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2010年 12月 10日

Community Art Project for Peace Building and Rice Terraces Preservation

A community art project to promote peace building environmental awareness will be held on December 17- 19 2010 at Barangays Hapao and Baang in Hungduan, Ifugao. This project organized by Cordillera Green Network, a Baguio-based environmental NGO, Sundaland Art Net in Nagoya City, Japan and Kiyosato Educational Experiment Project (KEEP) of Hokuto City, Yamanashi, Japan will be participated in by the Ifugao community and local and international artists.
Ifugao is known for its rice terraces but with the youth leaving to seek better job opportunities, the rice terraces are abandoned. Scarcity of water is also experienced during the dry spell due to rapid deforestation. In 2001, the Ifugao rice terraces is declared as an endangered world heritage site. Ifugao is also known as a historical place especially for the Japanese because it is where General Yamashita surrendered in September 2 1945 during the 2nd World War. Many Japanese nationals visit Ifugao to commemorate the death of the Japanese soldiers.
This community art project aims to promote environmental awareness and to foster peace through various art forms. The project began last December 7-10 with “Returning the day of the Eagle” where world renowned handmade paper maker Asao Shimura, resident of Kapangan, Benguet, brought together traditional Japanese handmade paper making techniques and local raw materials such as the local Ifugao rice straw udong. This workshop was purposed to introduce handmade paper making using the udong as an alternative craft and income to woodcarving in an effort to minimize the decline of natural forests.
The handmade paper will then be fashioned into kites and lanterns in a workshop facilitated by the Amanto EART Laboratory from Osaka City, Japan on December 17-19 at Baang and Hapao Elementary Schools. Fara Manuel, professor of Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines Baguio, together with her students will facilitate the painting of the kites and woodcut printing of the cards. The kite flying, as a powerful metaphor for the return of eagles, calls for the rebirth of the natural forests.
On December 18, the community will be an art space for an installation by Hirota Midori using 100 sheets of the handmade paper made by Asao Shimura’s studio. The installation is themed “Prayer and Requiem for World Peace” for Filipino and Japanese people who died during WWII. After sunset of the same day, with Midori Hirota’s art work as background and the rice fields of Baang as stage, Filipino and Japanese musicians will perform with Jun Amanto, Japanese contemporary dancer to commemorate all the victims and heroes during the war. Cordillera traditional musicians Edgar Banasan, Ruel Bimuyag, Alex Tumapang and Japanese musicians: Kuri, Kosei Yamamoto, Yasuhiro Minamizawa and Takudo Fukumoto will present Whispering Forest and Dancing of the spirits a portrayal of the effects of forest destruction and the diminishing beauty of the rice terraces.
From December 18-19, Kawayan De Guia will set up artworks in Hapao and Baang community together with the White peace bird art project by Katzu Mizumachi of Studio KURI. And on December 19 at Hapao Elementary School, Cordillera youth theater groups from the six provinces of the Cordillera, collectively called “Anak di Kabiligan” will perform “The Enemy of People”and Cordillera Folklores – plays on environmental awareness and advocacy, some based on folklore.
This project is made possible by the Japan Foundation, Morikoro Foundation Japan, Municipality of Hungduan, Barangay Baang and Barangay Hapao.
Alex Tumapang, Kent Banasan and Edgar Banasan will be having a concert with Kuri at the UP Baguio auditorium on December 14 2010 from 4-6 pm along with performances from different student organizations.

by cordillera-green | 2010-12-10 23:45 | 環境イベント


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