The UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines (UNACOM) organized the webinar-workshop entitled, “Reshaping Filipino Minds, Dedicating Talents Toward an Enduring Peaceful Global Community” as part of UNACOM’s 70th anniversary celebration. The event served as a platform to recollect the milestones since its establishment, to recognize UNACOM’s loyal public servants in terms of their number of years in Government service; and ultimately, to heighten awareness and engage UNACOM partners, from all ages and abilities, on art therapy to emphasize the value of our mental health especially amid the on-going crisis.
UNACOM Officer-in-Charge Usec. Ernesto C. Abella expressed his gratitude to all the institutional partners for their continuing support and proactive participation since UNACOM’s establishment. He shared his vision in strengthening partnerships that would contribute to the betterment of the Philippine society. He also conferred the loyalty and service awards to the following UNACOM team members who are in the public service for more than ten years: Ms. Josefina Escueta (35 years), Mr. Gay Alfred Blanco (32 years), Deputy Executive Director Lindsay Barrientos (23 years), Mr. Laurence Wilfred Dumadag (22 years), and Mr. Marlon de los Santos (13 years). They were awarded plaques of recognition and surprise video messages from selected partners and their relatives.
The program proceeded to the seminar-workshop on mental health entitled, “PayapART: A seminar-workshop on Cultivating Peace of Mind through Artistic Expressions.” The participants were engaged in an art session that provided relief through art to channel their thoughts and emotions as the pandemic has undeniably affected everyone in one way or another. Mr. A.G. Sano, a renowned and multi-awarded Filipino artist who has painted more than 800 murals in 16 countries depicting peace and environment, served as the resource person and workshop master. Through this rich experience, he shared that people gravitate towards art, regardless of actual artistic experience. It can be appreciated and experienced, and art definitely bring peace. A young artist, Ms. Jeannica Mina, also shared her experience in making art amid pandemic. She emphasized that art can help in making one’s mind a safe space during the pandemic. She contributed to UNACOM’s 2020 publication entitled, Obra at Pandemya.
SAMPLE OUTPUTS OF PARTICIPANTS DURING THE ART WORKSHOP