ART is the one language that is truly universally spoken. It transcends political and social boundaries. It is able to deliver the message it hopes to convey regardless of geographical limitation or language barriers as it requires no words or explanation; it thrives on sensations, which can never be concealed and are perceived by everyone.
During Sinulog, a celebration of the convergence of the arts took place all over Cebu. Being part of Cebu’s heritage, people gathered to celebrate this annual tradition of giving thanks to Sr. Sto. Niño. The streets were filled with the merriment of Cebuanos who communicated through smiles and dances. Robinsons Galleria partook in this happy event and with the help of both musicians and artists in an event called “Saulog sa Sinulog: Paint x Play Your Ukelele” in the Queen City of the South.
Last Jan. 20, people had fun painting their own interpretation of Sinulog on soprano ukuleles (ukelele is the anglicized version)made by Susing’s Guitar with the guidance of arts and craft extraordinaire Meream Pacayra of Bored and Crafty. Paints and colorful creations flooded Robinsons Galleria as people enjoyed a different yet creative way to express Cebuanos’ love for the annual tradition. Aside from arts and crafts, music lessons were also imparted by the Lord of the Strings Paul Caca of Ukulele Cebu.
An ukulele art exhibit was also held from Jan. 20 to 26, featuring handpainted Susing’s soprano ukuleles by Cebuano artists namely Meream Pacayra of Bored & Crafty, Wilbert Wee of Weebong’s Gallery, calligraphy artist AJ Tabino, Veronika V. Hipolito of Ver Onika, Deborah Tudtud of Art of Deborah Tudtud, Shielo May Duterte, Richard Moneva, Bogs Jocelyn Dandan, Meg Villacastin of Gypsea Dive, Aljon Comahig, Maddy Boone-Migallos of Astraberry and Hendrix Lato of artisttidbits.
The arts and craft workshop entitled Paint and Play is a regular happening in Uke Hub Kafe, a ukulele-themed cafe in Barangay Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City. The cafe, along with Susing’s Guitars, conceptualized the project in 2011. During the workshop, participants painted their ukuleles and learned how to play them.