Eco Hotel Philippines is one with the community battling with mental illnesses. The Department of Health and World Health Organization– Philippines chapter has both confirmed about 3 million people are living with depression and also suffering from anxiety.
It has been proven that painting or any art-related activity has great cognitive benefits for people suffering from mental illness. As we all know, depression is the leading factor in suicide. Mental Illness does not choose a race, color, gender, and status in life. It hits everyone. Although the government is keen on spreading awareness and help, the cases of suicide due to depression are still rising.
At Eco Hotel Philippines, we believe that one help is better than nothing. Therefore, last May 19, 2018, Eco Hotel invited a group of talented painters to paint for a cause and called it #EcoArtFestival2018.
Mitch Conzon has always been supportive of our artistic endeavors. He paints using a different medium which uses a blacklight to reflect the beauty of his masterpiece.
Eco Art Festival 2018 aims Sister Adriana becomes a registered counselor so she could uplift and save a lot of people suffering from depression and anxiety. The said event is the brainchild of Eco Hotel’s President. As an artist herself, she believes that through arts and music we redeem ourselves. “Painting, somehow, helps people express their feelings and thoughts through the designs they choose,” she explains. She also reiterated that when a person is full of anger, it will reflect on their words and the colors of their artwork.
We welcomed about 25 artists at Containers by Eco Hotel to paint on a 4x8ft gypsum boards. Each artist brought their own unique pegs. Notwithstanding, the theme of mental and environmental awareness. The event was filled with generosity of our sponsors: Davies Paints and Braun Household Philippines.
Davies Paints sponsored the paints, as well as, gave away magazines for artists and guests. Braun Household Philippines, on the other hand, gave an insightful demo on how to make dips and smoothies, perfect for all year-round!
“Hope Within a Deadly Sea,” as described by Andrea Lau, an Eco Art Festival artist.
This mural displays a message of hope. The hooded figure among the seaweed represents mankind; who is responsible for the pitiful state the ocean is in. The fish swim in their skeletal form, with pastel colours to give the feeling of hopefulness, and are complimented by the sugar skulls.
These sugar skulls are pay homage to the Mexican tradition of Día de los Muertos, an occasion which celebrates death and rebirth. Additionally, the skulls are painted by the artist’s ten year old students, who symbolise the hopefulness of a future generation whose hands determine the fate and regeneration of the ocean.
These artists may have different views and opinions on designs. Conversely, they have one passion and goal: uplift each other.
Eco Hotel Philippines believes that through our little and genuine way, we could help alleviate the problem of inequality and stigma in our society.
To our dear artists and fellow #ecowarriors, know that although, it only takes one person to believe in your potential. You have the whole world waiting for you to believe in yourself that you are uniquely and amazingly made to make an impact in this world of ambiguity.
Eco Art Festival 2018 is just the beginning of countless gatherings. As long as we could help, especially, for our Mother Earth, the Eco Art Festival will always be there.
Here are some of the highlights of the event:
We also had Spoken Word artists from TITIK. Additionally, Paul Ronquillo was also there as an exhibitor.
Stay tuned for more events by subscribing to our mailing list here.