Goers guessing the Five Elements of Earth that Yasha wanted to express in her rangoli

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Paulina with some GSK Goers visiting the MoNA

7-MoNA guests

MoNA this year welcomed GSK goers and participants of “LUMBA PANGITA” a race to various GSK participating sites (promising an evening of more fun and richer cultural experience)

Concentric art-MoNA collection

Since this year’s GSK theme at the MoNA is CIRCLES/Mga Alidong so the concentric art in the museum collection was highlighted and was the subject of The MoNA Trivia Buzz, of which all GSK goers could join and get the chance to win exciting prizes

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Yasha Dabas and Paulina Constancia in front of West Gorordo Hotel –thank you folks for dropping by the MoNA!

Pre-GSK Rangoli Art Community Workshop – 3 of 3

We continue with the feature on the rangoli-making process, photos taken during the pre-heritage night community workshop facilitated by MoNA’s visiting artist Yasha Dabas.

Rangoli # 10- “Flying Dream”, created by Eric, Erde John, Angelique of CTU Moalboal Campus
materials: sand, beads, rangoli powder

Rangoli #11- “Birds in Paradise”, created by Robbieana and Reymart of CTU-Moalboal Campus
materials: wooden birds, leaves, sand, beads

Rangoli # 12- “Beautiful Me”, created by Charity Escoton and Lolet Aliño of Women’s Law, Centre)
Materials: sand, flowers, beads

Rangoli# 13 – “Grainbow”, created by Joy and Kets (UP Psychology Students)
Materials: earth stuff

Rangoli #14- Embracing Diversity”, created by Anne (40 yrs old), Bjorn, (10 yrs old) and Joy (30 yrs old)
materials: mixed

Rangoli # 15- “4 Pips, 1 Work”, created by Psalm, Ann, Jay and Lezel
materials: mixed

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Yasha and Paulina with US Peace Corps Robbieana Leung and her students from CTU-Moalboal Campus

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Yasha and Paulina with workshop participants from UP Cebu Psychology Program. Far right -another participant- Aggie Tomayao.

It was a lovely afternoon making friends and trying out a new art form. Thanks again Miss Yasha Dabas for sharing your time and talent with us. We are eternally grateful!

Pre-GSK Rangoli Art Community Workshop – 1 of 3

RANGOLI WORKSHOP
with Indian Artist Yasha Dabas

Friday, May 26, 2017, 2:30 pm
Museum of NaÏve Art (MoNA)
2nd Floor West Gorordo Hotel, Cebu City

Our visiting artist Yasha Dabas facilitated a pre-GSK Rangoli community workshop at 2:30 pm at the MoNA, 2nd Floor West Gorordo Hotel.

Pre-GSK workshop invite

About our Visiting Artist and Rangoli Workshop Facilitator:

Yasha Dabas
painter, poet, blogger

Yasha Dabas is a self-taught Indian artist in literary, culinary and visual arts.

Yasha holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering. However, explorative as she is, she pursued an alternate profession in Banking & Financial Services. She is currently a Senior Financial Services Engineer in a reputed multinational bank.

She practices various ethnic Indian painting styles like Kerala Murals, Maithili Art and various forms of Rangoli. She has a keen interest in blending different painting styles resulting in hybrid art forms.  In addition to playing with colours on canvas, Yasha blogs about travel, food and common life experiences. She also dabbles in writing stories and poetry.  She has been writing poems since she was 13.  Her style involves heavy usage of colours to depict human emotions and nature.

Yasha lives in Singapore with her husband Peeyush & 5 year old son Ryan.

About RANGOLI

What is RANGOLI?
An art form in which patterns are created on the floor in living rooms or courtyards and by house entrances using materials such as colored rice, dry flour, colored sand or flower petals.

Where is this art form from? India, Nepal and Bangladesh

Some of the other names for this art form: RANGOLI (in Karnataka), KOLAM (in Tamil Nadu), MANDANA (in Rajasthan)

Materials used: colored rice, dry flour, colored sand or flower petals

What do Rangoli designs depict? traditions, folklore and practices that are unique to each area

Design variations: simple geometric shapes, deity impressions, or flower/petal shapes (appropriate for the given celebrations)
Who makes this art? It’s traditionally made by women

What is the purpose of making RANGOLI?
decoration, bring good luck.

When is a RANGOLI made?
Special occasions: festivals, auspicious observances, marriage celebrations, milestones and gatherings.

When is it most commonly created?

*Diwali (Hindu Festival of Lights, aka – Dipawali/Deepavali) – India’s most important holiday
*The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects us from spiritual darkness.

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Yasha talks about the world of rangolis to workshop participants

2-All ears

3-DEMO

Yasha does a rangoli demo using flour to make an outline

4-gathering materials-a

Gail and Hanz Florentino and Charity check out the wealth of rangoli materials

4-gathering materials-b

Aggie, Teacher Grace of St. Michael’s Play Garden and Retired UP Professor Thelma Mendoza

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Yoga teachers Jeanne Torrefranca and Gigit Sulit – what great team work!

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Rangoli creation begins for all the groups…

Check out the lone rider blog feature written by one of the participants – Gigit Sulit.

Pre-GSK Rangoli Art Community Workshop – 2 of 3

Here are photos showing the process of creating rangoli art during the community workshop facilitated by MoNA’s visiting Indian artist Yasha Dabas.

Rangoli #1- “Form in Flow”, created by Gail and Hanz Florentino
materials: petals, pebbles, wood chips, beads, leaves

Rangoli #2- “Kerala Flower Kolam Flowers”, created by Yasha Dabas
materials: all flowers

Rangoli # 3- Five Elements of Earth (Organic Indian Holi), created by Yasha Dabas
materials: rangoli colors, gravel

Rangoli # 4 – “Diwali Happiness Rangoli”,  created by Yasha Dabas
materials: coloured rice
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Rangoli #5- “The Call of Nature”,  created by Eric, Reymart, Erde John, Angelique of CTU- Moalboal Campus

Rangoli #6- “Hidden Paradise”, created by Aggie Tomayao and Maruchine (CTU-Moalboal Campus)
materials: petals, leaves, shells

Rangoli #7- “Detailed Paradise”, created by MJ and Danica
materials: flowers, shells, gravel, wooden birds

Rangoli #8- “Smiling Nature”, created by Retired UP Professor Thelma Lee-Mendoza and Teacher Grace Cabaero-Ferreros of St. Michael’s Play Garden, Steiner Waldorf Education in Cebu
materials: flowers, pebbles, wooden beads

Rangoli #9- “Yoga Shack”, created by Gigit Sulit and Jeanne Torrefranca, both yoga teachers
materials: flowers, beads, leaves, stones and sticks

More rangolis on the next post…

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] .

CIRCLES
“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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July 30 Meet & Greet at MoNA

It was a great meet and greet event at the MoNA last Saturday, July 30 in Cebu. Nice to see regular and new museum supporters.

There were 4 main activities:

1st Activity: Watch video summary of the 49th International Meeting of Naïve Artists which Paulina recently attended in Slovenia


2nd Activity:
 View the Tindahan sa Dalan/Roadside Markets collection which Paulina completed and exhibited in Slovenia; meet & greet with artist


3rd Activity: Draw your own vendor at the Boardroom and  then hang your masterpiece at the MoNA Studio Gallery


4th Activity: Visit the MoNA (museum)


Followed of course by some simple yet delicious snacks prepared by West Gorordo Hotel’s Journey’s Cafe.

Thank you to all of you who joined us on Saturday.  If you want to see Paulina’s new collection “Tindahan sa Dalan/Roadside Markets”, please drop by Mon-Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. For other inquiries please call West Gorordo Hotel at 2314347.

The Meeting in Trebnje-Day 8-Closing Ceremony and Handing Over of Artworks

Day 8 (June 18)  In the morning there was just a short closing program, then handing over of artworks for the permanent collection of Trebnje Gallery of Naïve Artists, followed by a farewell lunch.

Photos show: Trebnje Gallery admin, supporters and some friends of Marga visiting from Verona, Italia.

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Here are the artists with Patricija Pavlič, Director, Center for Education and Culture in Trebnje and with the mayor of one of the municipalities supporting this meeting.

DSC_1089skrVisitors checking out some of the art handed over for the gallery’s permanent collection.

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13522939_803236966445212_4967102174673379901_oFarewell Dinner with fellow participating artists, Trebnje Gallery administrators and supporters, and film makers (they were filming the meeting to include some footages to a documentary they are making to be released on the 5oth year of this international meeting)

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The Meeting in Trebnje-Days 3 to 7 -Collaborative Art with Paulina

Days 3 to 7 (June 13 to June 17):  The participating artists at the 49th International Meeting of Naïve Artists at Trebnje Gallery  interacted with various groups of schoolchildren. Paulina Constancia thought of a little collaborative artwork she could start with the young visitors.

Paulina showed the children the possibilities of trace-cut-glue. So the piece “Show Your True Colors” was born!

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Here’s the  completed  želva/turtle collaborative art made in Trebnje entitled “Show Your True Colors”. (created by Paulina Constancia in collaboration with young visitors at the International Meeting of Naive Artists in Trebnje Gallery, Slovenia- June 11-18, 2016).

Trebnje Collaborative ArtUsing fabric and acrylic paint, many contributed to this piece. Translations of “Show Your True Colors” in many languages was made possible with the help of the other participating artists at the meeting.

The Meeting in Trebnje-Days 3 to 7 -Artmaking + Studio Visits

Days 3 to 7 (June 13 to June 17): The artists spent their time creating at their studio spaces at Trebnje Gallery. There were also many studio visits from school children. The gallery is actually part of the Center for Culture and Education, and the main purpose of the gallery is to educate the public about naïve art, most especially the young schooling public. Below are photos of the young visitors to the gallery during the 49th International Meeting of Naïve Artists:

Meet & Greet & Watch Artists at Work:
Top (L-R)  sculptor Rok Mohar (Slovenia), glass painter Denis Toth (Croatia)
Bottom (L-R) Marga Fabbri (Argentina), Paulina Constrancia (Philippines/Canada),  and Mia Bergqvist (Finland)

Not in photo mosaic are:
Igor Simonović (Serbia),  Jelena Marković (Serbia/Germany) and Ivana Stanisavljević Negić (Serbia).

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Here are some really young guests at Paulina Constancia’s studio space at Trebnje Gallery. Gallery curator Andrejka Nose is explaining to the children in Slovenian the art techniques and materials that Paulina uses in her work.
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Here are some teenage visitors with their teachers and some of the participating artists at the 49th International Meeting of Naïve Artists at Trebnje Gallery.

The Meeting in Trebnje-Day 2-Studio Work Begins

In the afternoon of Day 2 (June 12) the participating artists started creating in their assigned mini studio spaces within Trebnje Gallery. Here are some photos of the artists at work:

From left in clockwise direction: Mia Bergqvist (Finland), Jelena Marković (Serbia/Germany), Ivana Stanisavljević Negić (Serbia), Paulina Constrancia (Philippines/Canada) and Marga Fabbri (Argentina)

Not in photo mosaic are:
Rok Mohar (Slovenia)
Igor Simonović (Serbia)
Denis Toth (Croatia)

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There was free flowing coffee and lots of fruit and pastry for the artists to enjoy during studio hours. Plus, there was always somebody assigned by the gallery to be present to brew coffee and attend to the needs of the artists. Mornings it was Vesna and afternoons it was Ana. Warm and wonderful hospitality indeed!

The Meeting in Trebnje-Day 1-Opening Ceremony

The 49th International Meeting of Naïve Artists in Trebnje formally started with an opening reception at 6 pm on June 11. In attendance were Patricija Pavlič, Director, Center for Education and Culture in Trebnje and Andrejka Nose, Trebnje Gallery curator. Also present were mayors of the different municipalities in Slovenia helping fund this annual meeting. Also present were friends and supporters of Trebnje Gallery.

Below is the invitation and program of the opening ceremony.

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The opening program started with introductions of the 8 participating naïve artists and special guests. Then there was lovely flute and piano music, meet and greet with the artists, light cocktails followed by dinner at the Hotel Opara. Here are a few photos from that very special night.

(L-R ) Patricija Pavlič, Director of the Center for Education and Culture in Trebnje, Mayor of one of the local municipalities supporting this annual event,  Trebnje Gallery curator Andrejka Nose

Introduction of the Participating artists:
Row 1- Paulina Constancia (Philippines/Canada),  Marga Fabbri (Argentina)
Row 2- Mia Bergqvist (Finland), Rok Mohair (Slovenia), Jelena Marković (Serbia/Germany)
Row 3- Igor Simonović (Serbia), Ivana Stanisavljević Negić (Serbia)

There was lots of flute and piano music between introductions…

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Photo of participating artists with the mayors of different Slovenian municipalities and Patricija Pavlič, Director of the Center for Education and Culture in Trebnje.

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Here are the 7 out of the 8 participating artists of the 49th International Meeting of Naïve Artists. The only artist absent was Denis Toth from Croatia.

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Meet and greet and light cocktails…

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A sumptuous dinner at Hotel Opara across the gallery  where all participating artists were also billeted.

A lovely night, the meeting is off to a great start indeed!!!

International Meeting of Naïve Artists in Slovenia

Good news for Cebu and the Philippines…our homegrown talent Paulina Constancia is one of 8 artists invited to participate in the 49th International Meeting of Naïve Artists which is happening from June 11-18 in Trebnje Gallery, Slovenia.

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The Participants of the 49th International Meeting of Naïve Artists:
Mia Bergqvist, Finland
Paulina Constancia,Philippines/Canada
Marga Fabbri, Argentina
Jelena Marković, Serbia/Germany
Rok Mohar, Slovenia
Igor Simonović, Serbia
Ivana Stanisavljević Negić, Serbia
Denis Toth, Croatia

Here is a collage of the artists’ photos as posted in Trebnje Gallery’s  website:

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About the International Meeting in Trebnje, Slovenia:
“The first art camp/Meeting of naïve artist was held in Trebnje in 1968 with 9 artists participating.  At the beginning the art camps and exhibitions were focused on Yugoslav naïve art. However, the annual meetings and exhibitions have soon grown to international scale with artists coming from all around the world to participate in the Meeting…” Read more

Here is a little introduction about artist Paulina Constancia in Slovenian on the gallery’s website. Read here about all participating artists.

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This is very exciting for Paulina Constancia and MoNA of course. We will be posting photos of the meeting in the coming weeks.

GSK 2016 at the MoNA, Part 12

Thank you so much to all of you who came to join us in celebrating our culture and heritage at the MoNA during Gabii sa Kabilin last May 27. We are glad that we joined forces with other heritage sites in Cebu to bring you a memorable heritage night adventure.

GSK at MoNA summary

1- Flying Hearts Photo Booth
2- Viewing MoNA Intro Video
3- Paulina Constancia Studio Tour
4- Museum Scavenger Hunt
5- With Wings, Will Travel Photo Booth
6- JEEPity Do! – Color Your Own Paper Jeepney Workshop
7-Pine Art Print: Pineapple-Themed Monoprinting Workshop
8-Free Tasting: Local Gelato & Flavoured Milk (Gelato Eliseo)
9- Storytelling with Cathy Miro-Adalim
10- Ukulele Workshop with Regie & Venus of TURTULELE
11- Linusak Making and Free Tasting with Journeys Cafe

Special thanks goes to Junnale Castro and other GSK organizers at RAFI. We also wish to thank all our partners, staff and volunteers for helping us realise this year’s GSK program at MoNA:

  • West Gorordo Hotel (An Essence & Permaculture Inspired Hotel) Management and Staff
  • Journeys Cafe Staff
  • Elicon House (Ecological Living Conservation House)
  • The Mayflower Inn (A Heritage & Permaculture-inspired Hotel)
  • Joel Lee & the Eliseo Artisan Gelato/JME Food Products Corp.staff
  • Regie & Venus Bernaldez of TURTULELE
  • Cathy Miro-Adalim
  • Edna Lee
  • Mishka Watin
  • Michael Wortman
  • Noel Ting of Office Maxx Printing & Finishing Solutions

Here are some photos of the Meet & Greet with international naïve artist Paulina Constancia during GSK 2016.
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GSK 2016 at the MoNA, part 11

Last stop for GSK visitors to MoNA was the LINUSAK Making and Free Tasting with Delia of Journeys Cafe. It’s a very simple recipe but requires a lot of muscle power. Some visitors were brave (and strong enough!) to try their hand at preparing this classic Cebuano snack. Others were just happy to watch and taste.

10-LINUSAK Making

Yum Yum Yum in the Tum, Tum, Tum!  Thank you Delia and Journeys Cafe for teaching us how to make LINUSAK. We hope to practice making this at home.

GSK 2016 at the MoNA, part 10

As you can see in the photos, The GSK young visitors to MoNA often followed their gelato stop with a visit to the storytelling room. And there they were quite entertained with a most animated storyteller-educator Cathy Miro-Adalim.9-Sorytelling with Cathy
Cathy used a photo storybook created by Paulina Constancia, interpreting the Philippine legend of how the sea became salty.

GSK 2016 at the MoNA, part 9

Ninth stop for GSK visitors at the MoNA was the Tasting station of Eliseo Artisan Gelato with free servings of gelato and flavoured milk.

Joel Lee, the CEO of Eliseo Artisan Gelato/JME Food Products Corp was present to answer questions about his new line of fresh milk products.

8-Free Tasting Gelato & Flavored MilkLocal favorites —Tsokolate, Mango, Ube, Macapuno, and Italian classics – Stracciatella Pistachio, Fragola— there was an abundance of delicious gelato flavours to choose from.

Thank you Joel Lee and Eliseo Artisan Gelato/JME Food Products Corp. for generously sharing with us your delicious gelato and flavoured milk products!

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GSK 2016 at the MoNA, part 8

Eighth stop for GSK visitors at the MoNA was the ukulele workshop with Regie and Venus Bernaldez of TURTULELE.

“Lightweight, music heavy”, the catchy slogan of the TURTULELE line of ukuleles is also the nature of a music workshop with this very kind and talented husband and wife duo. Lightweight – they make learning music fun, easy and appealing. Music heavy – you are guaranteed to be heavier when you come out of their workshop as you will have added a feather in your cap – yes, you can play the ukulele! And that’s within 20 to 30 minutes of learning with Regie and Venus.

5- Ukulele Workshop

Four strings, big smiles and a big 4 word hurrah – “I can play ukulele!” Check out the joy on the faces of these GSK visitors at the MoNA… A big, big THANK YOU to Regie and Venus  for sharing your talents and turtuleles with us!!!

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