GUHIT PALAW’AN PRO­MOTES CUL­TURE AND ARTS OF INDIGE­NOUS PEO­PLE

Palawan Daily News - - Front Page - By Harth­well Capis­trano

Paint­ing, weav­ing, and ex­hi­bi­tions were the ma­jor ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing the re­cently con­cluded event that pro­motes the cul­ture and arts of indige­nous peo­ple in the is­land prov­ince of Palawan.

Dubbed as the Guhit Palaw’an, the on-spot-paint­ing com­pe­ti­tion, was in line with the JCI Puerto Princesa Oil project en­ti­tled, Resur­gence of Palawa’an Cul­ture and Arts.

“As part of our ad­vo­cacy on help­ing the Resur­gence of Palawan Cul­ture and Arts, JCI Puerto Princesa Oil con­ducted the Guhit Palaw’an on the spot paint­ing con­test to showcase the beauty of Palaw’an Cul­ture and Arts and at same time to rec­og­nize the tal­ents of our own lo­cal artist in Palawan,” said Rexlin Azarcon, 2019 Chap­ter Pres­i­dent of JCI.

One of the mem­bers of JCI Puerto Princesa Oil also known for his up­cy­cling artistry, Jc Enon ini­ti­ated the project for Guhit Palaw’an and in­vited some lo­cal artists in Palawan to join the whole day event held at Ma­rina de bay last De­cem­ber 21, 2018.

It was a spon­ta­neous whole day event with Tingkop (har­vest bas­ket) weav­ing and ex­hibit held at the restau­rant of Ma­rina de bay with trainer and weaver Ros­alinda Ga­cayan from Bataraza Tourism Of­fice. The weav­ing ac­tiv­ity was par­tic­i­pated by mem­bers of JCI Puerto Princesa Oil, Puerto Princesa Kiao and some tourists.

Palawan lo­cal artists signed up and par­tic­i­pated in paint­ing con­test “Guhit Palaw’an”. Some were mem­bers of Guhit Pi­nas-Palawan and Arts on the move artists, namely: Leonard An­siong, Ram­fil Dagum­boy, Brian Ken­neth Yatco, Ron Edrada and Stephanie Joyce Lopera.

Artists were given time the whole day to cre­ate their mas­ter­pieces on a 4ft x 3ft can­vass in the art ma­te­rial they pre­ferred such as wa­ter color, acrylic paint, la­tex, and oil with a theme of cre­at­ing aware­ness, pro­mo­tion, and pre­serv­ing Palaw ‘an cul­ture and arts.

The 21-year-old lo­cal artist, Leonard An­siong from Brgy Tabon Que­zon Palawan bagged the first prize of Guhit Palaw’an On-the-spot Paint­ing Con­test, and re­ceived the Php5,000.00 cash.

“Pi­na­pakita ng ak­ing obra na ta­la­gang ka­hanga hanga ang sin­ing at kul­tura ng isa sa at­ing Eth­no­lin­guis­tic group dto sa Palawan na ang Palaw’an. Mula sa kani­lang Tra­di­tonal Bas­ket, na gi­na­gawa ng kababai­han nasa edad 50-60 yrs old, pero ngayon tin­u­turo at ib­in­aba­hagi na nila sa ka­bataan, ang sus­ing pag ha­habi, yung pa­terns, an­ito na nag­sisim­bulo ng Good Har­vest at ang su­lat Ibal­nan. Pat­u­loy nawa nat­ing palaguin ang sin­ing at kul­tura na meron ang Tri­bung Palaw’an, lets pro­tect and pre­serve the cul­ture and arts,” said Leonard An­siong.

Other lo­cal artist Stephanie Joyce Lopera and Ron Edrada placed sec­ond and third re­spec­tively, and re­ceived Php3,000.00 and Php2,000.00 cash prizes. Con­so­la­tion prizes were awarded to two re­main­ing lo­cal artists, Ram­fil Dagum­boy and Brian Ken­neth Yatco worth Php500.00 cash each plus gift cer­tifi­cate from Ma­rina De Bay.

Lo­cal artist mas­ter­pieces are avail­able for view­ing and are for sale at the ex­hibit area of Ma­rina de bay’s restau­rant, in­clud­ing Tingkop and other hand­i­craft sou­venir items.

“Enough of col­o­niza­tion. We’ve been col­o­nized al­ready more than a hun­dred years ago and let’s spare our indige­nous peo­ple cul­ture, val­ues, and arts of so called civ­i­liza­tion. In­stead let’s pro­tect and pre­serve our indige­nous peo­ple cul­ture and rights and their iden­tity through their ex­pres­sion in arts to in­crease in cre­at­ing aware­ness and pro­mo­tion such as Guhit Palaw ‘an and ex­hibits show­cas­ing Palaw’an mu­sic, dances, arts, hand­i­craft, and many oth­ers,” said Gil­bert Ramoya, Project Chair.

In part­ner­ship with Ma­rina de bay, JCI Puerto Princesa Kiao, Iconic Travel and Events, and Bataraza Tourism Of­fice, the event a suc­cess, which is also aligned to JCI Philip­pines na­tional project that pro­tects and pre­serve cul­tural her­itage.

JCI Puerto Princesa Oil aims to build a re­silient com­mu­nity by mo­ti­vat­ing new breed of lead­ers that are will­ing to ded­i­cate its time and ef­fort to act from global im­pact.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion re­ceived nu­mer­ous recog­ni­tion and awards from dif­fer­ent stake­hold­ers with its wide-ar­ray of com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment and self-em­pow­er­ing pro­grams. It was re­cently rec­og­nized at “Dan­gal Awards” dur­ing JCI Philip­pines South­ern Lu­zon Area Con­fer­ence at held at Gen­eral Trias, Cavite dated Septem­ber 1, 2018.

• Most Out­stand­ing Lo­cal Or­ga­ni­za­tion Cat­e­gory 1

• Most Out­stand­ing Lo­cal Or­ga­ni­za­tion Pres­i­dent Cat­e­gory 1, Fran­cisco Baluyut III

• Wow si Mom: Best in Pub­lic Re­la­tions Pro­gram

• Merit Award: Kita-Kita (Eye Health Pro­gram for Se­nior Cit­i­zens) as Best Pub­lic Health Pro­gram

• Merit Award: SIKAD Palawan

• Merit Award: JCI Puerto Princesa Oil Web­site as Best in Web­site

Now on its in­com­ing 44th year, un­der the lead­er­ship of its 2019 Chap­ter Pres­i­dent Rexlin D. Azarcon, the chap­ter will con­tinue to grow as the lead­ing net­work of young ac­tive cit­i­zens in Puerto Princesa City.

“JCI Puerto Princesa OIL ban­nered the theme HEAT UP for 2018-2019 which means Highly Em­pow­ered Ac­tive Team, be­cause we be­lieve on cre­at­ing a strong ef­fec­tive team to bring pos­i­tive change to the com­mu­nity. We want to cre­ate and nur­ture an en­vi­ron­ment where our mem­bers learn, can cre­ate a deep sense of mis­sion that made each and ev­ery one of us a bet­ter per­sons, and to use our and tal­ents and skills ef­fec­tively to the lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion and com­mu­nity. Be­cause be­com­ing a Highly Em­pow­ered Ac­tive Team means an ef­fec­tive way to pro­vide pos­i­tive change to the com­mu­nity,” said JCI Chap­ter Pres­i­dent Azarcon.

With its 2019 theme-ban­ner HEAT UP (Highly. Em­pow­ered. Ac­tive.Team.), JCI Puerto Princesa Oil will con­tinue to pro­duce qual­ity leader through its de­vel­op­ment train­ings and op­por­tu­ni­ties. (Pho­tos by Gil­bert Ramoya)

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