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.

1- Learning Korean

Learning to speak Korean…

2-Korean food

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

3-korean food assembly

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

4-korean food

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.

0-See Rangoli display

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

1

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

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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!

3-Hearts with yasha n the girls

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!

IMG_6627

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

GSK sa MoNA Highlights

Featured

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:

1-photot booth

Paulina joins GSK goers at the Concentric Art Photo Booth

1a-photo booth

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)

IMG_6631

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

6-MoNA

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

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

IMG_6475

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

IMG_6482

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 – 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
IMG_6497
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…

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.

1-talk

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

5-work begins-a

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

6-work begins-b

Rangoli creation begins for all the groups…

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

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.

IMG_6030

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

IMG_6022

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.
Untitled 14

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.

Collage_Korea

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.

Wae Seon -Learning Korean 1

IMG_5951

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

IMG_6042

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

IMG_5919

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

IMG_5931

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.

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.
IMG_4831

Kapamilya Segment Producer Nichee interviews Paulina at the MoNA

IMG_4835

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.

mrh-poster-1-title

IMG_4834

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 (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”:

FullSizeRender 3

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:

IMG_5010IMG_5011IMG_5012IMG_5013IMG_5014IMG_5015IMG_5016IMG_5017IMG_5018IMG_5019IMG_5020IMG_5021IMG_5022IMG_5023IMG_5024

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.

FullSizeRender 2FullSizeRenderBelow are the creations of the Kindai uni students during the Welcome Workshop facilitated by Paulina Constancia. Simply amazing !!!

IMG_4680 2IMG_4681IMG_4682IMG_4683IMG_4684IMG_4685IMG_4686IMG_4687IMG_4688IMG_4689IMG_4690IMG_4691IMG_4693IMG_4697

have a fruitful stay song

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

page 5-Back cover

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…

IMG_4637

Paulina with Kindai group distributing FINGER FRUIT worksheets

Here’s the group learning about Cebuano expressions…

IMG_4642

Learning about local fruits…

kindai dancing fruit salad song

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

IMG_4648

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…

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…
IMG_3958IMG_3959

Then there were more exercises in creating fingerprinting design, but the main output of the session was the creation of a peacock using fingerprints..

IMG_3961

Check out the MRH girls’ masterpieces – simply amazing!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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

mrh-with prof mendoza

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.

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.

15591378_216460588762194_7291093067756046307_o
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)

screen-shot-2016-12-29-at-2-04-04-pm

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

—–

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.

15585113_216462548761998_4715679809847775486_o

Now let’s form a star…

15626405_216462062095380_5990760309845920843_o

A star in the making…

15626474_216462095428710_2589100763430614611_o

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

img_2958

The group forms a star and sings PAGLAUM

img_2968

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

img_2973

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

img_3015

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…

img_2911

Paulina checking out the portraits in progress…

img_2904

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

img_2921

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!!!

Waves of Hope Workshop in Moalboal- Part 1

The last of the holiday workshops that Paulina Constancia conducted was “Waves of Hope/Mga Balud sa Paglaum“.  It was an expressive arts workshop held on the beach in Moalboal in front of Club Serena Resort. This was facilitated by Paulina for the Cebu Technological University (Molaboal Campus) World Literature students of US Peace Corps Volunteer ROBBIE. Being Hawaiian, a workshop on the beach surely made Robbie super excited.

waves-of-hope-poster

The first activity was “Stories from the Sea” . The participants were tasked to find an object on the beach and come back to the group to tell its story.

img_2872

img_2874

Everybody gets a turn to show their found beach object and tell its story

The assortment of found objects in one of the blue trays is Miss Robbie’s and she calls it “The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side”, and it goes with an environmental message. Apparently this is a sampler of the Little Mermaid’s whosits and whatsits galore.
She says “remember, pick up every piece of plastic you can find on the beach to save the mermaids!”

img_2877

The group proudly showing their beach discoveries…

img_2878

Another photo of course, with the beautiful ocean in the back…

The second activity was “Message in a Bottle”. The participants were made to pretend they’re sending a message in a bottle. And it had to be a message of hope for somebody in despair across the sea. When they were done writing, the message went into a jar (since there were lots of messages to accommodate). Then they pick a message to read and respond out loud. The identity of sender is then revealed to the receiver and they shake hands or hug.(sorry no pictures to show here).

More activities and photos in the next post…

FUNtastic Fingerprints Workshop for IJM

Nothing could be more fun than learning and enjoying something new together. And when you do that around the holiday season it’s double the fun. The wonderful folks of the International Justice Mission (IJM – Cebu Chapter) requested for a workshop that would help with stress release and bring fun and relaxation to their group.  Here’s what Paulina facilitated for them last Dec 21st- FUNtastic Fingerprints.

funtastic-fingerprints

First part was getting to know the different fingers and the different prints one can make with them.

img_2823-2

They were then asked to make prints of their thumb and draw their responses to the different expressions…

Now how about animals..hmmm let’s see what the group made with just a little guidance from Paulina…


Here is the grand finale..fingerpainting with the aid of stencils and enhanced with some watercolor brush strokes—check out the group’s incredible creations…

img_2842

img_2843

img_2844

Everybody loved Miss Cathy’s mermaid. She says it’s really like a self-portrait. Apparently, at the office they call her SIRENA (mermaid).

img_2848

How interesting that Barrett and Mark chose exactly the same animal stencil but one saw a bear, the other a carabao…

img_2846

img_2847-2

img_2850

After the hardwork comes admiration and gratitude for the gift of color, friends and the luxury of time to just relax and create together!!!

img_2856

Our IJM artists proud of their creations. Well done, creative spirits!!!

Thank you for the opportunity to create together, enjoy the rest of your holidays and till our next creative arts workshop! – Paulina Constancia

Dynamic Dots Workshop with Paglaum Training International – Part 3

You can tell with the way this group behaved during the workshop that they had a great working relationship at the office. They knew how to cooperate and interact with each other. And best of all, they were all very focused and enthused by the various expressive ARTivities.

The last part was making doing a collage and painting mandala. Afterwhich, the mandala was cut into 12 sections to give to each of the participants of the workshop, including the facilitator Paulina Constancia.

img_2750

Everybody was so focused on and enthused by the various ARTivities. But the Mandala required the most attention. And they wanted it to be special since everybody goes home with a little souvenir from each one.

Here are the 12 Mandalas (the black and white one is Paulina’s):


Here’s how they looked after the cutting, sharing and gluing…

img_2779

Gluing the mandala sections shared by fellow participants

Our gratitude to the PTI  for choosing MoNA to create and facilitate an expressive arts workshop for their human services care providers. We hope that the ARTivities will inspire you to continue with your noble task of helping under-resourced people in Cebu gain skills and independence.