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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABS-CBN Kapamilya Features the MoNA

Maayong Buntag Kapamilya Segment Producer Nichee Orocio recently interviewed Paulina Constancia for a special feature on the ABS-CBN morning program. The segment was televised on Friday, February 24th.
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Kapamilya Segment Producer Nichee interviews Paulina at the MoNA

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Nichee interviews Paulina about MoNA’s expressive arts workshop conducted for marginalized women and children.

There was special interest in MoNA’s  on-going exhibition “Spontaneous Strokes” which was an output of an expressive arts workshop facilitated by artist Paulina Constancia for young survivors of violence and human trafficking.

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Producer and cameraman pose with the birds at MoNA

Maayong Buntag Kapamilya aired the MONA feature on Friday, February 24th.
Click on this link to watch episode on ABS-CBN

Kindai Uni students MoNA workshops (3 of 4)

MoNA’s Paulina Constancia had the pleasure of providing welcome and closing workshops for a group of Kindai University students led by Professor Andrew Atkins during their Sustainability Tour of Cebu.

Below are some photos from the Closing workshop led by Paulina called “Lasting Impressions”:

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Show & Tell- always the best part of a workshop! Here’s artist/facilitator Paulina with her co-teacher Lucas listening to one of the Kindai uni students

And here are their Lasting Impressions of Cebu:

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Many shared that having seen how Cebuanos in difficult situations still manage to smile and be friendly, they feel that they too should pledge to smile often and be grateful for all their blessings. Another common reflection shared was how the experiences have opened their eyes to the harsh realities of the third world and that it is important for them to commit in their own ways to be an instrument or bridge for change and help to reach those in dire need in the Philippines.

Kindai Uni students MoNA workshops (2 of 4)

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

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

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Kindai Uni students MoNA workshops (1 of 4)

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

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

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Paulina with Kindai group distributing FINGER FRUIT worksheets

Here’s the group learning about Cebuano expressions…

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Learning about local fruits…

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

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Now combining local fruit and expressions…

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

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

Check out next post for the workshop output…

Expressive Fingerprinting with MRH

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

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

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Check out the MRH girls’ masterpieces – simply amazing!

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

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

Waves of Hope Workshop in Moalboal- Part 3

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

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

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

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

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

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Now let’s form a star…

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A star in the making…

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

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The group forms a star and sings PAGLAUM

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

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

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HOPE it all starts in our hearts…

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

Waves of Hope Workshop in Moalboal- Part 2

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

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

Here are the participants with their portraits in progress…

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Paulina checking out the portraits in progress…

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

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Busy bees on the beach…

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

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

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.

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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.

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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!”

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The group proudly showing their beach discoveries…

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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.

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

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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…

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

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

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

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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.

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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…

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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.

Dynamic Dots Workshop with Paglaum Training International – Part 2

The PTI Group started the afternoon session with some drumming. Yes, music is made of dots, too!

After the drumming the group proceeded with their dot figure ARTivity. If you were a dot, what would you look like and what’s your greatest trait?

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Look at all the happy faces!!! The PTI folks were pretty proud of their DOT figures.

After the short break…some juggling! Yes, that ARTivity requires dots too!

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What a lively group indeed… they just never say NO to anything. Bravo PTI!
Check out next post for our last ARTivity…

Dynamic Dots Workshop with Paglaum Training International – Part 1

It was a most fun and productive all-day workshop with human services care providers of the Paglaum Training International. The workshop was called DYNAMIC DOTS and Paulina Constancia used the dot as a start-off point for various expressive ARTivities.

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Poster-invite for the Dynamic Dots Workshop

The workshop started with the story THE DOT by Peter Reynolds.

Then there were several ARTivities relating to the story. Here’s one of them- Paint a dot by not painting a dot

Then the participants were asked to divide a page in their sketchbook to 6 parts and they made 6 unique concentric watercolor paintings (À la Kandinsky)

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Here are their lovely works:

See next feature for other artivities and photos of the Dynamic Dots workshop.

Spontaneous Strokes Workshop with MRH

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

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Poster-invite for Spontaneous Strokes workshop

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

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Spontaneous strokes by Mandy, 22

Title :  Wild Life of Elephant

Artist’s Name :   Mandy

Age :  22

A Little About My Work 

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

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Mandy, 22 sees an elephant in her painting

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

Pandoo Foundation visits MoNA

On December 3rd MoNA had the pleasure of welcoming teenage visitors from Pandoo Foundation. With them was their mentor who is also the foundation’s country head -Geneviève Bisson.

Pandoo Foundation is an NGO that funds and leads outreach efforts in Southeast Asia. It is tied to Pandoo Nation, an innovative online game world for kids.

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Learn more about Pandoo Foundation and the wonderful work they do with/for  young folks. Check out their programs and activities on Facebook

The future looks bright indeed with the efforts of organizations like Pandoo.

Montessori Kids visit the MoNA -part 2

Saturday, Sept 10th: Montessori Kids ARTivity at the MoNA

Here are photos of the ARTivity session and the drawings of our little guests from the Holy Infant School (H.I.S.) Montessori of Lapu Lapu City.

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Excited to start drawing, just waiting for instructions…

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Taking a seat and waiting for instructions..

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ARTivity Instructions: Ongoing at the MoNA Studio Gallery is PC’s Roadside Markets show (which features the collection recently exhibited in Slovenia) thus the young museum visitors were asked to DRAW a STREET VENDOR. Here are examples of vendors by Paulina Constancia on the left and by her son Lucas on the right.

Here are some collages of the art created by our young museum visitors from Holy Infant School (H.I.S.) Montessori of Lapu Lapu City.

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Collage of street vendor drawings by HIS Montessori kids – Grades 1 to 3, ages 7 to 9 {1 of 4 collages}

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Collage of street vendor drawings by HIS Montessori kids – Grades 1 to 3, ages 7 to 9 {2 of 4 collages}

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Collage of street vendor drawings by HIS Montessori kids – Grades 1 to 3, ages 7 to 9 {3 of 4 collages}

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Collage of HIS Montessori kids – Grades 1 to 3, ages 7 to 9 {4 of 4 collages}

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After the ARTivity the kids got to view Paulina Constancia’s collection “ROADSIDE MARKETS/Tindahan sa Dalan” at the MoNA Studio Gallery. This collection was just recently exhibited at the 49th International Meeting of Naïve Artists in Slovenia.

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Kids proudly showing their Street Vendor drawings…

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More kids and their drawings…

Thank you Holy Infant School (HIS) Montessori for making us a part of your Cebu City educational tour. We hope your visit to the MoNA will inspire you in art and life! Hope to see you again!

Montessori Kids visit the MoNA -part 1

Saturday, Sept 10th at the MoNA.
92 students plus 10 teachers and parents visited the MoNA
The students were from Grades 1 to 3, ages 7 to 9, from HIS (Holy Infant School) Montessori of Lapu Lapu City

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HIS Montessori service bus arrives at West Gorordo Hotel.

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Kids watching MoNA Intro Video

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At MoNA Studio Gallery checking out PC’s latest collections…

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Lucas, Paulina’s son, shares personal insights into his Mama’s art.

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Art and Peace be with you all…

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PC artcards for all our young guests

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What perfect timing- the Montessori kids visit while Paulina Constancia is in town…so lots of photos with the artist and her son Lucas.

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And here’s the second group…

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And the third group…

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Group shot right in front of West Gorordo Hotel just before we say goodbye…

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Bye, bye kids. Hope to see you again at the MoNA!

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.

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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