PC at the Art Naïf Festiwal 2018

It is with great joy that we share with you the news that Paulina Constancia’s art is once again part of the celebration of art and culture at this year’s Art Naïf Festiwal at The Wilson Shaft Gallery in Katowice, Poland.

The festival, which is now on its 11th year/edition, runs from June 8 to August 10. So if any one of you happens to be traveling in that area, please do come and be part of this international celebration.

Below are some photos from the opening of the festival.

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Colourful, lively, inspiring art +great venue + amazing organizing team = Unforgettable Festival

The works Paulina Constancia is showing at the XI Naïf Art Festiwal are from her “Love in the Key of Frank” collection, a series of work inspired by  the songs of the great crooner Frank Sinatra…“Love and Marriage” and “Cheek to Cheek”  (yes, three can dance cheek to cheek!).

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(L) “Love and Marriage” and (R) Cheek to Cheek, art by Paulina Constancia, now showing at the XI Naïf Art Festiwal, Poland

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Try to spot Paulina Constancia’s art in this photo

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Lots of lovely art + lots of art lovers=lots of fun

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Every year, naïve artists from a particular country would be the lead or focus of the festival. This year, AUSTRALIA is the lead country. Read more 

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Australian naïve artists (front row) and other participating artists in attendance were honoured and applauded at opening night

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Art prints, cards and catalogues

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Spot Paulina Constancia’s prints on the table…

We’d like to express our heartfelt congratulations to the wonderful team at The Eko-Art Silesia Foundation / The Wilson Shaft Gallery for another successful edition of Art Naif Festiwal.  Special thanks goes to Monika Paca-Bros, Chair of the Eko-Art Silesia Foundation -Director of the Art Naif Festiwal and to Małgorzata Walczak, Coordinator of the 11th Art Naif Festiwal.

For more photos visit Art Naif Festiwal on Facebook

 

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Salamat GSK Goers

Salamat/ Thank you for making MoNA a part of your Gabii sa Kabilin/Heritage Night Adventure.

Below is an image summary of the fun activities on May 25th at the MoNA

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Here are the activities at the MoNA for GSK 2018:

Museum Highlight: FISH-to-FACE Collection
For GSK 2018, the MoNa highlights the collection called Fish-to-Face. The balangays traveled on our pre-colonial seas and under the surface was a rich and diverse marine life.  These were the same species of fish and corals that artist Paulina Constancia encountered on her diving trips in Bohol and Cebu in the 90’s.

It is imperative for us to protect our oceans, home to the families of fish that fed our ancestors, continue to feed us, and hopefully nourish generations to come…

Kanta-Kanta: Community Singing Ocean-themed songs

Tanod-Tanod: Stuff and Decorate a FISH Decor

Isda-Isda: Fish Monoprinting

Pares-Pares: Ocean-themed Memory Card Game

Once again, our deep gratitude for joining us at GSK. See you again next year! But remember, the MoNA is open throughout the year from MONDAY TO SATURDAY – 10AM TO 4 PM (CLOSED SUNDAYS & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS). So come see us again with your family and friends. You don’t have to wait till the next GSK. Ali namo pag-usab sa MoNA!

Note: The FISH monoprints featured on this post were created by GSK goers  at the Monoprinting Workshop at the MoNA on Heritage Night/Gabii sa Kabilin.

 

Gabii sa Kabilin ~Heritage Night 2018

Welcome to the Museum of Naive Art [MoNA]! Happy Gabii sa Kabilin (GSK)/Heritage Night, GSK goers! As you probably already know, the theme of this year’s celebration is “Balangay” to give tribute to the pre-colonial roots of the Philippines. Balangays were used to transport entire clans from one island to another in the Visayan seas. A Bisaya variant of the Tagalog “barangay,” the term also describes communities bound together by kinship and communal ties.

For GSK 2018, the MoNa highlights the collection called FISH-to-Face. The balangays traveled on our pre-colonial seas and under the surface was a rich and diverse marine life.  These were the same species of fish and corals that artist Paulina Constancia encountered on her diving trips in Bohol and Cebu in the 90’s.

It is imperative for us to protect our oceans, home to the families of fish that fed our ancestors, continue to feed us, and hopefully nourish generations to come…

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Please refer to the GSK e-magazine for the complete listing and details of participating heritage sites for this year’s celebration.

about GSK 2018

Check out the common names of local Philippine fish

Read “David Suzuki: We Have to Stop Killing Our Oceans With Plastic”

Learn about the Philippines’ Tubbataha Reef on National Geographic

 

Feed the Right Wolf

As  my personal interpretation of the Cherokee Tale of Two Wolves entitled ” A Heart’s Choice” hangs at the Window Gallery of the Roundhouse Community Centre in Vancouver, I would like to invite us all to reflect on the enlightening words of PEMA CHÖDRÖN.

Feed the Right Wolf
by PEMA CHÖDRÖN

…A Native American grandfather was speaking to his grandson about violence and cruelty in the world and how it comes about. He said it was as if two wolves were fighting in his heart. One wolf was vengeful and angry, and the other wolf was understanding and kind. The young man asked his grandfather which wolf would win the fight in his heart. And the grandfather answered, “The one that wins will be the one I choose to feed.”

So this is our challenge, the challenge for our spiritual practice and the challenge for the world—how can we train right now, not later, in feeding the right wolf? How can we call on our innate intelligence to see what helps and what hurts, what escalates aggression and what uncovers our good-heartedness? With the global economy in chaos and the environment of the planet at risk, with war raging and suffering escalating, it is time for each of us in our own lives to take the leap and do whatever we can to help turn things around. Even the slightest gesture toward feeding the right wolf will help. Now more than ever, we are all in this together.

Taking the leap involves making a commitment to ourselves and to the earth itself-making a commitment to let go of old grudges, to not avoid people and situations and emotions that make us feel uneasy, to not cling to our fears, our closed-mindedness, our hardheartedness, our hesitation. Now is the time to develop trust in our basic goodness and the basic goodness of our sisters and brothers on this earth; a time to develop confidence in our ability to drop our old ways of staying stuck and to choose wisely. We could do that right here and right now.

In our everyday encounters, we can live in a way that will help us learn to do this. When we talk to someone we don’t like and don’t agree with — maybe a family member or a person at work — we tend to spend a great amount of energy sending anger their way. Yet our resentments and self-centeredness, as familiar as they are, are not our basic nature. We all have the natural ability to interrupt old habits. All of us know how healing it is to be kind, how transformative it is to love, what a relief it is to have old grudges drop away. With just a slight shift in perspective, we can realize that people strike out and say mean things for the same reasons we do. With a sense of humor we can see that our sisters and brothers, our partners, our children, our coworkers are driving us crazy the same way we drive other people crazy.

The first step in this learning process is to be honest with ourselves. Most of us have gotten so good at empowering our negativity and insisting on our rightness that the angry wolf gets shinier and shinier, and the other wolf is just there with its pleading eyes. But we’re not stuck with this way of being. When we’re feeling resentment or any strong emotion, we can recognize that we are getting worked up, and realize that right now we can consciously make the choice to be aggressive or to cool off. It comes down to choosing which wolf we want to feed.

Of course, if we intend to test out this approach, we need some pointers. We need ways to train in this path of choosing wisely. This path entails uncovering three qualities of being human, three basic qualities that have always been with us but perhaps have gotten buried and been almost forgotten. These qualities are natural intelligence, natural warmth, and natural openness. When I say that the potential for goodness exists in all beings, that is acknowledging that everyone, everywhere, all over the globe, has these qualities and can call on them to help themselves and others.

Natural intelligence is always accessible to us. When we’re not caught in the trap of hope and fear, we intuitively know what’s the right thing to do. If we’re not obscuring our intelligence with anger, self-pity, or craving, we know what will help and what will make things worse. Our well-perfected emotional reactions cause us to do and say a lot of crazy things. We desire to be happy and at peace, but when our emotions are aroused, somehow the methods we use to achieve this happiness only make us more miserable. Our wishes and our actions are, all too frequently, not in synch. Nevertheless, we all have access to a fundamental intelligence that can help to solve our problems rather than making them worse.

Natural warmth is our shared capacity to love, to have empathy, to have a sense of humor. It is also our capacity to feel gratitude and appreciation and tenderness. It’s the whole gamut of what often are called the heart qualities, qualities that are a natural part of being human. Natural warmth has the power to heal all relationships — -the relationship with ourselves as well as with people, animals, and all that we encounter every day of our lives.

The third quality of basic goodness is natural openness, the spaciousness of our sky-like minds. Fundamentally, our minds are expansive, flexible, and curious; they are pre-prejudice, so to speak. This is the condition of mind before we narrow down into a fear-based view where everyone is either an enemy or a friend, a threat or an ally, someone to like, dislike, or ignore. Fundamentally, this mind that we have, that you and I each have, is open.

We can connect with that openness at any time. For instance, right now, for three seconds, just stop reading and pause.

If you were able to stop briefly like that, perhaps you experienced a thought-free moment.

Another way to appreciate natural openness is to think of a time when you were angry, when someone said or did something that you didn’t like, a time when you wanted to get even or you wanted to vent. Now, what if you had been able to stop, breathe deeply, and slow the process down? Right on the spot you could connect with natural openness. You could stop, give space, and empower the wolf of patience and courage instead of the wolf of aggression and violence. In that moment when we pause, our natural intelligence often comes to our rescue. We have time to reflect: why do we want to make that nasty phone call, say that mean word, or for that matter, drink the drink, or smoke the substance or whatever it might be?

…To honestly face the pain in our lives and the problems in the world, let’s start by looking compassionately and honestly at our own minds. We can become intimate with the mind of hatred, the mind that polarizes, the mind that makes somebody “other” and bad and wrong. We come to know, unflinchingly, and with great kindness, the angry, unforgiving, hostile wolf. Over time, that part of ourselves becomes very familiar, but we no longer feed it. Instead, we can make the choice to nurture openness, intelligence, and warmth. This choice, and the attitudes and actions that follow from it, are like a medicine that has the potential to cure all suffering.

Excerpted  from Taking the Leap by Pema Chödrön © 2009 by Pema Chödrön.  Published by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Inc. Boulder, CO. www.shambhala.com

Read the complete  “Feed the Right Wolf” chapter online on lions roar 

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PC’s Art in Year of the Dog Feature Presentation in Canada

We at the MoNA are happy to share with you the news that Paulina Constancia’s artwork called “A Heart’s Choice” will be featured from March 1 to April 30 at the Window Gallery of the Roundhouse Community Centre in Vancouver, Canada.

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This is just a cropped image of the diptych (two part artwork)

Poster below gives more  information about Paulina’s  “A Heart’s Choice”  and its symbolisms.

2-Roundhouse-show description- PC & Sadie only

The original study of this work, a 14” x 16” acrylic on canvas,  is hanging at the Museum of Bicycling (MoB) in the Philippines to help shed  light on the mobility and transport choices we make.

 

Slovenian Film about International Meeting of Naïve Artists in Trebnje

We are happy to share the message from Trebnje Gallery of Naïve Artists in Slovenia:

“Last year our Gallery celebrated a jubilee, half a century of International Meetings of Naive Artists. For this occasion we planned a film and asked all of you for your help in preparing it.

Slovenian television broadcasted the film in December 2017 and now the film is publicly available on our website:

We hope you will enjoy it, even though it is in Slovenian only.”

Message from: Andrejka Nose, kustosinja
(Curator, Trebnje Gallery of Naïve Artists)

Slovenian Film about International Meeting of Naive Artists

The film captures half a century of history of International Meetings and of the Gallery of Naive Artists Trebnje.

The film was presented to the public on 15 June 2017 during the 50th International Meeting of Naive Artists and Slovenian television broadcasted it on 29 December 2017.

We are delighted to share with you that our very own Paulina Constancia is featured in this film alongside fellow artists at the 49th International Meeting of Naive Artists in 2016. It also shows film clips from past meetings and a nice review of the extensive collection of the gallery.

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Screenshots of some of Paulina’s appearance in the Slovenian Film

Dinner with Film Crew

Farewell Lunch with Slovenian film crew on the last day of filming the International Meeting of Naïve Artists in Trebnje, 2016.  Igor Pediček is the film director (2nd on the left), Paulina is 4th on the left with fellow artists and the curator, director and board members of the gallery

Watch the film “Samorastniške kronike” on the website of  Trebnje Gallery of Naïve Artists

 

Christmas Homemade Clay Ornaments 2

We continue with Part 2 of  our Christmas Homemade Clay Ornaments feature here on MoNA. We started with a variety of shapes. Here goes – you can focus on just one ornament shape. You can make all Christmas trees for example.

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Make your homemade clay and use Christmas tree cookie cutter…

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With just red, white, and green paint the kids were able to create some interesting designs…

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Here are the painted trees…

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And here they are —ready to hang with beautiful Christmasy baker’s twine…

When I did this Christmas crafting activity in my son’s grade 2 class I brought my ukulele and taught them the song Oh Christmas Tree. Here are the lyrics:

Oh Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh  Christmas tree,
You stand in splendid beauty.

Oh Christmas Tree, O  Christmas tree,
You stand in splendid beauty.

Your branches green in summer’s glow
And evergreen in winter’s snow.

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh  Christmas tree,
You stand in splendid beauty.

Watch video on youtube

I also found a more meaningful version of the song that would be suitable for older kids or adults.. (try out the chords on your ukulele)

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Lyrics and chords from Tabs by Ultimate Guitar

“O Christmas tree, your beauty green will teach me that hope and love will ever be the way to joy and peace for me…”

One more week in Poland

The Naïf Art Festiwal in which Paulina Constancia’s art is  featured alongside the works of other naif artists from around the world will come to a close on August 18th.

If anyone of you happens to be in Poland, this is the Festiwal’s last week so please do check out this incredible exhibition.

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Here are Paulina’s works that are featured in the festival.

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Here are the works of Paulina Constancia featured in the 10th Art Naif Festiwal in Poland.

The 10th Art Naif Festiwal
Galeria Szyb Wilson
ul. Oswobodzenia 1
40-403 Katowice
Poland

Special thanks to the organizers and supporters of the festival especially to the Director Monika Paca and Katarzyna “Kasia” Kraus for all the love and hard work they put into realizing this wonderful event.

Click here to view photos from festival.

Watch video about the X(10th) Edition of the Art Naif Festiwal

Paulina Constancia in Art Naif Festiwal-Poland

We are happy to share the news that Paulina Constancia is one of the artists selected to participate in this year’s naif art festival in Poland.

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This is the 10th of this annual festival which happens in Katowice, which is located in Upper Silesia. (the southeastern part of the historical and geographical region of Silesia, located mostly in Poland, with small parts in the Czech Republic.  Read more )
Below is some information about Upper Silesia from the gallery’s website:

Upper Silesia is traditionally perceived as an industrial region. From the beginning of the XIX century it developed as an important region of mines and steel works. Still, not deprived of art. Colorful world of so-called “naive” artists appeared in the heart of industrial Silesia in the 1930s, when a group of amateur painters, miners working in Giesche mine, was created under the leadership of Teofil Ociepka, strongly inspired by occultism. Their art was full of color, mystical images, drawings influenced by both mythology and classical painting motives, presenting often surreal embedded in Upper Silesian landscape. The group called then „Grupa Janowska” is still active today.

The time has changed and many of industrial plants have been closed, but the magic of art is still here!

And here’s a little about the Art Naif Festiwal from the gallery’s website:

First edition of the Festival took place in 2008. From that time we are honored and pleased to host hundreds of artists from all over the world, together with thousands of their admirers. Mostly we present paintings, but also sculptures and ceramics. We are proud to work with wonderful artists from many different countries, including: Australia, Burkina Faso, Argentina, Israel, United States, Brazil, Tanzania, Venezuela and many European countries.

Year 2017 promises to be exceptionally great! The 10th Art Naif Festival will be held from 9th June until 18th August 2017. As each year we are planning many additional events and, since it will be our jubilee, more surprises can be expected. The exhibition will be accompanied with several lesser exposures organized in the local museums as well as many workshops, film screenings, lectures.

This year there are around 350 artists and nearly 40 countries represented . It will be an exciting celebration of art and culture.

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Here are some photos of a roadside billboard in Katowice promoting the festival. The exhibition runs from June 9 to August 18.

 

Click here for videos of past editions of Art Naif Festiwal
Check out other festival photos and videos on Facebook

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?

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 (youngest son of Sri Lumay). Therefore, Rajah Humabon was  the grandson of Sri Lumay. ” (Read more)

 

“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)

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

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

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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

11- Yasha and Paulina

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

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

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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…

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

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.

13524301_805656702869905_1205619648174292474_nPaulina, Marga and Mia with their new souvenir mugs from the 49th International Meeting- courtesy of Trebnje Gallery

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)

13612393_1164773106877324_1577452009847059481_nHere are the artworks created and handed over by the 8 participating artists of the 49th International Meeting of Naïve Artists (June 11-18, 2016) to the Trebnje Gallery of Naïve Artists, Slovenia

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!

13433268_1151873361500632_5624365065200347149_oTrace and Cut…

13411903_1154266031261365_1662369277678176575_oThen glue…

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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.