As we are asked to stay distant from each other, artists and changemakers from Iloilo and other countries moved closer, walked into an elliptical path beyond the screen. The murals, music, heartbeats, poems, teachings, meditation, and revolt melded into hope. The program schedule was quirky.
Suddenly, the elder vendors you see everyday inside the market looked formidable on the walls. The locals gathered to celebrate in poetry, in songs, through dancing, through playing, and most importantly, they laughed and asked a lot of questions.
Reflecting on the effects of single-use plastic in the local community of Arevalo, splashes of blue filled the walls. Families watched the artists reveal their insights – a whale, octopuses, lots of fish, trash, seahorses, seashells, trash, trash, trash. Then there was Santa Filomena emerging from the depths.
The palpable energy filled the air as the artivists painted alongside each other despite the scorching days. The walls were black and white but the atmosphere, colorful – poets, break dancers, skaters, musicians, local brands, and curious crowd. With the question, “how does social media impact us and society?”, everyone tried to step out of their comfort zone.