A COLLECTION of initiatives in Japan to combat disaster and how the country has rebuilt areas hit by catastrophes is on exhibit in Baguio City.

The exhibit at the Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary highlights how we can prepare for disasters, Japan Foundation director Shuji Taaktori said.

The exhibit, first put together in Kobe, Japan, has travelled to Indonesia and Taiwan and will be brought to Thailand this year.

A musical performance by Nityalila Saulo, an artist from the Dakila artist volunteer group, opened the exhibit Saturday at the Maryknoll Auditorium. Sister Nenita Tapia, president of the Board of Trustees of the Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary, gave the opening remarks.

Eryln Ruth Alcantara, curator of the Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary, introduced the exhibit which aims to gather examples of excellent disaster preparedness from all over the world and put them to good use.

The Baguio leg of the exhibit includes: Iza! Kaeru Caravan! Jishin ITSUMO Project and Red Bear Survival Camp by NPO Plus Arts (Japan); Design for Flood by Thailand Creative and Design Center (Thailand); Climate School Project by Dakila (Philippines); The Filipino Spirit is Waterproof by Ayala Museum (Philippines); Paper Partition System by Shigeru Ban (Japan); RooSuFlood: Knowledge to Fight Flood by RooSuFlood (Thailand); "Lost Homes" Model Restoration Project by Osamu Tsukihashi (Japan); Core House: Extensive Live Post Earthquake by Ikaputra (Indonesia); FLOATING WOMBS: A healing project through the arts - heARTS by Alma Quinto (Philippines); and Forms of Recollection by Plus63 Design Co. (Philippines).

The exhibit runs until August 30 and is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Maria Elena Catajan)