Kalugta’n means ‘from the earth’ in Cuyonun (I think). This arts and music festival is celebrated annually to empower the local community of El Nido. This year, we were lucky enough to be invited to participate.
For 2 days, we worked with the artist community in El Nido to conduct arts and crafts workshops with the kids of the community. We taught shadow painting and how to make modelling clay from stuff you can buy at a bakery store. On the last 2 nights of the festival, there was a free screening of Solito’s film ‘Baybayin’, and then Joey Ayala himself made an appearance and graced El Nido with a concert, which we missed by the way since we already left for Port Barton. No regrets though, it was a surreal week.
We are absolutely in love with Palawan and we wouldn’t mind doing this every year! We’re exploring more ways to protect Palawan because that is what you do when you love something, right? Stay tuned! 🙂