Layag sa El Nido: At the Kalugta’n Arts Festival

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.

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Getting messy!

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Here’s what shadow painting is: you lay down your paper and wait for the shadows. You trace them and color them in. Voila! Instant template from nature itself!

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Coloring their clay models

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Painting under the cool shades of the trees

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The girls from Caalan beach

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And at the end of the workshops, we get to bask in this.

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El Nido Town and all its perfection

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The grounds of the school

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Spectacular views, talented kids, great company… what more can you ask for?

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The view of Cadlao from Caalan

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Dreading the day when El Nido becomes too commercialized because of its booming tourism.

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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! 🙂

 

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