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QCNA by The Circle: A Food, Arts, and Fashion Festival celebrates National Arts Month

Monday, February 11, 2019

In celebration of the National Arts Month, QCNA by The Circle gathered food merchants, book sellers, live artists, performers, poets, and fashion enthusiasts last February 9 and 10 at the Liwasang Aurora, QC Memorial Circle. The two-day festivity also conducted art demonstrations, mini workshops, musical performances and many other activities that encouraged quality time with family, bonding time with friends, and social interactions with other communities and visitors.

 

Monnick Cruz, purpose keeper of Silent Beads, sparked insights on how we can be ecologically responsible with paper bags we stack and neglect for a long time. She hosted a workshop on how to plant seeds on paper. It was participated by a number of park visitors of varying ages.

 

 

Paula Fucoy of Crochet Buffet PH happily shared her experiences when she started creating stuffed toys and hats using crochet. She gathered youngsters, parents, and a number of senior citizens during her demonstration.

 

 

An ethnic musical performance was also rendered by band “Abaka”, a five-piece indigenous music group advocating for rights of nature and native tribes. This was followed by the QC Symphonic band who performed songs from the ’80s and inspiring sound tracks from the movie The Greatest Showman.

 

 

Towards the evening, young crowds and families assembled for the Spoken poetry led by Hannah Pabilonia and Ian Sudiacal. They performed pieces relating to the realities of heartbreak and unrequited love. Shortly after, an outdoor movie screening was hosted by TBA Studios and Cinema ’76 for the film I’m Drunk I Love You (2017), a romantic comedy movie starring actors Paulo Avelino and Maja Salvador. During the film showing, our audience were delighted to have shared boxes of Jack n’ Jill Piattos in Spicy Seafood flavour, courtesy of Universal Robina Corporation.

 

 

In correspondence to the ecological call on fashion, QCNA by the Circle also held an Art on Recycled Denim Competition, gathering ten (10) brave individuals who have pronounced their creativity and resourcefulness, weaving their personal stories and dreams to the work they submitted. Judges were artists Ian De Jesus, Monnick Cruz of Silent Beads, Felice Sta. Maria, a culinary historian and writer; Jeffrey Rogador, an indie fashion designer, and Olivia Tirona, Secretary General of Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral ng Miriam.

 

We are also overwhelmed by the number of donations gathered by The Foundation Foundation Philppines, a Christian volunteer group of beauty enthusiasts (make-up artists, beauty industry executives, writers and avid users) that aim to empower survivors of sex trafficking by providing them with avenues for self-care. Boxes of Maxipeel Exfoliants and Skinwhite Whitening Lotion was donated by Splash Corporation through QC Tourism Council.

 

This event is supported by presentors namely, the Office of the Mayor, Honorable Herbert M. Bautista; Office of the Vice Mayor, Honorable Josefina G. Belmonte; and Philippine Gaming and Amusement Corporation (PAGCOR).