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PLDT conducts art workshop for residents of DSWD’s Center for Welfare & Protection

by Katrina A. Mallari | Jun 26, 2019
In photo are the PLDT employee-volunteers lead by PLDT ComRel Division Head Katherine P. Diaz De Rivera, along with Museo Iloilo curator James Amsua, during the courtesy call with San Pablo City, Laguna Mayor Loreto S. Amante. Also in photo are Museo Iloilo artists Engr. James Salarda and Joseph Espino, Laguna Consumer Experience Head Michael Mejia, and City Social Welfare Officer Grace Adap.

PLDT, through its Community Relations (ComRel) Division, in partnership with Museo Iloilo, recently conducted an art workshop for residents of the Center for Welfare & Protection, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in San Pablo City, Laguna.

Entitled “Healing and Beyond,” the workshop participants included children aged 6-19 years old and mentally challenged individuals in their 30s. The children had experienced traumatic misfortunes and adversities early in life.

The participants create their artworks during the session.

“The workshop garnered positive feedback and comments from the 22 participants who learned a great deal about themselves. They were able to express themselves creatively and freely. In a way, one might say that all these bottled up emotions from their dark past spilled into some magnificent, unfiltered art,” said PLDT ComRel Head Katherine P. Diaz De Rivera.

She observed that, “While most of the participants chose black for their base, some created layers of darker shades. There were others, however, who used lighter colors – hints of yellow, green, and blue.”

Participants listen to Museo Iloilo artist Engr. James Salarda as he gives tips to make one’s art better.

“The children have been through so much at such a young age. Their bravery and resilience are visible in the way they try to overcome the trauma from their past experiences. Art has a way of processing these experiences. We hope that in some way, this art workshop helps them cope and heal,” Diaz De Rivera added. 

Museo Iloilo artists Engr. James Salarda and Joseph Espino shared their style and creative insights with the workshop participants, helping the latter enhance their artistic skills while giving them freedom to create their art works. Salarda and Espino, along with Museo Iloilo curator James Amsua, enabled every participant to discover his own talent and skill.

Amsua, along with Salarda and Espino, brief the participants during the art workshop.

An advocate of the Welfare & Protection Center, San Pablo City Mayor Loreto S. Amante bought a painting worth P10,000 which he donated to the Center. To raise funds, more paintings will be part of an exhibit at the Center in the near future.

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