Real art should bring joy to oth­ers

Palawan Daily News - - Front Page - By Kia Jo­hanna Lamo

Art for art’s sake? May be this is an alien con­cept to Hulyo Opi­ala, a pain­ter who never stops ex­plor­ing other genre, medium, or fields of art in his quest to pro­duce works of art that will make peo­ple happy.

Even the Na­tive Amer­i­can In­di­ans’ dream catcher, be­lieved to drive away bad dreams, has not es­caped Hulyo’s in­no­va­tive and art­ful hands as he tried to ex­press in hoops and threads the beauty that dwells in his heart.

One day, I came to The Yamang Bukid Farm and saw a man mak­ing a big dream catcher. There at the farm’s Pasalubong store he was sit­ting with eyes so sharp for de­tails and fingers care­fully work­ing on ev­ery twist and turns, and proper place­ments of the threads on piece that he was cre­at­ing.

And soon, the bare hoop in his hand slowly meta­mor­phosed into a web of col­ors so re­lax­ing to the eye.

Hulyo is Yamang Bukid’s half-blood firstaider, half-blood artist.

“Para sa akin po, nakaka-re­lax lang sya gawin. Kasi mahilig ako mag but­ingt­ing o mag kumpuni ng mga gamit, mga ga­nun po,” he said.

He prides him­self to be called Yamang Bukid’s “Tinker­bell” as he loves to tin­ker with things, mod­i­fy­ing them into works of art.

His tal­ent in art has be­come his tool in mak­ing peo­ple happy. Mak­ing peo­ple happy with his art­work, he said, is like a flower planted in his heart and con­tin­ues to bloom ev­ery day.

“Iba iba na­man po kasi ang kon­septo ng tao pag dat­ing sa art. Para sa akin, yung art ko gi­na­gawa ko para maka­pasaya ng tao,” said Hulyo.

Hulyo is a firstaider, as well as an artist at The Yamang Bukid Farm.

He said he is thank­ful to The Yamang Bukid Farm be­cause he gets to prac­tice his art pro­fes­sion and ful­fill his pas­sion al­to­gether.

He ac­knowl­edged that the sup­port of the Yamang Bukid Healthy Prod­ucts, Inc. has em­pow­ered him as an artist and as a per­son, say­ing that the farm has el­e­vated the value of and the ap­pre­ci­a­tion for art in Palawan.

“Kasi yung art dito dati sa Palawan hindi nakikita. So parang dahil sa sup­port ni Yamang Bukid, yung value ngayon ng art dito unti-unti nang umaan­gat. Mas nakaka-in­spire pa mag­pat­u­loy at magshare ng gawa mo,” he said.

Hulyo, a man who is gifted with tal­ents, cre­ates hap­pi­ness through by shar­ing it. He feels val­ued be­cause The Yamang Bukid Healthy Prod­ucts Inc has made him feel val­ued as an artist and as an in­di­vid­ual. For him, hap­pi­ness is not hap­pi­ness un­til it is shared.

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