It seems like a very long time ago when I think of it, but it’s only really been three months since One, a week long art festival that took place at Bonifacio Global City. A fantastic mix of both international and local contemporary street artists amazed us as they took over walls and painted murals all over the city last May. Kayo and Honeycomb Communities, in partnership with Le Basse Projects, organized this event which is the first of its kind in the Philippines. And because Kayo was deeply involved in the event, busy attending to its many details, the kids and I had to uproot ourselves from our home and stay at BGC for a week and a half to be with him…and yes, of course, take part in the festivities as well.
It was a very exciting time for our family. First, because we got to meet such awesome artists and watch them work their magic. Second, because staying in a hotel for a whole week is so much fun for the kids (Yeah yeah okay, for me as well. No chores!) Third, because it’s a great learning experience for all of us as creatives and lastly, because Kayo and I celebrated our fifth anniversary as a married couple at the start of that week. So yes, so many things took place, every moment worth remembering. And I knew it would be that way so I prepared to document that entire time through words, pictures and memorabilia.
I brought a mini 4×4 album and a shoe box of scrapping supplies with me to the hotel and as often as I could manage, took photos, wrote down stories and collected memories. I had photos printed at a photo shop across the street every couple of days and at night or in the middle of the afternoon while relaxing in our room, I’d do some scrapbooking. I was very diligent at the beginning but towards the end, as we all got busy with festival concerns (and cranky, cabin-fever ridden kids) I had slowed down. I still kept taking photos and weeks after the festival continued documenting our memories.
Each day was fun and quite eventful but of course, I have my favorite moments. Let me share them with you through these photos and mini scrapbook spreads…
The thing I treasure the most about that entire time was the privilege to get to know these talented people and learn from them. It was also wonderful for the kids to have witnessed them do what they do. Summer and Emma remember them because of their paintings and also because they played and drew with them. Even to this day, every time we drive by some of the walls, Summer would talk about the artist who painted it. “Drew painted that, right Mom?” “That’s by Rabi! He’s funny!”
Get to know all the artists involved by clicking this link.
Kayo and I will always remember that week too. In fact, we talk about it all the time. It was one of our dreams to be able to take part in a creative endeavor just like it. Little did we know that Kayo would actually be one of those who makes it happen. That week taught us a lot of things. It was a great time but it was also a LOT of work but we are thankful to have been part of it, nonetheless. We hope and are working towards making stuff like it happen again so we can keep making walls, city corners, regular mundane things, come alive and uplift the spirits of those who walk past them daily.
I’m also glad I did document those days. My kids and I look through the pages of this album quite often and it does bring back happy memories and bring much inspiration — exactly what I wanted it to accomplish!
Finally, watch this video, directed by Blaine Suque, that best captures the pure awesome that took place that week: