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Earth Manual Project 2015

Earth Manual Project, a travelling exhibition fromThe Japan Foundation, Manila in partnership with the Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary (MES) opens on June 27, 2015 in three galleries at the MES. The exhibition which will feature 11 projects from the Philippines, Japan, Thailand, and Indonesia will run until August 30, 2015.

An initiative of KIITO (Design and Creative Center Kobe), Earth Manual Project encourages a country of frequent natural disasters, such as the Philippines, to become a country of exceptional disaster preparedness. The exhibition’s maiden run in 2013 was in Kobe, Japan, wherein 23 projects from different Asian countries showcased activities centered on disaster risk reduction and post-disaster relief and recovery. The exhibition traveled to Manila and was shown at the Ayala Museum in November 2014.

The Philippine run of the exhibition includes 11 projects that engage themes on earthquake, typhoon, and flood: 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).

Earth Manual Project is an opportunity for viewers to make their own disaster preparedness manual based on the presented projects. The exhibition aims to draw the interest of viewers in the Cordillera and Ilocos region particularly government offices, NGOs, health workers, teachers, students, and the general public to encourage them to creatively reflect on the urgency of disaster preparedness.

Earth Manual Project is co-organized by the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, KIITO, NPO Plus Arts, AIG and supported by Muji, and Plus63 Design Co. Other activities include disaster education through art workshops for children and high school students will be conducted by Alma Quinto on July 18. There will also be an art writing workshop, the details of which will be announced soon.

The exhibition is open daily, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. With an admission fee of PhP20.The Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary is located in Campo Sioco, Baguio City. For inquiries, call 424-5745, 0915-655-5745 or write to<mesbaguio@gmail.com>. For more details, contact The Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM) at (02) 811 6155 to 58 or write to<arts@jfmo.org.ph>. * E.R. Alcantara

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