I call this a perfect event for the entire family. It had many things quite dear to me: lots of colorful and beautiful art, children, our Filipino culture, an advocacy to build a playground for children through UNICEF, time well spent with my first Art teacher(Mommy Emma) and my students (Raya & Gino), and the touching of ones’ heart by evoking so many childhood memories of play.
Mommy Emma, Gino, Raya and I had such a grand time in this unique “celebration of every child’s right to play through the celebration of Pinoy games.”
“Creative Kids dedicate their 20th anniversary to help raise funds for UNICEF and the building of a playground in a resettlement area in Calauan, Laguna through an artistic exhibit, fun activities and a fashion show.”
As I went through each artwork, Mom who majored in Creative Arts in UP College of Home Economics, and I were in awe with every piece of art. Gino and Raya were amused as well as they saw some of the games featured in the art works which their Lola and Mama played when they were their age!
As part of homeschool PE and Filipino, I have tried to expose the children by playing “garter”, patintero, luksong tinik, limbo rock, sipa, sungka , and using the traditional trumpo. For their birthdays, we did some pabitins and some form of “hit the pot (palayok)”. Though not Filipino in origin, we also tried to play jackstones and mahjong. Prior to visiting the exhibit which happened to be in our favorite mall, Alabang Town Center. I had a mini-lesson with the kids on Filipino Traditional Games and we focused on the Filipino hopscotch , or piko. Hopefully we will be able to play this soon. I also discovered that there were many online videos featuring so many of these games !!!
An additional treat for that afternoon was seeing and chatting with the event’s main organizer, our family friend, Bambi Manosa. According to Bambi, they recently transformed her much sought after art school, Creative Kids Studio into an all-year-round project based art studio “where kids can come together to help other children through their time and talents.” The program is now called Kids for Kids.
So amazing were the art pieces created by the children of Creative Kids, that red dots were all over as most of the pieces were already sold. Bambi mentioned that a buyer or donor could either buy and take home art work or he could purchase it, and donate the art work to a center for children chosen by Kids for Kids.
There are more activities lined up for this celebration of play and you may check http://kidsforkids.org.ph. The link also provides information on how to join this advocacy and become another champion for children.
The Laro Collaborative Art Exhibit runs until May 26, 2015 at the Activity Center of the Alabang Town Center.
If you’re in the mood to actually play these traditional games, “Tara, Laro!” is set on May16 and 17 in different areas of Alabang Town Center ( Activity Center, Town Plaza and Corte Extension). The link has all details!
I recommend this wonderful celebration of play to all families! Homeschoolers can even create lesson plans and unit studies on this:) Thanks to Gino and Raya for the photos. We purposely didn’t post all because you should come and experience this for real! You ought to see the colorful sungkas, the sipa and pabitiin artwork, sculpted playthings and the many paintings about famous Filipino nursery rhymes and riddles
Congratulations to Bambi Manosa, Kids for Kids, UNICEF, Alabang Town Center and all the other sponsors for this worthy, inspiring, moving and even entertaining, one of kind, art exhibit by children for other children in need.
I grabbed the chance to write down my comments on that giant boat! C
Proverbs 11:5 “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”