VIRTUAL TOUR: Appreciating BGC’s Murals & Street Art on Two Wheels

TEXT AND PHOTOS EUDEN VALDEZ

Whether we mark it or not, everyone of us know that February is the Love Month. However, not all of us are aware that it is also our National Arts Month (NAM), which we should all surely celebrate because of our artists’ vast creativity and talents.

Pre-pandemic, art shows and events are mounted by both private and public institutions, including the leading agency for arts and culture in country. This year, the National Commission on Culture and the Arts themed NAM, “Alab Sining, Alay Sigla.” But as we all know, celebrations have also been limited to mostly online events. Museums and galleries are also behind in terms of establishments able to reopen.

In this regard, we should realize the importance of art in public spaces, in the streets, in the open for everyone to experience and appreciate all for free.

Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City is highly commendable for infusing art into its early development phase, filling the streets with installations and sculptures. The CDB’s developers and its art foundation carried this through in 2014 with the Arts BGC Mural Festival, which filled walls with larger than life paintings by both local and international artists. In the coming years, more murals popped up, naturally blending in the urban landscapes as breathing backdrops—even as their colors have faded through weather and time.

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Honoring the Hands of IPs with Sustainable, Social Enterprise

Text by Euden Valdez; Photos courtesy of KKHC, RAK Ph Mountaineers

NO matter how far-flung or neglected they are, the Philippines’ indigenous peoples (IPs) are also the most skillful artisans — if we must call them — when it comes to their traditional crafts.

From textiles to accessories to house ware, these many items showcase cultures unique to different tribes. And essential in making of these are their strong, meticulous and patient hands.

Envisioned to empower IPs with a sense of pride and dignity in their handicrafts through a sustainable, social enterprise, Katutubong Kamay Handicrafts Co. (KKHC) was established.

Behind it are two enterprising and inspiring Filipinas, Churchille Montealto and Maereen Olayta, who when given the chance to uplift the lives of an IP community in Visayas, did not hesitate to take it.

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