ILILIKHA Artist Village is built to showcase artistic work and become an outlet for environmental advocacies.
Eric de Guia, renowned film director and writer known as Kidlat Tahimik conceptualized the Ili-likha to make social profit and give life to the artists.
“I loved to recycle things like broken tiles and I chose IliLikha as the name because it means, village of makers” Tahimik said.
The word “Likha” means to create while “Ili” means village.
Ili-Likha was built around trees and made of wood carvings, old bottles, junk scrap, old television frames, old bikes, broken tiles, old window frames, colorful chairs and beautiful sculptures of an Ifugao art that were re-formed into unique art pieces making a beautiful mess.
Wood carvings, sketches and paintings of indigenous folks can be seen in the different sections of IliLikha, including figure of national hero Jose Rizal, replica of the Philippine Flag, Andres Bonifacio and a rainbow staircase.
In addition, colorful and artistic kiosks offer healthy and budget friendly snacks and meals that will satisfy palates of customers.
With more pieces of wood saved from fallen trees and recycled material collected around the city, more space is reserved at Ili-likha to display inspiration with amazing creations of artists. (Justine Mae Jimenez/Colegio de Dagupan intern)