sining ng pangarap
In order to raise money for the project, a fundraising project was held in Singapore that involved the selling of t-shirts with a custom design created by Likhang Puso. The money that was raised was used to purchase paint and additional construction supplies for the classrooms.
With the supplies and mural designs finalized, we at Likhang Puso travelled to Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro to execute the project. Over the course of 5 days, the mural and renovation of the classrooms were completed. Along with the members of Project Bulalacao, we drove to the Mangyan community located up a mountain and trekked for around 10 minutes to get to the classrooms.
Each day, painting and renovation of the classrooms lasted from morning to late afternoon. We worked in collaboration with the Mangyan youth, who had their first try at painting and drawing. Through this collaboration, we were able to make friends and learn more about the life of the Mangyans. We were also able to learn more about the Mangyans’ culture, as we saw their traditional garments in real life, ate their everyday food, and were introduced to the native Mangyan language, Hanunuo.
Through hard work and collaboration, the three murals were completed. On the day of the murals’ completion, the Mangyan community threw a celebration that invited the whole community. The celebration enabled us to meet more members of the Mangyan community, and be truly immersed in the Mangyan culture. The beautiful traditions and the hospitality of the community truly left a mark on us and made our trip to Mindoro one that we will never forget.
Our experience in Mindoro inspired us to expand Likhang Puso and continue to help the Mangyan community in Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro. Through its future projects, Likhang Puso hopes to enhance the quality of education and preserve the rich culture of the Mangyans.