Bahay Tuluyan is a non-government organization that provides a variety of programs and services aimed at preventing and responding to abuse and exploitation of children in the Philippines. The street children usually seen roaming around Baywalk in Roxas Boulevard are their regular beneficiaries.
On July 31, 2014, 2 Layag Pilipinas members and 2 volunteers spent the morning painting with 15 children of different ages and capacities. The workshop aims to study the perception of children and how they deal with barriers. The participants were each given a piece of paper with quarter circles drawn on it. They were free to draw and paint anything they want, the only catch was they were not allowed to erase the quarter circles but instead, should include the quarter circles in their work.
It’s interesting to note how each child dealt with the elusive quarter circles in their own, creative ways. It’s a glimpse of how little inhibitions children have and how easily they can think outside the box.
After the workshop, we but together the pieces of paper like one big fun puzzle piece.
These works will soon be exhibited in Manila and will be accompanied by the responses of the artists of Layag Pilipinas as they try to do the same process. Here, we will be given a chance to differentiate the psyche of an adult and of a child. It will challenge the audience in figuring out which panel was made by a child, and which by a professional, and ultimately answer the question of which speaks to them the most as an audience. These series of exhibitions will be called Tugon and will kick-off in 2015.