Sa Una nga Butlak: An Art Exhibition

“Sa Una nga Butlak” (in the first light of dawn) there is light and hope. It is an Art Exhibition by Baryo Balangaw Creative Initiatives.

Even in the middle of the pandemic, women of Baryo Balangaw is facing every day with a joy within them discovering the talents that will inspire. Every stroke of paint brings gratitude for the gift of laughter and togetherness. Every output’s intention is to spread encouragement.

Sa Una nga Butlak

About the Art Exhibition

Participating artists are women farm folks. This time, instead of farm field setup, they were given a chance to have comfortable place to hold a paint brush. They can freely express their life stories, the desires of their hearts and the feelings they need to let out.

Meet the Artists and their Works

Pagkaon sa Kariton (Food in the Cart)

Bulak Parcellano, 54 (Mother, Vendor, Painter)

Pagkaon sa Kariton

“This is what I painted because this is my means of making money. I am happy because my income from selling is helping us in the expenses at home. It also helps me send my kids to school.”

Wonder Bakera (Wonder Cowherd)

Gemma Castilla, 42 (Mother, Barangay Health Worker, Painter)

Wonder Bakera

“I grew up in the barrio. Planting rice was the main source of income. I was helping my parents in tending the carabaos. After school, we help in the farm works. Up until now, I have a lot of carabaos to tend. I am wonder bakera.”

Ang Kabuhi sang Mangunguma (The Life of a Farmer)

Myrna Lindres, 61 (Mother, Farmer, Painter)

Ang Kabuhi sang Mangunguma

“The sun has not risen yet but us farmers together with our carabaos are already starting plowing and planting the rice fields. This is the source of income of the parents where they get the funds to send their children to schools.”

Bakikang Akon Sinaguran (Bakikang is The Calf I Raised)

Lilibeth Lozada, 29 (Mother, Farmer, Painter)

Bakikang Akon Sinaguran

“Ever since, my task is to help my parents in our farm. When our carabao gave birth, I named the calf ‘Bakikang’. I raised her until I had many carabaos. Bakikang is a hardworking carabao.”

Talong, Petsay: Kabuhi Ko (Eggplant, Pechay: My Life)

Felicitas Lozada, 72 (Mother, Farmer, Painter)

Talong Petsay Kabuhi Ko

“Together with my husband, planting vegetables is the work we are comfortable. Planting vegetables is a great help for our everyday expenses. We are able to send our children to school and it gave us a healthy body.”

Kon Ano Ang Puno, Amo Man Ang Bunga (a Tree Will Bear a Fruit of Its Kind)

Rona Fe Lusuegro, 44 (Mother, Dressmaker, Painter)

Kon ano ang puno

“This quote is my inspiration. My parents are dressmakers and they are the reason why I am a dressmaker now. Dressmaking is a big help as our source of income. Together with my husband who is a farmer, my inspiration to come up with this output of a farm field with machinery in the middle.

Thread of Life

Josephine Suegay, 69 (Mother, Dressmaker, Painter)

Thread of Life

“My painting reflects the story of my life. This is the source of my income to reach my goals in life. My goal is to for my sons to finish their education. I am a single parent because my husband died when my eldest was only two and my youngest was nine-month-old.”

Kabulakan Ko, Kalipay Ko (My Garden is My Happiness)

Glessie Ruiz Gerola, 47 (Mother, Loves to Cook, Painter)

Kabulakan Ko

“My heart is really full whenever I plant flowers around. They bring unexplainable beauty in our place. The flowers have different colors and butterflies visit them every day.”

Balay-Balay Gamay (Small House)

Nemia Luiz, 54 (Member of the Sangguniang Barangay, Painter)

Balay Gamay

“I was born and raised here in the barrio and this is what I chose to paint. Typical houses here are surrounded by variety of plants. I really love planting ornamentals and vegetables. What I painted reflects the life in the barrio – peaceful and full of love.”

Seven Hills

Regina Penafiel, 64 (Mother, Crafter, Painter)

Seven Hills

“We live in the place where mountains are lying on top of another. Soon as wake up, I can see these seven hills. I painted this also symbolizing the seven colors of the rainbow. I really love to see the seven hills every day.”

All works are available for Php4,000.00 each painting. Shipping cost is included within the Philippines. For international buyers, shipping is covered by the collector.

For inquiries, email or call: Raz/[email protected] / +63 915 892 1411


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