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Ramon Orlina is named the Father of Philippine Glass Sculpture. With a background in architecture, Orlina succeeded in the sculpting world through his hardwork and self-study. He didn’t have any masters and he studied sculpting on his own. Unlike most sculptors, Orlina uses a cold technique for his art pieces. It includes cutting, grinding, smoothing, and polishing glass.
Glass is known to be a recyclable material, and true enough, Orlina made an art out of throw-away chunks of glass. Admitting that he is a nature lover, he translated his love for nature into his art through the forms and messages of his art.
Now, Orlina is set to have a museum in Tagaytay City (near Nuvali) with a goal of bringing art closer to the people.
People can also visit his atelier in Manila: 2170 – 2174 Ilaw ng Nayon corner Blumentritt Street, Sampaloc, Manila. One can also visit his website.
Rock balancing is a performance art in which stones are piled up on top of each other without any adhesives in seemingly impossible ways. One has to look for the rock’s natural center of gravity and manipulate the rock by trial and error until it appears weightless and stays in place using only innate balance. Rock Balancing is also said to be therapeutic in nature. The concentration required to build a sculpture isolates the artist from ambient noise and nurtures meditative presence.
Environmentalists Leandro Inocencio and Ildefonso Vista use this art to proliferate their environmental advocacies since it stimulates curiosity from almost anyone who sees it. Through the group Rock Balancing Philippines, these two individuals go to different parts of the country to share their chosen art, and encourage people to take care of the environment as well.
Watch the segment here.
Kay is a woman of knowledge and skills. Who would guess that this environmental lawyer is a also a painter? Her experience with her cases led her to conclude that we are losing our rainforests. She realized that we would usually come across images of denuded forests and flooded communities but have we ever seen a beautiful rainforest?
We can only understand the value of protecting our natural resources if we have a clear picture of what we might be taking for granted. With her exhibits (Bantay Gubat and Diwata Series), Kay is showing everyone what we can still save. We are, after all, the “guardians” of our rainforests.
Underneath the mysterious waves of the ocean is a vast garden that everyone should see. That is what Bobbit Suntay and Boy Siojo taught us with their videos. These two soldiers of the sea do not stop at enjoying the beauty underwater. It’s also their mission to preserve it.
The first step to this mission is awareness. With their videos, Bobbit and Boy can take people to depths that they can never imagine. The next step is to encourage more to join them in their army which aims to fight for the preservation of our seas.
Our planet is made up of about 70% water. Our dive in Anilao with Bobbit and Boy is just the tip of the iceberg. If more people appreciate this, then there is more hope for Mother Earth.
Focus the mind, feed the body, fuel the soul..There are many ways to have a stronger life but there is one place in One Corporate Center, Ortigas that aims to do just that.
Gandiva… where healthy eats, paired with bows and arrows…hit the bull’s eye.
Gandiva offers an hour of archery (inclusive of equipment and trainer) for PHP 600. Extend your archery program for an hour for PHP 1,000. Gandiva also offers a Beginner’s Module (21-hour lesson) for PHP 8,000. It also have a Therapeutic Archery program.
But Gandiva is not only an archery range. It is also a vegetarian café that offers not just healthy meals but eco-friendly products as well.
Gandiva is now offering yoga classes, too.
For more information and inquiry, visit their website: http://www.gandiva.com.ph/
Everybody has a unique experience when it comes to biking. One may have enjoyed it as a child but for some, it is a traumatic experience that they never want to try again. But Ethel Fortuno wants to make a difference. For her, biking shouldn’t be confined in a park or in a bad memory of one’s childhood. It can be a lifestyle.
Ethel realized that women tend to be less confident than men when it comes to riding a bike. For some, just the thought of riding along the safe zone is already daunting. Traffic in the city is not very encouraging either. But Ethel remains firm and continues to teach more women how to ride the bike not only for one’s health, but for the environment.
Half of the Philippine population is composed of women and Ethel emphasizes the big difference these women can make if they decide to make biking a lifestyle. As one of the heads of the family, they can even influence their children follow their footsteps…or their pedaling. After all, our effort to preserve the environment today is a gift for the next generation.
Restaurants come and go…but it is the restaurant’s commitment to the community that makes the difference. Cibo, which has been in the industry for 15 years, shares that there should be more to restaurants than just food.
Cibo’s commitment to its diners are rooted in its dedication to serve healthy meals. Every ingredient in Cibo is fresh and naturally-grown. They extend their service to the community by supporting organic farming.
Cibo has now 11 branches all over the Metro. They have branches in Greenbelt, Glorietta, Shangri-la, Rockwell, Alabang, Greenhills, Gateway, Eastwood, Magnolia, and Chinatown.
They also have a special store for children called Cibo Bimbi. For more information, visit their website: http://www.cibo.ph/